10 Steps to a Greener You

There’s more to becoming healthy than just eating the right foods. Food is a huge part of a healthy lifestyle, but we also have to think about the products we put on our skin, the products we use to clean our homes and the daily habits we have. The overwhelm of information out there can make you stop dead in your tracks, put on the blinders and just keep with the status quo. But becoming healthier and becoming greener doesn’t have to be complicated. Changes don’t (and shouldn’t) have to be made all at once. Baby steps is your key to transformation.
Below are 10 steps to a greener you. Just pick one thing from this list, make it a habit, then pick a second. Before you know it, you’ll be living the green life!
#1 Purchase a stainless steel bottle
Plastic bottles are bad for you and the planet. Purchase a good quality stainless steel bottle and fill it with filtered tap water. You’ll be saving money and the Earth!
#2 Sign up for e-bills
Choose to receive your bills electronically. It’s easy, efficient and cuts down on your ecological footprint.
#3 Save your newspapers and sales flyers
Donate them to your local animal shelter. They are always looking for help, and this is a simple way to do just that.
#4 Turn off your faucets
Whether you’re brushing your teeth or shaving, make it a habit to turn off the faucet. It’s an easy and simple way to conserve water.
#5 Change your dishwasher habits
Don’t rinse your dishes before loading them; only start it when it’s full; turn off the “heat dry” option and use the “air dry” option instead; use an eco-friendly detergent. (OK, that’s really four baby steps, but you get the picture!)
#6 Buy used instead of new
Support your local thrift and second-hand stores by shopping there first. Most have proceeds going to a good cause and you’ll be surprised at the money you’ll save. And, you’re very likely to find some really great stuff!
#7 Plan your errands
When going out to get your groceries and run other errands, plan the most efficient route. You’ll save both time and money in the process.
#8 Pack litter-less lunches
Purchase reusable containers and baggies to pack lunches for you and the kids. With the right tools, this can be a really easy step.
#9 Turn off power where you don’t need it
Turn off and unplug any appliance that are not in use. For things like your computer or television that have a number of other items plugged into it, use a power bar and simply turn it off when not in use.
#10 Find out how green you are
Check out Practically Green, where you can get more greening tips and start building your green action plan!