Do you enjoy an eco-friendly lifestyle? If so, you probably recycle paper and plastic, bring your own bags when you shop, and buy produce and other goods within your own community as much as possible. If you’d like to do more to make 2015 gorgeously green, consider these additions:
Cook at home
While many busy families rely on packaged items, it’s easy to get back to whole food basics with a few short cuts. For example, on hectic days, try a stir-fry. They’re healthy, delicious, and quick─all you need are veggies, lean protein, and a great bottled Asian sauce. Or maybe baked potatoes topped with cheese, black beans, avocado and salsa? You can also let your crock pot slow-cook your chili, soup or stew while you’re away. Find more delicious ideas here: www.mambosprouts.com/recipes/Main%20Course
Green your menu
A fresh, varied diet that emphasizes plant-based foods is not only healthy, it’s gorgeously green. In fact, scaling back on meat is one of the most powerful steps we can take to help the environment. Oil and coal-dependant factory farming devastates forests, pollutes oceans, rivers, and air, and plays a major role in global warming. According to the United Nations, the combined climate change emissions from factory farming are nearly 20% of the world total–more than all forms of transportation put together.
Did you know that the average American lifestyle sucks up about 2,000 gallons of water a day? That’s twice the global average! We drain our fresh water supplies faster than they can be replenished through household consumption, landscaping, agriculture, factory-farming, and commercial and industrial uses. However, we can all do our part to conserve with shorter showers, drought-tolerant landscaping, and avoiding foods that require vast amounts of water to produce. Get the water-footprint of numerous food and beverage items here: www.treehugger.com
Install a Programmable Thermostat
A programmable thermostat will automatically lower the temperature at night and raise it again in the morning. Pretty cool, given that even a 10 degree reduction at night can save up to 15% percent on annual heating costs. That can translate into significant cash and substantially reduce your carbon emissions. Programmable thermostats are eco-friendly and do not use mercury.
These additional steps can significantly reduce your carbon footprint. You’ll have even greater impact by teaching your children to follow your example. After all, we’re really only borrowing this planet from them. Here’s to a gorgeously green 2015!