5 Baby Steps for Becoming Green

treesteps[sniplet tweetright]So everyone’s going green, right? Not necessarily. Most of us want to go green, but it seems like a big deal to get started, and what exactly does going green mean? If you’re still not convinced, check out this post: 12 Reasons Everyone Should Care About the Environment.

More often than not, going green is a kind of mental shift, when you start incorporating environmental responsibility into your daily life. Of course, everyone starts out small and slowly builds his/her environmental awareness with practice. If you’re a going green newbie, or even if you’ve been going green for awhile now, here are your 5 first baby steps to get you started.

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4 Ways Saving the Planet Helps You Lose Weight

(Image by <a href=[sniplet tweetright]However many great reasons there are to care about the environment, I have to admit to something. I often find myself thinking: What difference can one person make? And anyway, this seems like a lot of work, what’s in it for me?

I’m probably not the only one who has these sorts of thoughts. Have you ever felt the same?

Luckily, living a greener lifestyle does have some concrete personal benefits for you, and one person can actually make a difference. If you’re trying to lose weight (and most of us are), try these five ways of saving the planet and shedding some excess pounds at the same time.

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10 Fun & Eco-Friendly Ways to Spruce Up Your Garden

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Photo by *Susie* on Flickr
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Gardening can be a lot of work, but it can also be fun and fulfilling. Gardens provide you with a hobby, a beautiful yard, and often times some food. Seeing a seed grow into a meal on your table is when I especially love it.

However, gardening can be a lot of hard work, which is why I’ve compiled a list of 10 fun and eco-friendly ways to spruce up your garden. Reinvigorate your love for all things gardening while tipping your hat to the environment, too!

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Save Money and Kittens with a Greener Kitchen

greenkitchenThe kitchen is where most people spend a lot of time. Some kitchens are small, some kitchens are large. Some have gas stoves where as others have electric. And some kitchens are more environmentally friendly than others.

In addition to being more environmentally friendly, making a few changes in your kitchen can have other serious benefits, too. You might spend less money on your water and energy bills, get a few rich nutrients from your garden, have your kitchen smell better, and make it non-toxic for your kids and pets. The benefits of going green and organic can be significant.

Here are a few ways to make your kitchen greener, healthier, cheaper, and generally better:

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6 Fantastic Web-Based Tools for Going Green

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[sniplet tweetright]Most of us share a common desire to go green, especially after reading these 12 reasons that everyone should care about the environment. The problem, though, is that wanting to go green and actually going green aren’t even close to the same thing.

Sure, you’ve probably read lots of tips and ideas for making your life more eco-friendly and sustainable — but what is the best way to start? How can you track your progress? How will you know if your making any difference? These are all very good questions to ask…

Thankfully, the internet is here to help. In this post we’ve compiled a list of several online tracking and measuring tools that can help you keep track of what you’re doing without getting into any complicated Excel charts or tracking systems. Plus, many of these tools will help you find new ideas, compare results with friends, and generally have a very good time. Here are our favorites for you to check out:

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Save Yourself: Protect The Planet

http://www.flickr.com/photos/andrewmaciejewski/[sniplet tweetright]We often look at being eco-friendly as altruistic — recycle to save the planet, or conserve energy so that our children have the same beautiful world that we do. But perhaps we should think a little more selfishly, and see how being eco-friendly effects things closer to you– like your own personal health. As humans, being selfish comes naturally, so let’s harness that natural tendency and take a look at why being eco-friendly will help me (I mean… you).

Being eco-friendly actually goes hand-in-hand with improving your health. The World Health Organization states that 13 million deaths annually are caused by preventable environmental factors. There are a ton of scientific ways to describe this, but in this post we’ll give you a few really simple reasons why protecting the planet is critical for your health, reasons that are understandable even to people who didn’t major in bio-med.

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Guilty Pleasures: Admit and Conquer Your Eco-Hating Secrets

Photo by cogdogblog on Flickr / CC BY 2.0[sniplet tweetright]It’s true. We all have habits that we probably shouldn’t have, and luxuries that we probably shouldn’t enjoy. Often these guilty-pleasures produce so much waste, or are so bad for the environment, that they are hard to ignore.

But we can’t help ourselves!

We’ve gotten in the habit of it and there’s no going back — we’ll just have to live with our sinful selves, right?

Wrong. Just because we’re not ready to give up all of our favorite pleasures doesn’t mean there is nothing we can do about them. Let’s talk about what some of those guilty pleasures are first, and then we’ll talk about how to make amends.

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12 Reasons Everyone Should Care About The Environment

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[sniplet diggright][sniplet tweetright]I get a lot of questions these days about going green. Some of them have merit, others are pretty silly. One of the most common, though, is a simple question that’s actually really tough to answer:

Why should I care about the environment?

I know some of you are thinking “Now wait a minute, that question is easy to answer, there are a bunch of reasons to care…” — and you’re right, there are a bunch of easy answers to that question. I mean, why wouldn’t you want to save the environment?

The problem is that this question doesn’t come from people who already love organic foods, recycling, and driving hybrid cars. This question is coming from those of you who don’t have the extra money to spend buying organic products, or don’t see a big benefit from recycling, or don’t want to give up driving a sports car in favor of a Prius.

Believe it or not, there are still really good reasons to care about the environment — even if you don’t consider yourself an environmentalist. Here are 12 simple reasons everyone should care about the environment, no matter who you are:

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