Happy New Year! Every year I make Eco resolutions and try to implement more Eco-conscious practices in my life. Living a green lifestyle is not only healthier for you and your family, but it’s also easier on your wallet. Not sure what green resolutions to make this year? Here are some great suggestions!
Strive to learn about ecological issues. Pick issues that you are interested in, educate yourself on them, and learn about how you can make a difference. Small changes can make huge impacts!
There are a wide range of environmental topics, spanning nearly every subject, field, and aspect of life. For example, if you are interested in global issues, you might want to learn about climate change and what you can do locally, in your daily life, to help (97% of climate scientists agree that climate change is occurring1). If you are concerned about local issues, you may want to learn about environmental issues that affect your community or state. Your local and state government’s websites or local environmental organizations are great resources to start learning about your area’s ecological problems. If you want to learn more about products you use every day, then I recommend learning about toxins, irritants, and fillers found in many foods, skin care, and house cleaning products, and their green counterparts. If you like learning about wildlife and nature, many plants and animals are threatened or endangered, including some of the most beloved creatures, such as pandas.Ecological, plant, and animal magazines and news articles are good resources. There are many excellent scientific, government, and non-profit organizations that have online educational resources. Join an environmental non-profit, or participate in programs from your local parks, ecological organizations, and community centers. Many websites and blogs are devoted to living a green and crunchy lifestyle!
Participate In Environmental Activities And Practices!
You can greatly reduce your ecological footprint simply by reducing what you consume and by implementing environmental practices in your life. In my research, I’ve found that most people care about the environment, however they think it is time consuming or expensive to be more Eco-conscious. Or they simply don’t know how to live a green lifestyle. However, many green alternatives don’t take that much time and they are often budget friendly. It may take a little time to learn about them, but once you get into the habit of doing green practices or activities, you will be amazed about how little time they take to do! Many green practices and products are inexpensive to do or buy, either costing less, the same, or just a little more than commercial products. For others, it may be expensive to invest in certain green products or services initially, but they save you a lot of money in the long run.
Decide on a few environmental activities and practices, and commit to them. Some great but simple ideas: use natural, organic, sweatshop free, or fair trade products. Use reusable bags or bottles. Use or formulate your own natural cosmetics and house cleaning products. Eat more natural, organic, and local foods. Reduce clutter, buy only what you need or will use, give new life to old products (use them for different purposes or donate them), and recycle what you can. Spend time outdoors to reconnect with nature. Educate others and get involved in your local community. Or start an online Eco blog or website to inspire others in going green! Donate funds to your favorite environmental and non-profit social welfare organizations. There are so many ways to live in a green manner; these are just a few basic ideas!
I wish you all a green and natural New Year!
Climate Change Links:
1Climate change statistic on NASA’s climate website, which lists many other U.S. and world scientific organizations that agree that climate change is occurring: http://climate.nasa.gov/scientific-consensus
The Environmental Protection Agency’s climate change website: http://www.epa.gov/climatechange/
Intergovernmental Panel On Climate Change’s website: http://www.ipcc.ch/
United Nations Environment Programme’s website on climate change: http://www.unep.org/climatechange/
Former Vice President and Nobel Laureate Al Gore’s The Climate Reality Project: http://climaterealityproject.org/
Suggested Environmental Or Plant Related Documentaries:
“An Inconvenient Truth”. This Academy Award winning documentary raised public awareness of climate change. http://www.takepart.com/an-inconvenient-truth
“Blackfish”. This documentary focuses on killer whales and captivity. http://blackfishmovie.com/
“Numen”. This is a great documentary on herbalism and the healing power of plants. http://www.numenfilm.com/
Conservation And Panda Links:
World Worldlife Fund’s Panda Conservation page: http://worldwildlife.org/species/giant-panda
An article I wrote on conservation and preservation: http://allnaturalbeauty.com/articles/eco-living/68-environmental-issues/733-eco-living-conservation-and-preservation
More Plant And Environmental Links:
My eco living article on some of my favorite plant and ecological online resources: http://allnaturalbeauty.com/articles/eco-living/242-eco-living-plant-and-environmental-online-resources
United Plant Savers: help protect native medical plants. https://www.unitedplantsavers.org/
Treehugger is an amazing website that has information on all things green. http://www.treehugger.com/
Natural Cosmetics Articles:
Eco Living article on the benefits of all natural cosmetics (skin care, hair care, perfumes, make up, etc): http://www.anbportal.com/absolutenm/templates/default.aspx?a=355&z=126
My article on defining natural products (part 1): http://allnaturalbeauty.com/articles/eco-living/347-eco-living-natural-and-organic-products-part-1-what-is-natural
My article on defining organic products (part 2): http://allnaturalbeauty.com/articles/eco-living/68-environmental-issues/363-eco-living-natural-and-organic-products-part-2-what-is-organic
Eco Living article on house cleaning: http://allnaturalbeauty.com/articles/eco-living/69-living-an-earth-friendly-lifestyle/826-eco-living-spring-cleaning
For more articles on DIY cosmetics and green house cleaning, check out my Eco Living articles on anb mall, my Eco Living & DIY Natural Beauty Formulating Expert articles on all natural beauty website, my eco blog: Solarkat’s Eco Blog, my skin care business blog: Earth Alkemie’s Blog, and Earth Alkemie's facebook page (see links below).
Mother Nature Network’s article on nine Eco-friendly diets: http://www.mnn.com/health/fitness-well-being/photos/9-eco-friendly-diets/be-green-and-lean
My sister has a blog with many delicious vegetarian recipes: http://littlebexn.blogspot.com/
Elana’s Pantry is an excellent gluten free recipe website. It also has a lot of information on other kinds of natural diets such as paleo, vegetarian, egg free, grain free, etc. She has written many great cookbooks too. http://www.elanaspantry.com/
Reusable Items And Recycling:
My eco blog post on reusable bags: http://solarkateco.blogspot.com/2007/11/lis-quick-eco-tips-and-actions-reusable.html
My Eco Living article on reusable bottles and other items: http://www.allnaturalbeauty.com/articles/eco-living/302-eco-living-lis-quick-eco-tips-books-packaging-and-reusable-bottles
Don’t know where to bring items to recycle? Use Earth 911’s website to find out!: http://earth911.com/recycling/
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About The Author:
Li Wong is the owner of Earth Alkemie, an all natural, vegetarian skin care and perfume company. She has a B.A. in Environmental Studies (Biology) and a M.S. in Environmental Science and Policy. Li has been crafting natural cosmetics and studying aromatherapy and herbalism since 2001. Environmental interests include conservation, botany, ethnobotany (uses of plants by indigenous peoples), mammals, organic standards in cosmetics, urban wildlife issues, environmental education and awareness, and public perception. She is the all natural beauty website’s Eco Living and DIY Natural Beauty Formulating Expert, and the anb’s mall Eco Living writer. http://www.anbportal.com/meet_the_all_natural_beauty_experts.htm
For more information on environmental issues, Eco Living, natural cosmetics, aromatherapy, and herbalism check out: Solarkat’s Eco Blog: http://solarkateco.blogspot.com/
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