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Green Living

"Treat the Earth well. It was not given to you by your parents. It was loaned to you by your children"- Kenyan Proverb.

Society has become accustomed to taking what they need without bothering to even think twice about the probable consequences. As a result our planet has had to endure a lot of abuse and ill-treatment over the years. Luckily some communities have recognised the need to lead a more sustainable lifestyle and have therefore implemented a certain set of rules to avoid further damage to the Earth.

Green Living is simple living; your lifestyle is more simplified than it was before. However if you think recycling and conserving energy is enough you are under the wrong impression. Truth be told ‘living green’ takes some hard work and dedication. Here are three basic policies that will provide you with a clear understanding of how to start preparing a change in lifestyle.

  • Organic foods play a big part in green living. These foods aren’t necessarily limited to sprouts, roots and berries but in fact most foods in the market today can be found with an organic alternative. You can a have a fridge filled with a variety of foods without having to compromise in taste or quality. These food items are nothing but beneficial to your health and wellbeing. The fruits and vegetables are without harmful pesticides and herbicides and the live stock are organically fed. Healthy living relies on healthy eating.
  • Another important aspect of organic living that so many South Africans neglect to incorporate into their daily lives is ‘cleaning green’. The first way to start with this facet of green living is to clean with natural ingredients rather than harsh chemicals. The next would be the three most important R’s; reduce, reuse and recycle. Cleaning you home consists of various components, each harmful to the environment in its own way. It’s important to keep this in mind at all times since no matter how careful we are, we still leave a carbon footprint behind, but it’s up to us and our actions on how lasting it will be.
  • Be kind to the environment. Some people might find this statement slightly confusing, so the best way to approach the subject is by comparing your behaviour towards the environment to your behaviour towards society and people you love. Most people treat other members of society with respect, there’s no mention of inappropriate behaviour or misconduct for no reason. You also treat those you love with compassion and admiration. Fact is, the environment should be treated with as much reverence as people, and since words aren’t going to show your respect actions would be able to do the trick. Deeds that will make a difference to the environment include eating organic and promoting the concept of doing so, reduce, reuse and recycle, planting trees, riding a bike or walking instead of getting into your car to drive a few hundred meters.

Our every movement of our daily lives should be re-evaluated so we can determine which aspects of our lives could contribute more to protecting the environment rather than harming it. Green living is an international phenomenon that will change the course of our future planet