Going Green without Going Broke

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The Go Green movement has been around since the early 1900s, although it did not have that particular label attached to it. People have long ago realized the need for taking care of the environment better, yet the stigma that going green is expensive is still attached to the practice.

The truth is you don’t necessarily have to spend too much to live a ‘green’ lifestyle. Here are a few ways you can go green without going broke.

Growing Your Own Food

Eating smart by growing your own food is one of the easiest ways to go green. Apart from reducing your carbon footprint by not supporting processed products that use fossil fuel, growing your food lowers your grocery bill and keeps your diet organic.

Heed Udgar, co-owner of Growing Spaces said, “Modern systems aren’t built with our health in mind. We’re given convenient, but non-nourishing food.” He added that it leads people to a sedentary lifestyle. That is why getting up and planting food in your garden or greenhouse is better for your health as it also encourages movement.

Reducing Your Water Consumption

Reducing water consumption doesn’t mean drinking less water. It can mean taking shorter showers to bring down your household’s monthly water consumption by up to 1000 gallons. In effect, this practice lowers both your water and heating bills. You can reduce water consumption, as well, by turning off the faucet while brushing your teeth.

Another way to go green is by installing a water filter to purify tap water. This prompts you to avoid spending money on bottled water and thereby reduce plastic waste.

Stopping the Use of Plastic

Science Advances reports that 79 percent of all plastics produced remain in landfills or bodies of water. This means that 12.7 million tons of plastic end up in the ocean every year. To help prevent this condition from worsening, you can start using cloth bags when grocery shopping. Cloth bags are reusable and can carry more weight than plastic or paper.

These are only a few of the ways you can go green while also saving money. These are starting points, but the initiative to continue practicing them to help protect the environment is still up to you.