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Going green has become the new buzz word. This cultural and individual movement is associated with activities such as recycling, conservation of resources, and being mindful of how one’s actions impact the planet. The speed with which the green movement is spreading brings to mind the question, “What is the purpose of going green?"
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Eco Choices Make a Positive Impact
The main purpose of adopting an eco-friendly lifestyle and making conscious decisions is to reduce the harm to the planet and create positive conditions for the environment to flourish and thrive. Going green is not a fad or a fashion. It is a way of life. It is a conscious effort to make a personal contribution to improving the Earth’s health. It can be as simple as turning off the tap when brushing one’s teeth or as advanced as using solar heat to cook food. A green life means making choices that have a beneficial effect. Creating the best living conditions is an important part of the green movement. Taking steps to ensure basics such as clean air, fresh water and plenty of plants is what makes a green life worthwhile. The whole reason behind going green is to make a positive impact on the planet.
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Choosing Green is Healthier
Going green means making choices that are good not only for the environment but also for your health and well-being. Eating natural, organic foods, walking instead of driving, recycling and reusing resources will result in healthier and fitter bodies and minds. For families with kids, this is a great way to make healthy eating fun for young children as well. Choosing to walk or cycle to the store rather than drive is a great way to reduce carbon emissions and increase overall fitness. Moreover, green living does not mean having to spend more. One can live an eco-friendly life on a budget. So, when you go green you increase well-being, and you can save money.
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Increase Awareness and Be More Mindful
By going green, you decide to stop being thoughtless about mundane things like washing clothes in hot water or jumping into the car for a short five-minute drive. Being green means being more mindful of the decisions you make. Do you line dry your clothes? Do you buy locally produced goods and fresh produce? Do you buy cosmetics laden with chemicals? Do you use plastic bags for your groceries? These are simple things with a profound impact on the environment. The purpose of eco-friendly living is to be more aware of your everyday actions while making a change to benefit the environment.
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Go Green to Lead a Fulfilling Life
When you decide to go green and work towards protecting the environment by acting in a conscious, eco-friendly and mindful way, you experience a deep sense of satisfaction. Evan Albright in his book, The Book on Going Green, shares some interesting facts and figures about the human impact on the environment. He writes, “The amount of wood and paper we throw away is enough to heat 50 million homes for 20 years… Over 100 million Americans breathe air so polluted, the federal government has deemed it unsafe… Americans throw away 2.5 million plastic beverage bottles an hour." Figures like these help you to grasp the seriousness of the situation and by going green, you will be making a difference to bringing these numbers down.
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The main purpose of going green is to create a positive impact on the environment and reduce the harm that has already been done. By adopting eco-friendly habits, you are able to fill your life with the satisfaction of contributing to the Earth’s well-being while leading a life that is healthy, mindful and fulfilling.