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Green Lifestyle - Eating Green

Posted Apr 08 2009 12:00am

I received a question asking about the “green” lifestyle.

What is my idea green lifestyle?

Being green is more than recycling, or using organic products. To me, living a truly green lifestyle means being aware of everything you do that has an impact on our environment, and doing everything you can to minimize that. Beyond that, being green means making a deliberate effort to help stop and repair some of the damage we’ve done, by planting a tree or making some lifestyle changes. There are many aspects of living a green lifestyle and green eating is big part of a green lifestyle.

Ways to be a greener eater:

  • Use aluminum water bottles. The world doesn’t need any more plastic chemicals, and neither does your body! Plastic water bottles also take up to 1000 years to degrade if thrown in the garbage. Even recycled plastics bottles aren’t entirely recycled, and much of it goes to waste. even donates 1% of profits to the planet, so you’re doing good just by buying the bottle!

  • Shop local. Buying as much locally as you can not only supports your local economy, but also decreases the impact on the environment. And remember, organic doesn’t always mean local. That pint of organic strawberries you bought yesterday may be pesticide-free, but it was still driven here on a gas-guzzling, emission-spilling truck all the way from South America.

  • Buy organic. If you can’t get local organic, buying organic alone is your next best bet. Organic produce is pesticide-free, meaning less harmful chemicals are going into your body and the earth. Organic dairy and meats are from hormone-free animals.

  • Go veggie. Ok, so you don’t have to give up steak entirely, but seriously consider cutting back. It takes 6 kilograms of feed and 430,000 liters of water to produce one kilogram of meat from a cow. That’s not a great return. The amount of water, feed and other resources it takes to produce livestock make it extremely taxing on the environment. Going meatless more often also benefits your health. (Check out that post here: ).

  • Ditch the packaging. Keep an eye out for excess packaging when buying packaged products. Unnecessary packaging = unnecessary waste that ends up in our landfills.
    Take your own bags to the grocer. 12.4 billion plastic bags were handed out last year in the U.S. alone, each one used for an average of only 20 minutes before being chucked. Like plastic bottles, plastic bags take about 1000 years to degrade in our landfills. Nuff said.

Read more of my green eating posts here

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