5 Tips for Living a More Eco-Friendly Lifestyle

“And she loved a boy very, very much — even more than she loved herself.”

– Shel Silversten

Our Earth is the most wonderful gift we have ever been given and it is our collective responsibility to care for it. Unfortunately, at the founding of this country our forefathers prioritized building civilization over any concern for the environment, but we know better now and we must take action.

The responsibility now falls on us to reverse the errors of our past and put our Earth first so our grandchildren and great grandchildren will have clean air to breathe and clean water to drink. Caring for the environment doesn’t mean you need to start wearing burlap or hugging trees. All you need to do is simply take time to be aware of your consumption and mindfully give back what you take.

Here are 5 things you can do to preserve our planet:

  1. Conserve Water. Running water is a modern luxury we tend to take for granted, but clean, drinkable water is the product of millions of dollars in research, planning, plumbing and conservation. Do your part by conserving water anywhere you can and refusing to take it for granted.

Here are a few ideas for decreasing your daily water consumption:

  • Turn the water off while doing dishes and brushing your teeth.
  • Take shorter showers or take a bath instead.
  • Find and repair leaks and drips immediately.
  • Re-program automatic sprinklers to run every other day instead of daily.
  • Opt for doing laundry only when you have a full load.
  • Capture and reuse gray water at home for rinsing off decks, driveways and outdoor furniture.

2. Recycle. What your local garbage and recycling center will accept as recyclable varies by county to county. Find their website or call them to find out what can and cannot be recycled. You might also consider upcycling old containers, string and paper into useful items like organization bins or craft supplies. Another great way to recycle is to buy products made from recycled materials like our reclaimed furniture, rugs, and pillows.

3. Use Clean Energy. Our sun provides free energy all day long during the sunny months. Consider installing solar panels to power your home or heat your pool. Many counties offer tax breaks for homes that go solar. When replacing appliances or buying a new vehicle, opt for energy efficient models like an Energy Star washing machine or a hybrid or electric car.

4. Garden. What’s more eco-friendly than growing your own fruits and veggies without harmful pesticides or heavy machinery? Gardening will fill your fridge, provide an excellent opportunity for mindfulness and awareness and put essential oxygen back into the environment. Start small and grow as your interests and tastes grow.

5.Protect Wildlife. There are so many ways you can help protect nature’s creatures! Start at home by planting trees for native birds or join a local group in helping protect a dwindling species in your area. Did you know that shopping with us also helps protect the planet? We donate $1 of every purchase made to The National Conservancy, a non-profit organization committed to protecting land, water and animals worldwide. To date they’ve protected more than 119 million acres of land and over 5,000 rivers.

Take a stand against passive naivety and join the efforts in protecting our planet for future generations. Start by doing one thing such as recycling cans and bottles at home and slowly work your way up to what you feel is an appropriate contribution in relation to your consumption.

Our earth is a living, breathing thing that we’ve had far too much impact on. Just like in the children’s book, The Giving Tree, nature gives, gives gives. If we continue to take, take, take without ever giving back, there will be no tree to provide for the future.

Be mindful. Give back. Care for our environment.