Why Go Green?
It's a common misconception that those who choose to go green must live rustic, isolated lifestyles without any technological conveniences or modern comforts. Being green-savy and making lifestyle changes doesn't have to be nearly so extreme and for the majority of people on the planet who live and work in large metro areas it simply isn't a viable option anyway.
However, that does not mean you can't live a more environmentally friendly lifestyle both at home and at work. It's not only beneficial to the planet as a whole, but you'll be helping yourself and your family too, and you don't have to give up on technology, just power and recharge your gadgets using solar and other renewable energy.
Being eco friendly around the house doesn't always have to be a huge investment; doing small, easy things like replacing traditional lights with CFL (compact fluorescent lights), using efficient and modern appliances, and unplugging unused electronics can have a big impact over time, both in saving money and helping the environment by using less energy.
But besides saving a bit of cash, going green is a responsible move when we consider our children, too; the next generation will be the one that has to inherit our mistakes if we don't all work to correct them. While we're already seeing some of the effects of our choices, our children and grandchildren will be the ones that really suffer or benefit from what we do now.
Learning how to be green isn't just important at home. There are many reasons for businesses of all sizes to consider moves toward a more sustainable, green business model. In the long run your business will save money, allowing it to be more profitable, but there are other considerations to take into account, too.
Because the environment is such a hot topic and become one of the main concerns of many consumers as they look for organic products or products made from sustainable resources, you can take advantage of this movement by leading the way and becoming a company that supports, provides and utilizes alternative energy sources, sustained resources and a responsible recycling program. There are some recycling centers that will also purchase waste material from production or general business use (garbage, etc) to recycle into consumer goods or raw materials that can be made into new products or fuel.
Going green makes sense for every home and every business; not only will it help our planet stay healthy, it will help you and your family or employees stay healthy while saving money. Educating yourself about the issues, easy ways to help, sharing the information with your children and learning to appreciate nature and the diversity of our planet is a great way to investigate more reasons to go green, too.