5 good reasons to live a more eco-friendly life from today
Over the course of the past few decades, being eco-friendly has gone from a feel-good endeavour to the marketing buzzword of the day. Organic, natural and going green are terms that are used with high frequency and often, with great interchangeability. So, what does being eco-friendly actually mean? Will it involve a whole lot of extra work? Will you be able to see visible results from making the lifestyle change? The answers to all of these queries can be found by considering the ethical and economical payoff of making the switch to a more eco-friendly lifestyle.
By now, it is a well-known fact that incessant human consumption is exacting a very heavy toll on the environment – the alarming consumption rate of natural resources is believed to have tripled in the past 40 years alone. With more cars on the road, more airplane travel and an ever-escalating demand for material goods, the earth is currently under tremendous pressure and natural resources are being depleted at a supersonic rate. If you’d like to be a part of the solution, rather than the problem, an eco-friendly lifestyle is the only answer. Wondering what difference it can make?
Here are five positive outcomes of building a lifestyle that ensures the least amount of harm to the environment:
Kinder to the environment
It is no secret that as modern lives advance, our consumption of material goods has increased significantly as well — from the basics of food and clothes to technology. Enjoying the finer things of life is reasonable, but we need to ensure that the environment doesn’t suffer in our quest for more. Every individual is leaving behind an irreversible carbon and plastic footprint and it pays to take into account the simple everyday measures that will reduce our burden on the environment. For instance, every one ton of paper recycled will save 17 trees, 2 barrels of oils and 4,100 kilowatts of energy. Meanwhile, one ton of recycled glass can lead to 9 gallons of oil being saved. By taking small measures, these figures can become an everyday reality.
…and kinder to your wallet as well
Going easy on the environment means that you can go easy on the wallet as well! By switching to a fuel-efficient household, you’ll notice a remarkable difference in your electricity consumption bill. The same can be observed with fashion. The constantly rotating cycle of trends will have you convinced that you absolutely require the latest styles… only for it to go out of fashion not soon after. By consciously indulging in timeless, trans-seasonal pieces, you’ll be able to significantly dial back your wardrobe expenses. You can also look to cut back on everyday expenditure by inculcating the mindset of recycling and reusing the possessions you already own. Sounds like a win-win!
Better quality of life
Not just your wallet, your health will thank you for it as well. By adopting a greener lifestyle, you can limit your exposure to harmful exhaust fumes. The chemicals and preservatives present in processed foods can also be avoided by making the choice to opt for organic produce. Take a quick look around your house, and everything from laundry detergents to the wall paint can serve as a storehouse for volatile chemicals. It is a known fact that the fumes emitted from oil paints can serve as an irritant for the eyes and nose, with the potential to cause dizziness and headaches. By reducing your exposure to these harmful additives, you can keep a wide array of health concerns at bay.
Creating a better planet for your kids
A popular Native American proverb says, “We don’t inherit this land from our ancestors. We borrow it from our children.” It becomes our responsibility to leave behind a better planet for our children. This means that we need to work on achieving our own needs without sacrificing the capability of our future generations to do the same. If you’d hope for the next generation to live in a beautiful, diverse world with an unpolluted environment, the work begins today.
Sustainability isn’t just a lifestyle choice, it is a mindset. By adopting eco-friendly choices, it invites a greater sense of consciousness about what we are consuming and what we are putting back into the environment. By culling out what’s not needed, you’ll find greater consciousness and value as you build a life using only that which you actually need. The sense of fulfilment derived from building a life filled only with those things that you value and need is unparalleled.
These were just a few of the compelling reasons why living in an eco-friendly manner can have untold benefits for the environment and your everyday life as well. The Earth Circle believes that even one person can make a difference. If each individual decides to reduce their carbon and plastic footprint, live more sustainably and buy more consciously, the earth would be a completely different planet to live on. Are you ready to take the first step?