Green Living – Earth Friendly Behaviors for a Sustainable Lifestyle

‘Living Green’: a great and admirable goal. Yet it is somewhat overwhelming when you aren’t quite sure where to start. The ultimate destination is to live sustainably. Do not create trash, do not waste resources, and do not harm the planet. Although we all conceivably aspire to these mantras, it is easy to get caught up in the lure of instant gratification, time saving short cuts and consumerism that creates most of the problems in the first place.

To aid in the transformation into a sustainable lifestyle, the first step is education. Some behaviors we perceive to be Earth-friendly are actually not. For example – plastic water bottles. There are some perceived warm fuzzies of water bottles –

• We are taking care of ourselves and our families by continuously hydrating.

• By recycling the plastic, we are being environmentally sound.

• Water is an abundant resource and buying in plastic bottles simply makes it convenient and readily available.

But here is the truth about water bottles –

• The process of bottling water takes enormous energy and copious volumes of water many times greater than the amount of water in the bottles being produced. Energy must be used to purify the water to a level that can be packaged and not grow harmful bacteria and most often, water is used for the filtration in the water purification process.

• The creation of the plastic bottles requires petroleum as plastic is a petroleum based product.

• A vast majority of water bottles are NOT recycled but placed in the landfill or worse yet, tossed into the environment. In addition, those that are recycled require great amounts of energy, petroleum and water to be recycled.

• There is growing evidence that storing water in plastic enhances carcinogenic toxins to transfer from the plastic into the water that is then ingested by people.

Using water bottles as an example, there are many behaviors that may seem innocent but the truth is well hidden – typically by those selling the products to encourage consumer purchases. True Green Living is a near and dear to the Earth as possible with minimal waste, minimal use of resources and minimal impact on the planet.

Here are a few suggestions for Green Living that are easy to incorporate into our lives and have no negative effect:

1. Use re-sealable glass containers for transportable drinking water. They emit nothing into the water supply, are treatable so as not to carry pathogens, and you have created no waste or used minimal petroleum to create a re-usable glass.

2. Create a compost pile. If you follow simple, easy steps (no fats, no animal products, add a variety of ingredients including soil), it will never have an odor or attract wildlife yet yield fantastic fertilizer and soil conditioner. Plus, it keeps a great deal of volume out of the landfill.

3. Consign or donate items you no longer need. Remember – one man’s trash is another man’s treasure!

4. Fix leaky faucets and toilets. Nothing wastes our precious resource of water like inane drips.

5. Do not use synthetic chemicals if possible! This include chemicals for pest control, for cleaning or for health and beauty products. This seems so obvious and yet we consume and are exposed to a gazillion synthetic chemicals each day. These man-made toxins infiltrate and bio-accumulate and wreak havoc in the form of Autism, Alzheimer’s, Asthma, etc.

These are 5 easy to incorporate ideas to live a more sustainable life. Beginning these will help shift your mind to a more Earth friendly lifestyle and snowball forward to encourage a greener and greener existence. Another step towards Living Green.

How to Adjust to the Work at Home Lifestyle

If you are like hundreds of thousands of other people out of a job, the internet is the place to look. It presents a number of opportunities for entrepreneurs just like you to pursue. While it is an exciting and overwhelming time to start your own business, it can be a bit more difficult to adjust to the work at home lifestyle than you might think.

There are several things you can do to acclimate to a work at home job. The first thing you need to do is create a plan to follow. You are going to be faced with numerous obstacles and challenges. With the amount of competition there is to fight off online, it is best to be as prepared as possible. Within your plan you want to include what you are going to do, who your target market is, and how you intend on reaching your target market.

Because there is so much competition online, you are going to face a lot of rejection and adversity. It can be difficult putting in a lot of time and effort while getting little results. This is precisely why you want to set goals for yourself to strive for. Having goals and ambitions will help you stay focused on the task at hand so that you can persevere through the difficult times and work toward success.

Something many entrepreneurs struggle with when adjusting to a work at home job is the tremendous amount of freedom. You are going to be able to do whatever you want whenever you want. While it is nice being able to work whenever you choose it can be easy to put things off and procrastinate. If you truly want to work from home you need to be committed. This is why it is important for you to create some kind of schedule to follow.

An easy way to eliminate the constant distractions and actually sit down and work is to work from an office. Far too many internet newbie?s try to get away with working from the kitchen table or working at the living room couch. Locking yourself in an office can help you focus on the work that needs to be accomplished and eliminate all of the distractions that are around you.

The last tip to help you become acclimated to your new work site is to talk to the family. It may be difficult for your family to understand that you have a job at the house now. Because of this the spouse may ask you to take the kids to school or run to the grocery store. You need to make it clear to them that this is your new job site and when you are in your office it means you are working. This will help you make the most of your new work at home job.