Going Green-The Shift in Mindset

The world is changing. People are changing. Business is changing. There has been a shift in popular mindset set in motion for the past few years now that doesn’t seem to be slowing down and it is a good thing.

There are several factors driving this shift and they really are different for every individual. Some people want to give back, some want to be a part of a collective group of like-minded individuals that think similarly and value the same things. Some people want to do their part to save the planet and the environment.

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The Shift

It seems that many people across the globe are seeking better and more environmentally safe ways to do just about everything.

From shopping, organically and locally, to recycling, carpooling, utilizing more public transportation instead of driving to work, bicycling to work, (if you live close enough, of course) and countless other things, the consensus is that the good people of the planet seem to have had enough.

You too may have had enough and you are also trying to do everything that you can to contribute and give back in anyway that you can. Even the smallest changes that you and your family make over time can be beneficial.

Small Changes Help

Small changes may seem miniscule in the face of the problems that we collectively face when it comes to our planet but again, we all need to start somewhere.

Here is a list of things that you can do, at home and at the office, that you can teach your family and friends to do, that will have positive affects not only on the environment but on you and those people around you.

  • Recycle-recycling is one of the best ways to reduce waste that ends up in landfills every year and eventually polluting our soil and atmosphere.
  • Ensure you are disposing of batteries properly (this includes cell phones-because they contain lead they are technically labelled hazardous) You can donate your cell phone to charitable organizations as another fee good option.
  • Ensure you are utilising green or low energy light bulbs in your home or office-this not only cuts down on energy consumption, it should save you money as well by cutting down your electric bill)
  • Turn off all computers when not in use.
  • Conserving water is also essential when trying to go green, and installing a magnetic flow meter is a good way to help monitor your water usage.
  • Ensure all lights are off I your home when not in use.
  • Unplug appliances like irons, TV’s and DVD’s that are not in use, really anything that draws unnecessary power.
  • Start a compost pile-you may want to check out if composting is allowed in your area but if it is, it is a great way to be proactive about going green.