“Going Green” is a hot topic these days. Yet, many people wonder about the term “green living” in its practical sense.
What is the definition of green living? Is living green the same as sustainable development? It depends on who you ask.
According to the Environmental Protection Agency (EPA):
“Green living means making sustainable choices about what we eat, how we travel, what we buy, and how we use and dispose of it. We can implement sustainability in our workplace practices, and by greening the buildings we inhabit. Our everyday choices can create a sustainable lifestyle.”
Living green has traditionally been in general reference to the environment and our impact on planet Earth. It’s a philosophy that recognizes humanity’s relationship to our environment. Earth is a support system. Our quality of food and shelter depends on how we treat the Earth.
To live green is to sustain a healthy environment. When we take good care of the Earth, we help ourselves.
Clearly, green living and sustainability belong on the same page. Sustainable development might be grander in scope. To develop sustainably requires the intent and combined efforts of groups of people using resources that affect broad population now and into the future.
Sustainable development includes green living. But I think of green living as behavior and lifestyle in which each individual can control his or her choices to help sustain a healthy environment.
Living green involves a lifestyle that sustains a healthy environment in the home, community and planet. Some big factors in creating a green home lifestyle include contributing as little waste as possible, eliminating toxic substances and reducing our use of power and water.
Green home living addresses our choices in:
Green living involves activities help the planet stay in a balanced mode and able to support future generations. Maintaining the ecological balance is the end result of green living.
Green living practices reduce toxins from the environment. The ultimate target of sustainability and green living is to improve and preserve the planet’s health, which in turn protects the planet for all living beings.
A few of the practices that come under the scope of green living include:
To live a green home lifestyle also sustains our personal health by avoiding toxic chemicals and artificial ingredients that pollute the environment in every way. What goes around comes around when the polluted environment causes people, plants and animals to be sick.
Green living is the way to break this vicious cycle that is harming every single thing present on our planet. This conscious lifestyle helps balance, conserve and preserve human culture and communities with the Earth’s natural resources, habitats, and biodiversity.
The goal of living green is utilizing every natural thing in the most sustainable way. Green living means understanding that: