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THE BEGINNERS GUIDE TO GREEN LIVING

As we gear up for our next issue, you will see more activity on the WE Magazine for Women blog. Here is a timely article submitted by Bea Kunz, our Earthwise Editor.

 

We Magazine Logo CoverTHE BEGINNERS GUIDE TO GREEN LIVING – What Better Time Than Thanksgiving To Start

There has a been a lot of information about  “Green Living” appearing everywhere we look as of late….. well, at least that’s the way it seems. Actually the information and the access to it has been there for a very long time.

The time is right, many are more aware, more willing to embrace, and frankly, scared of the alternatives of “not” living green.

From the kitchen frig to the grass on your lawn, deadly gases and chemical residues are just waiting to do their damage.

I know you have heard that “Rome” wasn’t built in a day, and so, changing a traditional lifestyle to a “green” style isn’t going to happen overnight. What can and should happen overnight is our willingness to look, see, and act. To become aware of the need to change and have the desire to do so. The change must first take place in our minds before we can translate that change into action.

What better time to embrace the attitude change than “Thanksgiving”…start with the food feast that will be served to your family and friends this year.

Shop and eat local and in season. Foods that are grown within fifty to one hundred miles of us are fresher, more nutritious, and more flavorful than the local super market brand. Buy from a local farmer if at all possible, and if organic is available, then opt for that too. Meats and poultry grown/raised in open range conditions versus crowded feed-lots give us healthy and chemical free meats.

Start the new year with a self promise to clean out the kitchen, laundry, and bathrooms. Discard all cleaning and personal care products that are not natural and chemical free. This is truely the best thing you can ever do for your better health.
Do you know, white vinegar, baking soda, and regular table salt are the only cleaning products  we need to have a clean and bacteria-free home. Add some Essential Oils to the mix for clean and healthy air and rest easy !

Do you know what’s in your drinking water? Find out if you don’t, and make changes accordingly.
Most states are required by law to send you a list once a year of the water testing, with a break-down of the percentage of all ingredients and the meaning of each one.

Don’t forget about your home furnishings, from carpet to bedding, they each have the capability of adding to or taking away from your better health.

If you smoke, please stop, not only is it deadly to you, it is to everyone around you.
It has the same deadly and injurious results as drinking and driving…

Think green, think healthy, make a choice, take a stand, take action.

From your own home space to a global playing field, there is something for each of us to do.

Have a happy and green Thanksgiving and more.

Bea Kunz, Sage Hill Farms

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2 Comments

  1. I think it is important to start small and pick the areas in our lives that make sense to ‘green’ and not worry that we’re are not totally eco-friendly. If everyone does something, the cumulative effect will be huge.

    There is a great show coming to Portland, Oregon that looks like a great resource for beginners. The best part is it is free!

  2. Hi Meghan,

    You are 100% correct. When we try to make a total change from one point to another, we most often end up overwhelmed and backing out of the process.

    Small actions will add up to big rewards, there really is no action too small, it all counts in the overall results.

    I would love to hear more about the project coming to your town.

    Do share with us.

    May you have a fabulous and green 2008!

    Bea Kunz
    Sage Hill Farms