Living “green” is arguably one of the hottest social trends today. It includes pretty much everything in our daily routine – food, clothing, energy supplies, gadgets, and homes – everything you can think of can be described as “green” or not. The red line is whether the products we use are sustainable and what is their effect on environment.
Let’s take oil-based products, for example – the growing consensus is that we should effectively replace their use with organic-based products, because the latter are less harmful to the Earth and humans in general.
The trend is boosted by a growing number of people getting acquainted with the effect of daily tasks on environment, improving levels of education, and the peaking of essential commodity prices. The gas price spike of recent years has provoked millions of people and whole industries to look for a green alternative to oil-based derivatives.
Let’s face it – for most people, the “green” trend is product-focused and consumerist. Eat bio-products and you will be healthy. Wear “green” clothes because they are better for your skin. You can obsess about this stuff and forget the real idea behind the trend. Yes, it is great that we can buy stuff that helps us lead a more “nature-oriented” life. But what all of us should try to achieve is finding the true balance in our existence between social and personal needs and the environmental challenges of our modern time.
How do you go “green”?
The first step would be to find the awareness inside that you can do better by the planet you live on. The easiest thing on a daily basis is to start recycling your garbage. You will be surprised that such a simple step can actually make you feel better about being responsible and engaged. A much more sizeable commitment would be the purchase of a green car (or a hybrid, at least) or making energy-saving improvements at home. Your friends will notice such actions and may even start thinking about doing the same, because it’s a cool thing.
If you reach that stage and you still feel like you are missing something, you are probably ready for the next step – making your life simpler. Start by getting rid of all the things you do not need at home. How many plastic cups do you throw per day? How about using a single glass all day? Do you really need that tablet or the three laptops at home?
The more you think about it, the more convinced you will become that owning less lets you live more. The freedom of purchasing and objectifying your needs will let you connect with your inner drives and desires. When purchasing no longer brings you satisfaction, you might just be able to hear your inner voice better. What does it say to you?