‘Green Living’ is quite popular these days, although the shade of green varies by individual, family, community, region. It doesn’t have to be hard or complicated or expensive. And you shouldn’t feel guilty that you’ve made some changes but not others. If you are making choices based on what is healthy, whether it is for you, your children, your pets, the Earth (although usually it’s true for all of them) – you should feel great about it!
As my family grows, I am reflecting on some of the differences in our lifestyle now versus when it was just two of us. Below are ’10 Signs You’re Green’ from my personal experience.
- You cringe anytime you are somewhere looking to dispose of a glass or plastic bottle but can only find a trash can.
- You are thrilled you go to a Farmers’ Market and the local farm tables are filled with freshly picked fruits and veggies.
- You have a variety of reusable shopping bags in your car (and they usually make it into the store with you).
- You carry around a metal or glass water bottle wherever you go and feel kind of strange when people offer you a plastic bottle of water when you visit their house.
- You try to keep electronics plugged into power strips around the house so you can easily turn everything off with a few switches when you are going to be away for an extended period of time.
- Instead of using AC in the Summer, you have a system for keeping curtains and shades closed in various parts of the house during peak sun time to help keep the house cool (and the indoor air much cleaner!).
- You’ve come to appreciate the cleaning powers of baking soda and vinegar. Add a little lemon, a little castile soap, and maybe a few drops of an essential oil and you can clean anything!
- Friends and family are surprised to discover typically-kitchen supplies in your bathroom, for example, baking soda, apple cider vinegar, and coconut oil.
- You don’t wear street shoes at home and automatically take your shoes off when entering someone else’s house.
- When you open up your Facebook news stream, you see constant updates of do-it-yourself ideas, homesteading images, nutrition tips, news articles and studies about toxins, lifestyle and environmental issues.
What makes you feel green?