Hello friends and welcome to my blog and a greener way of living.
It is no secret that climate change is impacting our society and environment; the ocean is getting warmer, ice caps are melting, storms are being stronger. These are all direct effects of global warming.
Some definitions that you might like to know going forward on this journey are:
“A change in global or regional climate patterns, in particular a change apparent from the mid to late 20th century onwards and attributed largely to the increased levels of atmospheric carbon dioxide produced by the use of fossil fuels.”
“A gradual increase in the overall temperature of the earth’s atmosphere generally attributed to the greenhouse effect caused by increased levels of carbon dioxide, chlorofluorocarbons, and other pollutants.”
“Sustainable living is the practice of a lifestyle with the objective of reducing the use of natural resources.”
“Zero Waste is a set of principles focused on waste prevention that encourages the redesign of resource life cycles so that all products are reused. The goal is for no trash to be sent to landfills, incinerators, or the ocean”
Why I Switched… and why you should too.
The main reason that I switched to a more sustainable way of living is because I love to explore nature, hiking is probably my favortive thing. My dog Hercules and I hike a lot during the summer, all over North and South Carolina. Seeing how people are beginning to care less and less about the environment and seeing the direct effects it has on the trails that I love, is heartbreaking. I can’t walk on a trail without finding plastic wrappers, hairbands, waterbottles and cans. Herc and I always make sure to bring an extra bag so we can collect trash we find along the way, and sadly we leave with a full bag more times than not.
Another reason that I switched was for my pets health and my own health. A lot of common household cleaners are not good for your pets skin nor for them to breathe, and it is not really good for you either.
Being able to clean my home is important to me, so I switched to all natural cleaners, that I can make at home with just a few ingredients, and it has dramatically decreased my cleaning waste.
I could go on and on for days as to the reasons I made the switch, but I you might be asking yourself, why should you care?
Climate change not only has an affect on the environment, but it also has an effect on humans. 2015-2017 were the hottest three years ever recorded as of a 2019 State of Air report. Research shows that climate change will likely bring a spike in heat related illness, including food and water containments, and it will increase heart issues for humans, espically the eldery.
It is also affecting air quality. This is issues is also due to car emissions, but the air quality in many cities in Los Angles, California is at dangerous levels almost everyday.
These are just two somewhat small reasons that should spike your interest and concern into a more sustainable life.
If you still need more, if you really take on the challenge of living a more sustainable life, it will likely help you save some money.
So what do you do now?
Making the switch to a more sustainable life should not happen in one day, that would defeat the purpose of being more sustainable. And, although in this blog I will mention my zero waste products, I am by no means living a zero waste life, nor do I think that it is sustainable for most people, meaning that it can be very hard to keep up with.
Throughout this blog, you can find tips and tricks on how to make your switch as easy and inexpensively as possible. If you have anything specfic you want to learn more about, please send me an email and I will work it into the next post.
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Check back in with us next week for tips on decorating for fall without breaking the bank or brining chemicals into your home!