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Going Green......Take it Slow

So you have decided to take the plunge and leap into changing your life to one that is better for the environment. Firstly, I applaud you for beginning to give a crap about our planet and all life. I am here to give my opinion on what it means to go green and why it is not as simple as buying a new sustainable wardrobe. Going green is fun and rewarding but at the same time, it takes time to get right. I also believe that understanding the importance of taking it slow can help with some eco-anxiety you might have. Here is my views on how to go green and the key is taking it slow.

Lying in the green grass, surrounded by green.
Lying in the Green Grass

What is going green?

Going green is understanding the impact your choices have on the planet and then making choices to maintain or improve the ecological balance to better the planet. Some might call it being eco-friendly, sustainable living or environmentally conscious but it is all essentially the betterment of our planet through the way we live. The primary goal is to mitigate any negative impact you have on the planet and the environment and if anything improve the biodiversity and revival of our nature. It is about making conscious decisions not just in regards to us but the entire impact of that decision, may it be an action, a purchase or a message.

a green tote bag
Tote Bag

Why do you need to take it slow?

Although it is great you are moving to a ”greener” life you will have to take it slow. This is mainly because like everything it takes time to learn and understand something new and this goes for changing your lifestyle. The more you will learn the better job you can do at transitioning to a green life. Unfortunately, it is often not as simple as dumping everything and buying everything a company labels sustainable or green. Unfortunately, this is because they might not be telling the truth or it does not meet truly “green” credentials. For example using recycled plastic in products is great but what happens to it at the end of its life? Can it be recycled again or will it end in landfill? It is important to understand it is not just a label but a whole mindset you need to change. The more you learn the more your perception will change and you will fully understand your impact and how to mitigate it.

Binning is bad:

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