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10 Easy Ways To Be Green

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10 Easy Ways To Be Green

By Randy Fritz

Earth Day has come and gone. An event that started 40 years ago, known only to hippies and tree huggers, is now recognized throughout the world for its importance.

The trouble is… we are not doing enough for our planet.

Why be more green?

1. To save the planet for yourself, your children, your friends, and for your childrenís children.
2. To enjoy clean air, clean water, beautiful skies, and breathtaking beaches.
3. To enjoy better health for yourself, your children, your friends and for your children’s children.
4. To save money for yourself, your family Ö ( you get it by now)
5. To reduce political and economic instability.

The question is: are you growing in green awareness each day and doing something about it, or not?

Remember that little awakenings and changes made by large populations can make a big difference. You donít have to run out tomorrow and buy a hybrid car or donate your life to Greenpeace. Just do what you can.

10 Easy Ways to Be Green

1. Eat Organic

You canít argue against the benefits of organic farming. Crops grown without chemical pesticides do not contaminate the earth with toxic substances. Studies have proven that organically grown fruits and vegetables are higher in certain nutrients. Organic food can be a bit more expensive but by supporting organic farming you can support this trend and prices will come down.

The chemicals used by conventional farming affect your health as well as the environment. The chemicals get washed away into our lakes, rivers and oceans so the life there has to deal with them. Why not deal with it with a simple decision instead? Your body – and the planet – will be happy you did.

You can also not douse your clothes and home with chemicals:† Are Your Clothes Toxic?

2. Eat Less Meat

Meat production, compared to plant production, has a carbon footprint that is 57 times bigger! Reducing your carbon footprint is just one of the benefits of being a vegetarian. Your average meat-eating dog has a bigger carbon footprint than a gas guzzling SUV.† (Note Iím not suggesting getting rid of your dog. I love them! Just making a point.) A single pound of meat also requires 1,500 to 12,000 gallons of water. Water supplies are already low for many areas of the world and it is going to get much worse.† Read more here: Nice Cow – Bad Cow Effects

We are not advocating becoming a vegetarian necessarily Ė just that most people could reduce meat consumption with many benefits. One of these is better health.

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Diana Herrington

Diana Herrington turned a debilitating health crisis into a passion for helping others with healthy, sugar-free, gluten-free, eating and cooking. After testing and researching every possible healthy therapy on her delicate system she has developed simple, powerful principles which she shares in her recent book Eating Green and Lean, and as host to Care2 groups: Healthy Living Network and Healthy Cooking. She is the head chef at Real Food for Life, where she shares recipes and tips. Sign up for the Real Food for Life weekly newsletter or catch her on Facebook or Twitter (@DancinginLife).


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1:55PM PDT on Apr 22, 2013


7:46AM PST on Jan 18, 2013

I do most of these, I am sharing this!

9:09PM PDT on May 21, 2012

good tips! i strive to live by them as much as possible and wish others did as well...

1:22PM PDT on May 15, 2012


12:38PM PDT on May 10, 2012

I struggle with the idea of going vegetarian due to having so many food issues and allergies. And food dislikes.

8:10PM PDT on May 8, 2012

Thank you!

8:10PM PDT on May 8, 2012

Thank you!

8:03PM PDT on May 8, 2012

Thank you!

7:32PM PDT on May 4, 2012

Creating a greener life is important in my life; I very much appreciate Randy's article. Let's make every day Earth Day.

6:18AM PDT on May 4, 2012

Great article . Thanks

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