Nowadays, people are interested in “being green”—doing things in the most eco-friendly, sustainable manner. This new awareness has come from pollution that has happened over the past 150 years from industrialization. Species have died off from dumps and poisonings. Animals have gotten trapped and killed in non-biodegradable items left over from human beings. Resources have become poisonous for people to consume.
On top of it, there is a lot of waste. The vast amounts of waste that result from human activates results in a never ending cycle of economic, social and environmental destruction. Each type of destruction leads into the other. People are consuming and wasting more than ever because of industrialization and globalization. Poor people in third world countries are taken advantage of as they are used as cheap labor in the process of producing goods—most of which will eventually be wasted.
We are all responsible for living as green and eco-friendly as possible, because it is so easy to contribute to the sheer amounts of wastes in the world. The first step to living green is to use products and supplies that are more eco-friendly. For example, use bedding pellets that are less processed, less treated with chemicals or not treated with chemicals at all. You should also use natural pesticides and natural fertilizers. There is a huge problem with wildlife dying from synthetic fertilizers and pesticides that people put on their properties. The fertilizers and pesticides go up through the food chain and hurt animals that consume the bugs that live in the soil. It is pretty arguable such chemicals are not really good for humans to be exposed to, either.
Also, one should opt for supplies that are biodegradable. For example, do not opt for non-degradable plastic cups, utensils and plates; instead, opt for items made from and packaged in materials that are biodegradable. If you are temporarily using a cup for an hour, you do not need it to be made of a substance that takes centuries or millennia to break down.
Another way to live green is utilize your possessions until they can no longer be used. A lot of people keep buying things before the thing that they already own wear out. This creates a lot of waste in the world as more possessions end up in landfills. It also results in unhealthy hoarding behaviors that ruin people’s lives. Also, living within your means is a part of this. Don’t buy things that you don’t need just to keep up with your neighbors. You don’t have to buy a new car every couple of years. If you have a car that isn’t the newest model but still works really well, then keep using that car. Clothing can be kept and worn for a surprisingly long time. You really don’t have to buy new clothes every single season. In some social and/or professional circles, people may be looked down upon if they do not buy new things. However, maintaining and keeping things for as long as possible should be people’s goals.