Going Green

I really can’t not come back to the concept of going green to save ourselves and the planet.

Looking beyond my own nose to what’s happening outside my life to other people and places and things is what I strive to do.

The truth is when you’re lucky enough in life to have achieved everything you ever wanted to get there’s no room for selfishness.

Going green doesn’t have to be complicated or laborious.

Each of us can do whatever we can. That’s better than not doing anything at all.

Little steps can have a big impact. If everyone does one or two “green” things the planet will be better off.

With this in mind I’ll give you  a list of ways to go green:

  • Narrow down your makeup selection to only 5 or 6 lipsticks. Go to Ulta or Sephora for professional help in choosing the colors that look best on you. Recreate these finds at a drugstore if you can’t afford Ulta or Sephora.
  • Use stainless steel water bottles. Fill them with tap water (NYC tap water is the best) or with water cooler water at your job. I recommend KleanKanteen. Nix buying single-use plastic water bottles. Carry a stainless steel water bottle with you when you go out to have on hand.
  • Use regular forks knives and spoons for a party instead of buying plastic. I don’t buy paper plates either or plastic cups. I have a ZAK Design Confetti dinnerware set plus flatware I picked up on the cheap in a dollar store.
  • Stop buying plastic storage containers. Buy and use glass containers instead. Plastic is made with chemicals that are hormone disrupters. I didn’t know this when I bought my plastic cereal holder containers years ago. From now on I’ll buy glass containers.
  • Refrain from buying coral. The mining of coral is the culprit in destroying the ecosystem that fishermen rely on to catch fish.
  • Buy organic food. Buy and eat only organic chicken.
  • Consider not eating meat if you don’t need to eat meat. This is a health decision. I have a friend who became a vegetarian. He got too depressed. When he started eating meat again his mood improved. This is an individual decision. I haven’t eaten meat in over 10 years.
  • Buy fewer clothes of better quality. Buy “eco-friendly” clothes if you can fit into them.
  • Recycle everything you can recycle. Yet know the solution is to not create waste in the first place-or to create as little waste as possible. If you’re a writer like I am who prints up multiple drafts of a manuscript use the same paper twice and print on the blank side of the paper too.

In my own life I have had a battle using oven cleaner. The fumes are unbearable and might just be toxic. It’s an onerous chore to clean inside the oven. As soon as I have the extra money I’m going to buy and install a SELF-CLEANING oven. This will cut down on the expense of buying toxic oven cleaner. It will give me the free time to do other things than spend time cleaning the oven.

I hope this list has sparked in you your own ideas for ways to go green.