When you hear the term “natural living” or “going green” what do you think of? For myself, I think of pure, straight of nature, unharmed, unchanged, organic. The problem is, when most of us think of natural or organic products, we often equate that to a higher price tag.
If we had the option, no doubt all of us want to give our families the best possible. Sometimes the reality is, we just may not financially be able to do all we want too. We may think it has to be all or nothing. The reality is though, with each step we take towards living a more natural life we make a positive impact, not just for the planet but also for our families.
So you can’t do it all, that is okay! Focus on what you can do.
There are so many simple things we can do to live a more natural life. It can seem so overwhelming, where can I start? My advice, start small. Making small changes won’t seem entirely overwhelming or costly but they start you down the journey to more natural living.
Simple Ways to Go Green
- Begin recycling. Recycling is really simple and so many communities make it easy. Why add more garbage into a landfill where it will sit for years and years when it can be recycled into something useful?
- Start composting. It is really simple, just recycle your organic waste that will in turn give you such rich nutrients for your garden or plants. If you don’t know where to start, check out my Composting 101 series.
- Focus on purchasing the dirty dozen organically. The dirty dozen are the top twelve produce items that have been rated with the highest concentrated amounts of pesticides and chemicals. Not sure what they are? You can find a list on the dirty dozen here.
- Eliminate conventional cleaning products that are full of chemicals. There are so many alternatives from making your own homemade cleaning products to more streamlined natural products, such as the line of natural cleaners from Seventh Generation, Method or Dr. Bronners castile soap. Eliminating chemicals around our home was one of the first things we did in our home.
They may not seem like much, but each small change you are able to make, is one step towards reducing your impact on own home and providing your family a healthy living environment.