The Importance of Going Green
Part One

Why go green you ask? Being environmentally sensitive is popular right now – even some of the largest companies are hopping on the electric powered bandwagon. But, there are more important reasons for wanting to reduce your carbon footprint.

I started being an environmentalist when I was a young child. My parents were organic gardeners, and I grew up with Organic Gardening magazine as reading material. That was back in the ‘60’s and being in touch with Mother Earth was the popular trend then, too.

The magazine taught me more than just how to take care of the soil and how to grow healthy food; it taught me the importance of symbiotic relationships. And, that knowledge grew into my view point on how to live my life.

For years I preached the importance of recycling, although it wasn’t called recycling then. I firmly believed in reusing everything – empty margarine tubs became left-over storage containers, empty egg cartons became seed starters and food scraps were composted. My friends thought I was crazy. Who’s crazy now, huh? ;)

Recycling was limited to newspapers and steel and aluminum cans, but, you had to transport them to the junk yard, and later, collection centers to have them recycled.

My brother and I made small sums of money collecting “trash” and hauling them to the recyclers.

It was messy and difficult and didn’t pay a lot, but it made me feel good and my brother feel rich, so it was worth it!

As time went by and the importance of reducing our impact on natural resources became more mainstream, recycling was easier and more profitable. There was even a time when you where able to take your aluminum cans to the grocery store and exchange them for cash.

But, there were still all the other recyclable resources going into the trash and landfills.

Eventually, recycling became necessary because the landfills were filling up and natural resources were being depleted too fast. Thus, curbside pickup for recyclables was born!

Soon corporations and businesses of all sizes were reducing their waste. They found reducing raw material usage and recycling other wastes made since and a positive impact on the bottom line.

The rest is history, as they say, and now almost everyone understands the importance of reducing our impact on planet Earth and recycling has become a business of its own.

Now, that you’ve had a brief history of recycling – what can you do in addition to separating your trash to reduce your carbon footprint?

The good news – there are LOTS of things you can do and most of them are easy, too. I won’t even suggest you sit in the dark, wear three sweaters to stay warm and eat only homegrown bean sprouts with organic whole grain rice!

I’m not going to ask you to give up driving your car, either….most of my suggestions will involve simple changes to your daily routine.

Read my post “10 Environmental Green Tips” to get steps you can take today and see how easy it is to join the green revolution.

If you are ready to make bigger changes, visit my Going Green site for some advanced methods of Going Green. There a several methods available for combining environmental concern with economic concern to create an income, too!