If you take a step back, and think about it, you'll realize that the world we live in is actually encouraging us to consume more in order to reduce our impact. Buy green. Try this. Throw this out. Never use that. Replace it now. Nope, that was wrong, now do this.
Too many products and services are now being marketed as "green", and while this may seem like it's positive, it's really not. Many products may not in fact really even be green, they may just been marketed that way, or, they may just be completely unnecessary (classified as "greenwashing").
Somehow, many toxic cleaning chemicals on shelves actually have an 'eco' or 'green' certification. Do you even know what the standards of that certification are? It might be parallel to potato chips claiming "reduced fat" on the bag; sure, that might be better, but it's still not healthy and it's certainly not as low fat or healthy as an organic apple, or nothing at all!
Maybe you find it all stressful, maybe you find it overwhelming, but just take a deep breath (of clean indoor air because I'm sure you've already rid your home of all toxic chemicals, right?) and don't write off living green. It is absolutely worth buying into the green movement. Any one change you make, or new service you try, is simply another beginning, not an ending point. And, when you like it and you feel that you've made a positive change, tell a few friends and all of a sudden, you will be making a big difference.
Whether you consider yourself green, not green at all, hippie, tree hugger, lifetime suv-driver, all-natural or anything else, all you need to do is ignore the front-of-label claims and the media-making picks for you and use your common sense to make your purchasing decisions.
Start by supporting as many businesses (and people!) that are local to you, pleasant, making efforts to be green, and providing quality products and services that aren't going to make us sick, or contribute to an unhealthy planet.
Try to consider the following when shopping:
Instead of depending on large corporations or experts to tell us that we need, rely on yourself - you are your own best expert (possibly hypocritical as I'm telling you what to do?). Just a reminder: We control the way we shop, and what we shop for and using our common sense will help us make more responsible purchases that will in turn save us time, save us money, save our health, and positively impact our shared world. How is that for good sense?
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