Going green for beginners – what you need to know before you start

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I started GuyGoesGreen just over 4 weeks ago and although I am still very wet behind the ears, I have jumped into this adventure head first and think I can impart a few nuggets of advice for anybody just starting to go green or thinking about going green.  Here they are:

  1. You can make a real difference TODAY without much effort –  Like I said, I have only been at this for a few weeks, but I have already calculated I will conserve hundreds of thousands of gallons of water over my lifetime just by slightly changing my bathing habits.  I will save a few trees just by taking a few hours to get myself off of junk mail lists.  There are very real and very easy things you can do today that can make a difference.  Examples here and here.
  2.  Do what is comfortable for you – I am quickly learning that there is an infinite number of ways to go green and although I do think it is good to push yourself, I also think it is ok to draw lines as to what is comfortable for you.  One person was telling me how I should collect water outside to flush my toilet with and I just don’t see that happening.  Do you remember when Sheryl Crow suggested that people use just one square of TP?  Believe me, that will not happen and nobody around me wants that either. Someday, who knows… but today I am not comfortable using one square.
  3. There is always someone who is greener – There will always be someone out there who is greener or more environmentally conscious.  That is ok.  Sometimes people may try and tell you that you are not doing enough.  Listen to the advice, because some green initiatives might be more greenwash than real, but don’t let people poopoo on the work you are trying to do.  There are always people that are greener than that person also.  On the flipside, if you ever start helping other people with going green, respect the efforts others take.
  4. Have fun with it!  – Yes, there is a very serious side behind this and inaction as a world will have some very bad consequences… but your changes can be fun.  I have started this blog and not only do I get to “go green”, I get to do a bit of writing and also am spending time doing something special with my wife! 

These are just a few tips to get you started.  Overall, thus far, I have found the people in the green community to be great.  Let me know in the comments area below if you have suggestions or questions.

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  1. Mrs Green says:

    I love your suggestions, especially number 1. I hope you feel proud that you are able to share with others just how much water you have saved. This week you’ve saved loads of food too and the other week you’ve reduced your paper footprint.

    Like you say, you can make a difference TODAY. Taking your own shopping bags and turning off the lights are prime examples.

    Looking forward to seeing what Ashley’s challenge is for next week!

  2. admin says:

    I am looking forward also and hoping it is not a hard one. 😉 Thanks for keeping up with our progress Mrs. Green!

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