· Prioritize. What areas are most important to you, and concentrate on one at a time. Do you want to rid your home of harmful chemicals? Do you want to stop using too much paper products? Do you want to compost and reduce waste? Do you want to switch to natural beauty care? Do you want to quit the SAD diet (Standard American Diet) for unprocessed, organic foods? Etc. Pick one.
· Rely on resources. There are lots of books, documentaries, websites, blogs, forums, don’t try to figure it out on your own; take advantage of the fact that others have been where you are.
· Don’t stress it. Stress is never good. This is not a competition, don’t compare yourself to others, do what you can with what you have.
Here are some lifestyle changes you can make, in no particular order.
· Start a garden, if you can. Even if it’s just a potted herb garden on your windowsill.
· Choose energy efficient appliances. Light bulbs, etc.
· Reduce your water consumption. Take shorter showers, turn the water off in between shampoo, or when brushing teeth.
· Shop at your local farmers market. If this isn’t an option, look for organic produce at your regular grocery store, and animal products from grassfed animals.
· Remove all toxins for your home. Make a gradual switch, from toxic conventional household products (from cleaners to feminine hygiene products) to more natural options.
· Be a shoe-less household. A great part of toxins in the home can be blamed on what we track in with our shoes.
· Use reusable bags. Not just at the supermarket but any other store as well. Keep a few in your car.
· A paperless kitchen. You can buy or make your own cloth napkins, and turn old towels into kitchen rags.
· Get rid of plastics. Switch to glass, ceramic, or stainless steel containers for food storage.
· Cloth diaper. The average child is responsible for roughly 2000 diapers that end up in the landfill, not to mention the chemicals used in the production are extremely harmful (for baby and Mother Nature) some even carcinogens.
· Natural Feminine care. Cotton is the biggest pesticide contaminated crop in the world; choose organic cotton tampons or pads, or reusable options like silicone cups or sea sponges.
· Compost your (organic only) food waste.
· Dispose of waste properly. Learn how to properly recycle, even hazardous waste like electronics or chemicals.
These are only a few ways; there are lots more, but you get the idea. Now, where will you start? What questions do you have? As you start this journey ask yourself two things: What does it mean to me to be eco-friendly, and why is it important?