“Going Green” is a buzz phrase that is widely popular in recent times. It seems many are getting on the sustainability bandwagon, from businesses, to community groups and individuals. Aside from the basic environmental impact though, what is the true value and importance of going green?
A Better Future
Going green and developing more sustainable practices today helps ensure that there will be a system in place for future generations. It also helps preserve resources we all require for our very survival. Deforestation of the rainforests is a problem that will eventually effect the climate on a global scale if the practice is not reduced. Unfortunately, many food items, pharmaceutical drug ingredients and other products are leading to massive deforestation in the Amazon and frantic efforts are in place to slow the practice. It is also important to consider that natural resources like oil and coal are non-renewable resources. Once they are gone, that’s it.
Taking in all the information about climate change can seem daunting and overwhelming. Often people feel powerless to do anything to stop it, but the truth is every action you take has an impact on the environment. This means that you are empowered to make decisions that can have a positive impact. You can choose what you eat, what you buy, how you shop, vote, and live.
Every choice you make that is positive, benefits the whole. Here are just a few ways you can make a positive impact today.
- Support green businesses.
- Recycle items whenever possible.
- Carry cloth shopping bags and stop using plastic.
- Grow a garden or participate in a community garden.
- Ride a bike or use public transportation instead of taking the car if you live in more urban areas.
Simple acts like these have an immediate positive impact. Still unsure of the importance of small steps? Consider this: If every American household recycled 1/10th of their newspapers annually, it would save approximately 25 million trees per year. Every small act does indeed add up. Every positive choice you make will make a difference.
It is also important to consider energy use. With a vast and ever-increasing population, it is increasingly imperative to focus on conservation of finite resources, while simultaneously developing renewable sources. Solar and wind power for example are not only infinite in supply, they are clean, which means no disease caused by breathing polluted air or drinking contaminated water.
Finally, for many families one of the major reasons green living is important is its ability to save money. Green living often goes hand-in-hand with more frugal living. Less trips to the store, turning down the thermostat, replacing standard bulbs with high-efficiency ones, repairing or reusing items, building greener homes that are better insulated, growing ones own food – all of these practices save money and positively benefit the environment at the same time.
Kheops International supports green living as more than just a corporate value. Visit our about us page to see how we work diligently to promote sustainability both locally and internationally. Our green practices embody all aspects of our business, from how we use and conserve energy, to how we source our products ethically.