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You may be very eco-conscious about household products and what you eat, but there could be an area of your life where you've forgotten to go green.

Green Eating

Most people start their green journey with food. Maybe they begin by limiting animal products or sugar. 

Eventually, people realize that they feel better when adding more fruits and vegetables to their diet. One way to do that without purchasing massive quantities in the produce aisle is to add a green superfood powder to their routine.

Eventually, it's second nature to seek out organic healthy foods to eat. 

Green Clothing

Clothes make up about 40% of any given landfill. Instead of buying new clothes, consider thrift shops. There are even online used clothing sites now.

Also, avoid synthetic materials like polyester. They are manufactured using petroleum products and will never biodegrade.

Unfortunately, unless it's organic, a simple fiber like cotton also contributes to terrible pollution issues. Cotton is grown using pesticides and fungicides that pollute the earth and cause terrible health issues for those who farm it.

Better natural alternatives are linen, bamboo, hemp, and wool.

Green Living 

Once people go green in one aspect of their lives, they usually want to become more eco-friendly in other areas too.

Making the switch to solar power is a great first step for those who want to reduce their usage of fossil fuels. Homeowners can install solar panels on their roofs making use of community group rates. There are also tax breaks for those who make the switch.

Apartment dwellers or those who rent their homes may think there's nothing they can do, but there are actually many solar choices for renters too.

In addition, many architects are designing passive buildings which do not rely on traditional sources of heating and ventilation.

In addition to dwellings, many are ditching their gas-guzzling vehicles and either switching to hybrid or electric cars. Some are skipping cars altogether and taking public transportation, biking, or walking.

Green Self-Care

The big area most people are neglecting, however, is self-care and hygiene products. Many who are extremely strict about bringing their own reusable bags to the store and recycling everything possible, still use paper diapers and disposable feminine products.

Disposables are causing a huge problem for our planet and washable cloth alternatives are a better choice.

Otherwise, around the home, beeswax wraps are ecologically sound and keep food fresh longer. They are a great alternative to plastic wrap, which is easily mistaken by sea turtles for a jellyfish meal once it ends up in the ocean. 

Simple items like toilet paper and paper towels also take a toll on the environment. Most grocery store paper goods are still made by cutting down trees. Even those made from recycled paper aren't great for the environment. Lots of water and chemicals are used in its manufacture. The best choice for disposable paper is bamboo.

Bamboo grows much more quickly than trees and it is sustainably harvested. 

Consider this: every toothbrush you've ever used in your life is still in a landfill somewhere. Traditionally, toothbrushes have been made of plastic. Since dentists recommend they be replaced every three months, that's a lot of discarded plastic. 

Currently, toothbrushes are being manufactured with bamboo handles and biodegradable bristles so that when they are replaced, they will decompose.

Probably the two most important things to try and eliminate are the plastic 6-pack rings that many animals get stuck in, and plastic straws. They both seem to end up in the ocean and cause a lot of trouble. 

If you can't find an alternative like edible 6-pack rings, at least cut them up before discarding them. As for straws, carry your own bamboo, paper, or metal ones so you don't need to say "yes" to the plastic ones. 

In order to be a truly ecologically-minded person with a small carbon footprint, take a look at every area of your life and try to find greener alternatives.

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Indy Summers is a freelance writer interested in fashion, healthy living, and fitness. She has worked as a master in esthetician, as a personal trainer, and as a freelance model for several years so considers herself an expert in these industries. For more of her work, visit https://nouw.com/indysummers.

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