4 Essentials for Green Living

4 Essentials for Green Living

The following contribution is from another author.

There is a real movement towards greener ways of living right now, and it’s definitely necessary – in fact, it’s something that we all need to be doing as much as we possibly can. If you are keen to try and live in a greener way, then there are many things you might want to consider on that front. The truth is that it should be relatively easy to do this, as long as you bear a few things in mind.

In this post, we are going to take a look at some of the essentials that you should think about if you want to live in a greener way. These are going to be really important and are well worth thinking about at the very least.

Use Your Leftovers

A lot of people fail to really make proper full use of their food, and this is something that you will definitely want to try and turn around if you are keen to live in a more eco-friendly way. In particular, take a look at whether or not you tend to use your leftovers – and if you don’t, you might want to think about what you can do to improve that. The truth is that most of the leftovers we throw away could either be eaten as they are or turned into another meal altogether.

Sometimes, it’s as simple as being a little creative and thinking of new ways you can make use of certain ingredients. Even something like freezing old bread to make croutons can help. If you use your leftovers frequently and fully, that is going to make a huge difference to what kind of impact you are having on the world.

Make Your Home Energy Efficient

Most of the time, your home could be made a lot more energy efficient just by making a few simple changes, and this is something that is definitely worth thinking about. In fact, there are a few really simple things you can focus on which will usually help in this regard. For instance, you can turn the heating down a couple of degrees, make sure that there is plenty of good insulation in the building, and look here for some eco-friendly windows to replace your current ones with.

If you make those kinds of changes, it’s going to mean that your home is a lot more energy efficient, and this is one of the best things you can do to encourage a much greener kind of living in your daily life.

Go Foraging

Much of the food we eat is really costing the earth a lot. If you buy your food from the supermarket, then you are probably eating food which has mostly traveled very far, and which is going to therefore take a lot of carbon to get to your plate. You can reduce this entire process by limiting how much food you buy in supermarkets, which is something that you can make a lot easier if you learn how to forage.

There are a lot of foraging opportunities all over the world, and there is something of a resurgence of this right now, meaning that it’s easier than ever to learn how to do it. If you start to go foraging, before you know it you will learn how to get hold of so much food from the wild that is going to help you to thrive.

Make Your Own Compost

This is something that anyone with a small garden or allotment can do. And it can make a huge difference to how green your life is in general. Making your own compost is also really simple, a lot simpler than most people assume. All you need to do is collect your food scraps and garden waste, and put it all together in a compost bin in the garden. Over a period of about nine months, that will be broken down and turn into compost little by little, until eventually it is usable in the garden as soil.

The main thing about this is that it’s a great way to deal with your food waste and garden waste, so it’s definitely something that you should think about for that reason. You should find that it is also a joy to do.

Those are just some of the main essentials you might want to consider taking on board if you are keen to live more greenly. You should find that these are all really important to think about.


Eric is the creator of At Home in the Future and has been a passionate fan of the future since he was seven. He's a web developer by trade, and serves as the Director of Communication and Technology for a large church in Nashville, TN (where he and his family are building a high tech home in the woods).


  • Energy efficiency and foraging in your own backyard are great ways to enjoy green living indeed. It sort of becomes a lifestyle after a while, always having my bare feet in the grass of my yard. Thanks for the thoughtful tips.

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