In order to think green, people must learn to think for themselves. People have been told over the years that many products were good for them and they would be younger, handsomer and better control birth if they took the products. Thirty or forty years later, the people who took the products have heart problems, lung problems, unwanted facial hair and a dozen other ills. To do this, think first for yourself. Do the research and decide for yourself if this is a good idea or more misinformation from “experts” who always tell us what to do and think.
In order to think green, look around and write down what is not natural and what is chemical or synthetic. The upholstery on the furniture, the carpet fibers, the clothing and shoes we wear, even the foods we eat should come from sustainable sources. This simply means it keeps growing. Corn, for example, is now used as fuel for cars, furniture, clothing, shoes and medicines, but it keeps growing. Get the idea?
The next step would be to see if the budget will let people go green. Green-manufactured items are expensive. Unfortunately, not many people know how to turn corn into a sofa throw or a pair of shoes. However, not all is lost. Many retailers are now converting to sustainable-only merchandise. Look online to discover retailers in your area who sell green products.
If the budget won’t permit, do what you can. Think green before you buy. If you’re redoing the house, pull up the carpet and use hard wood. Reupholstering the furniture might be cheaper than buying new, so search for a sustainable sources textiles store. If you’re shopping for clothing, research which retailers sell sustainable sources clothing. Research, also, which fabric stores sell these things and make the clothing yourself. If you don’t have a sewing machine, tailors will be glad to help.
We can all do this if we think for ourselves, admit to the problem and do what we can to help.