While we cannot control the natural world, we have the ability to influence how we interact with its energies, both positive and negative. Our use of fuel, power, lighting, food, and what businesses we choose to purchase goods from, all stem from a growing public awareness of corporate social responsibility to not be greedy users and abusers of the environment.
It's easy for us to point the finger at big oil companies or overseas sweatshops, but have you ever taken a good look at your own day-to-day consumption? Do you recycle? Compost? Take public transport if it's available? Plant trees? The fact is that everyone's contribution has an impact on the earth — no matter the size.
Ch'i, after all, is based on the natural elements of wind and water, two key ways that energy is generated throughout the world. When we think of yin and yang, we think of balance — energy in, energy out — a cosmic scale that reflects energy given and taken. When we look at the resources we consume, would we say there is a balance in how we take and give back to the earth? We take food, water, and energy from the land, but do we balance the scales and give what we can back? This, too, is feng shui.
Below is a list of small but powerful ways you can incorporate green initiatives into your daily lifestyle as an environmentally conscious earth resident. Ready, set, go!
1. Recycle more.
When we waste less, we instantly lower our negative environmental impact. How we treat our waste can then improve how our impact is measured. Having separate bins for different waste can make recycling easier. Separate your waste into three separate bins so one can go to the garden, one to recycling, and the other to the trash.
2. Switch it off.
Lessen your wasted energy use by switching lights off when you leave a room, switching off unused appliances at the wall, and unplugging them. Not only will you save money, but you are reducing your environmental impact. Win-win!
3. Plant your impact.
Make a garden or plant trees to help contribute to cleaner air. If you live in a dense urban area you can make the most of potted plants, hanging pots, or hop on Pinterest and learn how to construct wall hangings. If you've got the space, a garden — even a small one — is also a great spot to compost your organic food scraps. Not to mention you'll benefit like crazy from living in a space that has cleaner air.
4. Change the way you travel.
Traffic is getting worse across the globe; more cars join the roads every year, and that equals more pollution. While acknowledging that you still need to get from A to B, try to rethink how you travel: carpool, take public transport, or even walk or ride a bike sometimes if you can. Not only will you possibly get to your destination faster in the case of nasty rush hours, but sometimes it may even be cheaper!
5. Make better choices.
As a consumer, you have a choice to purchase products and in doing so endorse companies. Try to choose companies that you know are local, that will have fewer distribution impacts from how the food traveled to you. Try to pick companies that take responsibility for their global impact, and in particular research the egg brands, fisheries, meat products, and clothing labels you buy. You can have a big impact by supporting companies that do right by the environment.
6. Switch out your lights.
Making better choices in lighting can be the quickest way to reduce your power bill and energy usage. Try to replace blown light bulbs with energy efficient bulbs — not only will you save on power, but you'll find yourself with some extra cash at the end of the month. Must not buy more crystals, must not buy more crystals, must not — oh hell, who am I kidding?
7. Reduce your plastic usage.
Use reusable tote bags or shopping bags when you do the grocery shopping so that you stop contributing to plastic-bad waste altogether. Some places now charge a fee if you want to take your groceries home in a grocery store bag, so it's financially savvy to bring your own, too.
8. Feng shui your car.
Make sure your tires are inflated to the correct pressure and remove any excess weight from the trunk of the car. This will lower your fuel usage and save you some coin. By driving more smoothly you can also reduce your fuel costs, so try not to accelerate and brake so often, instead moving slowly and smoothly so that you don't overtax your engine.
9. Insulate your home.
Cheap insulation can come in the form of a big throw rug or perhaps in adding carpet to your home to prevent cold air from entering and heat from escaping. By insulating the ceiling, walls, and floors, your house can stay warmer for longer, meaning you will have to spend less time and money heating it.
10. Reduce water usage.
Try to not let the water run continuously, like when you brush your teeth. Take shorter showers, and don't defrost food by running water over it. Make sure the dishwasher or washing machine is full before running a cycle to ensure you make the most of the energy and water being used.
11. Go digital.
Get your bank statements, power bills, and news digitally. There are some great apps that give you instant access to all these resources at a swipe and click of your phone rather than wasting paper and resources to get stuff by mail. #DontPrintThisArticle Share it on social instead!