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5 easy steps to Go Green

To all our eco-conscious customers, here are some tips to live a green life in 5 quick & easy steps

1. Give an eco-friendly gift with a personalised note to a friend. Unexpectedly. And nope, it doesn’t have to cost a thing.

You can make a sturdy paper bag at home. Here’s a step-by-step video guide.

Or, here is another idea, albeit a little more complex: you can stitch a cloth bag/tote from an old garment and pass it on as a vegetable shopping bag or a toteA video to help you out.

2. After you eat fruits, don’t throw the seeds into the garbage bin. Throw the seeds where you know a fruit tree will thrive. Throw the peel at the base of a new plant in your housing complex garden. It will decompose and turn into fertilizer for the growing plant.

3. If you are into home-gardening, or have potted plants in your balcony, you can save water and get easy access to fertilizers in the following manner:

 You can use remnants of organic and natural laundry as also the discarded water with the dirt and bio-suds to water the plants! 🙂

4. If you have free time at work, search for stories that inspire us to live green and be ecologically conscious. Share them with friends and co-workers. Here are two stories and a few titbits I found to talk about over an office lunch.

5. Celebrate! Call friends over for dinner or brunch during this long week-end that’s coming up. Cook a meal from organic ingredients and locally grown organic produce. NaturalMantra’s guest blogger and an expert chef Megha from i2cook, has contributed a variety easy organic and natural ingredient based recipes.

If you have any more ideas that you think I ought to incorporate into this list, do write to me at ankita@naturalmantra.com or submit them on our Facebook page.

In our fast paced lives, a sustainable lifestyle shouldn’t be a struggle, but it sometimes is. Our online e-commerce provides the largest selection of  natural, organic and eco-friendly products in India making it accessible and affordable to all. At NaturalMantra.com you can choose from a wide selection of safe, healthy non-toxic products, all at one place delivered to your door! Not every product makes it to NaturalMantra.com but the ones who do make it through our selection criteria.
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Be green today with these 10 simple steps

Eco-friendly home

Adopt a natural, organic and eco-friendly lifestyle. (Image Courtesy : Google)

The best part about living an environmentally friendly lifestyle is that it helps you save money. Being green is not about going out and buying a green product, it’s about being aware of how we live each day and the baby steps we take every single day.

If you’ve wanted to start an eco-friendly lifestyle and didn’t know where to begin, here are 10 easy steps you can take today! Rest assured if you practice just a few of these steps you would not only save money but also be our planet’s best friend. ☺

Here are 10 simple tips to go green Right NOW:

Tip 1. Did you buy your favorite jam or achar (pickle)in a glass jar?

Eco-Tip: Re-use the glass jars to store pulses, spices, tiny art supplies and things alike.

Benefit: You’ll save your food from being stored in substandard plastic containers. Moreover, plastic is neither good for your health or the planet’s. Rest assured you won’t have to worry about BPA (Bisphenyl-A) or exposure to cancer.

To parent-to-be, parents of infants and younger children, women and everyone : we’d strongly urge you to read this synopsis put together by the American Cancer Society, about a study enlisting the risks from plastic chemicals such a BPA

Tip 2. Make yourself a promise.

Never leave home without water in a reusable bottle. Absolutely STOP buying plastic disposable bottles. Please refer back to Tip 1 on the ill effects of chemicals such as BPA in plastic. Watch ‘The Story of Bottled Water’. Even though this is specific to the US, it is relevant to India and an eye opener.

Tip 3. Have a baby in diapers?

Eco-Tip: Switch to cloth diapers or use a combination. Leave the disposable diapers for use when you head out of home or have guests over.

Benefit: Cloth diapers or reusable nappies can be a great inexpensive alternative to disposable diapers. Age-old traditions are tried and tested techniques and there is no harm bouncing back to something that is naturally good. Babies who wear cloth nappies have less diaper rash (hence less creams). With cloth diapers your baby won’t be exposed to sodium polyacralate (the shiny crystals in the diaper that can stick to babies skin causing reactions)*1 To read about benefits of cloth diapering here’s a super article on ’10 Benefits To Using Cloth Diapers’ written by Kelly a wonderful mom of three. If your child has sensitive skin try organic pants that are made out of unadulterated soft cotton. They stay soft even after multiple washes. You have to experience them to truly understand its quality.

Tip 4Unplug appliances, chargers and microwaves when they are not in use. 

Definitely turn your computer off completely before you go to bed.

Power Strip helps you unplug multiple plugs in one go.

Eco-Tip:  Consider using a power strip, it’s easy to unplug multiple appliances quickly. Adds to the convenience factor 🙂

Tip 5. Invest in rechargeable batteries and compact fluorescent lights(CFLs) or LED light bulbs.

Tip 6. Reuse old bills, printouts as scrap paper.

If you have children use them to create some stunning artwork for your kids room. Alternatively print on both sides.

Tip 7. Order e-statements and pay your bills online. Phone bills, bank statements, energy bills everything.

Tip 8. Have errands to run?

Eco-Tip: Stop. Pause. Plan. Make a grocery list and stick to it. Additionally try and plan errands in one geographic location together.

Benefit: Firstly, sticking to your list will help you stick to your budget. Shoppers tend to over spend when they don’t have a list, sometimes buying items that are already stocked at home. Lastly, clubbing the errands together in a single geographic area will help will save on petrol.

Tip 9. Bring in some natural light.

Bring in the natural light.

Avoid turning lights on as long as you can.  Alternately do remember to switch off lights, fans or any other appliance before you leave the room or your house.

Lastly, guess you already know this.

Tip 10. Going shopping?

Please carry re-usable bags. Make the synonymous association Shopping = Reusable bag! 🙂

For thoughtful shoppers!

Heading the eco-friendly lifestyle has never been this easy. Sign up for a few of these and you’ll be well on your way to making it a way of life.

We love connecting with our readers. Comments, suggestions, more eco-friendly quick tips? Send them in to tina@naturalmantra.com and we’ll be happy to give you due credit.

Reduce, re-use, re-cycle.   Be Cool.          Be green!

Agree?

Source:
1. Caldwell, Ginny. “Diapers. Disposable or Cotton?,” Eco-Baby Catalogue

Photo Courtesy : Google Images