When I started using more Eco-friendly products for around the house and for daily use, and incorporated it into my lifestyle, I noticed that it was more costly and at times, it would be more time consuming depending on which product it was. From using organic and environmentally friendly toothpaste, face and beauty products, and compact florescent lamps (CFL) light bulbs (Pullen, n.d.), the costs all adds up. Before I go and purchase these products, I would always do a price comparison of both the eco-friendly product and the regular product. The toothpaste that I pay for now is double the cost of what I used to use before, and in the tube there is also less product. The old tube of toothpaste was 130 ml while the one I use now is 85ml- that’s a difference of 45ml.
The area and aspect where using an eco-friendly product and incorporating this into ones lifestyle can get very costly, is when a person decides to use solar panels on the roof of their house. The upside to using solar panels in the long-run is that it does cut down on the energy bill while consuming less energy. However, the initial downside is that it is very expensive to install (Lake, 2015). Speaking of lifestyle, there is also the food we choose to eat that are friendly for the environment, and organic. Personally, when it comes to eating organic, I choose to grow what I can during the summer time even if it is something small. Some examples of the vegetable and herbs I grow in my backyard are tomatoes, hot chili peppers, Vietnamese coriander and basil. Organic food is more costly and it may also be harder to purchase these foods if a person does not live near a local farmer’s market for instance, or near grocery stores that sell fresh, organic and natural foods (Lake, 2015).
What are the ways in which you have become environmentally friendly? Would you ever consider changing your lifestyle into one that is environmentally friendly? Comments can be posted below.
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