Living Green in 2011: How to Get Started

Blog by Julie Urlaub, Founder and Managing Partner at Taiga Company
Jan 10, 2011 12:10 PM ET

Taiga Company blog by Julie Urlaub, Founder and Managing Partner at Taiga Compa…

First comes the New Year, and then comes the resolutions.  With eco awareness on the rise, it's not surprising that many New Year's resolutions are to start living green.   While green living may be the new buzz word, to start doing it may take some definition.

Our eco friendly training defines green living or a sustainable lifestyle as a set of choices that minimizes a person's environmental impact.  Why is living a sustainable lifestyle appealing?  A sustainable lifestyle is chosen for a host of reasons.  Some are inspired to protect natural resources while others are called to ensure healthier living.  There are those that embrace a sustainable lifestyle because it makes sense financially.  Regardless of the source of inspiration, many are now finding the value in living green.   Following are 10 tips to get you started in living a sustainable lifestyle:
  1. Organics: visit your local farmer's market for organic fruits and veggies and use organic personal care and clothing from natural fibers.

  2. Recycling: recycle everything! Paper, materials, home items, and more!

  3. Energy efficiency: purchase energy efficient appliances.  Buy and use renewable or wind energy and monitor your use of energy.

  4. Water: get to know what is in your water and use it efficiently.

  5. Indoor air quality: use chemical free cleaners, live plants, sustainable fabrics and paint in your home. Your indoor air quality will improve and you'll support sustainable businesses producing green products.

  6. Green your home: Reduce your use of paper and eliminate junk mail.

  7. Innovate and inspire your employer and coworkers and green your work.

  8. Green your travel.

  9. Make every day choices matter.

  10. Explore which alternative transportation option is interesting to you. 

  Worried about making those resolutions stick?  Here are a few more tips: click here to continue reading.  

Home to one third of the earth's trees, the Taiga is the largest land-based biosphere and encircles the globe. Its immense oxygen production literally changes the atmosphere and refreshes the planet. It is this continuous renewal that has shaped Taiga Company's vision to drive similar change in the business world. Taiga Company seeks to be the "oxygen for your business".