Living Green

It's not just a color, it's a way of life

We may know the basics when it comes to living green: reduce, reuse, recycle. But what does "living green" actually mean in our everyday lives? Gerber Life answers that question with real-life examples of small changes and choices you can make on a daily basis to positively impact the environment. Examples of living green include packing your children's lunches in reusable containers and using canvas bags when you go grocery shopping. By watching for our online articles on topics such as these, Gerber Life makes it even easier to adopt a green lifestyle.

  1. What is Living Green?

    What is Living Green?Unless you’ve been living under a rock, you’re probably well familiar with the slogan “go green” – but what is living green really all about? Living green is all about sustainable living, a lifestyle choice that incorporates several different environmentally friendly practices to deliver a powerful punch against pollution and other environmentally destructive practices.

    Reducing Energy Usage
    One of the key practices of sustainable living involves making changes to your habits, as well as physical changes to your home to limit the amount of energy you use and to decrease your carbon emissions. You can do this by using energy sparingly, like turning off lights when they’re not in use and limiting your use of home cooling and heating systems, and by installing energy-efficient appliances in your home. This also extends to your transportation habits – if you really want to live green, limit the use of your car by moving closer to work or by taking public transportation.

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  2. Support Environmentally Friendly Classrooms for Young Children

    Schoolgirl Painting in a ClassroomThere are many ways to create environmentally friendly classrooms, which help infuse green living habits in young children. If you’re a teacher, create one. Parents should also support environmental awareness in their children through green classrooms.

    Eco-Friendly Classroom Ideas

    Reusable containers for snacks, drinks and lunches. Even plastic containers help the environment if they are reusable. These containers, because of their usability, will not quickly make their way to landfills, where they may remain for hundreds of years. Unlike natural products, non-recyclable plastics, like most water bottles, will not environmentally break down and become useful aids to the environment. Reusable containers, particularly metal or cardboard, will reduce waste in local landfills.

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  3. Using Affordable Products Made of Natural Materials Can Help the Environment

    Man and Child with Bundle of InsulationThose committed to green living search for natural products, but sometimes don’t realize these materials can save money, too. Fortunately, you can commit to living in an environmentally friendly universe and keep your monthly budget under control.

    Natural Products and Safety  

    Most natural products, along with contributing to sustainable living, are also very safe for all living things. Certainly, the safety of our fragile environment is critical to our continued survival as a species.

    However, safety for ourselves, our families, our pets, and all living things is just as important. Imagine if natural products were environmentally friendly, but toxic to humans? Our environmental awareness quotient would drop dramatically.

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  4. How Quitting Your Bottled Water Habit Could Save the Earth

    Woman Throwing Away Plastic Water BottleEven people who recycle daily, ride the bus to work, and use only environmentally friendly products can do more to further their efforts at sustainable living. Are you constantly on the lookout for more eco-friendly practices that can help make the world a better place to live? Here’s a living green tip you might not have thought of before: install a water filtration system in your home.

    This may sound more like a money saving move than an eco-friendly contribution, but if you’re a die-hard bottled water drinker, moving from bottled water to a water filtration system can make a pretty significant environmental impact.

    • Plastic water bottles take forever to biodegrade. Actually, the current estimated figure for how long a plastic water bottle will sit before it eventually biodegrades is 500 years. That’s not to say that you’re the type of person to toss your used water bottles into the nearest trash bin, but even if you recycle daily, giving your business to the bottled water industry is about as bad as not recycling
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  5. Paint Your Kitchen Green – Making Eco-Friendly Kitchen Changes

    Eco-friendly KitchenIf we were to ask you what room in your home you thought was the biggest energy waster, what would your answer be? If you answered “my kitchen,” you’re right on track. The kitchen is where the majority of a home’s power usage takes place, because this is where the majority of our energy-sapping household appliances are located: our fridges, dishwashers, ovens, and stoves. The good news is that if you’re interested in creating an eco-friendly kitchen, there are a number of things you can do.

    Get Your Fridge in Line
    Did you know that your refrigerator is your house’s second least eco-friendly appliance next to your heating and cooling system? Now, at long last, you finally understand why it is that your folks were always shouting at you to close the refrigerator door – they were just trying to teach you how to live green! Now that you know what an energy waster your refrigerator is, what can you do about it? First things first, take a look at your fridge’s age and specs. If it’s an oldie, replace it with a new Energy Star compliant model. Also, be sure to keep its internal temperature set at around 37 and 40 degrees Fahrenheit. As for your freezer, keep it at a chilly 5 degrees Fahrenheit, but no colder unless you want to waste electricity.

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