Everyone is talking about being eco friendly in this day and age, but for all the philosophical reasons, all the ethical reasons to go through with it, it’s always difficult to achieve anything without a PRACTICAL goal in mind. In other words, what’s in it for us? It’s not that we’re too self absorbed or that we don’t WANT to help the environment, it’s just that without some real, personal reasons to go eco-friendly, it’s difficult to keep up with it. We don’t have to look at the stuff we dump in the landfills, we don’t know exactly how big that hole in the ozone is, so where’s the direct motivation to do it? Why should we be kinder to our environment? Well, here are three of them.
It’s Healthier for You
The fact is that living an eco-friendly lifestyle is the same as living a healthy lifestyle, more often than not, and the opposite is true, as well. By being disinterested and cynical about the environment, you’re doing the same to yourself. Think about it, if you stop driving so often and start riding a bike to work, who are you really helping? The effect on the environment is nice, but when you start burning off fat and building muscle, when you start feeling more energized and positive every morning, you’ll see why you bought that bicycle.
It Can Save You Money
If you want to drink clean water, for instance, you can either buy bottles of water and dump them in a landfill after spending a dollar or more per drink, or you can get more clean water than you know what to do with by buying a few water filters to install throughout the house. You’ll be healthier, AND you’ll have more money at the end of the month.
It Can EARN You Money, Too
Why recycle? Because all that aluminum, all that plastic, that glass, that paper, it’s worth something. Namely: Cash. Some people make a comfortable living just going through broken electronics and selling the metal content of the circuit boards. You can’t get that without helping the environment along the way.
So there you have it, three real, personal, practical reasons to go eco-friendly. It’s better for you and it’s better for your wallet to start taking care of the environment. There are a lot of ethical, moral reasons to take care of the Earth, but when you consider that we’ll be gone by the time the planet becomes unlivable, it’s hard to take it personally. These three reasons, though, they hit home.