An increasing number of people are taking steps toward a more sustainable lifestyle. From shopping at farmers’ markets and locally-owned businesses to replacing car trips with more bike and bus rides, living a greener, healthier, more ethical (and ultimately more fun) life is easy. The future is green and this Cincinnati Green Businesses map and TreeHugger are good at sorting things out.
Here, they bring it back to basics and break it down into bite-sized chunks:
1. Educate yourself: Fun, accessible information on green thinking, environmentalism and sustainable living is everywhere these days. Start with online sources like TreeHugger’s very own guide for How to Go Green.
2. Transport: One of the biggest impacts we have on the planet is a direct result of the way we move ourselves around. Consider walking, biking or using mass transit, at least a few days a week.
3. Energy: Many of the most effective ways to cut carbon emissions are also the cheapest. Turn lights off when you go out, install energy efficient bulbs and appliances, insulate your home, and keep an eye on consumption.
4. Water: Clean, drinkable water is precious. Install water-saving shower heads and aerators, turn the tap off when you’re brushing your teeth, switch to more efficient appliances, or collect rainwater for use in the garden.
5. Food: There are four principles that can help guide you to greener meals: eat local, eat seasonal, eat organic, and finally, eat less meat.
6. Waste: The old adage still rings true: reduce, reuse, recycle. Compost, too.
7. Threads: Organic cotton, and other alternative fabrics like hemp, flax or bamboo are becoming increasingly common. Of course, there are the trusty vintage and thrift stores so beloved by students everywhere.
8. Personal care: There is a huge increase in the number of companies providing more sustainable alternatives to soaps and shampoos.
10. Furniture and décor: This industry is responding to concerns about its sourcing practices, and stylish furniture from certified, sustainably harvested and/or recycled and salvaged materials is becoming increasingly common.
10. Keep it clean: Many everyday cleaning products are made up of pretty nasty constituents, yet there are natural alternatives that work just as well.
Alliance for Leadership and Interconnection
Central Ohio River Valley Local Foods Initiative
Cincinnati Computer Cooperative
Cincinnati Farmers’ Markets
Cincinnati Natural Parent
Cincinnati Nature Center
Cincinnati Zoo & Botanical Garden
City of Cincinnati Office of Environmental Quality
City of Cincinnati Recycling Program
Civic Garden Center of Greater Cincinnati
Community Shares of Greater Cincinnati
Duke Energy GoGreen Program
Edible Ohio Valley
Environmental Community Organization
Environmental Enterprises Inc.
Good Natured Baby Diaper Service
Greater Cincinnati Rain Garden Alliance
The Greener Grass
Hamilton County Environmental Services
Happen’s Toy Lab
Keep Cincinnati Beautiful
Local Alliance for Nature and Development for Hamilton County
Mill Creek Restoration Project
Mill Creek Watershed Council of Communities
Ohio Citizen Action
Sierra Club (Miami Group)
Slow Food Cincinnati
USGBC Cincinnati Regional Chapter
Cincinnati green transportation
Cincinnati Cycle Club
Everybody Rides Metro Foundation
Flying Pig Courier Service
MoBo Bicycle Co-op
Ohio River Way
OKI Council of Regional Governments
Queen City Bike
Wheel Fun Rentals (Sawyer Point)
Bikes Belong Coalition
dh love life
The Green Chamber
Leonardo DiCaprio Eco-Site
Lifestyles of Health and Sustainability
Plastic Loose Fill Council
Story of Stuff
Sundance Channel Eco-mmunity