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The Definition of "Go Green"

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author image Amanda Davis
Amanda Davis began writing in 2010 with work published on various websites. Davis is a dietetic technician, registered, personal trainer and fitness instructor. She has experience working with a variety of ages, fitness levels and medical conditions. She holds a dual Bachelor of Science in exercise science and nutrition from Appalachian State University and is working toward her master's degree in public health. Davis will be a registry eligible dietitian in May 2015.
The Definition of "Go Green"
Going green is a lifestyle change that is beneficial for individuals and businesses alike. Photo Credit Fiorenzano Photography/iStock/Getty Images

"Go Green" is a widely used term that can mean something different to everyone. The U.S. Chamber of Commerce Small Business Nation defines going green as simply taking steps to "conserve energy, reduce pollution and save money." Going green can be achieved through simple steps and does not have to mean skipping showers, selling your car and never setting foot in a grocery store.

Conserve Energy

Conserving energy is one of the most basic concepts involved in going green. Simple strategies such as turning off the lights when leaving and turning the water off while brushing your teeth can go a long way. There are several energy-efficient products available varying from light bulbs to large appliances that can help conserve energy as well. Although these products may be a bit more expensive initially, they can save energy and money in the long run.

Reduce Pollution

Going green essentially means being environmentally friendly. Reducing pollution is yet another simple strategy that can make a huge difference. Recycling is a key component of reducing pollution. Materials such as plastic can be recycled and reused rather than thrown away to lay in a landfill for years. Food waste can also be recycled in the form of compost. Composting enables food scraps that otherwise would be thrown away to be utilized as fertilizer.

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Save Money

All of the strategies involved in going green can ultimately save money. From lower electricity bills that come from making a conscious effort to conserve energy, to saving money by growing your own vegetables using compost, the possibilities, and pennies, are numerous

Green Products

There are a wide variety of products targeted toward green living that make changing to a greener lifestyle a simple and easy transition. From energy efficient light bulbs, to organic foods and natural cleaning products, green options are everywhere. Going green websites such as Greenhome.com and BuyGreen.com offer a one-stop source for green products for the home, office, and more.

Reasons to Go Green

Going green is a lifestyle change targeted at being consciously aware of the surrounding environment and how things we do affect that environment. According to "Going Green Facts" from FOX43TV.com, if American households went online to view and pay their bills, over 16 million trees would be saved. Another benefit to going green is the impact it can have on your health. From the foods we eat to the air we breathe, going green can help keep us healthy and improve our quality of life.

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