Living Eco Consciously

Photo Dec 13, 1 49 03 PM

One of the things that drew us to Cariloha was the use of the amazing renewable resource, bamboo.  I had learned as a child that some bamboo can grow up to 6 feet in a day, which has seemed unbelievable.  Bamboo just has a cool factor as it is pretty interesting to look at and always reminds me of the tropics.  Around here in North Carolina, we’ve come across quite a few random growths of bamboo.  There is one large area not far from our home which I need to go photograph sometime.  Duke Gardens has a beautiful bamboo area as well.


As a photographer who is often outdoors using many different areas as my subject or backdrop, the trash and other pollutants often get in the way of making these moments truly special to experience.  It has been a long practice of mine to clean up while photographing and trying to make positive changes in making less of a carbon footprint while journeying through life.  Here are some great ideas to living a more Eco Conscious.

1. Recycle – Separating your recyclables from your trash is a great first step to leaving a greener footprint. When we first moved to Raleigh we did not have the option to recycle with our local trash pick up.  We’ve been so excited to see the recycling efforts become so much easier in this area.  Other ways you can recycle is to use less paper, and finding creative ways to re-use glass, cardboard and more makes for a fun side projects and can reduce garbage.

2. Use glass or plastic containers instead of plastic baggies.  Our kids school has a ‘pack it in, pack it out’ philosophy when it comes to lunches and snacks.  Whatever they bring to school comes home with them.  This has helped us discover great options to send in with them and very little garbage goes in the trash can when they come home each day.  They also learn responsibility when they have items like a fork or spoon in their lunch tote.

3. Light Bulbs – All kinds of energy-efficient light bulbs are in the marketplace today.  Our current favorites are the LED lights that give off such bright daylight quality light.  You can get nearly any shape and size light bulb for your home. However, we’re not suggesting that you stop all other expenditures and spend all your money on new bulbs. Rather, the next time you have a light go out, simply replace it with a more eco-conscious light bulb.  It’ll pay off in the short and long run.   Because we switched out many of our working bulbs we will be donating these to a family in need.

4. Carpool – Create a carpool for work or school with people who live near you. You’ll not only help the environment by contributing less fossil fuels, but you’ll also save money because you won’t have to fill up your tank as often.  We currently carpool with a neighbor who’s kids also go to school in downtown Raleigh.  This has worked out wonderfully for both of our families saving time, money and resources.  Those kids are pretty much extra happy every day having friends in the car with them.  Next year all 5 of our combined kids will be attending the same school.  We may just need to keep a pair of earplugs handy.  Do they make earplugs out of bamboo?!?!

5. Bring your own Bags – In our current society, it is socially acceptable and encouraged to bring bags with you when shopping.   What a great way to reduce waste and lower costs.  We’ve used them ever since we were introduced to them when shopping in Australia many years ago.   One tip that helps with our grocery shopping bags, is to always put them back in the trunk immediately after emptying them.  Guy, my other half, even leaves the trunk open until they are returned to encourage everyone to promptly return the bags to the trunk.

6. Clothing, Bedding, Bath Towels – You can make your own bedroom, bathroom or wardrobe more eco-friendly by sleeping on bed sheets, bathing in bath towels, and wearing clothing made of eco-friendly fabrics like viscose from bamboo. Not only is bamboo fabric luxuriously soft, but it also naturally wicks moisture away from your body and is odor and allergy resistant. So, it stays cleaner and fresher longer. Less wear and tear on the environment.

Other countries are often leaps and bounds ahead of us {of course some are way behind too!} in being more eco friendly.  I hope to continue improving our families efforts to live a more sustainable lifestyle.  Most changes to becoming more eco friendly have required little extra time, effort or cost.   Do you have a great tip, habit or change you’ve made?  Share it with us on this post or any of our social media accounts linked at the top of the page.


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