Living green can make a positive difference in your life and on the environment. It may seem hard at first, and it probably will require a few life changes. But these changes are all worth it for the positive effects you’ll achieve. So what exactly is living green, and is it important? Yes! Here are four points to get you started on your green living journey and a few benefits to help motivate you.

1. Spending Money Wisely

Living green means spending money wisely. Check out local farmers’ markets (which are still open for business while following new social-distancing guidelines) or ask your friends if they are willing to sell produce from their gardens, and compare their prices to the prices at your favorite grocery store. Not all items will be more affordable, but many will be. The cost of importing and processing contributes to the sometimes high cost of food, while you can get fresh and tasty “green” food next door.

2. Limiting Plastics

Living green means thinking twice about plastic. Plastic is a common pollutant, and it’s doing a lot of damage to the environment. If it’s possible, see if you can phase out plastic items in your routine. You could try adopting a more sustainable way to store your food, buying a stainless steel water bottle, or using reusable food wraps.

3. Eating Junk Food Sparingly

Living green means taking improving your diet. Fruits and vegetables are vital in every diet to keep your body functioning at its best. Junk food, like candy and processed meals, may be less expensive and tempting to buy, but try to avoid making them a regular part of your diet. If you do, you can seriously increase your chance of detrimental health conditions. On the flipside, fruits, vegetables, whole grains, and healthy fats and proteins make you feel great and help you function at your best.

4. Helping Others

Living green means involving others. If you’re a parent, grandparent, or aunt or uncle, get the kids involved! You can have a positive effect on the way the next generation lives by explaining the steps you’re taking and having them help you. It’s a great way to bond with your family and educate them on health and the community.

If you’re thinking about going green, remember this: in the end, it will be worth it, even if you have to spend a little more or put a bit more effort into being healthier at the beginning. Picture the end result: a healthier you, a healthier home, and a healthier planet!