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5 Steps Teens Can Take Towards Conscious Living and a Project Green Challenge

What is conscious living? Teens Turning Green believes conscious living is an awareness of your choices and actions and their impact on your health, the community and the environment.

This student-led organization challenges teens and college students to “do something” and mobilizes them to be the change they want to see in the world.

To start, here are some super-simple steps that teens can take towards conscious living:

Eat Organic Food

Organic means fewer pesticides in the ground and in your body. It’s a simple and delicious choice.

Buy Local

Reduce transportation and energy costs while boosting your local economy.

Aim for Zero Waste

One million plastic bags are used worldwide each minute. Use a recycled tote bag when you shop and just say no to plastic!

Buy Recycled Paper

Look for recycled paper made from post-consumer waste. Trees and forests will love you for it.

Sign Up

Take the Project Green Challenge! Curious? Read on.

Project Green Challenge is a 30-day lifestyle challenge for high school and college students to experience how fun, easy and impactful conscious living can be. Sign up and participate in the challenge through the month of October and you’ll get inspired and be an inspiration, too. Plus, you can be entered to win prizes every day, and have a chance to win a grand prize package* worth over $10,000!

*Get all the details on Project Green Challenge, including rules and prizes, on the Teens Turning Green website.

Anna Hankins was a finalist in last year’s Project Green Challenge and got the opportunity to participate in Green University, a three-day event that connects likeminded students with environmental experts and leaders. Here’s a highlight of her experience:

“On the last day of Green U, the fourteen finalists with the help of some brilliant mentors developed a campaign that could be taken back to any of our high school or college campuses. It was called, Take Back the Tap with the goal to eliminate single use plastic water bottles from a campus and encourage students through educational tools to transition to a reusable option.

After returning to my high school campus, I worked to bring this campaign to life. Working with Teens Turning Green gave me the resources to turn this project into a model that could be used by students anywhere in the country.”

Sound cool? You can read more from Anna and other “green girls” on the Teens Turning Green blog, and gear up to get inspired by all the other teens taking the Project Green Challenge in October.

What change would you like to make in the world?