As part of Going Green With the Grizls Summer Blog Challenge, today’s topic is “15 Tips to Get Through Life”.
Putting my “green” spin on things, my top 15 are easy ways to go green. These are low impact on you, but can add up to big impact for your wallet, your health and the earth. In no particular order…..
|Newsweek Ad in March 2012|
- Get Informed I cannot stress this one enough. It amazes, infuriates and frustrates me to no end how little information is in the main stream media on, what I will call, green issues. There are many people that believe we greenies go over board. We make mountains out of molehills. When my son was 3, his favorite snack was an apple. I thought I was doing such a good thing for him, giving him an apple each day. Then I found out that apples are one of the fruits with the highest levels of pesticides. REALLY! I just want to give my son a @#$%^# apple! Now we buy organic apples and applesauce. Without reading, I would not have know that. Find a source you like and just start.
- Get Rid of Junk Mail I despise wasting my time with junk mail. I’m never going to order whatever it is you are trying to sell me! Stop wasting all the paper. The US Post office will NOT help you with this. They are trying to bail themselves out of bankruptcy by selling companies access to your mail box. Try these tips to reduce your junk mail or these. If you are crafty, make art with your junk mail.
- Recycle All You Can Curbside Figure out your curbside recycling rules. Look here if you live in Westford. Trash costs municipalities huge dollars. Recycling is much cheaper. Towns/cities WANT you to recycle and compost. They will help you reduce your trash. Find your town’s recycling website, Facebook page, flyer, or person to ask. There is something I guarantee it!
- Recycle More Once you master what can go into your curbside bin, expand what you regularly recycle to include other items. Did you know plastic grocery bags, bread bags,and cereal bags among other flimsy plastic items can most likely be recycled at your grocery store.
- Reduce Your Food Waste In 2009, the EPA estimated that food scraps accounted for 14.1% of our national waste. When you throw out food you are wasting money, costing more in trash disposal fees, not to mention all the resources that were wasted growing and getting the food to your house. There are so many websites out there to help reduce food waste. Menu planning helps, but once you have the food, other sites help you make something delicious with it or let you know how to make it last longer.
- Use Reusable Bags For the grocery store definitely, but other places as well. The Mall, Warehouse store, pharmacy, anywhere. If you routinely forget them, take a look here for some suggestions.
- Stop Buying Bottle Water I’m sure there are times when this might be necessary, but not a regular basis. Get yourself and your family a good reusable water bottle. They are everywhere now! If it’s plastic, make sure it is BPA-free.
- Switch ONE cleaner for a safer alternative Next time you find yourself needing window cleaner or an all-purpose cleaner, refill that bottle with stuff from your cupboards!
- Receive ONE bill electronically You will save the paper and, if you combine this with paying electronically too, the stamp. Many bills can be paid automatically with a credit card or from your checking account. I have done this with many bills and it saves me so much time each month and my bills aren’t late!
- Switch ONE personal care product Next time you run out of soap or shampoo, take a look at the skindeep database and pick one that doesn’t have parabens, sodium laurel sulfate or anything else potentially yucky.
- Replace ONE plastic food storage container with glass Next time you empty a jar of salsa, jelly or pickles, keep the jar and use it to store leftovers. They are the perfect size for small amounts. I now keep ALL glass jars and usually find uses for them – leftover in the fridge, dry beans, dried fruits, rice, chocolate chips, sugar….
- Add to your reusables Do you have a water bottle, travel mug for hot drinks, lunch bag, reusable snack bag, glass or metal straw …. Look at all the items you use once, and try to replace just one.
- Open your windows as often as possible Indoor air quality can be 2 – 5 times worse that outdoor air. Opening your windows once in a while to let new air in. For more ways to improve your indoor air, take a look here.
- Wash Your Clothes in Cold Water Most of the energy used to wash your clothes goes into heating the water. Take a look at this website to figure out how much you could save.
- Don’t Buy Antibacterial Soap Most of these contain Triclosan. According to Dr. Frank Lipman, Triclosan is “A synthetic antibacterial ingredient that has been compared to Agent Orange.” Save some money and your health and buy regular old soap. It is JUST as effective against germs as long as you wash your hands for at least 20 seconds.
Have any others to add?