Tuesday, March 10, 2009

Going Green Tips - places you can make changes

Going Green, this is such a hot topic right now, but if you ask most people what does going green mean? Most come up with many different answers. I think it all depends on how dedicated you are to changing things around you. What you view as important in your life.

For me, going green means doing what I can do to better my environment, and better ways to take care of my family in a more safe and natural way. Do I believe in Global Warming and all the disaster that people predict? Well, in part yes, but in the other part, no. I know as a people.. we have contributed much in not doing the right thing for our planet, but I also know there are just some things that are going to happen naturally. But we’ll leave that for another post some day.

So, what are some of the things we can do to become greener? With this you can go a little or you can go all out green. Buying organic cotton clothing, purchasing green homes, to green cars. I'm going to share just a few ways that you can get started on going green.

1- When it comes to fruits and vegetables, try purchasing from local farmers. And don’t be afraid to ask them how they fertilize their produce. It’s your body and you have a right to know what’s going into it.

2- Do your best to recycle materials around your home. Try to purchase products with the least amount of packaging. I know sometimes this can’t be helped, but try whenever possible. And if you have recycling bins around you, use them. Recycle paper, plastics, cans, and glass.

3- Make your own scratch pads. I often use materials that I have printed off and no longer need. I tare them into quarters or long halves and make my own scratch pads. These are great for notes by the phone, computer, scratch pads for your children when doing math homework. You can even leave one in your car when you need something to write a quick note.

4- Use your own refillable water bottles and filter your home water. One, you will be saving on putting all those water bottles into the landfill and by the time you purchase all those water bottles, you’re paying more for water than you are a gallon of gas. So use your tap, filter your water and fill up several bottles to have on hand.

5- Purchase or make your own shopping bags. I use these all the time and love it. They hold more, they are stronger and you don’t have to use so many little plastic bags to bring in your groceries. It will take a little getting used to, but once you do, you will never leave home without them. And now many local stores offer these for sale. And there are endless places on the net that you can purchase reusable bags from.

6- If you have large items, try a local free cycle group. There are many people out there that will swap or take it off your hands.

7- Carpool. Talk with others where you work, and if you can organize a car pool. This will save gas and carbons along with saving your car that wear and tear.

8- Use reusable lunch containers. There are many companies that make great reusable containers. Not only will this save on all the waste you throw away from eating out, but it will also save on your budget. Take leftovers or make healthy salads. Use good quality containers to store leftovers in your fridge. You may have to spend a little more, but it’s worth it in the end. And in many cases will add shelf life to your food. Instead of purchasing all that margarine in big tubs, (which is bad for you anyway) use block butter. Very little packaging to throw away, and you don’t have a ton of plastic tubs to.

9- Use cloth napkins instead of rolls of paper towels. Simply wash and re-use. Use regular plates and utensils instead of plastic. Granted you’ll have to wash them, but you wont have to be purchasing them over and over.

10- Use natural and organic cleaning products. There are gallons upon gallons of chemical waste being thrown into our landfills. Partial bottles that still have cleaning agents in them. What happens? Well they begin to leach out into our water table, and into our systems. Try using cleaning supplies that are concentrated, that will last longer, and less packaging to throw away or recycle. Cleaning products that if they do go into the water, will not harm us or our water.

Now I know this is just a short list of things you can do, but even the smallest change can have a huge effect over time. And never fear, I will be posting more on things that you can do to make your home a greener place to be.

Until next time,

1 comment:

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