Going green is easier than you think.
There are little things you can do every day to make a less harmful impact on the environment. Taking care of the Earth is simple: be mindful and respectful of the world we live in, treat it with kindness, gratitude and appreciation. In that spirit, let us share simple ways that you can do your part :)
1) Have a garden?
Please don't use pesticides, herbicides (typically what you can purchase at the hardware store), or chemical fertilizers in your yard and gardens. They are hazardous to our environment, instead opt to mulch your garden waste or create a compost bin and use that as fertilizer.
2) Recycle paper, cardboard, glass, plastic, and whatever else your local recyclers will accept.
Recycle paper at home or at the office by having a communal “recycle paper” bin and reuse blank sides of the papers for jotting down notes or diagramming things out. Buy recycled products and support the whole re-cycle.
3) Swap bulbs to LED lights in your home.
LED’s are the most progressive lighting option when considering energy saving. They use one third of the electricity of a regular incandescent bulb and last 10 times longer. They have become the standard and are pretty much available at any convenience store nowadays. No need to hunt around for these super lights anymore.
4) Serviettes, please!
Cut the paper napkin out, literally. Paper napkins are not a necessity even if we think they are. One study says that the average American uses six napkins a day—astoundingly, 2,200 a year! Make like the French, and use a proper fabric table napkin when dining at home, which you can wash and reuse again. It also makes us feel a little bit fancier, and would literally save billions of bleached white squares in our overflowing landfills.
5) Buy local when possible.
Shopping for food produced closer to home makes sense. We save on the carbon footprint it would take to get it here while supporting our local economy too, and Farmers Markets are a fun place to chill and meet friends and to spread your eco-consumerism!
6) Tote your reusable coffee mug or water bottle with pride and skip buying a new one at every lunchtime stop.
7) Leave your car at home.
Walk or ride a city bike to school and work. Even better, use public transportation to reduce greenhouse gases. Bonus: with the extra walking or riding, you'll be burning extra calories too!
8) Stop Junk Mail.
Every year 100 million trees are chopped down for junk mail sent to American homes. Contact The Direct Marketing association at The-DMA.org to remove your name from mailing lists of their members. Say yes to paperless e-statements to curtail junk mail. Login to your bank and utilities accounts to select "go paper free" and you’ll save trees, water, and emissions, too.
9) Reuse and repurpose.
Change your mindset and think twice before throwing anything out. Think, “how can this be repurposed?” Google it, Youtube it, and you can basically find any DIY video out there to give new life into whatever you have on hand. There are some pretty nifty life hacks out there.
10) Bring your own bags to the market.
Sounds obvious, right? Well, in an average year, U.S. households use about 100 billion plastic bags, 99 percent of which are never recycled. The horror!