Wednesday, May 23, 2012

5 Easy Ways to Green Up Your Day

So you might want to start 'Greening Up' your life but aren't sure where to start, or are looking to ease your way into a greener lifestyle. The main thing that you need to change, is your way of thinking. Rather than thinking convenience, think reuse. Anything that can be used more than one time is what you want to utilize. Check out the 5 tips below to get started!

1. Switch to reusable bags and forego the plastic bag.
Most grocery stores offer reusable bags now. My local store charge $.99 per bag. If you don't want to purchase bags, use tote bags or canvas bags that you may have laying around the house. Purchase cheesecloth to make your own bulk/produce bags, or make (or buy) the crochet or nylon versions you can find online.

2. Bring your lunch in glass containers (Tupperware if you are not anti-plastic) and skip paper lunch bags, and snack or sandwich bags. Anywhere you can reuse items from your home and not have to throw out paper, or plastic goods is what we're aiming for. 

3. Bring your own coffee cup when you stop for your morning coffee. Most places offer mugs for sale and will accept your mug and even give you a discount on your coffee. Tim Horton's does this, if you have them in your area. Also, when going out to eat you can bring your own Tupperware or glass container to stow away your leftovers so you can skip the un-Earth-friendly styrofoam.

4. Buy refill soap for your hand soap, laundry soap, and dish soap.
Method Brand offers (recyclable) bagged refills so all you need to do is refill your dispenser without creating added waste. This generally cuts down on cost too, as they typically cost less than buying a whole new container.

5. Ditch the paper towels for cleaning and dusting and start using old t-shirts.
We all have shirts we don't wear anymore, so instead of throwing them out (definitely donate if they're still in really good, wearable condition. But if you have a man in the house then use those old undershirts and just cut off any gross armpitty places, lol) cut them up into squares and use them to clean up, and just wash regularly when needed.

If you have any tips for "Going 'Easy' Green" let me know in the comments below!


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