Saturday, January 28, 2012

How do you Go Green?

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 One of my goals this year is to be more mindful of the environment.
I'm usually fairly conscientious, but I have implemented a few extra
everyday tricks to help out Mother Nature.
Obvious tips I've been doing all along:
  • turn off lights when we're not in the room {even if you don't pay for your electric, don't be wasteful!}
  • Recycling all things, paper, plastic, cardboard, glass, etc. {I overfill 2 bins each week!}
  • Don't leave water running while brushing teeth OR doing dishes
  • Purchase & use re-useable grocery bags
  • Re-use plastic grocery bags if you forgot your 'green tote'
  • Bike or walk {library, store, etc}
  • Carpool with friends/family {I pick my MIL up for lunch--bonus--we get to chat to and from lunch, saves her on gas & only one vehicle on the road!}
  • Try to use my nook or hubs Ipad for magazines books, but if I don't I'll always recycle them with friends!
  • Buy from local farmers {preferably organic}
New Green Tips:
  • I read a disturbing statement about how many toilet paper rolls end up in landfills because they don't get recycled. I realized I wasn't recycling ANY of my bathroom products; they just got tossed in the garbage! I know keep an extra bag under the counter to catch all the recyclable items and then toss them into the recycling bin come trash day.
  •  We gave up buying the small plastic water bottles and we only use ones that we can re-fill.  The husband prefers glass, so I bought some VOSS water at Marshalls, and throw them in the dishwasher and use like we would any other glass. I fill them and keep them in the fridge so we can grab & go!
  • If I am in the kitchen {which I usually am} I love having the Food Network on.  Joe suggested I turn off the TV and just leave the sound running through the system. It works well, since I'm not actually watching, just listening!
  • For Christmas I purchased a few coffee cozies as prizes for my cookie party {and one for myself!!} and whenever possible, I use this instead of the cardboard one that usually ends up in the garbage.
  • We only use cloth napkins.  I don't even have paper ones! I have paper towels, but everyday we use cloth napkins. I love Target, Pier One, Kohls for those goodies!  It adds some sophistication to your meal and there's nothing to throw away!
  • On days off, hubs gets breakfast in bed. =D
  • And of course when possible, we buy Organic foods...but that's really an entire post {or several} on its own!!
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  • We usually eat in.  Like I've shared before, it's better to know where your food is coming from, what's going into it, and it tends to taste a lot better!  Try making pizzas at home. No delivery charge, no wasted cardboard box.  Tastes way better too!
  • Mom & Dad D's Pizzas mmm
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We're not perfect, but I believe every little bit helps.
Hopefully we can add more green practices to our every day lives.
 What "GO GREEN" tips do you have?
I'd love to hear them!!

5 comments:

  1. awesome tips! I always try to be green - but there is more I can do! Great ideas!

    XOXO

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  2. Great tips! We need to start being more green.

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  3. I do a lot of these too! When it's nice out I walk to work ... it's only a half mile from my house :)

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  4. Those are all great tips for going green, thanks for sharing :-)

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  5. My mom used to make pizza all the time! It was so good!!
    Glad to be your newest follower!!
    -Anna
    shinelikeglitter.blogspot.com

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