“Being Green” is the new catch phrase these days, but if it’s not easy and convenient, many of us just don’t do it. But, it’s easier than most of us might think! Here are just a few ways that you can be green —without even really thinking about it!
I always forget to bring my reusable bags to the grocery store—you probably do to, right? But when I have the bag in a compact little pouch, I don’t have to remember to bring it—the bag is already with me (and works great for all of those unexpected moments when I need a bag). Having a reusable bag is very eco-friendly and it can work double as a tote for other things besides groceries. Another bonus is that you won’t have to think of what to do with all those empty plastic bags once you put your groceries away! Just hang up your tote and you’re done!
Water, water, water
It’s probably the one thing that you use the most: for showers, doing dishes, brushing teeth, washing clothes, watering lawns and house plants, taking baths. And, even without really thinking about it, we can all collectively save a TON of water. Just create a quick schedule for watering the lawn and plants. Only run the water for those brief times when you need to rinse or flush or clean—in the multitude of ways. Use one water bottle; refill it and keep it with you (the biggest reason many of us end up buying a plastic water bottle, even though we’re trying to be green, is because we forgot to bring it with us!). If you own a hot tub or spa, consider getting a cover for it to conserve more energy. You can get hot tub and pool covers at Bullfrogspas.com.
Turn it off and unplug it
This also doesn’t take a lot of thought either. But you can save a lot of energy and money if you turn off lights when you leave a room. You can also unplug those appliances and other electrical devices, which don’t use a lot of energy when plugged in, but over time, they add up. If you have children that leave lights on all the time, a great natural consequence would be to to make them pay you a nickel or dime every time they leave a light on. Before long, they will get the idea!
The most common reason we don’t recycle is because we don’t make it easy. Put a box beside your garbage can in the kitchen. Start there. Then, if you have a printer, put a box next to it (for most print-outs—orders, drafts, and so on—you can print on the back of old paper). There are countless other ways to make your recycling efforts easy!
Barter, Trade, Share & Give
We all hold onto a lot of things that we could get rid of. However, sometimes it’s difficult to think about just throwing things away—particularly when the stuff appears to be of value! Take a look at your closet and your garage. You probably already have bags and boxes of stuff to get rid of, but don’t wait for spring cleaning! If you can’t use it, give it to someone who can. If you need something, ask or post your request on a social media site.
Once you start on your path toward “being green,” it becomes easier. Eventually, it becomes a part of your everyday experience. Your carbon footprint will go down and your love for the planet will increase!