If we all do a little to live a greener life the world would be a much better place for it, at least I’d like to think so. Regardless of your political and social views on the green movement and global warming, it’s safe to say that living greener won’t hurt anyone nor the planet. Even so, many people still don’t do their part for what ever reasons, if you’re one of those people that thinks it’s too hard or too costly then think again. I’ve compiled a list of things you can do in your every day life that’s almost effortless, affordable, possibly better for your health and could even save you money in the long run.
The Many Ways to Recycle
The best way to live greener is to obviously recycle. A little bit goes a long way. Now a days many homes within the city limits are given recycling bins to be put out on the curb once a week, but not every neighborhood has that. So if you’d like to recycle check your local city’s website for places to drop off your recyclables. Make sure to read the list of what types of plastic can be recycled. If that’s not an option for you try to at least recycle your plastic bags which can be dropped off at most grocery stores and Wal-Mart. You can also find other uses for your plastic bags. Of course the best way to avoid plastic bags altogether is to get yourself some reusable shopping bags. Another way to recycle is to donate your clothes to Goodwill or any other place that will take them. While you’re donating your own clothes why not check out some of the local thrift shops to see if you can find something “new” for yourself. I’m not suggesting buy your whole wardrobe at a thrift and vintage store, unless you want to, but it’s a good way to save money as well as reduce your carbon footprint. Don’t forget yard sales. Other items that can also be donated are toys and electronics that are still in working condition, like cell phones. For electronics that can’t be donated there are places that you can drop them off to be recycled.
Drop Your Bottled Water Addiction
Instead of buying bottled water try buying a filter for your kitchen, not only does it reduce the amount of plastic waste but it will save you money too. Get yourself a reusable water bottle, fill it up with filtered water and you’re good to go. It’s just as good as any labeled bottled water you’ll buy at the store, only it’ll be free. Filters are sold in most grocery stores, Wal-Mart and Target and costs anywhere from $20 to $30.
Pack Your Own Lunch
Believe it or not packing your own lunch could help you save money, possibly help you eat healthier and reduce the amount of trash you produce if you do it correctly. Start off by packaging your meal in reusable containers, bottle your water or whatever it is you drink with your meal and carry your lunch in a reusable lunch bag. It’s that easy!
Shopping Eco-Friendly Products
Eating organic and buying from your local market is another good way to reduce your carbon footprint. Local markets provide fresh and eco-friendly vegetables and fruits but it also supports the local farmers. If the food items have less distance to travel to get to their consumers that’s less gas and overall better for the environment. Other eco-friendly products you can buy are organic clothing, many cotton clothing items are made with organic cotton now. For the ladies and makeup artist look for organic cosmetics, preferably one that comes in recycled or recyclable packaging.
Some other, more commonly spoken of ways to live greener are to car pool, change your light bulbs to more fuel efficient ones, making sure your faucets aren’t dripping, turning off the water when you’re brushing, turning off the lights when you leave a room and unplug your appliance when they’re not in use. There are many other things that can be done to live a greener life but the things I’ve listed are just some suggestions.