AT HOME GREEN TIPS
Let’s green up our spaces with some of these easy-to-adapt routines!
Here’s a list of great tips to green up your lifestyle:
Headed out for a walk, jog, or run?
Bring a trash bag or other receptacle with you. “Plogging” is the act of picking up trash while you jog or run. This trend began several years ago in Sweden as an organized activity in response to rising concerns of the effects that plastic pollution has on the environment, and has become increasingly popular in other countries around the globe. Remember to wear sturdy gloves and use caution on roadsides.
Spring cleaning your closets & storage spaces?
Don’t just toss your old things in the trash- try to re-sell those items online or in the classifieds and make a few bucks. Or, place them near the roadside where someone might pick it up- one man’s trash is another’s treasure.
Eat more fruits & veggies
You can do a ton of sustainable good by adding more plant-based meals to your diet. There are plenty of health benefits too, such as lower blood pressure, reduced risk of disease, eye, and digestive problems, as well as a positive effect on blood sugar levels.
Join a Community- Supported Agriculture system (CSA)
Or support nearby farmers! Buying locally grown food creates economic opportunities and reduces environmental impacts, plus it’s fresher and loaded with nutrients so it tastes better.
Support the mom-and-pop establishments in your area to play an important part in keeping your local economy stable.
Buy more sustainable products.
Fairtrade/organic products encourage environmentally friendly production methods and contain far fewer chemicals and preservatives. Opt for packaging that does not apply single-use plastic or buy in bulk and bring your own containers.
Use all of your food.
Do a little meal planning before you head to the grocery store so you don’t buy more fresh food than you can consume. Seal and freeze excess food in single-serving portions for quick future meals on the go.
Composting benefits the soil by adding nutrients as well as microorganisms that assist with the decomposition process. It also reduces the amount of waste sent to landfills. You can compost kitchen, garden, and yard waste right in your backyard, or your area may offer local services that make it easy.
Try to use less water.
Don’t leave the faucet running while brushing your teeth or if you step away from the sink. Some appliances and fixtures come equipped with low-flow settings. By using less water, a smaller amount needs to be pumped and treated, so less energy is spent and fewer chemicals are used. This reduction in energy use results in fewer carbon emissions, which can ultimately slow climate change.
Ditch the chemical-loaded cleaning supplies
Especially beauty and bathing products. These dangerous chemicals can cause respiratory illnesses. Look for all-natural and homemade bath and beauty products at craft fairs and farmer’s markets. Try safer natural disinfectants such as vinegar, citrus, and hydrogen peroxide instead.
Reuse & repurpose whenever you can. Turn that collection of old materials into a unique craft, garden with newspaper, use empty glass jars as drinking cups. Old clothes and worn fabrics can be reused as rags in place of paper towels.
If you can’t reduce or reuse, be sure to recycle all the way.
Paper, cardboard, plastic, glass, metals, batteries, and electronic devices are all recyclable items. Before you sort items into bins, take the time to pull any food and storage containers apart completely, and rinse each item.
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