Green & Easy
Going green. What exactly does it mean, for you and for our world? When I first heard the term, this came to mind: Hippies skipping down the street tossing flowers out of their baskets while Age of Aquarius by The Fifth Dimension plays in the background. As I heard more about the green movement I started to think that going green was very complicated and expensive. But as I educated myself, I realized none of that was true. There are many benefits to you, dear reader. Going green can benefit your life, your health, and your wallet.
Here are some easy ways you can go green to help your life and your wallet:
- Bring your own bags whenever you go shopping – grocery or otherwise. Many places are now charging for plastic bags. By bringing your own reusable bags, or your recycled plastic bags you can save yourself some change and save the environment, one plastic bag at a time.
- Get rid of all of your unused and unnecessary plastic bags. I know I have a whole cupboard of these under my sink. Take them to your local grocery store; they usually have a bag recycle bin in the front entrance. Or recycle them yourself, blue bag them on the curb or take them to a recycling centre.
- If you don’t already, recycling your cans and bottles can bring in some extra cash. You pay the bottle deposit when you buy them anyway – you may as well get your money back.
- When you go out for dinner, bring your own containers for leftovers. Not only does it save on Styrofoam, but it also saves you some time. And by packing your own food, you can get the check sooner.
- Use a handkerchief. It’s a little snotty, but think of all the tissues you’ll save.
- Go paperless. Get all of your news and magazines and books electronically. There are many interesting devices to do just this. Like your iPhone.
- Bring your own lunch to work or school and pack it in reusable containers instead of plastic baggies and saran wrap.
- Use a reusable water bottle and coffee mug for your daily beverages. This will also save you 10 cents off your drink if you go to Starbucks. It also allows you to stay hydrated and personalize your drinks.
- Use public transportation, walk or bike. This saves you gas money and if you give up the car completely – insurance, registration and repairs.
- Hang your laundry to dry. This saves you money (if you pay for your laundry) and your clothes will be fresh air fresh.
Remember: Going green doesn’t have to be complicated or expensive. It can bring in some extra cash, and make the world a better place.