Kermit said it best: "It isn't easy being Green."
It isn’t easy being Green. It takes a little bit of extra work and sometimes a little extra money to do the right thing and put the environment first. Instead of making a whole bunch of changes to your day-to-day, try making small changes over the course of a year, one a week or one a month. Over time being environmentally conscious will become a part of your everyday routine. Here are a few simple things that you may already be doing or may wish to start doing and in the long-term can make a huge difference:
Switch from bottled water to a filtered pitcher and a reusable bottle. You alone can prevent hundreds of plastic bottles from ending up in the landfill or recycling plant. A bottle a day is 365 bottles a year.
Take reusable bags to the supermarket. If you keep the bags in the car and even one in your purse for those quick errands on the fly, you will save a plastic bag from the landfill each time you pull it out.
Brown Bag It
When packing your kids/husband’s/wife’s lunch don’t buy individually packaged items. Although convenient, these items are more expensive than buying bulk and produce a ton of trash. Get each member of your household a reusable bottle and a bento that you can fill with all kinds of nutritious eats.
Use a biodegradable dish soap, laundry detergent, bathroom cleaner, etc. These products tend to be expensive so shop smart, when you see them on sale stock up and even if you only pick biodegradable up every second time you are still making a difference.
Use steam to clean your floors and children’s hard toys. A good steam mop will set you back about $100 but you will kill 99.9% of bacteria without chemicals and make back your $100 in no time. For toys, just boil a pot on the stove, turn off the heat and place the item in the water for two minutes. *not all toys can be boiled so check manufacturer’s instructions
Try recycling even one item at a time. Newspaper this month, next month newspaper and tin cans. You will be amazed how much less trash your household will produce.
If you have clothes, furniture and even electronics that you are finished with try selling or donating the items. You will give your goods a second chance and many places will even send a truck over to pick-up large donations.
Support businesses that buy local. If each time you have a lunch out and it is grown locally that reduces your carbon footprint one salad at a time.
Try to buy local produce. Although often more expensive, the produce is so much better in taste and you support your local economy. You can make a day out of visiting your local farmer’s market and educating your children as to where their food comes from. Once a month means one less trip to the big-box stores.
Put your baby in cloth diapers. Disposable diapers are a huge problem both in terms of the sheer space that they take up in the landfill to the fact that human waste is then left to leech. Cloth diapers are better for your baby’s bum (less likely to have diaper rash), more expensive up front but will save you money. Even if baby isn’t in cloth all the time, every time you wash a cloth diaper you can give yourself a huge pat on the back.