Today I’ve got 10 simple tips to help you get your green on. What are you waiting for? No more excuses!
- Envirosax. Each bag holds up to 44 pounds. They’re machine washable and come in a variety of cute colors & patterns. Fashionista-friendly Envirosax are fun for those who shudder at the cheaper varieties of grocery store chain bags (I own both kinds). They are small, soft, and easy to stuff into your purse. Plastic bags suck, so this is the best way to get your green on. For a gold star, check out these reusable produce bags on Etsy. There are tons to choose from, but these are like the ones I have. Easy for the cashiers to see through to get the codes off of your fruit. And if you use these sandwich wraps, you can stop buying so many Ziploc bags! Winner winner, chicken dinner!
- Shatto Milk. Many of my readers are locals, so this is for you. If you’re not in KC, see if you have something comparable. This milk is beyond delicious thanks to the glass bottles that keep it extra cold. The glass eliminates the need for nasty plastic jugs. Shatto Dairy makes butter, ice cream, and cheese curds as well. I can’t go back to drinking milk out of plastic because it tastes horrible.
- Teach your kids about being kind to our planet with this cute dvd, Wubbzy Goes Green.
You can also read them Michael Recycle, or Reduce, Reuse & Recycle. There’s a fun Jack Johnson song by the same title that my kids loooove to rock out to. I suggest putting it on your iPod immediately. You can find it here. Kids are little sponges, and they learn so much by watching us. My girls constantly point out litter, remind me to grab my reusable bags, and help me sort things in our recycling bins. I’m glad they’re picking up on this stuff because sadly, it’s going to be their problem, too.
- Unplug it. Even if it’s not on, it’s using up energy. So ladies, unplug that Chi, curling iron, and hairdryer. My toaster and laptop are often unplugged, as are the girls’ nightlights and white noise machine. Hubs gets irritated with me for following him around and unplugging his cell phone charger from the wall, but I can’t help myself!
- Turning off the water while you brush your teeth can save up to eight gallons of water per day, 240 gallons per month. Take shorter showers. Consider investing in a rain barrel, too.
- Turn your kitchen scraps into compost for your garden. I bought my tumbler from Soil Service. If I can compost, anyone can! I was so nervous at first, but it’s really easy. Now all your fall leaves, grass clippings, banana peels and apple cores can go back into the earth and nourish the soil.
- Ditch the cereal box and save a tree: try some 3 Sisters Cereal. I’ve been thinking a lot about packaging lately and it really bugs me how much excess there is. Cereal in a bag is fine. Why do we need the cardboard box, too? We don’t.
- Recycle at the curb. Check out Ripple Glass and The Recycle Spot here in KC for various drop-off locations for glass and other odd items like laptop batteries. Another great company based out of New Jersey is Terracycle. They recycle juice pouches, candy wrappers, chip bags, corks, cameras, laptops, etc. and you can earn money for the charity or school of your choice in the process.
- Wash all your clothes in cold water and dry them on the lowest heat setting. I bought a drying rack like this one which I love because it’s better for our clothes and for the environment.
- Pay your bills and shop on-line. Check out Catalog Choice, a free service that allows you to stop all those annoying catalogs from coming your way. All you need to do is create an account, then start entering the source codes from the backs of the ones you don’t want.
What would you add? What are your favorite go green tips? Please share in the comments!