7 Simple Steps to Be “Greener”

Perhaps you think “going green” is expensive and complicated. After these 7 simple steps you may realize that it very economical and easy.  Maybe you are already doing them; if not, consider taking baby steps and do a new one each day of the week.

1.  If your town recycles, try to have as much or more recycling as garbage.  Why?  It’s a great way to stop filling the earth with garbage.  So much of the packaging we use can be put to good use again.  Reminds me of my 90 year old neighbor making quilts of old dresses.  Recycle, recycle, recycle.

2.  Change your lightbulbs to CFLs if you haven’t already.  Why?  CFLs use 80% less energy, last 10 times longer, and they also come in 3-way models, pleasant color temperatures, and flicker tip styles.

3.    Use non-toxic, natural household cleaning products.  Why?  To save yourself and to save the earth.  For example using Basic H2 for window cleaner alone has saved 2.7 billion 26 oz. bottles, which would wrap around the earth more than 18 times!

4.  Stop idling your car while waiting.  Why?  Idling more than 10 seconds wastes more gas than is needed for start-up.  Americans idle away 2.9 billion gallons of gas a year –worth about $78.2 billion.

5.    Limit paper.  Why?  Using less paper saves billions of pounds of waste and saves trees.   Simple changes:  switch from paper napkins to cloth napkins at dinner, and instead of cleaning with paper towels, use microfiber cleaning cloths.

6.  Use your own water bottle.  Why?  A year’s supply of your own filtered water would fill the equivalent of 2,400 plastic bottles and keep them from landfills.  The cost to you is only pennies.

7.  Walk or bike for entertainment.  Why?  You get the exercise and save on gasoline.

What are some other simple things you have done to be “greener”?

2 thoughts on “7 Simple Steps to Be “Greener”

  1. Great post, Ann! Thanks for the reminder that there are lots of small, simple ways we can each be green. Here’s another tip: If you do have to print something, print it on scrap paper—I take home paper from work that has been printed on only one side. Then, after I’ve printed on both sides, instead of throwing paper away, I throw it in a paper grocery bag. When the bag is full, I bring it to my church, which has one of those large, green, Paper Retriever dumpsters. The Paper Retriever people pick it up and recycle it, and they send us a check that helps support our preschool!

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