Being Green. Where do I start?

This is a list of things that can help you become a greener person. Choose a few to begin with and as you master them, continue to choose more. And share your efforts…pass it on! The more people doing these… the better for Planet Earth!

Buy a reusable water bottle  and fill it up with… tap water (if you can)!

Recycle and reuse as much as you are able.  Bring things you do not need anymore to second hand stores.  Some you can even re-sell!

Compost! So much of what we throw out daily can go back to being dirt!

Do not use plastic straws. Choose paper straws if you really need them.  You can also buy a metal reusable one and carry it in your bag.

Switch all your lightbulbs to CFLs (or at least switch a few).

Choose to bring your silverware for your lunch at work, instead of using plastic ware.  You can even leave it a work and wash it and keep it there.

Bring your own refillable mug to Starbucks to drink your morning coffee.  This saves trees!  Less cups being used and less energy in processing its trash.

Choose shared transportation, whether it’s a train, bus or car pooling, over individual driving.  Or walk, scoot or ride your bike to work. These choices makes a huge difference in our environment!

Check the labels when ever you are buying food.  Some foods contain ingredients that are destroying the rainforest like palm oil.  If there is an open produce market near you, shop there. The food is grown by local farmers and it’s plastic free. Choose local over imported food, this makes for less transportation and less burning of fossil fuels.

Check the labels on the clothing you wear. What is the material made out of?  Do you know about the working conditions of the people who created the product? Buy clothing made of natural fibers and avoid buying clothing made in countries that mistreat their workers.

Keep the lights off for as long as you can—open your curtains and enjoy natural light.  Turn off your computer and all electronics at night.

Use cloth napkins daily instead of paper.

Pay your bills online.  Put a stop to unsolicited mail—sign up to opt out of catalogs, and pre-screened credit card offers.

Stop using plastic bags. Get reusable mesh bags for you produce too.  Avoid buying items packaged in plastic. Do not buy plastic items unless you have no other option.

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