Everyone wants to go green these days. Here are some easy ways that you can go green and maybe save a little money at the same time.
Did you know that buying those cases of bottled water is actually very environmentally unfriendly? In order to produce the billions of liters of bottled water purchased each year, the bottled water industry must use a substantial amount of plastic, energy to make and process the bottles and then a huge amount of fossil fuels in order to get those cases of bottled water to the stores around the country. In addition, chemicals are used in the processing of the water. All of this for a simple bottle of water that probably isn’t even as healthy for you as your tap water. So consider using a faucet or countertop water filter system and getting a good quality, eco-friendly water bottle such as a Nalgene water bottle and then filling it up daily with your filtered tap water. You’ll not only save a load of money, but you’ll also be helping the environment and your health.
Support Local Farms
Did you know that much of the produce in your supermarket was trucked from hundreds or even thousands of miles away? The farther that your food travels, the more energy it costs to get to you and the more chances of it being less fresh and of lower quality. Find out what farms are around you. Is there a dairy down the road that has a little store on the farm? Does your neighbor have an orchard? Perhaps there is a local farmers market? Search out the local farmers in your community and buy from them. Not only are you supporting your local farmers but you are also making a better choice for the environment, especially when you choose organic produce.
Grocery Bag It
When you go to the store, you are always sent home with either paper or plastic bags. You can save the energy it takes to produce those bags by bringing your own bag. Many stores have grocery bags available to purchase and you’ll often get a small credit for using them.
Did you know you can choose coffee that is eco-friendly? Consider switching to a brand of coffee that is certified fair trade. Fair trade certified coffee is grown in a sustainable manner but also pays a fair price to the small farmers who grow and pick the coffee beans. Can you help the environment just by switching coffee brands? Yes you can.
Give It Away
Instead of throwing things away, like your old computer, old TV set, beat up couch or outdated clothes and broken jewelry, consider giving it away first. Most local communities have a FreeCycle group where you can list items you are giving away and local people can come and pick them up. Craigslist and the Virtual Dumpster are also good options for giving things away. When you opt to give things away before sending them to the garbage dump, you are giving the item a chance at a second life, thereby you are recycling. Maybe your old clothes can be used by someone less fortunate, maybe your broken jewelry can be used for crafts, maybe your TV set can be fixed and used for a little while longer. By giving things away, you not only get them out of your house, but you are eliminating the need for these items to go to the dump and for the people you are giving them to, you may be eliminating the need for them to buy something new. It’s a win-win all around.