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Creative Eco-Friendly Tips and Ideas to Go Green In and Out of the Home

Updated on March 21, 2014
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Reuse glass bottles like wine bottles as vases. I have several wine glasses and baby jars so I use some of them as candle holders.
Reuse glass bottles like wine bottles as vases. I have several wine glasses and baby jars so I use some of them as candle holders. | Source

Deciding to Go Green To Live A More Eco-Friendly Lifestyle

Ever since I got pregnant with my first child I was more motivated to go green. It saves our planet and is easier on the budget. It's much easier and accessible to be green nowadays with all the environmentally cautious products on the market and businesses that are willing to participate in the green initiative.


Reuse Old Clothes for Different Projects

I reused an old shirt and some pearl beads to make this footless baby sandal for my baby.
I reused an old shirt and some pearl beads to make this footless baby sandal for my baby. | Source

Find Ways to Reuse Old Clothes to Wear Again

I reused another old shirt and some old pearl beads for these footless baby sandals.
I reused another old shirt and some old pearl beads for these footless baby sandals. | Source

Save Stained Clothes, Re-dye Them!

Instead of throwing out these stained white infant clothes, I dyed them a brighter, darker color.  The dye covered up the stains and made them still wearable.
Instead of throwing out these stained white infant clothes, I dyed them a brighter, darker color. The dye covered up the stains and made them still wearable. | Source

Brighten up Stained or Worn Clothes using Fabric Dye

This shirt was originally white, too but then began to look worn and off-white after several washes.  I dyed it this nice bright color to freshen it up.
This shirt was originally white, too but then began to look worn and off-white after several washes. I dyed it this nice bright color to freshen it up. | Source

Repaint Old Furniture to Make It New Again

I bought this bookcase from craigslist and repainted it  a cherry red.  I reused glass jars to hold photos; fun way to recycle the jars and they take less space then picture frames so I was able to display more photos in the case.
I bought this bookcase from craigslist and repainted it a cherry red. I reused glass jars to hold photos; fun way to recycle the jars and they take less space then picture frames so I was able to display more photos in the case. | Source

Find Creative Ways to Reuse Glass Bottles

I reused this wine bottle as a vase for my baby girl's room.
I reused this wine bottle as a vase for my baby girl's room. | Source
I had several leftover paper doilies that were taking up space so I used some of them as picture holders for décor in my little girl's room.  They went with the tea party/Alice in Wonderland theme she had.
I had several leftover paper doilies that were taking up space so I used some of them as picture holders for décor in my little girl's room. They went with the tea party/Alice in Wonderland theme she had. | Source

Cloth Diapers Save you Money and Save the Planet

For my second child, I decided to use cloth diapers and found that it saved us money and was much better for the environment since we were not cluttering the land fills with disposable diapers.
For my second child, I decided to use cloth diapers and found that it saved us money and was much better for the environment since we were not cluttering the land fills with disposable diapers. | Source

A Creative Way to Reuse Cardboard

I reused this poster size cardboard as a photo collage for my son's room.  I just spray painted it to match the décor in his room and attached a ribbon to hang it up.
I reused this poster size cardboard as a photo collage for my son's room. I just spray painted it to match the décor in his room and attached a ribbon to hang it up. | Source

Use Glass Jars and Plastic Jars for Storage

Reuse jars to store food, candy, buttons, art/craft supplies.
Reuse jars to store food, candy, buttons, art/craft supplies. | Source
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Ideas, Tips and Suggestions to Live More Eco-Friendly

Here are some simple ways to practice being green in and out of the home:

1. Use reusable bags instead of plastic/paper bags when shopping.

2. If you still have plastic bags, use them as trash bags. I like to bring some in the diaper bag for trash and wet/dirty clothes for my kids in case of accidents. I keep plastic bags in the car for trash, too.

3. Reuse jars for storage, leftovers, holding items like loose change, candy, buttons and art/craft supplies . I even use jars for house d├ęcor like using them to hold photos, flowers and candles.

4. Make creative vases reusing wine/beer bottles.

5. Reuse scrap paper for arts/crafts. Let your kids paint and draw on them. If the scraps are small enough, have your kids draw/paint on them and use them as book markers. I print out coupons on the back side of scrap paper, too.

6. Use cloth napkins instead of paper napkins.

7. Reuse plastic bottles as storage containers. Large plastic bottles like juice and Gatorade bottles work great to pour out dry food like cereal. .

8. Use cloth diapers at least sometimes if you can't do it full-time.

9. Reuse old fabric if you have any lying around for gift wrapping or place the gift in a pretty box without wrapping it. The box doubles as part of the gift. They can reuse the box for photos, keepsakes or storage.

10. Turn off and unplug lights, fans, appliances, computers and chargers when not in use.

11. Plant some herbs, vegetables and fruit.

12. Use cold water when doing laundry and only wash full loads.

13. Reuse cardboard and boxes. Make play houses out of boxes for kids. Use cardboard to make a picture collage.

14. Change light bulbs to CFL - compact fluorescent lamp.

15. Use natural light during the day.

16. Save gas; walk if you can and carpool.

17. Stop receiving paper mail for bills/statements.

18. Use old shirts as rags to clean with.

19. If you don't really need something brand new, shop at consignment stores, thrift stores, craigslist and antique stores. Resell and donate your old things, too.

20. Collect rainwater to water your plants.

21. Reuse old newspapers to place in the refrigerator crisper to keep moisture away from vegetables/fruits.

23. Repaint old bookcases and furniture. Reupholster furniture.

24. Fix leaky faucets.

25. Reuse old clothes to make other wearable items like things for your baby.

26. Dye old clothes to make them look fresh or to cover up stains so that you can still wear them.

27. Turn off the water when brushing and flossing your teeth. Take quicker showers. Turn off the water in the shower while scrubbing down, shaving and applying shampoo. Shower with your spouse or significant other.

28. Line dry clothes or use a drying rack.

29. Recycle as much as possible including ink cartridges and electronic devices.

30. Teach your kids the importance of being green to continue the cycle!


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    Connie Smith 3 years ago from Southern Tier New York State

    They should have a button for 'Clever' because all of your decorating tips are just that! I love your list for greener options to daily living. I am all about reusing and recycling. I use 'seasoned' newspapers to clean the soot off the window in my woodstove; and vinegar and baking soda are my two best cleaning buddies.

    When my little sister was born way back in 1964, Mom, my Grandma and I made cloth diapers. I come from a long line of 'use it up, make do, or do without' people!

    Voted this excellent article Up++ and pinned ;) Pearl

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    Bernadyn 3 years ago from Jacksonville, Florida

    Thank you for the kind comment and votes and share, Pearl! Yes, vinegar and baking soda are wonderful household products. I love that: 'use it up, make do, or do without'. Thanks for stopping by, enjoy your day =)

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    Benjamin Chege 3 years ago

    Hi BNadyn, I can't believe you just came up with 30 simple ways of going green, which are not only effective, but also easy to implement. I go green by reusing plastic containers and using biodegradable plastic bags. Thanks for the information.

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    Bernadyn 3 years ago from Jacksonville, Florida

    Thanks, Benjamin! Awesome, that's a great way to recycle. :)

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    Bill Holland 3 years ago from Olympia, WA

    This is one of my favorite subjects. I hope by writing articles like this we can raise awareness enough to make a significant difference in the world.

    Haven't seen anything new from you in awhile. I hope that changes because you are a very good writer.

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    Bernadyn 3 years ago from Jacksonville, Florida

    Thank you, Bill, for such a nice comment. I appreciate that! I do miss being on here and plan to write and check in more. I hope to raise more awareness on this subject, too. I do believe it's an important one.

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    K.A.E Grove 3 years ago from Australia

    Some absolutely great ideas here, I think if we all worked a little more at being "Green" this would be a nicer world to live in for us and the generations to follow...

    voting up and sharing on :)

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    Bernadyn 3 years ago from Jacksonville, Florida

    Thank you, nighthag, and that is so true, every little effort helps. Have a great week ahead. :)

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