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Eco friendly tips -- go green, live green

Updated on November 28, 2012

Go green today -- do your part!

It's easy to be green by following the tips and suggestions here! It's imperative to head off an eco-crisis by finding sustainable ways to live. Just a few simple changes in your daily life can make a huge difference in the world. Save the planet today and it'll still be around for your grandchildren to enjoy later.

Reduce

Start small: reduce

The first step in the process is a small one: simply reduce. Think before you buy: do you really need it? (And learn the difference between "I want" and "I need".) Is there a more eco-friendly option to the item you wish to buy? Head off impulse buys by researching before you even set foot in a store. Think it over a few days; it'll still be there later if you really need it.

Go paper-free

Take a look around the house at how much unnecessarily paper creeps in. A big thing you can do for the environment is put a top to it.

  • Use cloth napkins and towels instead of paper towels.
  • Share books and magazines with friends and neighbours. Even better, go to the library.
  • Get off junk mail lists.

Ideas for reducing paper

Reuse

Once, twice, third time around

It's not good enough to buy, then toss. Can you reuse something? Can someone else use it? Pass it on when you're done with it.

Where can you give or sell used items?

  • Freecyle
  • Craiglist
  • Local charities (veterans' groups, church groups, etc)
  • eBay
  • Homeless shelters, pet shelters
  • Amazon
  • Auction houses
  • Antique shops
  • On the curb with a "free" sign
  • Consignment shops
  • Yard sale
  • Flea market
  • Thrift stores (Goodwill, Salvation Army, Savers)

Buy reusable products

Picture a house without disposable items. It's only recently that paper plates and cups became a household fixture, so let's change it back. Likewise, plastic bags are a recent innovation, and they are already banned in many parts of Europe. Don't buy single-use items, period.

Buy vintage

They don't make stuff like they used to. That fifty year old dress is probably better-wearing than anything you could buy today. This has an added bonus of providing unique items for yourself and your home, simply because it's not from the big box store.

Recycle

Not first but last

It may be the eco-tip everyone thinks of first, but it's the last step: recycle. If you can't not buy it and you really must dispose of it, recycle it. Check with your local village to find out what items can be recycled. Most places will take paper and metal. Some locations can also accept plastics of various types.

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      Mamaboo LM 5 years ago

      You gave "me" some simple things that I can do to start making positive changes. Be blessed to day, and don't be afraid to "grow" your lens with more on going tips. Thanks and be blessed!