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51 Easy Ways to Go Green

Updated on July 19, 2010

Simple Ways to Go Green - Conservation, Recycling, Reusing, Reducing and Staying Healthy

There have never been as many resources to go green as there are out there on the web today. With the click of the mouse you can find out how to recycle nearly anything, how to reuse things you normally throw away (and up in a landfill), how to reduce your electric bills, and how to slow climate change. On this page, I've decided to amass some of the knowledge and links that I've found across the web. There are 51 ways to go green on this page, but that doesn't mean you have to try out every single one. Just trying out a few (or ten if you're really ambitious) will make a giant difference in combating climate change, helping the environment, and contributing to a greener planet.

How to Green Your Job

How to Green Your School

  • Use recycled paper notebooks and encourage students to reuse paper supplies.
  • Recycle your clothing at the end of each season.
  • Donate your school supplies to a local school. Pens, papers, erasers, notebooks, printers, ink cartridges, you name it.
  • Donate your computer to a school when you're done with it (and it's less than five years old).

What are #5 Plastics?

#5 plastics are items like yogurt containers, dairy or cottage cheese containers, margarine spread containers, and some take out containers.

How to Grill Vegetables

Rain Water Catchers - Reuse Your Water

How to Green Your Home

  • Throw away less stuff and start reusing more. Buy less individually packaged products, and opt for reusable glasses, towels, and plates.
  • Use reusable bags when shopping to stop wasting disposable plastic bags.
  • Buy organic produce, or buy local produce when it's available to be healthier, and reduce your impact on the environment (the less that veggie has to travel to you, the less energy used!).
  • Green your cleaning with natural cleaners like vinegar, baking soda, and other natural cleaning products.
  • Conserve water by turning off the water when brushing your teeth, flushing less often, and using efficient washing machines.
  • Use a more eco friendly detergent or cleaning product like soap nuts on your clothing. Harsh detergents are bad for the environment, and bad for you.
  • Buy local for everything. Attend farmer's markets and buy milk from local farms. It will taste much fresher, and won't have to travel as far to get to you.
  • Consider downloading your books onto a paperless device like the Kindle, or buy a pre-owned book (they're also way cheaper!).
  • Use CFL bulbs. You'll be surprised at how quickly the savings kick in, and how substantial the savings are!
  • Grow your own food. Even if you grow just your own spices, this is helping in a small way (and you'll have the convenience of fresh spices!).
  • Recycle your paper products. Paper can be cut up into scrap paper, cereal boxes can be recycled, metals, milk jugs, glass bottles, they can all be recycled! Leave them curbside, or set up a recycling system in your home.
  • Reuse glass containers instead of recycling them. You can use your glass containers to hold pasta, beans, seeds, and household items.
  • Reuse #5 plastics. They can be reused for leftovers, coffee grinds for your garden, to sort out nuts and bolts, to hold clothes pins, and other creative uses.
  • Install weatherstripping into your home and stop energy leakage.
  • Use a draft snake. This small draft guard will cut down on energy leaks in addition to your weatherstripping.
  • Opt for paperless billing and stop unwanted junkmail.
  • Properly dispose of old batteries and buy rechargeable batteries.
  • Don't buy individually wrapped products. When you can, buy products in bulk if it makes sense. You'll also get a far better price most of the time.
  • Reuse rainwater to water your plants. You can even use a rain barrel on your gutters.
  • Buy energy star rated appliances to save more money on your electric bill.
  • Learn more about going green and living the eco friendly lifestyle by visiting one of these 50 green living websites.
  • Hang your clothing out to dry in the warmer months instead of using a dryer.
  • Grill your veggies instead of baking or broiling. You'll save a lot of energy by opting for the grill sometimes.
  • Reuse coffee grinds for compost. Plants really thrive on the nutrients found in coffee grinds!
  • Compost your food. Your food scraps can be turned into more dirt through a composter.
  • Bring plants into your home to clean the air. They don't just look nice, they actually serve a purpose in your home.
  • Reuse packaging material. Bring it to your local UPS if you won't use it, or use it yourself to pack away things, keep on hand for moving supplies, or list on a free classified ad so someone else will use it.
  • Turn down the heat by just a degree than what you're used to in the winter, or up one degree in the summer. This one small degree will make a big difference in your bill, and you won't even notice it.

Wear it twice on vacations. If it's still clean, why waste your time washing clothes? Hang up your bathing suits to dry and save some energy.

Water Purifier Bottles

Katadyn Exstream XR Water Purifier Bottle
Katadyn Exstream XR Water Purifier Bottle

Great for when you're on the road, a water purifier will allow you to have fresh water out on hikes, or when tap water is questionable.


How to Green Your Vacations and Travel

  • Use a hybrid car or gas efficient vehicle when traveling. You'll be amazed at the difference of the price of a tank of gas of a small car versus a large SUV.
  • Use the towels twice when staying at a hotel. Hang it up, and they won't take it. Leave it on the floor, they'll bring you a fresh one.
  • Bring a reusable water bottle on you trip. Fill it up with tap water or filtered tap water.
  • Check tire pressure and maintain your car. The proper tire pressure can conserve gas mileage, and all of the car parts will be running efficiently.

Raising Baby Green

Raising Baby Green: The Earth-Friendly Guide to Pregnancy, Childbirth, and Baby Care
Raising Baby Green: The Earth-Friendly Guide to Pregnancy, Childbirth, and Baby Care

This book will teach you everything you need to know about raising a green baby, from pregnancy to toddler!


Ever wondered why climate change is happening in the first place? Read about the causes of global warming on this page.

Green Your Baby

  • Switch to reusable diapers. There are many options to choose from that can be shipped right to your home, and they'll wind up costing you much less. Diapers are taking up immense amounts of space in our landfills.
  • Use a zero voc paint when painting the nursery.
  • Circulate the air in your baby's room to give them fresh air and to distribute warm or cool air evenly.
  • Make your own baby food. They sell baby food makers today that are easy as pie to use.
  • Green your baby's nursery from the floor up, from the mattress to the toys.
  • Use natural baby products on your baby, like chemical free diaper cream, natural diaper wipes, and organic towels to reduce their exposure to chemicals.
  • Use biodegradable diaper inserts if you aren't using reusable diapers.
  • When your baby turns into a youngster, teach them how to be green.

For More Green Tips:

Visit A Million Ways to Go Green today for more eco friendly tips and advice from the author of this page!


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      7 years ago

      great hub & helpful tips to go green

    • HealthyHanna profile image


      8 years ago from Utah

      Good tips. I really like to compost. When you do it once or twice, it becomes an easy habil.

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      8 years ago from Suffolk, England

      Great hub and some great tips there :)


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