Happy Earth Day! We can treat today like the New Year holiday, in that we can resolve to be a little greener. You can ease into a greener lifestyle. Choose to adopt a few habits, one-at-a-time, at home, work, and play. Here are a few suggestions:
1. Whenever possible, wash your outerwear after every second or third wear. When you do laundry, use the cold water cycle, and hang your clothes to dry. You will conserve energy and water and prevent overconsumption by extending the life of your wardrobe.
2. Switch to non-toxic cleaning solutions, like your own mixture of water and vinegar or switch to a green brand like Seventh Generation. You will minimize the pollution in your home and in our water supplies.
3. Keep recycling bins near your trash cans to make recycling more convenient. Your guests will be less inclined to throw their bottles and cans in the garbage.
4. Grow your own herb and/or produce garden (you can find in-home garden kits at your local nursery).
5. Turn off all lights when they are not in use. Keep your home electronics on a power strip and turn it off when you go to bed. This will minimize your carbon footprint and save you money on your energy bill.
At Your Local Retailer
1. Buy products were made locally. There are less carbon emissions when a product travels a shorter distance to get to you.
2. Bring your own tote bag to the grocery store and on your shopping excursions. Reuse the plastic bags you have at home to use as your produce bags, while at the grocer or farmers’ market.
3. Bring your own takeout container when you anticipate having leftovers at the restaurant or going to the salad bar at your local cafe. Bring your own travel mug to the cafe when ordering your morning coffee or tea.
4. Don’t buy it if you don’t need it. As much as we love new things, reduce your consumption. Whenever possible, buy used.
At the office
1. Walk, bike, or carpool to work whenever possible. You’ll save on your fuel expense and reduce carbon emissions.
2. Power down all of your electronics when you leave work.
3. Opt for direct deposit and electronic paystubs to reduce waste.
4. Review your email attachments and proof-read documents electronically to reduce more consumption.
5. Use the stairs, instead of the elevator. You’ll be heart-healthy and energy conscious.
6. Use your own reusable mug or water bottle and refill at the water cooler, instead of using disposables.