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Being Green 101

15 Sep. 2011 Posted by Hannah Mich
being green, eco-friendly tips, how to be green, environmentally friendly

So you see all the time these lists about being more green. So I thought I would give you a list of the 10 green changes that I have made and found to be the most eye opening.

1. Stop buying water in bottles. Instead, get a reusable aluminum water bottle and fill it up. I re-fill mine using the filtered water from my refrigerator's water dispenser.
2. Stop using plastic and paper grocery bags. Instead, buy a handful of reusable grocery bags. To avoid forgetting them at home, keep them in the car like we do.

"This makes it less overwhelming and more financially feasible."

3. Get rid of the disposable sandwich bags for lunch. They make cute little containers now for your sandwich and snacks. There is no need spending the money for these one use bags.
4. Don't buy books. I do a lot of research and leisurely reading so I get my books from the library and download them digitally. If you just cannot help yourself and you want a book - try buying used. This all will all save you money and save a lot of trees.
5. Switch to compact fluorescent lightbulbs. They are more energy efficient. As our lightbulbs went out, we replaced them with the compact fluorescent ones.
6. Use 100% recycled toilet paper and tissue paper. Honestly, you are wiping your nose and butt. Is there really any need to cut a tree down for that? Seems crazy but we do.
7. Get rid of the paper towels. Instead use reusable towels or rags like we do.
8. Wash your clothes in cold water. Detergents now days are made to work just as effectively in cold water - no need to use the extra energy to heat up the water.
9. Don't drive if you can walk, bike or take public transportation. Yes, you can get that fuel efficient car, but driving a car is just not efficient. Period.
10. If you don't need it don't buy it. Over-consumption is one of our biggest problems. It is wasteful and unsustainable.

Furthermore, a rule my husband and I have adapted is when we run out of a product, we purchase a more "green" or eco-friendly product. This is a good rule-of-thumb to following when making the switch. This makes it less overwhelming and more financially feasible. Good luck!

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