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Being Green 101 Part II [tips for this holiday season!]

10 Nov. 2011 Posted by Hannah Mich
eco-friendly tips, winter tips, green living, holiday tips, christmas ideas

This list is an expansion of a blog I wrote a month ago http://akintogreen.com/blog/2011/09/15/being-green-101. These tips are useful when trying to live a more eco-friendly lifestyle. Green tips, such as these, and a shift in social responsibility will help make an eco-friendly lifestyle more of the norm.

  • Buy organic and sustainably grown produce. The sustainable part is especially important because even organic food can be produced using unsustainable practices.

    "living an eco-friendly lifestyle is not a static point."

  • Avoid purchasing processed foods [crackers, cereals, frozen entrees, etc] because they are not good for your health and support an unsustainable food industry.

  • Eat less meat or go vegan. The animal waste associated with the massive livestocks raised for meat contributes to poor environment conditions both for us and the animals. A high animal protein diet is also not healthy; it increases your risk for heart disease, type 2 diabetes and cancer. A high animal protein diet promotes an unsustainable meat industry as well.

  • Lower your thermostat during the day and when you are not at home so you do not waste energy heating an empty house.

  • When something breaks, fix it don't replace it. Examples include shoes, refrigerators, electronics, furniture and your car. Remember reuse, reuse, reuse.

  • Replace your plastic garbage bags with biodegradable plastic bags [Green Genius brand] that will biodegrade within 1 to 10 years in landfill conditions [plus uses over 40% recycled plastic]. Purchase at http://www.luckyvitamin.com until the Green Genius website www.thegreengenius.com is back up and running.

  • Dispose of your expired medicine appropriately. Check out the guidelines from the FDA website http://www.fda.gov/ForConsumers/ConsumerUpdates/ucm101653.htm

  • Shovel snow this year, instead of using a snowblower. Shoveling snow is a great workout, and it does not pollute.

  • Replace the weather stripping around your windows to prevent cold air from coming in and hot air going out. This is a cheap and effective alternative to replacing your windows.

  • E-mail holiday cards this year. This will save lots of trees. If you are not ready to depart from the tradition of sending paper holiday cards, purchase ones made on recyclable paper with non-toxic ink. Check out companies that have eco-friendly holiday cards here, http://www.greenpromise.com/resources/environmentally-friendly-christmas...

  • Put your holiday lights on timers so they are not on 24/7.

  • If you want some new holiday decorations consider buying used or antique items. http://www.etsy.com/shop/TinselandTrinkets

Remember living an eco-friendly lifestyle is not a static point. You need to always think about the next step. We can never be too green because there is always room for improvement.

Image: Maggie Smith / FreeDigitalPhotos.net

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