Today is the 40th Earth Day! To celebrate this, I want to encourage you to read previous posts of mine that dealt with being green. You can find them, apart from a green blogroll and green resources, on my Go Green page.
You might also like this article I wrote for Bedford-Katonah Patch: In 2010, Be Frugal and Eco-Friendly.
Changes in your house and your life don’t have to be huge to add up to impressive results! I am a big advocate for recycling, and I recycle as much as possible. I keep the plastic bags The New York Times comes in for smelly trash, and I collect cardboard and those free address stickers for future craft projects.
PLEASE don’t litter! Don’t roll down your car window and just toss something out of the car! Who does that? Apparently too many people, because I see a lot of trash on the side of the roads. And when you see trash on the ground, be a great example for your (older) kids and pick it up next time.
Please don’t keep your car running to get the mail or to see Aunt Mimi for a second. Aunt Mimi starts talking your ear off and you forget all about that running car in the driveway — turn it off!
I am drowning in plastic bags although I often use canvas bags — but at least I use them when I go grocery shopping and get a few cents toward my purchase. Prepare and have plastic bags in your car for the next shopping trip. It all adds up — less plastic bags in a landfill and more moola in my pocket sounds like a win/win to me.
Please don’t waste water — harnessing rain water in a big plastic barrel is effortless and you can water all your plants with that water. Turn off the water while brushing your teeth and catch the water that usually gets wasted before you get to the hot water for your dishes — it’s green and will save you plenty of green.
These are just a few of my recommendations. What is your favorite green tip? Please leave a comment and let us all know!
Free Green Crafts eBook! 42 Ways to Recycle with craft projects for paper, plastic, metal, glass and more.