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Here are some of my favorite, simple ways to live a more green, eco-friendly life to honor our beautiful planet. ∇
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UNPLUG, LITERALLY

Turn off the lights when you leave a room

Shut down your computer & other electronics when not in use

Use energy-efficient lightbulbs

Use candles when and where you can – you’ll love the ambiance it adds to your home!

IMPROVE THE WAY YOU MOVE 

Carpool when you can

If possible, drive a fuel-efficient vehicle

Walk or bike where and when you can  – you’ll  be killing two birds with one stone by getting great exercise in the beautiful outdoors!

Plan your errands in advance and do as many as you can at once – this will make your life easier and by saving you time and money on gas…plus you’ll be reducing your carbon footprint!

MAKE YOUR WATER COUNT

Challenge yourself to take a speedier shower – and try not to use water that’s too hot. (Lukewarm or cool water is better for your skin’s hydration,  anyway!)

Conserve water during activities like brushing your teeth – by turning off the faucet while you’re actually brushing!

Don’t unnecessarily leave water running while doing the dishes, and if you use a dishwasher, make sure it’s fully loaded before running it so you don’t expend energy unnessarily.

If you can, install low-flow shower heads and toilets

CHANGE THE WAY YOU THINK ABOUT LAUNDRY 

Wash clothes in cold water

Hang to dry

Look for an energy-efficient washing machine (and/or dryer, if you’re opposed to hanging your clothes out to dry

All of these above will save you money on your electric bill, plus it will keep your clothes in tip-top condition! Excessive heat and drying can cause a lot of wear and tear on your favorite clothing.

RECYCLE, RECYCLE, RECYCLE! 
  • Recycle all packaging and consumer goods that you can.
  • Buy products with minimal and recyclable packaging.
  • Dispose of electronics in an environmentally responsible manner.
  • Aim to make the conscious effort of recycling part of your daily routine.
GIVE  + REPURPOSE USED ITEMS
  • Donate clothes to charity
  • Convert old clothes, like tee-shirts, into rags for cleaning
  • Host a garage sale and sell any unwanted items – someone can use them!
  • You’ll reduce waste that contributes to overflowing landfills and contribute to your community and those in need!
UPDATE YOUR APPLIANCES
  • Look for high efficiency units when updating, buying or replacing your units.
  • Appliances with ENERGY STAR ratings use a minimum of 20 % less energy.
  • If possible, switch to a front-loaded washer – these use about half the water a top loader traditionally uses!
  • This means you’ll save on your energy bill, and protect the environment!
GET YOUR HANDS DIRTY: GARDEN
  • Choose plants that require minimum water and work best with your climate
  • Plant a tree – it will soak up Carbon from the atmosphere
  • Create a sustainable, organic garden – you’ll reduce CO2 emissions that occur during the transportation of packaged goods – and you’ll feel healthier and more grounded while eating from it!
  • If you plant acid-craving flowers, like azaleas, spread used coffee grinds over them! They’ll grow beautifully and you won’t have to invest in an expensive, potentially chemical-laden fertilizer.
BYOB
  • Bring your own bag when grocery shopping or running errands
  • Look for eco-friendly bags that are made of recycled materials, to reduce plastic
  • Stop “brown-bagging” your lunch! Instead use a sustainable, BPA-free container that is washable and reusable.
  • You’ll save money and potentially extra fees, as stores have started to charge for bagging items
LET THE AIR IN 
  • Open the windows in your home, weather-permitting
  • This can save you on the need for AC or Heat
  • You’ll get a nice dose of fresh air that most cooling and heating devices can’t provide!

For more eco-friendly and clean living tips, visit my magazine, The Clean Method. ♥

 

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