While “Reduce, Reuse, Recycle” has become the eco-friendly mantra of our generation, there’s more to going green than adhering to those three Rs and toting your groceries in cloth bags (though if you’re feeling crafty, try sewing your own). Here are a few other simple things you can do to preserve our planet.
- The next time a light bulb burns out in your home, replace it with a compact fluorescent light bulb (CFL). The newer models, like Sylvania’s micro mini CFL, get bright quickly but draw very little electricity — the 13-watt twist replaces a 60-watt incandescent bulb — and are designed to last longer than older types of CFLs.
- Do your spring cleaning naturally. Lemon juice and olive oil can replace smelly chemical-laden wood polishes; inexpensive white vinegar is a naturally non-toxic disinfectant (the smell dissipates more quickly than you think, too); and conventional baking soda makes a great scrub for stubborn stains. (Check out this great discussion for more green cleaning ideas.)
- Eliminate junk mail. Instead of just tossing those catalogs, credit-card solicitations, and sweepstakes offers into the recylcing bin, stop the junk mail from getting to you in the first place. GreenDimes will show you how for free (or, for a one-time $20 fee, they’ll do it for you — and plant five trees on your behalf).
- Get rid of your gas guzzler. Hybrid vehicles are hot right now, but you can take transportation to an even-greener level by exploring biodiesel or raw-vegetable oil-fueled cars and trucks.
- Get your kids in on the act. There's plenty they can do around the house, from turning out lights to save electricity to helping the garden to cut down the grocery bill.
Find out more:
- Greenies discussion group
- Lessening your impact on the environment
- Making your workplace a little more green