Living Green

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Be Green.

The media constantly bombards us with messages like this.

Help our planet.

We are told to reduce, reuse, and recycle. If you google “GO GREEN” you will get a million tips and ways for you to minimize your carbon footprint on this earth, but if you are anything like me you get easily overwhelmed by it all.

Both my husband and I work full-time and we have a very active 3-year-old a 5-month old. And to make life even crazier, my husband is working toward a degree.

It seems like the only “green” we have time to be involves tossing cans and papers into a recycle bin on the way out the door each day.

I use the excuse of being “too busy”. Yes, I would love to have the time to not only research ways for my family to live “greener”, but to actually implement it into our daily life.

In an effort to figure out what more we could be doing, I did what I always do when I have a question…I asked the internet by way of Facebook and Twitter.  And because I am a giver, I’ve compiled the list of things that seem like any moron I could work easily into our busy routine of life.

Be More Green…

  • Recycle.
  • Reuse/Recycle plastic bags.
  • Cloth diaper (with low-chemical soap) and wipes for babies.
  • Donate clothing and items you no longer use instead of throwing them away.
  • Recycle broken electronics–most you can mail back to the company. Otherwise places like GoodWill will take them and recycle them cleanly for you for free.
  • Turn off lights in rooms you are not in/unplug electronics you are not using/shut down computers instead of letting them “sleep”.
  • Buy local/organic.
  • Recycle/Reuse paper.
  • Compost.
  • Consolidate errand running and have a plan so you are using the least amount of gas.
  • Use filtered tap water instead of buying bottled water.
  • Take your own reusable bags for shopping.
  • Walk/ride your bike.
  • Use/Make your own Earth-friendly cleaning products.
  • Use reusable glass containers for leftovers.
  • Reusable lunch containers such as fabric/velcro snack and sandwich pouches.
  • Grow a garden for veggies and fruits.
  • Solar panels on home.
  • Cloth napkins and towels for cleaning.
  • Recycle batteries.
  • Recycle florescent light bulbs.
  • Keep your home well-insulated.
  • Get reusable coffee/drink cups for Starbucks, gas station drinks, etc.
  • Take shorter showers.
  • Run dishwasher only when full.
  • Wash clothes only when there is a full load.
  • Turn off water when brushing your teeth.
  • Use non-toxic personal care products (read labels!)
  • Drive a smart car…or at least a car with good gas mileage.
  • Buy second hand.

How many of these do you already do? What else can you add to the list?


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