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Published May 19, 2008 09:07 AM

Easy Ways to Go Green

Getting greener is all about integrating a bunch of changes, both large, and small, into your daily lifestyle. Here are some eco-minded things that I do now automatically without really thinking about it:

  • bring reusable bags to all markets and stores
  • use Pyrex, glass and biodegradable plastic containers to store food in fridge and cabinets rather than use plastic zip locks
  • avoid using PET plastic bottles, takeout containers, and plastic storage bags of all sizes
  • use biodegradable trash can liners
  • recycle all paper, plastic and glass
  • compost when in the burbs
  • scrape rather than rinse dishes before loading in the dishwasher
  • run the dishwasher only when it’s full
  • open the dishwasher door half-way through the dry cycle to air dry
  • eat raw food meal once a day — salad, fresh veggies and fruits, (saving energy) and less meat in general
  • buy organic and /or local food
  • grow potted herbs and tomatoes
  • open the blinds during the day, close ”em after sunset
  • switch to CFL’s when the incandescents need replacing
  • use power saving surge protectors
  • shut-down standby electronics
  • installed low flow shower-heads with filters
  • use cloth napkins most of the time
  • use cloth dish towels (rather than paper towels) most of the time
  • use napkins and paper towels that are from recycled material (when not using cloth)
  • use toilet and tissue paper made from recycled material
  • walk to destinations whenever possible
  • drive less, make multi-purpose trips in car; drive using gas-saving tips
  • donate clothes to church or charity
  • use biodegradable laundry detergent and dish washing liquid
  • use natural cleaning methods or nontoxic, biodegradable, off the shelf supplies
  • use healthy, organic-based skincare, deodorant, shampoo, toothpaste and makeup
  • buy clothes from thrift shops or new goods made from bamboo, hemp, soy and organic cotton
  • buy Fair Trade made and items from organic, recycled or renewable materials
  • treasure hunt at tag sales, flea markets, consignment shops, town dumps
  • pass-along used clothes and household items to friends and family
  • paying most bills online
  • eliminated catalogs and junk mail
  • write on both sides of paper
  • take “shorter” showers
  • conserve water in general
  • use the washing machine with full loads and line dry most of my laundry
  • hand wash my car rather than go to a car wash
  • bought energy star appliances (refrigerator, dishwasher and clothes dryer)
  • continue to apply: Reduce, Re-use, Recycle, Re-purpose approach to everyday living

Next steps include:

  • install an under the sink water filtration system
  • trap rainwater

Feel free to jump-in with tips and suggestions on how you’re conserving and preserving”

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