Green Greener Greenest

Well HELLO AGAIN! I know I just wrote about getting back from New Orleans and then disappeared! Turns out that being sick is not conducive to blogging :(. AND I just made it back to California from Nashville (in time for 4th of July celebrations). Although I attempted to make a sweet treat to tell you guys about, the efforts did not turn out the product I was looking for so I’m going to have to tweak the recipe and try again. Therefore, for today, I’m gonna give you guys 10 little green tips for around the house (inspired by the book I’m reading: Green Greener Greenest).

  1. When it comes time to pay your bills, sign up for online banking! Then get your bills emailed to you and pay them online! This saves a lot of paper that you would have just recycled anyways. And if you’re the type of person who likes to keep your bills, you can even have a handy folder on your computer for doing just that!
  2. If you’re in college, like I am, try taking notes on your computer! It keeps them more organized (and if you can’t find something just ctrl f it) and it cuts back on paper usage! Or use post-consumer recycled paper.
  3. If you’re in the market for new computers or household appliances, check out the new “greener” options such as appliances that use less energy (and save you money) or computers that are made with less toxins. And sell or recycle your old ones!
  4. If you’re living somewhere, like Nashville, where recycling isn’t easily accessible, try lobbying your Congresspeople or organizing a recycling drive so more people will have the opportunity to recycle easier.
  5. Get a reusable shopping bag (and keep it in your car so you don’t forget it)! They’re affordable and cut back on the plastic or paper waste of normal shopping bags.
  6. Try walking! My mom and I walked pretty much everywhere (that we could) the entire time I was in Nashville and New Orleans. You feel better and it’s better for the environment! Plus if more people would start walking, obesity rates would fall!
  7. Try public transportation! It totally helps cut back on gas emissions (and is better the more people who use it). In my town in CA, we have great free transportation during the summer! And normal public transportation is not very expensive either.
  8. Boys: next time you’re in the dog house try buying a potted plant instead of a bouquet of flowers. It lasts a lot longer than she’ll stay mad at you and it can be a constant reminder of how much you love her!
  9. Even if you buy organic food you may not have stopped using pesticides in your home garden. There are many organic ways to keep bugs off your flowers, fruits, veggies, and herbs. Here’s a couple of recipes for organic pest control.
  10. Try green laundry detergents, soaps, and household cleaners. It’s better for your health too because you won’t be ingesting weird chemicals. But be careful because there are not strict regulations on what can be labeled organic. Here is a site that gives you some recipes for your own cleaners and some info about how to make greener choices in cleaning solutions.

One response to “Green Greener Greenest

  1. Love the helpful hint to guys to buy a plant instead of flowers.

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