Today my good friend is sharing some Going Green Quick Tips That Will Change The Planet! I think what excites me the most about these tips is that anyone can do these simple things!
Going Green Quick Tips:
The current theme in our society is about how we can be more green and more environmentally friendly to help preserve the planet we live in. I have tried to change my own habits as well as try to instill lifelong habits for my children. Not only do a lot of these things help save our environment, but they end up saving our family money as well!
These are my favorite Going Green Quick Tips:
Going Green Quick Tips: In The Kitchen
I try not to run the dishwasher or the washing machine unless it is full.
Most of our table scraps and yard waste, we feed to our chickens; whatever is leftover from that, we use for compost.
We reuse the water that our vegetables were boiled and cooked in, to water the houseplants.
Our family has quite a large garden. We grow enough for the summer as well as some to can, freeze and dehydrate for the winter. What we cannot grow, we try to buy locally at our Farmer’s Market.
We do not leave energy zapping appliances plugged in if they are not in use. I unplug the coffee maker every morning after I am done with it.
I use canvas tote bags to carry my groceries home.
Going Green Quick Tips: In The Laundry Room
I hang my clothes to dry on a clothesline (as much as possible in the Seattle area.)
We use cloth napkins that I put together with some cheap fabric that I bought on clearance at the craft store.
I use cold water to wash 95% of our clothes. The clothes get just as clean in cold water as they do in hot water.
Going Green Quick Tips: Trash?
Recycle, recycle, recycle. Just about everything goes into the recycle can; even the cardboard tubes from the toilet paper rolls.
I use the plastic sacks you get at the grocery store for the small garbage cans in the bathroom instead of buying them. Many stores these days also have a container to bring in your used plastic bags for recycling. Be sure to keep your eyes open for those.
I use the paper bags we get from the grocery store to throw our recyclable items into.
We do some shopping at garage sales and Goodwill. I re-purpose things (see below,) find clothing for the kids, and some kitchen items as well. It is better than having those things filling up our landfills for the next 100+ years.
Re-purposing; I reuse a lot of things. I wash out mayonnaise jars, pickle jars, peanut butter jars, baby food jars, etc. and use them to store things. Things like art supplies for the kids; a mayonnaise jar is perfect for holding paintbrushes. I save small yogurt containers to start my plant seeds in. I have baby food jars in my bathroom drawers to hold all of my daughter’s ponytail holders and clips. My husband uses a lot of the peanut butter jars in the garage to keep loose nuts, bolts, screws, nails, etc.
Going Green Quick Tips: Miscellaneous
I use vinegar and baking soda as natural cleaners.
If we do ever have to buy a new appliance, we make sure that it has the energy star sticker.
We collect rainwater runoff from the gutters to water the garden and our flowers.
I pay all of our bills online if the option is available to save on paper and stamps.
We use energy saver light bulbs and make sure to turn off the lights in the room if they are not in use.
I try to do all of my errands in one trip to conserve on my use of gas.
I know that there are other small things I do to make sure I’m. The possibilities to help the world we live in are endless.
What do you do to go green?
This going green quick tips post was brought to you from Missy over at Are you there God? It’s Me. I am a stay-at-home mom to a six-year-old, four-year-old and eight months old. I discuss everything from religion to parenting to recipes to autism to coupons and saving money and anything else I can think of in between. – Update: Her blog is now closed.
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