Going green’ is a fad that has become something more. Originally started as a way to give back to the environment, the idea has gained momentum and raised awareness about how important it is for mankind to take care of the Earth. Now, people constantly look for new and more efficient ways to be environmentally friendly, but there are common, easy ways that often get overlooked. Here are a few miscellaneous resources to help kick off your spring environmental contribution:
1. Wooden shipping crates
Wooden shipping crates can be used over and over again, and when they’re no longer needed can be recycled into something else useful. Not only does this preserve trees for future generations, but it lessens the amount of waste produced through the use of plastic or cardboard shipping boxes.
2. Reusable shopping bags
Think for a moment about the plastic bags given at grocery stores; what happens to them? Millions of those bags are produced each year, and they all end up in a landfill somewhere. A vast majority are not biodegradable. Although some companies have begun to produce bags that will break down over time, why not just use the same bag over and over? Cloth shopping bags that are designed to be used consistently have begun to grow in popularity. These bags are only a few dollars at the local supermarket and are well worth the investment.
3. LED light bulbs
The standard light bulbs in your home contain dangerous chemicals such as mercury, a fact that isn’t often advertised. Fluorescents and halogens also burn through an enormous amount of energy, resulting in much higher energy costs for the homeowner and more waste by the power company. You can fight this by purchasing LED bulbs; these bulbs use a fraction of the energy and last up to ten times longer than traditional bulbs, which not only saves money, but the environment too.
4. Clothes lines
Want to reduce the amount of energy your family uses? Stop drying clothes. Household dryers consume an enormous amount of power, and you have the world’s most effective dryer right outside your door: the sun. A clothesline allows your linens to absorb the smell of fresh air and sunlight, bringing a bit of nature into your home while also reducing the amount of power you use. This is a great way to contribute to the green movement with just a small bit of effort on your part.
5. Reusable food bags
Do you pack your kid’s lunches in Ziploc bags? You can invest in reusable snack bags instead, which eliminates the need for plastic bags that just end up in the trash. Companies like Snack Taxi produce bags like this all the time, allowing you to use the same one over and over again. While it may be a minor cost to purchase plastic bags, it takes a major toil on the environment. Most reusable food bags are also designed to work like a thermos, holding in the heat or the cool and keeping food fresh for longer.
If you want to cut your costs and help the environment, take a look at your day-to-day life. There are usually several miscellaneous items that can be replaced by green alternatives that not only save you money, but also the environment.