Ways To Go Green

You Can Do It

Going “green” doesn’t have to be difficult. Trying to go completely “green” all at once can be overwhelming so why not pledge to go “green” one small step at a time. It will take time to create new habits and getting your household on board will be easier if your changes are made over an extended period of time. Here are just some ways that you can make your business and household more environmentally friendly.
Avoid Bringing It Home
  • Ask for paper grocery bags instead of plastic bags and recycle them.  Better yet, use reusable fabric bags instead. Reusing a paper bag just once can save up to 60,000 trees, imagine how many trees can be saved if we all used reusable bags?
  • Purchase items that have less packaging. Even though it's good, recycling is very difficult because the separation process for the different types of products is labor intensive and not cost efficient.
  • When you go out to eat take your own Tupperware with you to package your leftovers instead of using the restaurant's Styrofoam, tin or plastic disposable containers.
  • Take your own reusable cup with you when you go to the coffee shop.  Most large chains will give you a discount if you take your own cup saving both the environment and money!
In The General Home
  • Use "green" household cleaners to clean your home or make your own natural cleaning products.
  • Recycle
  • Switch your light bulbs to CFL's
  • Fix leaky faucets
  • Use energy efficient appliances with the Energy Star label.
  • Save paper and get paperless statements.  Pay your bills online.
In The Kitchen
  • Instead of using disposable plates and utensils for your daycare and events try using reusable dishes and flatware instead.
  • Use rechargeable batteries in your toys and other items. Each rechargeable battery can substitute for hundreds of single use batteries.
  • Hard plastic is recyclable so instead of throwing those old or broken toys in the garbage donate them or recycle them.
  • Before buying new toys or games check Craigslist or Freecycle.
  • Have a box or bin for scrap-paper and let your kids use it for art & craft activities and to color on the back side of the used paper.


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