Ways to go Green

“Green” is the new buzzword, but I think the concept is here to stay. It’s the ideal way for people and companies to save money AND help the environment, therefore helping your social conscience while lining your pockets with a little extra cash. Who doesn’t need that nowadays? So, here are some helpful ways to Go Green that you may not have thought of:

• Bring your own produce bags to the grocery store. Rather than grabbing those one-use plastic produce bags that are oh-so-bad for the environment, just purchase some mesh from the fabric store and sew up your own bags! Here is a picture of the produce bag I made. (insert pic of produce bag) It isn’t fancy, but it does the job (and I love the bright color!) It’s good to recycle plastic, but it’s even better to stop using it altogether.

• In the bulk aisle of the grocery store, fill up empty yogurt containers with your nuts, seeds and other bulk items. It saves on plastic bags and it’s easier to store in the pantry when you get home!

• Rather than throwing away an empty jar of pasta sauce, run it through the dishwasher and use it to store nuts, seeds, cereals, dried fruit, etc. Not only does it save on plastic bags, it’s easier to see the food when you store it in the pantry.

• Purchase a Pedal-a-Watt! What’s that, you ask? It’s a bike that generates 200 watts of power for every hour you ride the bike. One hour is enough to power a 100 watt light bulb for 2 hours. So you can exercise AND save the environment at the same time!

• When purchasing new carpets, try to purchase a natural-material carpet (such as jute or wool) with a backing that does not contain formaldehyde and a bunch of other nasty chemicals. Your body will be saved from years of chemical outgassing.

• Did you know that every t-shirt made out of conventional cotton requires ¼ pound of harmful chemicals to produce it? When you purchase organic clothing, you are not only lessening your own chemical exposure, you are lessening the chemical exposure to the cotton farmers, factory workers who make the clothes, workers who hang the clothes in the department store, and most importantly, Mother Earth!

• Ok, so you try to eat organic food, and you’ve ventured into organic clothing, but who ever thought to purchase an organic mattress? When you think about it, it just makes sense. We spend 1/3 of our lives sleeping, and ordinary mattresses are manufactured with chemicals that include flame retardants, petroleum based foams, plastics, vinyls, fungicides and pesticides (source: http://www.naturalnews.com/025611_chemicals_mattresses_health.html) Scary!

• What better way to cover your organic mattress than with organic sheets. They’re softer than conventional sheets, don’t smell like chemicals when you first purchase them, and are great for the environment!

• No-VOC paints are a great way to Go Green. For people who are asthmatic or sensitive to strong smells, this is an especially important purchase. Even if you don’t mind that “new paint” smell,
think of how much harder your body has to work to get rid of those toxic chemicals. There are enough toxins in the environment, why add to the toxic load your body has to bear?