Wednesday, April 22, 2015

Green Tips for Earth Day

It’s Earth Day! So, we’re here with some tips to help you live a greener life. The number of ways you can go green and help the world around you is so plentiful; it’s just a matter of realizing it and taking action. The easiest of ways:

B.Y.O.B. – Every time you go to the grocery store, you likely use plastic bags. Put your best foot forward and bring your own reusable bags to the grocery store. Not only is this better for the environment, but these bags are sturdier, meaning no more ripped bags. A lot of stores now give a bag refund of a few cents per bag you bring which means, being green saves you some green.

Recycle, Recycle, Recycle – It’s always a good idea to familiarize yourself with what you can recycle in your town. While most of the items are the same, some towns have slight variations on the items that can be recycled.

Take the Stairs – By taking the stairs, both you and the environment get a benefit. Burn calories by taking the stairs while you preserve electricity. Coffee drinker? You and me both :) If you buy your coffee on the go, buy a reusable mug that you like. Disposable cups are made of a material that isn't biodegradable, meaning they just sit in a land fill. PLUS, many coffee shops often offer a discount for bringing your own reusable mug.

Grounds For a Second Life - Coffee grounds can have other uses besides just being coffee. You can compost them, use them to scrub grease off pots and pans, or use them to absorb odors in your refrigerator.

Carpool or Take Public Transportation – Think about all the money you’ll save by not driving your car all the time, and at the same time, you are reducing your carbon footprint. Consider carpooling with coworkers, or check out the local bus route to see if you can swap your car for public transportation.

Start a Compost Bin – Cut down on the amount you throw out by composting materials like food waste. The benefits are plentiful! Compost works great as a fertilizer, and it helps the soil become healthier. Why should you care? Healthy soil is key for protecting our water supply.

What are your favorite green tips? Share in the comments section below.

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