Growing A Greener Outer Banks NC

January 15, 2010

January Green Action Tip

Filed under: Tips — Tags: , , — 4x4RE @ 10:59 am

25 Green Tips for Every Day

It doesn’t have to be Earth Day for us to think about how we can make an impact (or less of an impact) on our planet. Here are a few easy tips:

  1. Go paperless at work. Distribute company information and post company material online.
  2. Eliminate junk mail at work. For no fee, the EcoLogical Mail Coalition will eliminate the junk that former employees receive at work.
  3. Check out your bathroom. Use low-flow faucets, showerheads, and toilets.
  4. Start compost in your back yard.
  5. Buy foods locally. Buy in season.
  6. Buy compact fluorescent light bulbs.
  7. Turn off lights and electronics when you leave the room. Unplug your cell phone charger from the wall when not using it. Turn off energy strips and surge protectors when not in use (especially overnight).
  8. Car pool. Ride a bike. Walk, jog, or run.
  9. Go to your local library instead of buying new books.
  10. At holidays and birthdays, give your family and friends the gift of saving the earth. Donate to their favorite environmental group, foundation, or organization.
  11. Buy products that use recyclable materials whenever possible.
  12. If you use plastic grocery bags, recycle them for doggie poop bags or for small trashcan liners. Bring your own bags to the grocery store. Given a choice between plastic and paper, opt for paper.
  13. Consider organic cleaning products like vinegar, borax, and baking soda.  Try using green cleaning products. Check out Cheap, Clean, and Green
  14. Landscape with native plants.
  15. Go paperless. Consider reading your newspaper and magazine subscriptions online. Switch to electronic banking and credit card payment, too.
  16. Take your batteries to a recycling center.
  17. Turn your car off if you’re going to be idle for more than one minute.
  18. Do full loads of laundry and set the rinse cycle to “cold.”
  19. Recycle. If you’re not at home, take the extra steps, (literally), to find that recycling can.  Recycle your newspapers.
  20. Reuse. Plastic food containers make good crayon and marker holders. Use padded envelops more than once. Reuse your water bottle. Avoid buying bottled water. In fact, reuse everything at least once, especially plastics.
  21. Buy your toddler or preschooler’s clothes from a thrift shop and give away those that don’t fit to friends.
  22. Limit the length of your showers. Even better, take a “navy shower,” shutting off the water while soaping up and shampooing.  Don’t run the water when brushing your teeth. Learn about water scarcity.  Wash towels after several uses.
  23. Shop smart. Choose eco-smart products.
  24. Give away your goods and find new ones at FreeCycle.
  25. Opt for eco-friendly and holistic health products.

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