Thursday, November 12, 2009

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Living Green

I've always known the benefits of recycling and tried to recycle whenever convenient. But ever since I worked on "It's Easy Being Green" a special for The Fine Living Network I've become an advocate for all things green.


In our home we practice green routines. Here are just a few of the things we do in a effort to make the world a greener place.

Cloth Diapers - Every year millions disposable diapers fill landfills across the United States. By using cloth diapers we not only reduce pounds of waste but we also save a lot of money.

Cloth Napkins - Instead of paper napkins we opt for cloth napkins which not only save save trees and money but they are much prettier.

Cold Water Wash - We always wash our clothes in cold water. It saves us a lot of electricity and helps clothes last longer.

Recycle - This may seems like an obvious idea but check your local recycling center to get a list of recyclable items. You may be surprised how many things can be recycled. In addition to the regular items you can put in the bin we make an effort to take larger items directly to the recycling center.

Drying Rack - After we wash our clothes in cold water we hang them to dry on a drying rack. This saves a lot of electricity and makes our clothes sunny fresh!

Reusable Shopping Bag - Many companies offer FREE reusable shopping bay and I love anything free. So we always use these free bags when we go shopping.

Reusable Lunch Bag - Instead of brown bagging it we jazz it up with a fancy lunch box. Cute and reusable!

Home Water Filter - Forget about bottled water and purify your water at home. Besides at least you know how it's really getting purified this way!

Kleen Kanteen - Forget bottled water bring your drink from home. Stylish savings!

Walk - If you live in a populated are walking is such a simple solution. It's great for the environment and great for your health.

CFL Light Bulbs - Simple to do and saves lots of money!

Reuse Gift Bags - Always save a gift bag to use it later.

Turn of the water while your brush your teeth.

Water plants in the AM - This reduces losses from evaporation.

Wear Socks - turn the heat down and bundle up


Cancel Junk Mail - Even if you do recycle it's still better not get it in the first place.


Use old Cards to make gift tags - Cut out the pretty pictures on the front and attach them to your recycled gift bag.


For more tips on going green visit, www.lightersafergreener.com

3 comments:

Emily Korhonen said...

i'd love to cancel my junk mail but have no idea how - how do i do this??

Jessica said...

Here's a great site to help you cancel your junk mail. http://www.ecocycle.org/junkmail/index.cfm#step1

Nick said...

Lots of opportunuties for going green on laundry day! Laundry can use a lot of energy if not done wisely. Those new front-loading horizontal drum washing machines not only use less water, they then spin the clothes SO FAST that they come out almost dry!

We just put those 'almost dry' clothes on this new round clothes drying rack we got (set up under the ceiling fan) and save a ton of energy by not using the clothes dryer at all.

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