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As we celebrate the upcoming Earth Day, we thought it would be great to look at interesting movement in the environmental space. Stay tuned for our article series titled “Earth Day Everyday” for stories, tips and trends related to sustainability and the environment.
“This post was first published in April 2009, but I find it fascinating how these simple, everyday things are still important for caring for the planet. And it’s also a good reminder that “going green” really isn’t all that hard.
I’m not into politics, but I am into good stewardship. To me, being intentionally eco-friendly has more to do with celebrating God’s creativity, being wise with what He’s given us, and passing on those values to the next generation than it does with pressing some government agenda.
The thing I love most about practicing green alternatives in my home is that nine times out of ten, they are the more frugal option. And I love being frugal. Being environmentally-friendly is just good economics—in our home and budget, and with the earth God gave us.
There are many little things we can do in our homes to play a small part in reducing landfill waste, cleaning the air, and preserving the natural landscape. But we double our efforts when we get our kids involved, helping them understand the why to our what.
When they get it, it’ll be second nature to them when they’re adults—and that much easier to pass it down to their children.
Here are some small, easy, green choices we can make in our homes. Choose three that you’re not already doing, and make a point to do them this year. Perhaps they’ll become a habit.”
We found this article really interesting and decided to pull some of our top tips from the list of 40:
- Plant an herb garden. It’s good to have a reminder around of where our food originates, and this one is super easy.
- Switch all your lightbulbs to CFLs (or at least switch a few).
- Switch one appliance to an energy efficient model (look for the “energy star” label).
- Stop using disposable bags. Order some reusable bags…
- Buy an inexpensive reusable water bottle, and stop buying plastic disposable bottles.
- Wash laundry in cold water instead of hot.
- Turn off lights when you leave the room.
- Don’t turn on lights at all for as long as you can—open your curtains and enjoy natural light.
- Drive the speed limit, and combine all your errands for the week in one trip
- Better yet, walk or ride a bike to your errands that are two miles or closer.
- Support your local economy and shop at your farmer’s market.
- Pay your bills online. Not only is it greener, it’s a sanity saver..
- Subscribe to good eco-friendly blogs (such as this one!)
- Support local restaurants that use food derived less than 100 miles away, and learn more about the benefits of eating locally.
- Fix leaky faucets.
- Unplug unused chargers and appliances.
- Repurpose something. It’s fun.
- Use cloth instead of paper to clean your kitchen. Be frugal, and make these rags out of old towels and t-shirts.
- Repurpose glass jars as leftover containers and bulk storage, especially in the kitchen.
- Donate to—and shop at—thrift stores. You’ll be recycling perfectly usable items, you’ll be supporting your local economy, and you’ll be saving money.