10 Ways to Keep it Green
As we kickstart 2022, e’erbody’s thinking about change. Resolutions, right? Can we get an OH YEAH? No doubt if you’re here, you’re into the green life. You’re already committed to making the world a better place, but you also might be looking for new ways to make it happen.
That’s why we’re here. We’ve done the dance and we know that changing your ways can seem overwhelming and you might not know where to start or once you’ve started, how to keep it going. As you know, we’re not into waste, not even in words, so we’ll cut the babble and get right into it. Here are Ten Tips to Go Green and Stay Green this year.
- Recycle. This seems like a total “duh,” right? And it is, but special shoutout to glass recycling. According to PCR, “Glass is amazing. It’s 100% recyclable and can be recycle endlessly, and recycling glass uses 70% less energy than creating glass.”
- Compost. It’s been on your “to do” list forever, but 2022 is the year of getting it down. There are a kajillion ways to compost and the City of Leduc (CANADA!) even created a handy little guide here.
- Rain Barrels. The easiest thing on the list. Grab a barrel, set it out, collect non-chlorinated water for gardening. Did you say done because DONE.
- Stop Junk Mail. Here’s one that might make you hug your mailman. According to Sustainable Baby Steps, “It only takes about 10 minutes and saves an average of 69lbs. of junk mail sent to your home each year.” Feeling clicky? Head here to learn more.
- Eat local and organic. Eating local saves on transportation pollution and good ol’ Sustainable Baby Steps points out, “Most of our meals come from 1,500 miles away. Some of what ends up on your plate has traveled around the world to reach you. And way too much of it is unhealthy to begin with.”
- All Natural Cleaners. Even better than buying all natural? Making your own. Can we talk about the wonders of bacteria-and-fungus-killing vinegar and the antiseptic powers of essential oils? You bet we can and so can homerev.com. They do a great job of it here.
- Use cloth instead of paper. Cloth napkins, cleaning cloths made from old towels and t-shirts, cloth diapers, cloth bags or just reusable bags. It’s crazy how many ways you can cut paper consumption.
- Buy Used. Sweet little theartofsimple.com has an incredible list of 40 Ways to Go Green. One that really hit home is reusing products. “Before buying anything new, first check your local Craigslist, Freecycle or Buy Nothing groups.” And you thought you were just being thrifty. Turns out you’ve been saving the planet all along.
- The Home Stretch. There are one million ways to be green at home. Turn off lights when you leave the room, wash cloths in cold water, unplug chargers when not in use, switch to energy efficient lightbulbs (and everything), lower the temperature of your hot water heater and the list goes on. Again, The Art of Simple is killing it.
- Clothes Minded. I mean, we’d be remiss if we didn’t mention ourselves. But seriously, consider what you’re wearing. Donate and shop thrift stores, online Resell shops and, of course, us. We make sustainable, “clean” clothes with deadstock and rewoven scraps, we’ve basically eliminated water from the process and our clothes are made to last. If you’d like a full list of companies like us, head here and support the heck out of them.