As we begin to live more mindfully, the realization occurs that the environment we share is also in need of some serious R-E-S-P-E-C-T. We feel a universal responsibility, even if still skeptical about global warming, to at least be good house guests. Sorry, but busy city living is a poor excuse not to do your part… Where to start?
Here are 15 easy & inexpensive ways to be more Eco-Friendly today!
1. Use the Blackle search engine instead of Google to save watt hours & remember to shut OFF your computer at the end of the day.
2. Plant an indoor herb garden. Many stores sell windowsill kits that make gardening very simple.
3. Invest in the Nest learning thermostat. Don’t heat an empty home, turn down your thermostat at night and when away.
4. Carpool to save gas & money: less vehicles on the road= less carbon emissions.
5. Go Paperless: Cancel your newspaper subscription and read it online, pay your bills online, opt-out of employer pay stubs, get e-tickets for entertainment and travel & purchase e-books rather than paperbacks.
6. Use cloth napkins as alternate to paper at dinner.
7. Recycle: Nowadays the majority of neighborhoods make it easy by offering curbside services, but if you are still wondering about your options check out the recycling locations near you.
8. Shop at a local farmer’s market (search:here): Think more veggies, less meat!
9. Take your own mug to the coffee shop–most chains, like Starbucks, will give you a discount for doing this.
10. Pack your lunch in an insulated bag as opposed to paper or plastic. Make lunch organic whenever possible and use a refillable container for your water instead of a store-bought plastic bottle.
11. Compost your leftovers in a Vitamix and spread them out in the garden.
12. Make your own green cleaning products. This will help you save money and protect the environment from toxic chemicals.
13. Don’t litter (Duh!). You can also pick up litter as you walk if you feel so inclined.
14. Carry reusable shopping bags. Many grocery stores, like EarthFare, offer discounts to shoppers who bring their own.
15. Conserve water by using dry shampoo in place of washing your hair every day.
*Soul Sister Tip: try our DIY Dry Shampoo.