Simple Inexpensive Ways to Go Green (Happy Earth Day!)



Perhaps the best way to begin (or get back on) a green path is with an easy step. Sometimes you just need an easy win to get some momentum going. Here are some simple cheap ways to go green this Earth Day.

Easy Steps for Earth Day

  1. Drink water.
  2. Go outside.
  3. Wear clothes more than once before washing (more ways to reduce laundry).
  4. Open a window instead of using air freshener (more natural alternatives to synthetic air fresheners).
  5. Cancel junk mail.
  6. Shop at a farmers market.
  7. Clean surfaces with straight or diluted vinegar (more ideas for green cleaners).
  8. Use cloth napkins (more ideas for reusable products).
  9. Use one less beauty product.
  10. Use snug fitting rather than flame retardant PJs for your kids (other easy ways to limit your family's exposure to toxic chemicals).

Share your favorite easy green step in the comments!

6 comments:

  1. Great tips--I love "use one less beauty product." As for sharing a tip, I have a category/section on my own blog called “Instantly Greener” with all kinds of easy suggestions, but I guess the most surprising one (to me, anyway) while I was researching ideas was to stop accepting thermal receipts from gas stations, ATMs, stores, libraries, etc. Not only are they a big waste of paper, but there are reports that they can lead to cancer, asthma, and all sorts of other nasty diseases. Here’s the link: http://www.joyfullygreen.com/2013/02/instantly-greener-rethink-receipts.html

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    1. Awesome! I'll have to check out and link to your ideas. I did know about the BPA in receipts -- refuse them whenever I can, and keep them in a separate envelope in my purse when I do need to save them. I love that places like Target can access all your purchases with your credit card, but I wish they allowed you to tell them to not even print your receipt at checkout. Usually I just say "no thanks" and let the person toss it, but it'd be better if she didn't touch it either and if the resources weren't wasted on printing.

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  2. Great list!

    Some additional ones:
    - wash hair with baking soda and rinse with apple cider vinegar
    - make homemade apple cider vinegar easily by putting apple scraps in water in a dark cupboard
    - hand clothes to try
    - charge electronic devices during the day rather than at night so they don't continue to draw electricity after charged
    - don't buy paper towel

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    1. Thank you for sharing your ideas, Christy! Your raised beds look AMAZING. jealous...

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  3. Great list. I feel funny going outside when I am wearing the same clothes as yesterday though. :)

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    1. Tiffany, I hear you. Now that I take my kid to school every day, I rotate -- I usually wear different clothes for 2 or 3 days and then rotate the once worn back in -- I have hooks in my room just for hanging up worn but not dirty clothes. And when I say clothes I really mean shirts. Because I often wear the same jeans 2 to 3 days in a row. I really only have 2 pairs of pants that fit well at the moment. Not on purpose.

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