Going green is not hard. Yes, sometimes it can be a pain in the neck but making little changes, starting small, can make a difference that adds up to a healthier, greener planet. Here are a few suggestions to help you kick-start your new green year.
Do, rather than buy. If you think back on 2012, I bet some of your best memories are of things you did rather than objects you bought. The museum and lunch with friends, the park and a movie with your kids. Keep this in mind when you need to buy gifts for friends and family. Tickets to the aquarium, an art show or a play are all great gift ideas that will be remembered for a long time.
Clear the air. I am fortunate enough to live close to where I work so if I wasn’t transporting two kids with me and schlepping who-knows-what on a daily basis, I would so ride my bike to work! Cars in the U.S. release approximately 333 million tons of carbon dioxide into the atmosphere annually. If we all tried to go car-free one day a week, imagine the cumulative impact we could have on the planet! This bike from Bike Friday is made in the USA and foldable! www.bikefriday.com
Hold the packaging. This change is one of the easiest that could have a really big impact on our planet. When you shop, buy the product that has the least amount of packaging, or make sure the packacing is recyleable. Reducing the amount of plastic yet to be produced and other un-necessary garbage is one of the best things we can do for our planet. These blocks are made from recycled plastic. www.greentoys.com
Clean with non-toxic cleaners. Ed begley Jr. was one of the first celebrities to tout the importance of being green. He also practices what he preaches (watch episodes of his entertaining reality show at livingwithed.net) Ed is taking his green lifestyle one step further with a new line of household cleaning products. www.begleysbest.com
Paper or plastic? Neither. An oldie but a goodie. Stop the cashier from putting your one or two items in a bag and you’ll be amazed how many plastic bags you will be saving. Go ahead, count and see.