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40 ways to go greener at home …besides just recycling

Being intentionally eco-wise is about celebrating the creativity of creation, being good stewards with what we’re given, and passing on those values to the next generation.

The thing I love most about practicing good green green habits? Nine times out of ten, they’re also the more frugal option. Being environmentally-friendly is just good economics—in our home and budget, and with the earth.

There are tons of 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 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 them a habit this year.

40 ways to go greener at home (besides recycling)

40 easy ways to go greener at home—besides recycling

1.  Plant an herb garden.  It’s good to have a reminder around of where our food originates, and this one is super easy.

2.  Switch all your lightbulbs to CFLs (or at least switch a few).

3.  Create a homemade compost bin for $15.

4.  Switch one appliance to an energy efficient model (look for the “energy star” label).

Photo from Flip & Tumble

5.  Stop using disposable bags. Order some reusable bags—my favorites are Flip & Tumble. Or, make your own—they’re insanely easy.

6.  Buy an inexpensive reusable water bottle, and stop buying plastic disposable bottles (my favorite is the Kleen Kanteen with the sport cap.  Then watch The Story of Bottled Water, a short movie about the bottled water phenomena.

7.  Wash laundry in cold water instead of hot.

8.  Turn off lights when you leave the room.

9.  Don’t turn on lights at all for as long as you can—open your curtains and enjoy natural light.

10.  Drive the speed limit, and combine all your errands for the week in one trip.

Photo by Kamyar Adi

11.  Better yet, walk or ride a bike to your errands that are two miles or closer.

12.  Support your local economy and shop at your farmer’s market.

13.  Turn off your computer completely at night.

14.  Research whether you can sign up for green power from your utility company.

15.  Pay your bills online. Not only is it greener, it’s a sanity saver.

16.  Put a stop to unsolicited mail—sign up to opt out of pre-screened credit card offers.  While you’re at it, if you’re in the U.S., go ahead and make sure you’re on the “do not call” list, just to make your life more peaceful.

17.  Reuse scrap paper.  Print on two sides, or let your kids color on the back side of used paper.

18.  Conduct a quick energy audit of your home.

19.  Subscribe to good natural living blogs—I dig Shalom Mama, You Grow Girl, Keeper of the Home, Kitchen Stewardship, and DIY Natural.

20.  Before buying anything new, first check your local Craigslist or Freecycle.

21.  Support local restaurants that use food derived less than 100 miles away, and learn more about the benefits of eating locally.

22.  Fix leaky faucets.

23.  Make your own household cleaners.  I’ve got quite a few recipes in my first book, Organized Simplicity.

Photo by Kasia

24.  Line dry your laundry.

25.  Watch The Story of Stuff with your kids, and talk about the impact your household trash has on our landfills (I don’t love some of their politics, but I can overlook it when watching).

26.  Learn with your kids about another country or culture, expanding your knowledge to other sides of the world.

28.  Lower the temperature on your hot water heater.

29.  Unplug unused chargers and appliances.

30.  Repurpose something. It’s fun.

31.  Collect rainwater, and use it to water your houseplants and garden.

Photo by Lori Ann

32.  Switch to cloth diapers – or at least do a combination with disposables. Even one cloth diaper per day means 365 fewer disposables in the landfill each year.

33.  Switch to shade-grown coffee with the “Fair Trade” label.

34.  Use a Diva Cup for your monthly cycles. At the risk of TMI, I’ve been using mine for more than five years now. (Update: Eight years and counting.)

35.  Use cloth instead of paper to clean your kitchen. Be frugal, and make these rags out of old towels and t-shirts.

36.  Use cloth napkins daily instead of paper.

37.  Read Animal, Vegetable, Miracle, and be utterly inspired.

38.  Repurpose glass jars as leftover containers and bulk storage, especially in the kitchen.

39.  Watch the myriad documentaries on Netflix about the food industry and environment. Some of my favorites are Food Inc., Amazing Planet, Discovery Atlas, and Food Matters. My daughter was totally mesmerized with that last one—it’s insanely important that our kids understand where our food originates.

40.  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.

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Tsh Oxenreider

Tsh is the founder of this blog and just finished traveling around the world with her husband and 3 kids. Her latest book is Notes From a Blue Bike, and believes a passport is one of the world's greatest textbooks.

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  1. I LOVE LOVE this post and your blog! I am all about going green but not just for one day. I found your blog while I was googling for “Ways to be greener” ..soo happy I clicked and read more..
    Thank you for sharing this awesome list!

    Delighted Momma

  2. Peppermint Paddy says:

    I remember hearing several years ago that cotton (such as with nylon in socks) don’t biodegrade for several hundred years. I don’t need that many dust/cleaning rags to use all of my holey tee shirts, sock and underwear. Any innovative ideas about recycling cotton products, or any clothes products. Also, are there facilities that are recycling carpet?

    • -Give them to a church or shelter…some family would be grateful for these clothes, holes or not.
      -Cloth toilet paper.
      -Sock puppets.
      -Cut into strips and braid them into a rug or to crochet with.
      -Use as filling instead of cotton if you sew childrens stuffed animals, pillows, or dolls.
      -Use to patch jeans.

  3. really good tips, thanks for sharing

  4. Hii,

    I like this article its Very informative and useful for all of us.
    Really the kids most know this thing. Keep it up.
    I would like to share one more article which is based on “Go Green Kids”. So check on this link

  5. Great tips. Doing these things at home can save you money and help the environment.

  6. Cool and Conscious Mom says:

    The first step to conservation is awareness – for example it’s shocking when you realize how many gallons of water you are using.

    To change this , you could try out something like this new digital water meter to monitor your water usage: .

    The National Home and Gardening Club recommended the meter for saving both water and money! Saving water is a GREAT way to conserve at home!

  7. Thank you for the great tips!

  8. Dana Vigilante says:

    We just purchased both a compost bin (available for sale at our local town public works dept), as well as a rain barrel. Two of the best decisions we’ve ever made! We also (after much debate), got rid of our bedroom television. Now we are able to sleep better as well as save electricity). We put it on and off it went to live with another family! There are really so many little things you can do that make a HUGE difference to our environment and our health. There are tons of books at your local library that will list many other ways to go green.

    Dana Vigilante

  9. Great tips! We’ve begun using re-usable trash bags after we noticed we had gotten in the habbit of double bagging our trash cans because of the amount of trash we’re always accumulating. It saves us a bit of money and they’re much more durable for our trash loads.

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  11. When going green at home, there is a lot you can do during the summer months. First, obviously start a compost pile. My family always uses our compost for fertilizer to grow our own vegetables in a community garden. We get a free salad almost 3 times a week during the summer and it’s all 100% organic! People often overlook the overhead expenses associated with starting a garden on their own property though but if you use a community garden it really takes just man-hours and very little captial!

  12. Nice work!!

    Thanks for the info. I will definiately share with all my friends.

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  13. Hello,
    They are all really good tips except for number 15. Pay as many bills as possible online.
    My dad works for the postal system and her might lose his job because people aren’t sending enough letters and bills and such. So instead of converting paper mail to online mail, we should try to make a difference were it really counts without putting the postal service out of business.
    *Plant more tress, and less buildings*

  14. We try to do most of these tips! This year we are starting a worm compost bin…i’m soo excited =) I also have a few extra shirts laying around that I’ll make into those shop bags by Martha.

    • I’m starting worm composting as well, I’m putting my 8 year old son in charge of them (my 10 year old is in charge of the chickens), He loves his creepy crawlies. I’m hoping everything goes well for you and us. I’ve heard it can be tricky at times.

  15. Very great list of tips. I try to spend more time away from the Internet and social networks with my family. We often play job board games. That’s much more better!

  16. this really helped my daughter with her go green project

  17. I found a great way to clean out my closets( go green) and make money. I sold vintage items I already had on –It was FREE to sell my items. Lori

  18. In the summer collect rain water in big bins whenever possible, let it sit in the sun and warm for the day. It will be warm enough to handwash your cloth diapers which you can then line dry and let the sun the next day sanitize.

    • Add a little lemon juice or vinegar to the warm water and it disinfects even further and gives the diapers a nice “fresh” scent. Thats what I did with my 4 and it helped alot.

  19. I have found a good way to go green is to recycle, restore and repurpose as much as you can. Clean out your basements, closet and storage units. Give away items that can be used again by others. Another way is to sell your vintage and antique items on vintage classified ad like and make money at the same time.

  20. Marina N says:

    I pretty much agree with everything on the list and gots lots of great new ideas on how to be more “green” than I did before however the one thing that I dod not agree with was the idea of using the CFL light bulbs. Although I do agree that they are efficient at reducing the amount of energy you use they also still contain Mercury, even though it’s a small amount.

    I prefer to use LED light bulbs. LED light bulbs have come a long way and although they are pricey initially (about $25 per bulb) they are even better at energy effeciency. LED light bulbs run on 7 watts while emitting the equivalent of a normal 60 watt bulb while CFL light bulbs run on 11 watts while emitting the equivalent of a normal 60 watt bulb. Not much of a difference to some people but 4 watts is 4 watts and you don’t have any mercury at all. You also shouldn’t consistently turn a CFL bulb on and off. Each time you do it lowers the life of your bulb, you don’t have that problem with an LED bulb.

    I replaced 6 regular dimmable bulbs several months ago with LED light bulbs and spent a good $150 for all 6 but made my money back within the first two months. I immediately went out again and bought bulbs for the rest of the house.

  21. Great Tips!!! I enjoyed reading it. Going green makes our life more interesting and fabulous. Thanks for the share.

  22. Your list made me proud of myself!

  23. great tips of course. i find it curious, however, that you have that political disclaimer at the beginning. i feel that the things we do in the home, our efforts to go green, the things we buy, the food we eat, the things we teach our kids (what kind of citizen will they be?), all have political impact (because they affect the community). Many of the sources you recommend are also very political (and i think that’s great). The political isn’t a bad thing to be avoided. The more we engage it (as you’ve done despite yourself here) the better it can be, and the more empowered we feel. We can’t make the really meaningful green changes, like using more renewable energy, getting access to more fuel efficient cars, etc. without politics. I hope this isn’t coming across wrong, I really appreciate this post, I just thought it curious that you would deny the very worthy and activist nature of it.

    • I love that people are politically involved, but I’m simply not. That’s all. Just saying that about myself.

  24. Used cloth diapers with my 2 girls, and some of the tiny ones are headed to the 3rd different family having a new baby..! the bulk of the diapers, now very shredded after many years of use, make great rags (as anyone’s grandma will tell). Have been using diva cup and cloth pads for 3 years, and feel like stopping to chat with every woman I see in the “disposable fem. products” aisle at the store (though I haven’t yet). Lastly, just picked up “Animal, Veg., Miracle” from the library. After reading Omnivore’s Dilemma, I was going to pass on A.V.M. after the first chapter as more of the same (which I appreciate, but I begin to feel like the proverbial preached-at-choir), but now that it’s recommended, I’ll keep going…

  25. I have been working towards green for years and have been making serious progress! We are cloth diapering our second child (about 80 % of the time because I have yet to meet a cloth diaper that can keep the leaking at bay at night for my super heavy wetter!) And we use cloth trainers instead of pull-ups at night for my son. I have ALWAYS been OCD about recycling. We started composting 4 years ago which has cut down our stinky trash significantly. My newest goal is to be completely chemical free by 2013. We make our own laundry detergent (we do use store bought crunchy clean for CDs though). We make out own cleansers, lotions, lip balms, wool dryer balls in place of dryer sheets, soaps, and even some natural insecticides. We love our herb garden and it has been a great learning tool for our son who eats cilantro by the handful! We are expanding our garden this year to include many fruits and vegetables (this has been a huge change for me since I am terrified of “nature” ie bugs, snakes, spiders). I’ve also started using mama cloths (just throw them in the wash with the cloth diapers!) and sea sponge tampons! What an enormous difference in my cycles! Cramps are almost gone! It’s gone from 5 to only 3 days and the volume as decreased immeasurably! The toxins and chemicals in mainstream products are terrible and do horrendous things to our bodies! And my acne which I have had since I was 18 is almost gone (as well as many wrinkles) since I switched to coconut oil as a moisturizer!! Amazing what a little green can do to make us not so blue!!

  26. OMG the diva cup….kind of grosses me out…lol

    • It’s honestly not any grosser than the traditional stuff. In fact, I find it a bit cleaner. It’s all contained inside you, if that makes sense.

      That’s all I’ll say. 🙂

  27. Great tip! A lot of them we already do. I want to check out “What’s On My Plate.” We had my daughter watch Story of Stuff and she loved it. We also started using cloth napkins and dish cloths again. We have a dog and cleaning up pet mess with a towel is way better than thin paper towels. And yes, it’s definitely less expensive to have a paperless kitchen. Thanks for the reminders.

  28. With gas prices rising, I’m going to focus more on trip-chaining. It would save me gas, time, and money, & I would pollute less.

  29. Love love love this post! I am proud to say I have implemented all but 7 of them. Thats not too shabby right? The others I will start doing today (turn off computer), and I am adding make my own compost bin and collect the rain water this weekend. My only hang up is #32….I just can’t quite handle the cloth diapers 🙁 Luckily we are almost out of diapers completely! Thanks again!

  30. There is a great app called PaperKarma that will contact companies on your behalf to stop unsolicited, junk mail addressed to you. Unfortunately, it won’t work on those items listed for “Resident.”

  31. I’m going to focus on reusable bags, combining errands and a big one for me – meal planning. I’m tired of filling up our garbage can with expired food and bad fruits and veggies found in the back of the fridge.

  32. I would also like to find a reusable water bottle that I enjoy using! Any metal ones I have tried seem to sweat, and several plastic bottles I’ve tried seem to be top heavy. Does anyone have any suggestions?

  33. Awesome list!!! GO GREEN!

  34. Great list. I’m excited that we’re doing 27/40 currently, when only 6 months ago, I probably only was doing 2 items off the list! We are moving all of our CFL lights to LED, turned off the A/C even though we live in South Florida (right now it’s only 80!), removing as much plastic as we can from our kitchen (cups, plates, tupperware, etc.), removed lead glazed plates, mugs, etc., started canning, making our own cat food, purchasing organic foods and whole foods, and raising chickens on our acre. We still have a way to go on our journey and I think twice now when shopping – is it something I really need or will it just end up sitting on a shelf.

  35. So happy to see I read all of the good eco-blogs listed above!

    Thanks for the documentary suggestions, it’s hard to find more time to read but I can watch a quick informative show while folding laundry.
    Happy Earth Day!

  36. We line dry, hooked up our washing machine to a hose that runs out the window so all wash water goes to the garden, rain barrels, turned my old pajama bottoms into hankeys, turned old curtains into napkins, old t-shirts into kitchen towels, old jeans into pot scrubbers. I love going green! Great projects for the kids and keeps us on our toes.

    We also fused together all our old plastic grocery bags to make re-usable sandwich bags and lunch bags for the kids, or we turned it into “plarn” to crochet re-usable grocery bags.

    We garden and can our veggies every summer, we have “no electricity Saturdays”, in where we walk around the neighbor hood, read books, do craft projects and have sandwiches for dinner.

    Really, going green brought me closer to my children, closer to my community and has given me another outlet for my creativity.

  37. Making your home green simply means making it more friendly for the environment.You can go crazy and implement all of the steps at once, or you can take them one step at a time.

  38. One thing I would add to the list (if someone else didn’t already mention it) is that our family puts the big energy suckers (entertainment center, computers/printers) on power strips which we keep turned off when not in use. A lot of people dont realize that even when stuff is turned off, it can still drain energy if it’s plugged in, and this prevents that. We also keep stuff like the toaster unplugged.

  39. Love this post, Tsh. It is always good to see reminders like these, and I always pick up some new tidbit I want to try. Something I am going to this weekend is start some garden plants from heirloom seed, which is SO important to maintaining food diversity.

  40. Tsh,
    I have just torn out a page of my Natural Health mag to look up the DC, I had no idea what it was…then saw it on this post….now I’m intrigued. Thanks all of you for sharing your experience with them, they sound very useable. I do have one question, what do you use to clean it? Some have reported that they purchased the companies cleanser, I really don’t want to do that if I buy one but what else would work? I read they don’t recommend soap or fragrance d soaps. I’ve been switching all my cleaning products to homemade, simple forms. Love, love, love these.

  41. Let me say first that I chose to use cloth diapers and was very happy I did for several reasons. But, to be fair when advertising this as “greener” option, it is important to note that while using cloth diapers does save landfill space, it also uses more water, a natural resource that is becoming more threatened every day as the world population increases. So, if you are contemplating using cloth diapers, you must consider which resource is more of an issue in your local area.

  42. Thank you for these ideas. I find them pretty useful and I am sure I’ll try to follow those which I haven’ t so far. Thanx once and again 🙂

  43. Diva Cup? Okay. Wow. I’ve never seen this or heard of it. The only alternatives I’ve seen are washable pads. I have (had?) TSS and don’t use tampons and would really like an alternative to pads. I looked at the website and I kinda get it…but you can testify that it’s comfortable? You sure?

  44. Great tips! I posted my top ten EASY tips in today’s post to round out my month of “greens” blog posts.

  45. These are very useful tips to make the house a eco friendly place. I just hope that everyone will implement most of what is written here to stop the global warming.

  46. I enjoyed the tips you are providing on your blog can make life easier by providing long term living for doing something one time.Thanks for the the information……

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  48. Going Green is the right thing to do, but wants you go green you can do anything you want to do…. Like pick up Trash, save Cans,Grow Flower, I can’t name all but you can do alot of stuff when you are not doing anything or when you are bord just get up and just started doing things that you never did Before


  50. This reallly helped me with my project!! Thanks!

  51. 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.

  52. emily whiting says:

    love it, it helped me with a school project

  53. Go green to make your life green. Not only it is your life which will be effected but also the life of every people on earth will be benefited.

    Save energy to keep the world habitable. Here are some tips:

  54. I always find your take on sustainability issues fascinating. I have recently found a great eco resource for green jobs check it out for great job leads in the environment, renewable energy and clean technology jobs!

  55. Your site is incredible, especially for beginners like myself. I really appreciate this!

  56. As time goes on I find myself becoming more aware of how to recycle, repurpose and go green. It’s great when you can find a way to re-use old items, intsead of throwing them old. Also, any tips on conserving energy is always a big help. Great tips here. Thanks for sharing.

  57. Wow it’s amazing that some of these things I have been doing forever and never knew how ecofriendly they were. I loooooove going to thrift stores and repurposing things. Blame the artist in me and with supplies being rather expensive, I have learned to save, salvage or find whatever I can.

    I read a good book about where tomatoes come from in American grocery stores. It’s called Tomatoland. Also a good documentary about the fishing Industry is end of the line. The DVD even came with a little card which tells what types of fish are most sustainable to keep in your wallet for a reminder in resturants.

  58. Yikes. Making a switch to cloth diapers sounds like a bit much for me. I’m all for going green especially as a part of a green environmentally friendly Phoenix house cleaning service, but I think I personally draw the line at diapers. I’ll just keep telling myself we’re imperfect beings.

  59. Go Green !!! Nothing tough, Its very easy , we just need to take some simple initiative to make our surrounding to be green. In my country (Bangladesh) , We take some initiative to save our environment and go GREEN. Our Govt. banned plastic bag and pull up the eco friendly Jute shopping bag instead of that.

    Nice artice, Thanks for share 🙂

  60. I’m not sure if this has been mentioned in the comments above, as I didn’t read through all of them. Just wanted to mention the debate on CFL lightbulbs. They might save energy but there are some serious environmental impacts and health issues. More information can be found on wikipedia:
    ‘In 2008, the European Union approved regulations progressively phasing out incandescent bulbs starting in 2009 and finishing at the end of 2012. By switching to energy saving bulbs, EU citizens will save almost 40 TW·h (almost the electricity consumption of 11 million European households), leading to a reduction of about 15 million metric tons of CO2 emissions per year. (wikipedia)’
    Now it’s impossible to buy normal light bulbs. It’s so frustrating that governments and citizens get brainwashed by multinational corporations. The pressure is so high and now we’re stuck with these toxic light bulbs.

  61. I have just started my own Green Quest and am finding it a bit daunting! I was happy to read that some of the items on your 40 tips list I have already been doing without even notice of how Green they are. I will definately try out some of the tips that I haven’t embraced yet (love the t-shirt grocery bags…make a great gift idea too! and have never thought of collecting rain water!) Thanks for keeping me motivated!

    Eco Virgin

  62. Great list! You had some simple ideas that I have not thought about. I am trying to go green little by little. The next step in my green journey is trying the home energy audit kit from JEA to get ideas how to decrease my energy consumption at home.

  63. Absolutely loved this article! 🙂
    Going to be tweeting this to our followers…just too good an article not to! 🙂
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  64. Great tips! If everyone would follow them, we would be on a good track to living greener here in the U.S. However, most of us are too busy to make too much change, at least at once. Because of that, we provided five easy tips to be green, so that we can all make a difference easily:

  65. It’s hard at times – especially when you are exasperated by being up at night or, like me, too early in the morning – but diapers are the third most common item found in landfills. It is estimated that babies need upwards of 6,000 diapers before they are potty trained, and each disposable diaper takes between 250-500 years to bio degrade. But if you can use cloth diapers – or at least environmentally friendly ones – that would make a tremendous difference.

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  68. This certainly a great article to read in order for every mom or anyone to make their house an environment friendly one. Come to think of it, we usually do this things before until technology set in and make our lives easier, though it somehow has a bad effect in our environment.

  69. What an awesome gathering of all the little things that really can add up to make a big difference. We always re-use scrap paper, and have probably saved a few trees over the last decade of so. Thanks for the inspirational post!

  70. Love the tips — I have to put as much of these as I can into action at home! I got a compost bin for free from a friend a few months ago, but I’ve yet to start it! I have to figure out how to get it started!

  71. Really i feel proud that iam doing many of the things in my daily life. But Some are i yet to follow like collecting rain water and use it for gardens and plants. I really like it. I Immediately implement for this coming rainy season

  72. Excellent tips. Few points like 2, 5, 18 and 29 were damn good. I’m gonna share this list to encourage people to be green at home.

  73. Great selection of tips and links. Really inspirational even for city people.

  74. Thanks for sharing, I was greatly helped by this article

  75. I repinned this today from Pinterest. Good list! I have employed much of this, but I didn’t want to spend $15 on a kitchen composter. I found a better solution on Pinterest, which is a plastic coffee can, holes drilled in lid, cat box filter glued inside the lid: $1.25.

  76. oops. I was writing about a KITCHEN composter. Not the one in the backyard.

  77. Amr Albiumi says:

    Thanks for sharing these tips. Very Helpful 🙂

  78. i feel so stupid for not thinking of using canning or sauce jars for storage instead of tupperware! Thanks! 🙂

  79. cool

  80. These are such amazing tips on how to go green. Environmental awareness is paramount if we plan on enjoying this beautiful planet for many more years. There is something for everyone here, thank you. 🙂

  81. nice tips

  82. Some brilliant tips there,the great thing is these tips will not only help the environment they will actually save you money as well,brilliant!

  83. Use Solar Pool Heater as your pool heating system. Don’t use heaters who leave carbon footprints to the environment such as Electric or Gas powered heaters.

  84. Please change the one from using CFLs to using LED lights. CFLs are not eco friendly, they contain toxic mercury!

  85. #41 don’t breed, adopt! One less consumer in the world.

  86. Very useful tips, I didn’t know a lot of them, so thank you! I thought about tips to save the environment too the other day. I try not to use plastic bags as well, but I also try to lower the room temperature for example. Have a look at my website if you are interested about it…

  87. Going green in an apartment can be of a more difficult task for some. Most of these can be done, but not all. If you live an apartment and are looking to go green there are definitely some good articles, including this one, on how to do so. I did find this;

  88. Shirley Greenwood says:

    Make STOP to all those GLOSSY magazines & Journals printed on expensive paper.
    Make STOP Services Company e.g. Virgin/SKY /Gas/Electric Company etc .sending OUT un welcome/un wanted Junk mails printed on
    glossy brochures to houses. Instead of wasting money on it they could cut the prices in their services.
    Make news paper less pages (Metro/Evening Standard/Sunday Papers – (full of Junk mail)
    Make less packaging for take away food & drink
    Make Super market freezers cover-up doors. Not exposed The energy wasted are obvious.
    Make Re-cycle bin more available .and accessible..
    Everybody is talking about it how to go green but no encouragement/support from & local Council..

  89. Menaka Ramakrishnan says:

    Awesome stuff, especially like the emphasis on switching to more eco-friendly material. And walking is always a great answer! There is a great article I came across which really helped me be more eco-friendly at work, you should check it out!

  90. 40 ways! Wow, this is so amazing.

  91. Going green is in these days. I’m proud to say I am slowly getting there.

  92. Turn off computer at night I am trying, always forgot.

  93. Great article. I’m printing it for my daughter’s elementary school for Earth Day. FYI: Number 27 is missing.

  94. I love these and we do most. I am switching to cloth diapers late in the game as i have 6 kids and the ones in diapers are almost done with diapers but feel even if its only 6 months of diapers notin the landfill i am helping some. I am proud that my family of 8 only needs the smallest garbage can our garbage service prvides, which holds only 3 13 gallon bags. Most is diapers so i know it will get better with cloth diapers. Waste management also has recycle and compostservices so we use them. Our only problem with the compost is the flies and we even had a rat once but we got rid of it and the flies are controlled because we started using an old diaper pail to put compost in. Works great especially with biobags

  95. Awesome tips. I have been doing most of them for years.

  96. Great post Thanks for sharing the information

  97. Love all of these tips! Especially the one about planting your own herb garden. I made my own last month and I planted thyme, basil, and mint! I also try to save on electricity by turning everything off when not in use. I recently wrote a post on 5 ways to be more green and you can check that out if you’d like!

    Cristina /

  98. Great Tips! I bookmarked your post to read again in future. Thanks admin.

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