What does it mean to “go green?” Quite simply, it’s a lifestyle that is centered on an Earth-friendly approach. Going green is about making choices that take into consideration the effect they will have on our planet. It means being conscious about the world around us, and having as little impact as possible on its natural state.
Why should you “go green?” As consumers, we have the decision-making power to choose where and when we spend our money. We can use our knowledge to do our part to better the environment, improve the quality of our home lives and even save money! Going green = saving green.
- Save money on taxes! That’s right, living a green lifestyle can save taxpayer money. How? When landfills become full, it costs money to create new ones. Taxpayer money. Reduce, reuse and recycle – keeping items out of the landfills and keeping money in your pocket.
- Cook your own food. Pack your lunch from the leftovers. Eat locally grown foods that aren’t prepackaged. The benefits of this simple action are extraordinary. Not only does it cost much less to cook at home, it’s a healthier option as well. Prepackaged foods are loaded with preservatives. Make your own meals and you’ll know exactly what’s in them.
- Eat seasonally. When you eat fruits and vegetables that are locally seasonal, not only will they cost less, but they’ll taste fresher. Check out your local Farmer’s Market and only buy what you can use in a short period of time. Make weekly trips if necessary, sharing a ride with a neighbor if possible or taking turns shopping for one another (saving gas).
- Plant an organic fruit and vegetable garden, in containers or in the ground. Start with salad greens, a few tomato plants, some sweet peppers and your favorite herbs, and add something new each year. One packet of tomato seeds costs less than a pound of tomatoes in grocery stores and you’ll yield several times that in one season’s harvest. Discuss garden plans with your neighbors, plant different vegetables and fruits and share your harvests. Bonus: Reserve and dry your vegetable seeds, and plant them the following spring. Super bonus: Can your leftovers for winter use!
- Share and borrow. Reduce the need for the energy and material resources needed to manufacture new items. Ask to borrow a tool before buying a new one. Join or create a neighborhood tool-sharing program on Facebook or Meetup.com. Check out Freecycle and join your local chapter. There, you will find people who are looking for and offering to others used, functional items.
Join with others in your area for the greatest environmental and money-saving impact. Share ideas, rides or a cup of flour with a neighbor, eliminating one more trip to the grocery store. The more involved you are, the greater influence you will have in making Earth a better place for everyone!