“Being green” is a great double entendre that you can’t turn around without seeing or hearing anymore. It generally is referring to being more ecologically friendly by going by the principles of “Reduce, Reuse and Recycle.” However, ecologically friendly habits also more often than not save those who go by them money.
People often cite “Not knowing where to start” or “It’s just so inconvenient” when trying to make excuses for why they don’t incorporate more green habits into their lifestyle. Luckily society is integrating ecologically friendly practices more and more into every day life, which in turn makes it easier for the average person to practice the habit themselves. Ten or fifteen years ago, do you remember seeing people carry reusable bags into stores? Now, it’s uncommon not to see someone toting cloth bags (which are a lot easier on the hands and offer more storage!) out of stores. “Going green” is not something that has to be done in one fell swoop, it is an ongoing process that you can add to as you feel comfortable. Starting with the reusable bags is a huge step to reduce plastic bag waste, but it takes so little effort and time to use them. Once that habit is firmly ingrained in your lifestyle, take it a step further by eliminating the plastic produce bags and invest in some sturdy reusable bags.
Most of my favorite green tips are ones that I have collected from blogs over the years, and in an effort to round up the best ways to save the Earth and money that I’ve found, I am going to keep links to the posts that detail the ways that I have experimented with or seen to “being green.” Please try out any below that you feel might be easily applied to your life, and let me know how they work for you! If you have any green tips to share, please email or tweet them to me, I’d love try them!