It’s a sad but true fact that a lot of the products you use and a lot of the things you do affect our environment in a negative way, often causing irreparable damage. The good news is that by making some small but simple changes you can help to reduce the damage that is happening. Here are 10 more going green tips you can use to help reduce damage to our environment.
1. The next time you think about having strawberries in the middle of the winter, think again. Unless you live in a southern region, chances are those strawberries are not local. Bringing foods like this to local supermarkets, no matter where they are, adds to air pollution and uses lots of energy in transportation.
2. Instead, consider freezing or canning locally available fruits and vegetables when they are in season. This is a great way to reduce “food miles” and still be able to enjoy a variety of foods.
3. Use your community library and check out books instead of buying. Unless it’s a book you love and will want to reread or use as a reference, borrowing is an environmentally friendly thing to do.
4. Say no to plastic bags when you shop. Plastic bags have a huge negative impact on our environment both in the manufacturing process and when it comes time to throw them out. Instead, keep a few reusable cloth bags in your car or hanging by the back door so they are handy when you go shopping.
5. Get a razor that uses refillable blades. That has a much smaller impact on the volume of garbage generated in your bathroom than using disposable plastic razors. Or better yet, use a straight razor and don’t even have blades to dispose of.
6. Shut off your computer monitor if you are not using your computer and conserve energy.
7. Remove pests from garden plants by pinching them off by hand instead of using poisons to kill them. If you’re squeamish, you can use gloves or dump them into a can.
8. Plant a tree on your property. Trees keep the atmosphere clean and soak up carbon monoxide. If you are renting or live in an apartment you can do your part by getting a potted tree.
9. If you have a choice, opt for a gas stove rather than an electric one. Gas is more efficient than electricity, so you’ll use much less energy to cook.
10. Install a low-flow shower head and use a lot less water when you shower.
Use these 10 going green tips to reduce damage to our environment and save money doing it.
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