Most people are interested in becoming more environmentally friendly, but don’t know where to start. With some many options of “going green” it can be difficult to figure out where to begin. If you have researched the topic you have most likely discovered that many ways of going green will involve you throwing away perfectly good items and purchasing environment friendly ones.
Being the frugal person I am, this isn’t really an option to me. I want to be eco friendly, but I refuse to toss out items that are working perfectly fine. I recently read an article that made perfect sense to me and I am applying it in my own life. I am replacing items with environmentally friendly ones only after they no longer work. For example, I continue to add to my current supply of energy saving light bulbs when I find them on sale. Instead of replacing the light bulbs that are working, I wait until they burn out and then replace them with the environmentally friendly ones.
One place I made immediate change was with my trash. The average person generates 5lbs of trash each and every day. Instead of tossing everything in the trash, I have bins in my garage to hold items that can be recycled and only throw away the other things. I have also built me a small decomposition pit in the back yard where I put my egg shells, lemon rinds and other organic foods. This not only reduces the amount of waste I am producing every day, it also gives me some very good soil for my plants and shrubs.
If you are considering becoming more environmentally friendly, but you want to take baby steps into it, the two suggestions above are an excellent start. The light bulbs will take you toward going green and save you money on your electric bill. Building a small decomposition box will give you rich soil for your plants and reduce cost you spend on potting soil each year.