We know you most likely would like to go green, but spending extra money or extra time, especially in a down economy probably doesn’t seem very feasible right now. So we’ve listed three simple ways you can go green but still make a big impact.
- Check light bulb packaging for the ENERGY STAR logo
Not all light bulbs are approved to carry the ENERGY STAR logo. A product with this logo has passed stringent guidelines set by the Environmental Protection Agency (EPA). These ultra-efficient light bulbs help reduce greenhouse gas emissions and, bonus, save you lots of money in energy costs each year!
- Purchase environmentally friendly cleaning products
Although they may not be as readily available, they do exist and are becoming more popular. Contact your local health food store and ask about safe, natural and non-toxic cleaning products. A few of our favorites are Seventh Generation and Mrs. Meyers Cleaning Products. Also, consider home remedies like a mix of plain white vinegar and water to wash your floor, rugs, bathrooms and kitchen counters.
- Buy a cloth bag
Not only do cloth bags save rivers and trees, but they can be really cute! Snag a couple of cloth bags and remember to ALWAYS have some on hand in your purse and car. These bags reduce the amount of plastic and paper bags used on a daily basis. But buyers beware, there are bags claiming to be recyclable but ARE NOT recycled. Please get in the habit of reading labels to fully understand where your bag is coming from. Here is a great website for recycled cloth bags: www.clothbag.com
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