Monday, February 06, 2012

7 Green practices I actually do

There are endless tips out there about how to "live green," reduce your carbon footprint, be eco-friendly, etc. Here are a few suggestions that I actually practice in my life.
  1. Don't own a car. I used to have a car, but after we moved to DC and I wasn't using it very often, I sold it. No regrets! I'm saving money on insurance, gas, maintenance, and taxes. Yay!
  2. Don't flush the toilet every time you pee. At camp they would always tell us, "if it's yellow let it mellow, if it's brown flush it down!" So, yep. Sounds gross, but if you're drinking lots of water like you SHOULD be, you pretty much just pee water out anyway. I don't let anything mellow if we have guests over, though. Just to be courteous and non-weird.
  3. Don't eat meat. Cutting animal products like meat out of your diet means one less mouth demanding that the meat industry cruelly raise animals just for you. You save lives, pollution from animal waste, and save methane from animals that's the #1 cause of global warming. Yay!
  4. Recycle. Recycling empty food containers, paper, cardboard, etc. isn't hard. I also reuse one-side-blank pieces of paper, and all packaging materials.
  5. Go digital. With all bills possible, I get an e-bill sent to me instead of a paper copy. I pay all bills online saving paper checks, envelopes, and costs associated with mail driving all over the place. Most of the books I read nowadays are e-books, rented from my local library's website. I work from home (thanks to my computer & the internet), saving me gas and commuting time.
  6. Buy bagged beans. Not only is cooking your own beans incredibly cheaper than buying canned, you also get less salt, chemicals, and packaging. Here's an article on how to cook beans with a chart, although I've never had to cook chickpeas for the 1.5 - 2.5 hours they suggest. Usually mine take less than 1 hour.
  7. Drink tap water. It baffles me that people still buy bottled water. Besides being overpriced and wasteful, there are tons of reasons to drink tap water instead. You probably already have a reusable water bottle. Use it.

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