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10 Simple Ways to Go Green

April 07, 2012 | Comments: 0 | Views: 89

I'd like to believe that most people know our earth is in a bit of a crisis, but I find that many people choose to not do a thing about it because it seems too complicated. Here are my tried and true 10 simple ways to go green and give this lovely planet a bit of a break:

1. Drive Less - I know seemingly obvious, but what if we each committed to take one day a week where we didn't drive, or if that seems too hard, how about one day a month. Think about the fossil fuel we'd be saving.

2. Buy Locally - Once again saving in the fossil fuel of driving and shipping, but also the added bonus of supporting your local economy. Not to mention oh so trendy. Can anyone say farmers market?

3. Count on Vinegar - Did I throw you on this one? Reduce the amount of chemical cleaning supplies you have in your house by using this simple non-toxic cleaner. Just use equal parts vinegar and water and tada a floor, counter, bath, and tub cleaner. You can even add a dash of lemon juice for a fresh citrus smell. And we either buy the industrial bottle or the glass one, so we reduce plastic as well.

4. BYOB - This takes a little bit of effort to remember, but really it's not super hard to just bring your own bags. And if you forget DO NOT get plastic!

5. Grow a Garden - Not only will you increase oxygen production, but once again the most locally you can eat is from your yard or windowsill.

6. Stop Drinking Plastic Water Bottles - Seriously. Just stop. "This year more than 25 billion single use plastic water bottles will be sold in the United States alone and more than 80 percent of those will end up being disposed of rather than being recycled (that's 20 billion bottles to the landfill Virginia)" Read many more reasons here: http://www.care2.com/greenliving/enough-with-the-plastic-water-bottles-already.html#ixzz1rMUKEh5n For many more reasons why

7. Switch to Glass - We have almost switched entirely to glass in our kitchen. We use glass containers, glass cups, Even our milk jug is glass and get's returned for a deposit. Not only does this keep BPA out of our bodies, but also out of the landfills once we are done. Oh and for the worried parents out there, a lot break-free options for kiddos, or there are some great stainless kid dish/cup options as well.

8. Become a Part-Time Vegetarian - According to the Environmental Defense, if every American skipped one meal of chicken per week and substituted vegetarian foods instead, the carbon dioxide savings would be the same as taking more than half a million cars off U.S. roads.

9. Buy Less and Buy Used - Take a stand for our crazy consumer culture and realize that you don't need the newest and the best if what you have works. And I know this can be hard, but I've started to ease my desire to mix it up by seeing the excitement in vintage/garage/estate sale salvage. Then I always re-cycle what I'm done with on Craigslist, Freecycle, or Goodwill.

10. Support Environmental Activists - Two of my favorites are http://www.350.org and newly, my highschool friend, Heather Box's, brain child, millionpersonproject.org. Don't have any money to donate just liking them on Facebook or following on twitter helps spread their message.

A recovering adrenaline junky and busy-aholic, Ariana Pritchett spent her life at a record breaking speed until the birth of her son forced her to slow down. A now urban farmer, lifestyle coach, and simplicity queen, Ariana is on a mission is to manifest simplicity and ease in our fast paced world; where creating space, living full, and being you, are all one in the same. For more about her work check out http://simplylivingcoaching.com.

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