10 Ways to Go Green and Save Some Green
Happy Earth Day everybody! I like reading non-fiction about “going green” and being thrifty. I’ve found that the books have the same content with a different cover. Saving the world certainly has an effect on saving money. Here’s some ways that I’ve found.
1. Upcycle. This is my favorite thrifty thing to do. Turn a pair of jeans into a miniskirt, or a bathroom rug, or a quilt. The things you can do with jeans alone could fill a whole ‘nother blog!
2. Use your bicycle or public transportation. You’ll spend less on gas and maintenence for your car and emit less nasty stuff into the atmosphere.
3. Buy in bulk. Do your research, but the prices are usually better. There is less waste in bulk items than in smaller, individually wrapped packages.
4. Every thrifty friend loves a thrift store! Check your favorite for things you need before you buy new. You will save yourself some money and you will save a landfill a whole bunch of packaging, not to mention all of the work and resources that go into manufacturing new goods.
5. Trade with friends. Whether you’re swapping romance novels, clothes, or accessories, a themed party is a great way to socialize and prevents the need to buy something new.
6. Eat less meat. Much more energy is used to produce meat than vegetables, therefore meat costs you more.
7. Grow a garden. Growing some of your own produce decreases the need for commerically grown produce which decreases the use of pesticides. It also eliminates the cost of transporting food cross-country.
8. Conserving energy helps your electic bill and the environment. Seal cracks around doors and windows, shut off appliances with a pilot light, use compact flourescent lightbulbs, etc. This could be a whole new series of posts.