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When dealing with the environment, small changes can make a big difference. Making simple adjustments to your daily routine will lessen your harmful impact on the environment, and will probably save you money as well. Here is a list of ten ways to go green.
1. Instead of buying generic, chemical-filled surface cleaners, try mixing one cup of baking soda with a teaspoon of liquid soap, a few drops of water, and a few drops of antibacterial oil such as tea tree, eucalyptus, or peppermint.
2. To remove clothing stains, soak the garment in a bowl of milk and white vinegar.
3. Buy liquid soap in bulk and use refillable glass bottles to cut down on plastic bottles.
4. When grocery shopping, bring your own tote bags instead of using plastic bags.
5. Support local farmers by buying local produce.
6. Instead of washing just a few items of clothing or dishes at a time, do a full load.
7. Don’t let the water run – turn it off while brushing your teeth.
8. Unplug devices that glow, such as the television, printer, and cell phone charger. An easy way to do this is to use a power strip instead of wall sockets and flip the switch when you leave a room to cut energy usage.
9. Incandescent bulbs put more energy into generating heat than light. Replace high-use bulbs with compact fluorescent light bulbs (CFLs), which burn cool and bright and utilize a third of the power used by incandescent bulbs.
10. Invest in an inexpensive reusable water bottle rather than buying plastic disposable bottles.
These little changes will help reduce landfill waste, clean the air, conserve energy, and preserve the natural environment. Make a point of doing these things, and hopefully they will turn into habits.
By Emily Borgeest