Going Green Earth Month Tips , 0 Comments

In honor of Earth Month, we have posted a daily going green tip on our Facebook page. From small, every day changes to larger scale projects, these tips aim to keep our planet healthy and happy. While we understand that you can't implement them all, simply pledge to do your part when are where you can. Together, our actions can make a difference for the better.

  1. If you forget your reusable grocery bags at home, go ahead and use the plastic disposable ones. Just collect them and return them to the grocery store on your next visit for recycling!
  2. Save up to 90% of the energy your washer uses by washing your clothes in cold water instead of hot.
  3. Put a stop to those paper-wasting “pre-screened” credit card promotions for good. Just go to www.optoutprescreen.com to remove yourself from credit card companies’ lists.
  4. Take the stairs instead of the escalator at least once a day. That way, you’re burning off your energy (calories) instead of the planet's!
  5. When driving, avoid "jack rabbit" starts and stops. Flooring the gas pedal not only wastes gas, it leads to drastically higher pollution rates. One second of high-powered driving can produce nearly the same volume of carbon monoxide emissions as a half hour of normal driving.
  6. Teach kids to turn off the water while brushing their teeth. Leaving the tap running during the recommended two minutes of brushing can waste up to five gallons of water a day.
  7. Say "no" to Drain-O. If you have a clog and there's no standing water, pour in a cup of baking soda, then chase it with three cups of boiling water and repeating if necessary. If there is backed up water, pour a cup of washing soda into the spot over the clog, wait for it to settle, then use the baking soda technique.
  8. When you are leaving your desk, be sure to switch off your computer screen, especially during long periods like your lunch break. A computer that is set to “screensaver” mode uses nearly as much energy as it does when it’s being used.
  9. Let the companies you buy from know that you support businesses that take strides to be environmentally responsible. If it’s a merchant, let them know that you prefer to buy organic, recyclable products. Companies will follow the demand of their customers.
  10. Install white shingles or paint the roof of your building white. Since white reflects heat, you’ll save on energy costs in the summer and can offset the emission of 11 tons of carbon dioxide in one year.
  11. Switch to soaker hoses instead of sprinklers in your garden, as they can reduce water waste by as much as 70%. Soaker hoses apply irrigation water directly to the roots of your plants, so water doesn’t evaporate like it does with a sprinkler. Also, avoid watering during warm hours of the day.
  12. Print on both sides of paper or use the backside of used paper for notes or for kids to color on.
  13. Reuse our shipping boxes by unhooking the tabs that snap the box together, or remove the tape holding the box together. Flip the packaging around and simply rebuild the box the opposite way and, voila’, one box is good two times! Here's a tutorial.
  14. Put food coloring in your toilet tank. If it seeps into the bowl without flushing, there’s a leak. Fix it and start saving gallons.
  15. According to Energy Star, sealing and insulating ducts can improve the efficiency of your HVAC system by more than 20%. That's an energy and money savings that will keep you cool all summer long!
  16. According to Chattahoochee Riverkeeper, sending fats, oils, and grease (FOG) down the drain can result in untreated waste water reaching rivers and streams, causing nutrient and bacteria levels to spike and oxygen levels to drop, thereby posing a threat to aquatic life. Instead collect FOG in a can and cool it down before disposing in a garbage can.
  17. If using solid wood for a project, select products with the Forest Stewardship Council (FSC) label, certifying the wood was responsibly grown and harvested. Or find salvaged wood products at local used-building materials retailers.
  18. Ditch your dependency on disposable sandwich baggies for reusable ones. Either make your own with a little thread and velcro or buy some like these adorable ones on Etsy.
  19. Save 37% more water by using a dishwasher than doing dishes by hand (according to a study by the CA Energy Commission). To achieve these water savings, remember to: 1) Only use a dishwasher that was made after 1994, 2) Turn off the heat-drying option, and 3) Only run the dishwasher when it's full.
  20. Many commercial air fresheners use chemicals that can be harmful to pets and a baby's development. Instead, lightly spritz the place with our natural, nontoxic Eco Sprays, which have been blended with intent by a certified aroma therapist.
  21. If your shower fills a one-gallon bucket in less than 20 seconds, replace the shower head with a WaterSense labeled model.
  22. Recycle your old items for something new with a swap party! Invite friends to bring gently used items, put everything on a table and swap away! Themes can include home decor, baby products, books, clothing, crafting supplies, etc.
  23. Avoid kitchen or bathroom cabinets made of urea formaldehyde, as it emits high levels of formaldehyde into the air. Most of the national mass retailers and resellers are already switching to either solid wood or a plywood product.
  24. Commit to using body washes and scrubs WITHOUT plastic microbeads, which post a major threat to our waterways and marine life. Read more about it here. You can download this Beat the Microbead App, which will clue you into if your product has microbeads in it.

While Earth Month and our daily tips are coming to an end, there are so many more things you can do to minimize your impact on the planet. Make everyday Earth Day and challenge yourself to continue to make bigger and better strides throughout the year to go green in your everyday life.