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Perhaps you think it takes someone special to live green, or maybe you believe it requires a certain personality type or income level. But in reality, green living is within everyone’s reach. Here’s how it works.
Think before You Buy
In our modern culture, it’s tempting just to go out and buy something new, cheap, and (usually) plastic whenever we have a need. But used items are worth considering, either from second-hand stores, antique stores, or yard sales. And it might pay to look around your house for hidden treasures first.
For instance, you may decide you need a lemonade pitcher or a container for iced tea. Rather than getting a cheap plastic one, look around and see what you can reuse – maybe a glass juice container that you were going to throw away would work just fine.
Did you know it’s considered “green” to buy pretty much anything second-hand? Clothing, furniture, lamps, appliances and so forth can all be purchased second-hand for a fraction of the cost, and it helps keep those items from being thrown away.
If you’ve looked at the price of organic food, you might think you can’t afford to go green with regard to the food you eat. But you don’t have to buy the expensive imported organic foods to be green; it’s just as eco-friendly to buy locally-grown produce or foods that are produced near you.
Foods like honey, vegetables, fruits, breads, and other foods can often be found locally. Organic whole grains and dried beans are still pretty cheap, and if you only switch to those that’s a move in the green direction.
In addition to doing the usual “recycling thing,” you can also look around and think of creative ways to recycle items around your home. For instance, use empty jars, cardboard tubes, and cereal boxes in crafts, or reuse plastic food tubs for storage (you could paint them or cover them with construction paper first).
Look at yard sales and second-hand stores for your household needs – this is not only cheaper; it also means you’re reusing (recycling) items that are already in circulation. Recycling means more than just shipping off your plastic, glass, and metal to the recycling center. It also involves reusing items to avoid buying new ones. That’s budget-friendly for just about everyone!
From saving water to reducing energy consumption via your heating and cooling system, some element of the green lifestyle is within everyone’s reach.