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50 Shades of GREEN
Imagine the environmental impact you can make by changing a few daily lifestyle habits. Since we all lead different lives, I have come up with 50 ways you can go green. Going green is healthy for you, the animals, and the planet. Mother Earth needs your help and what better way to save her.Just pick a shade of green that works for you and apply it to your lifestyle.
GREEN YOUR FITNESS ROUTINE
Take your workout outdoors. No need to burn electricity indoors, burn calories outside with Mother Nature.
Reusable water bottles. Instead of buying plastic water bottles that take up space in landfills, get a home filtration system and use reusable water bottles.
Eco-friendly fitness wear. Look for companies that use earth friendly fabrics like hemp, bamboo, and organic cotton. Make sure the companies practice sustainable business models.
Green fitness equipment. Many companies are now making eco-friendly workout equipment like energy free machines and yoga mats made out of bamboo or hemp.
Go digital. Instead of writing your food or workout journal on paper which waste trees, download an app that will do the work for you. Most apps now are so detailed and advanced.
Recycle your old running shoes. Look for a company that recycles old running shoes to make basketball courts, tracks, and other building materials for your community.
Eco-friendly fitness facilities. Look for a gym that practices to reduce their carbon footprint. They may use chemical-free cleaners, recycle plastic bottles of water, and energy free machines.
Eco-friendly personal care products. Quit plugging up your pores with artificial toxins. Use organic natural products on your body like deodorant and sunscreen when working out.
Take shorter showers. Every minute you cut from your shower is roughly 5 gallons of water. The less time your shower takes, the lower your impact on the environment.
Meatless Mondays. You will not lose your muscle mass skipping one day a week without animal meat. Cutting out meat one day a week will help your health and that of the environment as well. Go to www.meatlessmonday.com to learn more. They have wonderful protein packed recipes and great environmental facts.
GREEN YOUR EATING ROUTINE
Meal plan. You can pre-make meals and snacks and have them ready whenever hunger strikes. Nutritional planning also keeps you on track from making unhealthy choices that waste the earth's resources. Take inventory and plan for the week to save money too.
BYOB-bring your own bag. Instead of littering the landfill with plastic grocery bags, use reusable grocery bags when you do your food shopping.
Shopping locally nourishes your own local economy. By making this choice, you will keep local farmers in high demand and cut cost on importing transportation pollution. Most of the time shopping at the farmer's market is cheaper than grocery store.
Eat fresh. Instead of eating artificial processed boxed foods that waste the earth's resources, eat real whole fresh foods that require no packaging. If you do purchase boxed foods, make sure they have USDA organic seal of approval with recycled packaging.
Electronic coupons. We all know that coupons are a great way to saving our hard earned money. Gone are the days of clipping coupons from Sunday newspapers. Most grocery stores today have electronic coupons to save on your favorite healthy foods.
Bulk shopping. Most grocery stores have bulk bins to purchase grains, seeds, nuts, dried fruits, and even protein powders. So instead of buying these items boxed in the inner aisles, bring your own plastic zip lock baggies and label them to the food item you will put in them.
Plant a garden. Provided you live in a house and have the yard to grow a garden, this is a great way to grow produce and save some money.
Buy fair trade. Many fair trade products are also certified organic, and while fair trade imported goods may cost marginally more, they're the greener choice as the certification supports a living wage for the farming communities around the world where they were grown and manufactured.
Composting. Save money on gardening supplies by composting.
Energy efficient appliances in kitchen.Installing newer more efficient appliances will save you energy and money.
GREEN YOUR BEAUTY ROUTINE
Make up brushes. Opt for makeup brushes made from bamboo or sustainable materials over synthetic materials. Check out Eco Tools. www.ecotools.com.
Blow off your shampoo. Going a few days without washing your hair not only adds sexy texture that makes for easier styling, but also is good for the environment—saving water and electricity used for blow drying. To keep strands from looking oily, sprinkle dry shampoo or baby powder near the scalp and tousling with your fingers.
Turn off water when brushing teeth or washing face at the sink. Every minute the faucet runs, two gallons of water go down the drain.
Read labels. Check the ingredients, especially for products used on large areas of your body. Be careful on your daily beautyproducts that have chemicals such as parabens and phthalates may be toxic when absorbed in high doses. Another additive to watch out for: sodium lauryl sulfate, a common source of skin allergens.
Get rewarded for recycling. Bring back empties (from any brand) to Origins stores for recycling. Drop off plastic caps, like the hard, ridged ones on soda bottles or toothpaste tubes, at Aveda stores, where they'll be used to create new caps. Many local recycling centers toss them out because they're so tricky to melt down. Check your beauty products to find out if they recycle.
Simplify. The fewer products you use on a regular basis, the less chemicals your body has to break down everyday.
Make your own beauty products. You can make face mask of oatmeal, berries, and avocado
Make it last. Don't let the rest of that toothpaste, lip stick, or moisturizer stay stuck in the bottom of the tube or container. Cut it open and squeeze out every last drop.
Buy fair trade beauty products. When you buy Fair Trade, you know that your products are made from sustainable resources and that the workers are being paid a fair wage for their services.
Eat beauty foods. To get a beautiful skin, eat a diet that contains real whole foods. Fruits, veggies, whole grains, and healthy fats make for a beautiful complexion.
GREEN YOUR HOME
Drop a brick in your toilet tank. According to the EPA, flushing makes up 30% of your household water use. (3-6 gallons per flush) By throwing a brick in your toilet tank, you conserve water.
Being conservative with the thermostat. Whether you are heating up or cooling down your house, you will save money on your energy bill by 10%.
Unplug your gadgets. Americans waste over $1 billion a year powering electronics and appliances that have been switched to “off”. Keep them unplugged to really cut down on electricity.
Switch to energy saving light bulbs. LED bulbs use 1/5 of the energy regular blubs use and last 12 times longer.
Clean green. Use DIY cleaning products for around the house. They are cheap and non-toxic. You make your own or you can buy eco-friendly brands.
Pay bills online. Instead of writing checks and paying for stamps, you can pay your bills online for free. Save the trees.
Bamboo floors. Instead of hardwood floors, opt for bamboo. Bamboo is considered an environmentally friendly flooring material due to its high yield and the relatively fast rate at which it replenishes itself. It takes just four to six years for bamboo to mature, compared to 50-100 years for typical hardwoods.
Healthier paint. Most paints are toxic to indoor air and your lungs. Opt instead for zero- or low-VOC paint, made by most major paint manufacturers today.
Recycle at home. Have 2 trash cans inside to separate trash from recyclables. Your local trash company will send you an extra trash can for the outside of your house.
Have plants in your home. Plants help purify the air in your home and get rid of pollutants.
Carpool. You can save on gas, reduce, wear and tear on your car, and ride the HOV lane.
Take public transportation. With gas prices being high, hop on a local bus or rail system.
Eco-efficient cars. If you do drive your own car, try opting for an environmentally friendly car. Save, gas, money, and polluting the environment with an electric or hybrid car.
Inflate your tires. If driving your own car, having the right amount of air in your tires not only keeps you safe but it helps improve your gas mileage about 4%.
Clean car air filters. A clean air filter will improve cars gas mileage about 10%.
Lose the car, get a bike. If you live close to where you work, bike it. You will be in shape and save on gas.
Check the traffic report. If going out, check out the traffic for a smooth route. Idle cars waste more, time, money, and gas than moving cars.
Telecommute. Don’t drive or fly to work. If your job allows it, complete your work or presentation via video conference. Video conferencing can reduce 99 percent of the energy used for a trans-continental flight.
Lose the junk in the trunk. The U.S. Department of Energy estimates that drivers can save between three and six cents a gallon by removing unnecessary weight from the car.
Pick your shade of green to do your part in saving the planet!