Green Tip – Simplify Your New Year

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GREEN TIP: Simplify, simplify, simplify.Happy New Year!

Yes, it’s that time of year again, that magical moment when we all are able to take a deep breath and begin anew. Take one last look back at the old year and then onward into the new year.

Many people believe that going green takes more money than continuing to do business as usual. That could not be further from the truth. Being green is about living simply, sustainably and thoughtfully.

Here are a few resolutions to add to your list:

1. Clean Green. Next time you go to the store to pick up some cleaning products bypass the toxic chemicals and buy some white vinegar, baking soda and some lemons. Healthier for your family, your wallet and the environment.

Tub and tile cleaner: Use half a lemon with a sprinkle of baking soda on it to scrub your tub and tiles. I also clean my kitchen sink and counter tops using this method.

Oven cleaner: Sprinkle baking soda in your oven and spray it with water, making it into a paste. Let it sit, periodically spraying it when it dries. Then wipe off. Your oven will be sparkling clean without the toxic fumes.

Window cleaner: Fill a spray bottle with water and ¼ cup white vinegar. Use a soft cloth or newspaper to wipe.

All-Purpose Cleaner: Full strength white vinegar will disinfect and clean just as effectively as harsh toxic chemicals without harming your family.

2. Start Recycling. If you don’t currently recycle, start with one thing like your newspaper or plastic bottles. If you do recycle, find something else you can consistently add to your recycling bin.

3. Stop Buying Paper Towels. According to MaryJanesFarmAmericans go through about 2.5 million tons of paper towels anually, and even the ones made from recycled materials usually end up in landfills. Use organic cotton cloths instead.

4. Buy Less Stuff. All of our homes are filled with stuff we don’t need. There are even TV shows that help us get rid of all the stuff. Let’s start not buying the stuff we don’t need in the first place. Before you enter a store make a detailed list. Before you purchase something not on your list ask yourself where you’ll put it when you get it home. Do you really need it?

5. Take Five Minutes Each Day To Breathe: Or meditate, or pray. Anything that will reduce stress and help you to stop and refresh your body and soul.

Here’s a wonderful article from The Sydney Morning Herald entitiled, How to keep your New Year’s resolutions. Some highlights:

  • Write down your resolutions.
  • Make your resolutions specific.
  • Create a plan on how you’re going to make your resolutions a reality.

My Green Side’s web pick of the week:

TreeHugger.com

TreeHugger is one of the most popular green living blogs out there. According to Time Magazine, “TreeHugger is the go-to guide and news feed for sustainable living.” They cover everything from green technology, cars, science, design, building, fashion and more. TreeHugger is huge and prolific, they set the standard for coverage of cutting-edge green information.

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