I think we all want to be green and do the best we can to help the environment, but sometimes it can get overwhelming! Here is a list of things that can help you go green and save some green to. Best thing? They’re all easy and inexpensive!
Green Your Cleaning
Environmentally friendly cleaners can be expensive, but it’s actually very easy to make your own! The next time one of your cleaners runs out, consider replacing them with one of these easy options. Most only need white vinegar and a few other things!
Cut Out the Meat
Cutting out meat for just one day a week is not only good for the planet, it’s good for your wallet and your waistline as well! Need some ideas? Try out some of these recipes! If you eat meat during the rest of the week, be sure to keep the portions in check (2-3 ounces is one serving), and supplement with healthy vegetables.
Swap out your paper towels and napkins for cloth. Microfiber cloths are great for everyday cleaning, and we keep a basket full of rags (mostly my husband’s worn-out t-shirts) for messier jobs. I just throw them in the washing machine when I’m done with them so they’re ready to go whenever I wash clothes. If I have to clean up something really yucky, I just toss them in the garbage – no guilt! If you don’t have someone who goes through a lot of clothes, check your thrift store. Mine always has a box full of ten-cent t-shirts!
You can buy cloth napkins for around $2 each, or you can pretty easily make your own. Cloth napkins will class up your meals, and save a lot of money in the long run. Plus you never have to worry about running out!
Cook From Scratch
Cooking from scratch saves resources from packaging to processing, and is also better for you! Processed foods take a lot more from the environment to produce, and often they don’t taste as good nor are they that healthy. Choose a few items to cook from scratch, then add on. Beans and rice are a great place to start, since they require planning ahead but not much active time.
Extra stuff is an extra burden on the planet. Consumerism leaves you with stuff you have to clean and store. It can also cause stress when it gets to be too much. The less you have, the less you have to worry about! When you’re decluttering, try to donate or sell as much as possible so it’s not going into the trash!
What are some of your easy tips for going green?