Jennifer Blake: It's Not Easy Being Green

It's Not Easy Being Green

October 17, 2011

Someone once said it's not easy being green...I think it might have been this lovable fellow!






I am reading a book for school called Field Notes from a Catastrophe, it is really not my type of book, I prefer the gooey, lovey dovey, romantic books. That being said the topic of the book which is global warming I find fascinating! The book is very sciency, but interesting, I would only suggest it for people really interested in environmental type stuff. Aaron and I have made a huge effort in trying to become "greener" and lessen our carbon footprint. I wanted to share just some of the things we try to do.


1. We recycle EVERYTHING. We have a bag for bottles/cans and a bag for paper/cardboard. When you are not sure if something is recyclable...recycle it anyways, better safe then sorry!


2. I try to buy all organic cleaning products so we are not inhaling and cleaning with harsh chemicals and if I don't buy them I make them. We ran out of dish soap last night so I am going to make some tonight using a simple recipe I found:


Recipe: Liquid Castile Soap

1. Grab some liquid castile soap from your local health food store. Castile soap refers to any soap that is made entirely from vegetable oil.
2. Mix 2 cups of castile soap with 1/2 cup of warm water in a recycled dish soap squeeze bottle.
3. For scented dish soap, add a few drops of essential oils.
4. Shake well before using



Castile soap comes in a big bottle and since we already have some lavender scented castile soap it won't cost us anything. 


3. We turn off all the lights in the apartment except the one we are in.


4. We cut out a lot of meat from our diet and try to eat more fruits and veggies.


5. I wash our dishes in cold water.


6. We buy second hand! Nothing like reusing and re-doing someones hand me down furniture! 


7. We have switched to organic shampoo and conditioner as well so that when it runs down the drain and out it's not as harmful!


There are probably a billion other ways to become greener and lessen our carbon footprint, but at least it's a start! 


Did you know..."That recycling one ton of paper saves 20 trees, 7,000 gallons of water, three cubic yards of landfill space, 60 pounds of air pollutants, and saves enough energy to power the average home for six months? (Mark Swanson)
Check out his other facts here.


Anyone else have any tips on how to become 'greener'? Or anything you do now that we could start doing!?


XOX

1 comment:

  1. I can't say that I'm very "green" in many areas, but we do have all of our daily used electronics and lamps on power strips. We turn off the power strips every night to save energy and to save on our bill. I'm not sure how much it actually saves us on our bill, but I definitely feel better about doing it.

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