The topics we will cover are the heart of living Green
Everyone can switch to on line magazines. Many have eliminated news papers. Another choice is to get only the Sunday and Wednesday papers which feature specials. The choice can be made to refuse to use disposable plates, cups and silverware. I have plenty of dishes to use instead of paper plates and plastic silverware. If you are having a wedding reception in you back yard. You can go to good will or a consignment shop and buy some dishes even. if you need several sets choose 2 or 3 sets that go well together. After the occasion take then back to the store you got them at and write off the donation. Yes you have to wash them first.
Paper towels should be used for only the messiest clean ups. You should use handkerchiefs,micro fiber mops and dusters, I use canning jars in various sizes for storing left overs I start with a Qt. jar and put it in a smaller jar as it is used. When i make soup I clean out any leftovers making the soup more interesting and never the same. We can use foil which can be reused and finally washed and recycled.
Everyone should recycle plastic bottles, but take the caps off or the workers at the recycling plant will add them to the land fills. We recycle glass jars, no broken glass, junk mail and paper should be recycled but tear off names & addresses and the bar codes and shred it. We need to read the code on with the recycle logo number. When I see the higher numbers i put them aside in a whole foods reusable bag and the next time I go I recycle them. Whole Foods takes them up t to 6, Whole Foods also takes cork cell phones etc. You can take batteries to Batteries and Bulb plus. You cannot recycle windowed envelopes or black plastic containers.
While it is vital to reduce the use of disposables we need to keep in mind to use instead
Energy Saving, Sustainable materials, Reduce Waste,. Non-toxic natural Products http://trck.me/406284 For example micro fiber cloths are great for cleaning the stove counters work tables and all glass.The items that must be reduced are disposable items such as paper towels, plates cups, and what we consider waste that ends up in the landfills. However we must replace them with items made from Sustainable materials. We must replace the traditional cleaners and personal care items with new items either purchase or make them from natural ingredients in other words
We Will Also show you bulbs that will reduce your use of energy, wonderful reusable bags for shopping that will reduce waste. Other items are travel mugs and cold drink containers and water bottles will further reduce waste.
You can Reduce the amount of energy used in your home consequently saving money by Replacing light bulbs. Your choices are;
- LED bulbs You will save a lot of money.
- Three way bulb
- LED Bulbs that can be dimmed
- Night light
- LED for recessed Lighting
Look bellow and see they have come out with new bulbs that were almost impossible to find a short time ago.Two of the new choices are the Candelabra and the globe bulbs I use the globe bulbs in my cranberry Victorian lights on my sideboard.
Be overjoyed and what can be found for FREE at the Free-cycle Network. You can become a member of the largest gifting and reuse network on the planet. I you search and register you can choose one or several local groups the area where live.
Some of the Items I saw on Free Cycle Today A Wardrobe that can become the pantry cabinet for your new Kitchen. A Victorian short bureau that can become the vanity for your bathroom.
A gym set for your yard for the neighborhood children to play, or for your church or daycare,
Learn to love using reusable Bags that can save a lot of plastic from going to land fills.
Everyone will love hemp bags they are my favorite reusable bags. I get the sets which are great for farm markets. You can also use the colors to organize for the laundry room, the cellar freezer pantry etc
Combination sets can also be found that are designed for 1 – 4 person sets depending on how many members in your family.
Living Green on the go.
The more people who use Refillable mugs the better. Starbucks give you a discount for bringing your own mug. Those pesky thrown away cups cost them money. Choose a mug you can be comfortable with that fits your cup holder well.
Everyone can buy reusable , cups and water bottles Get one for iced coffee and cold drinks. These can be found in your favorite coffee shop
Each family member can choose an earth friendly Lunch kit ,
Your husband and children can each choose a color for a reusable water bottle and you will know whose bottle it is by the color. You will be proud of the money you save over buying cases of bottled water.
An online search will find these products that are to your taste. I take reusable water bottles with me but I prefer one that I can put a straw in to prevent spills. It is difficult when traveling alone to unscrew a cap while driving.