Super Simple NON-Pushy Tips For Greening Up - Helping For Goodness Sake, It's Easy
By [http://ezinearticles.com/?expert=Christopher_Pyle]Christopher Pyle
Whether you're into the green movement or not, you've undoubtedly heard the word green far more than you ever thought you would. You don't have to be a card carrying member of the Green Society to want to make a change or two for the better. You don't have to believe there is anything wrong in the world to want to be less invasive on the world around you. Sometimes, without having to chase down a cause, you can do something new, something simple, simply because it makes sense.
I know not everyone believes in the green movement and I respect that; however, most all of us will agree picking up our mess is a good thing. If your neighbor's yard was covered in auto parts and trash blown up against the garage door from the dogs knocking over the can, you'd think it an eyesore? If the same neighbor cleaned up the yard, picked up the trash and threw a mow on the grass, better, right? So, here are some easy and often free things to consider.
Back in the olden days (says he tongue firmly planted in cheek), there weren't paper napkins and paper towels everywhere we went. The had these things called tea-towels, cloth towels that clean wonderfully, they just need to be cleaned. You can toss them in with your regular towels, or color appropriate laundry load and ta-da they're clean without additional detergent, water, electricity, etc. I've found cloth is nicer to wipe my face with anyhow.
This idea is one of my favorites, and I have to honest, I'm really enjoying my switch here. This simple step helps your local economy, your local self employed, yea yea, the environment AND your body. It's as simple as shopping for all natural and or organic meats, vegetables and fruits. You're going to like this because you'll recall FOOD HAS FLAVOR! I didn't realize how bland genetically altered or synthetically boosted foods are. So, this one is more selfish but does a lot of good.
Ditch the plastic water bottles. I know, they're so flippin' convenient: They are! I still grab one on occasion when I'm out and I need water and I've forgotten mine. Remember, I said this is the easy tip article, the no guilt, the realistic. There are new studies on BPAs, bad chemical stuff emitted from certain plastics. Nalgene, you can find them at their name DOT COM, is now making BPA free bottles. You can check them out. There are metal bottles, often completely recyclable. Glass bottles are making a surge too. You can check out LoveBottleDOTnet (I'm typing these web addy's because the article companies don't like a lot of links in the articles, so, I'm trying to give you the resource and comply to guidelines). If you get a decent filtration system at home, Brita and PUR are two that are out there. You can use tap water with an added filter. There are new studies claiming tap water is often better for you than bottled water because municipal water districts are governed by the EPA having to test many times daily and water bottle companies are governed by the FDA only required to test once a week and are not held to as strict of standards. So, long and the short of it, tap water is better! Crazy but, okay.
This is a new one I'm implementing at my house: buy recyclable packaging. We're switching from plastic bottled liquid laundry detergent to boxed powder. Decline the grocery bag when you've only got an item or two or something like a box of laundry powder that already has a handle. This one is easy peasy, have fun, you're doing good! Every little bit helps.
Sometimes we need to find a little motivation and for this next one my wallet is my motivation. I switched all the light bulbs in the house to the little twisting CFLs, they burn far cooler than traditional bulbs. For typical 60-watts of light, I was using 13-watt bulbs! The second thing, and this is the one I needed motivation for, I plugged my televisions, DVD players and lights into power strips. Most appliances, including your cell phone charger, will draw power even when "not" in use. This is supposed to make them start faster. I just read a review that warned, if you used the "full shut off mode" for this particular television, it would take 10-whole seconds for the screen to light up. Well, I did install the strips AND, I cut my bill in half!!
Here's one I love, it's easy, easy! If you're a social network user, specifically Facebook and Bebo, they have an application you can use. It's free. It's called, Lil Green Patch. All you do is click it, daily, and click your friends' names in your group and send them a virtual flower. For every 10 you send, the advertisers of the site, save 1-sq foot of rain forest. They cap how many people you can send to each day, but hey, I'm at 20 people a day. So, every day, I send 20 people a virtual flower and I'm saving 2-sq feet a day of rain forest. It's quick, it's free and it's something simple you can do to help. Your friends don't have to send one back nor do they even have to click to accept your flower for their virtual garden, you simply have to send 'em.
Here's a quick hitter for you: the ACEEE new greenest car in America report was released. A Honda Civic took the top spot with the Toyota Prius right behind.
A cool site that is helping kids around the globe with shoes, is Toms Shoes DOT com.
Check out Green Is Sexy DOT org for a bunch of commentary on green and whatnot. As a bonus, you'll learn it was founded by Rachel McAdams, an actress.
That's it, the aim was a guilt free, pressure free, and easy way to make a difference.
Christopher Pyle is the owner/director of [http://www.actionwhitewater.com/camp-adventure.htm]adventure summer camp and whitewater rafting company in Northern California. His [http://www.actionwhitewater.com]entire company philosophy focuses on creating the safest and most encouraging environments for campers and rafters alike. We focus on TEAM, we focus on KINDNESS, we focus on SAFETY, we focus on personal EMPOWERMENT, we focus on COMMUNITY, we focus on SUPPORT. We're family run, family oriented and wanting to share our place with you.
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