Reusable shopping bags are a must-have item in every greenie’s closet. Do you have a favorite in yours? Why not make one of your own?
More Design Please has a very easy tutorial on how to turn an old t-shirt that you’ve been storing in the bottom of a drawer since college into a stylish and environmentally friendly accessory. Continue reading
Starting an eco-friendly lifestyle can be intimidating. There’s so much information out there and so much to accomplish, yet the good thing about going green is that every little bit counts! Turning off the lights when leaving a room – that’s green! Buying organic – that’s green too! Gold stars for everyone.
Here are a few very simple action items that can start you on your path towards a green lifestyle. Try to work these into your daily routine and before you know it, you won’t even think twice about any of them – it’ll be second nature.
1. Reusable Bags. Stock pile a collection and keep them in various places (hall closet, trunk of your car, in your garage, etc.) so you’ll never forget to bring them with you. And don’t just use them at the supermarket – take reusable bags to the farmer’s market, the book store, the hardware store – basically any place where you can save a plastic or paper bag by bringing your reusable one. And don’t forget to give your reusable bags a regular washing.
2. Recycle, Upcycle, Donate. These days, recycling goes far beyond just bottles and cans. Many cities have set up intricate recycling systems and can take most forms of plastic, paper, or glass. This includes things like the packaging your latest gadget came in, take-out containers, cereal boxes, and everything in between.
Donate things like clothes, furniture, and toys. It’ll save energy and resources – new ones won’t have to be made!
Upcycle! Upcycling involves taking old things and repurposing them as crafty new things. Like this, this, and this. Are you a lover of DIY projects? If so, upcycling is your jam. Continue reading