Being Green

5 small steps we can take to be more green


The fact is more people are interested in “being green” and telling themselves they are green than making the lifestyle adjustments required to live in a more sustainable manner.

In many cases the changes required are rather innocent. Yet these small changes can provide significant impact.  Here are five small things you can do which can have more of an effect than what you might think when compared to the time and cost to make these changes.

Stop using plastic bags

Although all plastic bags used are recyclable less than 10 percent actually wind up getting recycled. For the cost of a few dollars you can buy a reusable cotton or hemp bag, and keep them in the trunk of your car for when you go shopping.

Purchase food at a Farmers market

We all need to eat. One of the easiest steps you can take is shop at a farmer’s market which will not only reduce the carbon footprint of transporting your food but provides the opportunity to eat food which has not been treated with chemicals and other agents.

According to much of the U.S. produce consumed will travel an average of around 1,500 miles before arriving at your super market.

Tap water with a filter instead of bottled water

Nearly 30 billion plastic water bottles are sold each year in the United States even though there is a relatively inexpensive source of clean water in everyone’s home. Americans used about 50 billion plastic water bottles last year according to However, the U.S.’s recycling rate for plastic is only 23 percent, which means 38 billion water bottles are wasted each year. The process of creating plastic water bottles uses more than 17 million barrels of oil annually, enough to fuel 1.3 million cars for a year. And that does not include the oil to transport the plastic. 

Buy a plant for your home

Many Home Depots and Lowe’s sell house plants. Many green house plants can assist in the process of removing indoor air pollutants resulting in cleaner breathing air. Many of these plants are native and require marginal use of additional water to sustain themselves.  In many cases these plants practically grow themselves.

Eliminate Junk Mail

We all receive unsolicited mail which in some cases goes straight to the trash can. In my case, the unwanted mailings go directly into recycle bin after removal from my mailbox. Perhaps the paper from junk mail will recycle into something else good use but why waste the paper needed to produce the mailings at all? The Direct Marketing Association’s Mail Preference Service can ensure you do not receive junk mail any longer. The process may take some time, but eventually, you will reduce the amount of trash in the mail.

Going Green does not need to be costly

In many cases, the assumption is made that making changes with going green are too costly, a price many families cannot afford to pay, despite their good intentions. By implementing the changes listed above, the costs remain manageable and the long-term benefits can quickly justify the expenditure.