Wednesday, April 22, 2009

Going Green and Saving the "Green"

I am no environmental activist, but I do think it is important to be good stewards of the earth and all the resources that we've been given. After all, being good stewards of our gifts is really what frugality is all about!

Sometimes it seems like "going green" is a trend reserved only for the wealthy. Although organic products are more available than ever, they still tend to be significantly more expensive than convential products.

However, in reality there are many green practices that not only are not expensive, but that can actually save you money! Habits and products that eliminate waste, save energy, or recycle used items are often just as good for your pocketbook as for the environment. Here are some that I thought of:

Turning off lights and unplugging electronics and appliances when not in use

Growing your own organic produce

Composting your food waste

Reusing plastic grocery bags - e.g. as trash bags for small trashcans

Buying used items - clothes, baby equipment, furniture, etc.

Buying energy-efficient appliances when you have to replace what you have
Using resuable food containers and water bottles instead of disposable wraps and bottles
Avoiding paper plates and napkins and using regular dishes and cloth napkins
Cooking and baking from scratch (saves on packaging and energy to produce prepared products and eliminates additives from your food)
What are other "green" practices that also save money?

1 comment:

  1. I love your list, too! Great minds think alike, huh?


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