We are always looking for ways to cut down expenses and save – whether it is the money we spend, things we consume or making things and chores that we do on a day to day life simpler. One way to tackle these issues and and cover all these aspects is by practising simple living. This is one of the easiest ways to not just be efficient in many things you do in life, but also a very good way to go green.
Going green means simply cutting down on excess things and adopting the three R’s – Reduce – Reuse – Recycle. When you reduce your consumption, reuse goods and recycle materials that you use, it can help to simplify your lifestyle by making you aware of what you need and not what you want.
We’ve listed simple ways that will help you go green!
1.Reuse what you use
One excellent way to cut down on extra expenses is to reuse existing things that you have in your house. For example don’t discard your old towels, instead cut them into small sizes and use them as cleaning material for table tops or windows or just use it as a duster in your house.
Another good example it to save paper. You’ll have loads of printed sheets lying at your office. Cut these into halves and bind or staple the unused sides facing up. Use these to jot down your notes and other lists.
2. Make that move
Have you ever looked at the labels of the products you use? Are they good for you? Are they good for the earth? Start replacing the current products you use with more earth -friendly choices.
Ensure that you start using recycled paper and biodegradable pencils at work. Use eco friendly packaging if you are shipping supplies, avoid using plastic and thermocol.
Chuck the chemical cleaning supplies and make your own. Did you know that pouring half a cup of baking soda followed by an equal amount of vinegar will unclog your drain? Use household items such like vinegar, lemons and baking soda to make your own cleaning supplies.
Look at the products in the bathroom; you are most likely to have a green alternative for each of them. Starting from toothpastes, shampoos, conditioners, soaps and the body wash. There is a natural and organic solution for each of them.
3. Bag it
The next time you are out to shop, carry your own reusable bag. Always say no to plastic because it tends to contribute to the landfill. Fold a reusable bag and keep it in your bag or purse or even in the car.
4. Save on Petrol
Did you know that being a part of the carpool allows you to lessen the carbon footprint? Not only are you saving fuel and energy but also saving money when you are a part of the group that travels together to the same location. Make a list of the chores that are pending and try to combine it with your shopping trip so that you can save time as well as fuel.
5. Go local
The next time you want to shop for veggies and fruits, do so at the local market yard. Not only will it help support the farmers and local vendors but you can also save that trip to the supermarket, save some cash and of course the fuel too. The best part, you will also eating healthier food!
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