So for Christmas this year I got a Green Tip of the Day Calendar in my stocking. I thought it would be a great thing to share on here, posting a few at a time for everyone to read. Some are well-known tips and I’m sure in 365 days there will be new ones to try. All I hope is that maybe each person finds one that they want to try out.
This weeks tips are:
- Wash your Clothes in cold water: You’ll save monty on your electricity bill, and lower energy consumption reduces Green House Gases (GHG) going into the atmosphere.
- Darn your sock, repair your clothes: By extending the life of your clothes, you buy less, save money, and put less demand on the environment. If you can’t sew, maybe barter with someone who can. Ok so I’m not good at darning but I’ve started patching pants and that is helping us out, plus it is another awesome use for my beloved Sizzix Big Shot 🙂
- Drink tap water, not bottled water: Most North American cities have tap water that is just as good as bottled water – without the billions of plastic bottles of waste! I always have a jug in my fridge of cool fresh tap water, and it is true it tastes great, personally I think it tastes better. Think also of the money you would save not having to pay for those huge bottles for water systems, and the electricity to heat up the hot water feature. I use a kettle for my tea and hot chocolate and don’t feel troubled in any way. Another plus is most municipalities put fluoride in the water, helps keep your teeth healthy and your kids for those like me who have one that insist on brushing themselves and may not do the best job of it.
- Use baking soda instead of chemical cleaners for the tub and toilet: Baking soda is cheap and natural, so you’ll save money and reduce the pollutants that go down your drain. My cousin is a big environmentalist and she told me to also put vinegar in when doing this in your toilet, it helps to give it a better clean and it is fun for the kids to watch and may even encourage them to clean more often!
From our Happy Family to Yours!