Green Tips!

  • The Value of a plastic bottle: Tip #2! It takes only 25 two litre plastic bottles to make one adult size fleece jacket.
  • Reusing and recycling plastic bags to save energy and emissions. Canadians take home over 55 million plastic bags each week. Recycling these plastic saves 90% of the energy used to make new ones. Bringing your reusable bags to the store is even better.
  • Be mindful of your E-Waste (electronic waste). Have you ever thought of what happens to your old video game controller, monitors and TV’s once they’re in the trash? Many cities, and even private companies, now offer E-waste drop off centres.
  • Attitudes can change. A few decades ago, littering was commonplace, now it’s not only socially frowned upon, but illegal. Be the change, and others will follow.
  • Use a travel mug for beverages on the go. Certain coffee shops even offer incentives for those who bring their own mug.
  • Buy products that will last. Make durability, now low price, your primary purchasing decision-making factor. A pair of shoes that lasts five years is better than two that lasts a total of four years.
  • Share your stuff. Share tools and the kids’ toys with friends and neighbours instead of buying new tools or toys.
  • Change your decor by re-upholstering. Re-upholster worn-out furniture instead of buying new – often the frame will far outlast the upholstery. It’s also a way to support a local small business.
  • Buy recycled. Try to buy products made from recycled materials whenever possible – sometimes these products cost less, making the choice even easier.
  • Support minimal packaging. Choose the product with the least amount of packaging when faced with similar products of different brands. Manufacturers will soon start to get the message.
  • Avoid disposable products, whether it’s a camera, a flashlight or a lighter. Re-usable and refillable products are better for the environment and will save your money in the long run.
  • Buy multi-serving versus single-serving. Avoid buying single-serving meals or foods at the store, since there’s so much more packaging involved per unit of food. You can always store or freeze the rest.
  • Choose products sold in refillable or reusable containers. This way you can reuse the containers for snacks, or around the house for nuts & bolts, nails, etc.
  • Consider buying used goods instead of new. Whether it’s clothing, sporting goods, dishes or furniture, buying used is a great way to lower your eco-footprint. Used goods save your money and they encourage the local re-selling businesses.
  • Did you know…? Coal Power: A new coal-fired electric power plant comes on-line each week in Asia. Coal is the world’s major source of global warming GHG’s and a source of harmful local air pollution.
  • Go Green in your small business. If you are a small business owner, some banks now offer loans for improving the eco-efficiency of your business, such as switching to renewable energy.
  • Eco Easter eggs. Visit your local farmers market to get your Easter Eggs for painting this year. Often you can buy good quality, free-range, organically few chicken eggs directly from the farmer for the same price as regular store-bought eggs.
  • Make your own chocolate Easter Eggs, by melting fair trade, organic chocolate and pouring into an egg-shaped mould.
  • Aerate your lawn at least once a year so water can reach the roots rather than run of the surface. You’ll need a special tool for this from your local garden supply shop. Maybe you can borrow one from a neighbour!
  • Turn off the water while you wash your hair… and save up to 550 litres a month.
  • Select biodegradable, naturally derived, non-toxic toys, clothing, bedding and food for your children – to protect your family and the environment.

About heathereyestone

I'm a stay at home mom of 4 kids, the youngest being twins. I try to live my life as green as I can, and love the outdoors.
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