Thursday, August 28, 2008

Thursday Thirteen

Being Green

It's actually pretty easy being relatively green. :)

The first 9 items on this list were from Indiana Living Green magazine. I added the last 4.

1. Determine and use your recycling options for paper, cans, cardboard, and plastics.

2. Visit a farmers market and buy locally grown produce and meats, or join a Community Supported Agriculture program for a weekly subscription to local food.

3. Water your lawn as needed, rather than on a schedule. [Better yet, xeriscape and don't water at all!]

4. Reuse and recycle clothes and furniture by purchasing them used from consignment and thrift shops. When they are no longer needed, be sure to donate them back or hold a clothing swap party.

5. Support stores that carry local products and ask for locally made goods wherever you shop.

6. Conserve water by planting native plants in your garden. [See point #3 again.]

7. Organize a recycling effort at your work, church, or school.

8. Make a connection with a local butcher, farmer, and meat provider. Let them know you appreciate their efforts to offer you high quality, wholesome products.

9. Include a rain garden or a rain barrel in your landscape plans.

10. Grow your own food. This is good for both the environment, your health, and your wallet. Also, bake and cook from scratch as much as possible.11. Think thrice about printing things out, and use both sides of a piece of paper.

12. Hang laundry out to dry. Use shower steam to "iron" out wrinkles instead of turning on the iron.

13. Leave the thermostat set at 79 in the summer, and 65 in the winter. Don or shed clothing as needed instead.

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"To accomplish great things, we must dream as well as act." ~ Anatole France (1844 - 1924)