Go Green

Since you have landed on this website, I are going to assume that you enjoy and maybe even completely love being in nature. And if you truly love nature, we'd like to as you a question: are you willing to make changes to your lifestyle to become more environmentally aware, aka 'green'? Living a life where you leave as little of a trace as possible is something we should all strive for. The places we love, and the earth we live on, need this level of commitment from us.

Here are some ideas on how to live as green as possible. Now, I'm not trying to be preachy here, because I have NOT yet personally adopted each of the following suggestions that I have listed below. The point here is to make an effort where you can, with a pledge to forever continuously improve and become greener and greener as time progresses.

Some of the tips below are easy to implement and some will be near-impossible for you to consider based on your individual situation. With that being said, take a read through and see if there is anything you'd be willing to adopt in order to live a greener lifestyle. You will likely discover just how satisfying it can be knowing that you are living with a high level of environmental consciousness.

Cheers (and good luck in your journey to become more green!)

shut off all lights as soon as you leave a room
buy reusable grocery bags and never accept taking a paper, cardboard, or plastic bag
stop accepting bags when you purchase clothing or goods at stores (bring a reusable bag into the store or carry purchases in your hand
recycle all glass, metal, aluminum, plastic, cardboard & paper that you use (get a recycling box from your town's Department of Public Works)
turn off your computer & monitor immediately after you are done using it (especially at night)
buy food/supplies in bulk (results in fewer trips to the store & less packaging)
go paperless for all your bills and pay all bills online
remove yourself from ALL mailing lists; call or email the company as soon as you receive junk mail or unwanted catalogs to stop future mailings
never sign up for catalogs (make sure to specifically state you do not want anything mailed to you when stores ask you for your address or when you place an order online)
use LED holiday lights for the x-mas tree instead of the traditional ones
do not wash bath towels after every use
don’t leave the water running while you brush your teeth
turn off your car if you are going to be idle for more than 1 minute
skip reading the daily printed newspaper
don’t use straws
buy power-strips and turn them off when electronics aren’t being used (most electronics use quite a bit of power even when they are turned off)
use direct deposit instead of receiving a paycheck
don’t let your car heat up outside for more than a few minutes (it’s wasting gas)

change all your light bulbs to compact fluorescent light bulbs (or, better  yet, LED's if you can afford them)
get a Nalgene, Sigg, or Camelback water bottle and stop buying plastic water bottles. Bring that bottle with you everyday and everywhere (work, gym, meetings, on errands, to take-out style restaurants, etc.)
buy all fruits & vegetables from local farms so that they don't have to be shipped from countries that are thousands of miles away
recycle your cell phone and printer cartridges (you may be able to make a lot of money by selling your used cell phone)
make sure your car tires are properly inflated (saves on gas and allows tires to last longer)
don’t use drive-thru’s (get out of your car and walk into the restaurant to avoid idling)

cancel all your paper & magazine subscriptions and only read online versions

donate as much as you can instead of throwing it away (appliances, clothing, furniture, uneaten food, etc.)
try to avoid using plastic cups, bowls, silverware, etc.
buy products that are made with recyclable materials whenever possible (Target & BJ's have lots of options, for example)
bring utensils to work instead of using plastic silverware
use lower watt light bulbs
do not buy 'happy meals' for kids, since toys like the ones you get from McDonald's are a complete waste of plastic
if your clothes aren’t really that dirty, wash in cold water instead of hot water
buy products that are free of dyes and perfumes
keep refrigerator between 36-38 degrees and freezer at 3 degrees
let hot foods cool before putting them into the refrigerator
avoid side by side refrigerators/freezers (they are generally less efficient)
set your water heater to 120 degrees (and no more)
don't buy household cleaners, soaps, beauty products etc. that contain 'fragrances'
avoid products that contain chlorine (i.e. get chlorine-free napkins, toilet paper, etc.)
borrow books from library instead of reading them (especially books that you'd only read once, like novels; make sure to walk to the library!)

carpool to work, or work from home, as often as possible
dry some or all of your laundry without a dryer (hang-dry instead)
don't drive over 70-75mph as most cars lose fuel efficiency above that speed
hail hybrid taxis since they get at least 2x to 3x the gas mileage (perhaps all taxis should be hybrid?)
choose chicken over meat as much as possible (cows emit way more CO2)
do full loads of laundry and try to always use cold water
remember that taking public transportation uses only 5-10% of the energy that you would use if you drove yourself
go on fewer but longer-duration road trips as opposed to more frequent but shorter-duration trips
keep the hot showers as short as you can, especially during winter
use low-flow faucets, toilets, & showerheads
support conservation organizations with time/money/effort so that developers don't build 756-unit condominium complexes or casinos
try to convince your entire office to go as "paperless" as possible
convince other people to adopt some of these tips
clean refrigerator coils at least annually (dusty coils waste lots of energy)

trade your car or truck for a car that gets decent gas mileage (> 25 or 30 mpg is a good start)
grow some of your own fruits & vegetables in a garden (but don’t use pesticides or too much water)
buy as few plastic toys for children as possible (don’t forget, plastic = oil)
if you operate a business, do not create or sell products that the public does not truly need

consider limiting yourself to having two or fewer children (we all have a huge environmental impact, even if you try to be as green as possible)
buy a house on enough land to use the trees on your land to heat your house with a highly efficient wood stove (and replant trees used)
sell your car and buy a scooter (or better yet, bike or walk everywhere)
invest in ceiling fans & efficient tower fans and avoid using the A/C in the summer (easier said than done)
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