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For most of us, we want to be more “green” but we don’t want to go all crazy radical and join a GreenPeace expedition. Instead, we need a few simple things that can make our lifestyles more sustainable and friendly to the environment. So! Here are just a few ideas that you can start integrating into your life TODAY.

Number One: Count Your Flushes
Don’t flush your toilet every time you go pee! Honestly, I have some pretty “green” friends and when I go in to use their bathroom and see yellow water, I already assume that they are just trying to save water. Water is not free and it is not an infinite resource. Do your part by not wasting up to a gallon of water with each flush. Wrap your mind around the tagline, “If its yellow, let it mellow. If it’s brown, flush it down.” The planet will thank you.

There are some people in the world who live with this:


Photo Credit Chris Feser

Or even worse. So I think we could all do with a few less flushes to save some water.

Number Two: Use Cloth Towels
Every little spill does not require a paper towel to clean it up. Instead of spending exorbitant amounts on paper towels and producing more trash, my recommendation is to start using cloth towels. Keep a stack in your kitchen in a cute little bin. Use each one as much as possible before you throw it in the washing machine.

Photo Credit: Steve Johnson

Photo Credit: Steve Johnson

Number Three: Efficient Showerheads
Believe it or not, all shower heads are not created equal. Some are efficient and some are not. The EPA put some some great information on water efficient shower heads. Make sure to purchase one that has a “Water Sense” label on it which the EPA has designated as efficient.


Number Four: Eat Seasonally
Have you ever eaten a tasty winter tomato? I haven’t. The reason is because most of them are shipped to you from thousands of miles away or grown in a hothouse. Also, when produce is in season locally, the relative abundance of the crop usually makes it less expensive.

To find out what’s harvested seasonally in your area, go to:

Local Harvest Food Calendar

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