Community & Green Trends

Going Green

Going Green
Amy Sciarretto

Nix the Plastic Forego the plastic bags at Target, your local Stop and Shop, PathMark or “insert store name here.” Instead, purchase a reusable, cloth grocery tote, many of which are on sale at the thrifty price of $1.99 (or cheaper) at the end caps of these mass merchants! It’s a stylish and affordable alternative to those pesky plastic bags! You can fold it up and tuck it in your pocket or handbag and pull it out when you go to the market.

Switch to Energy Efficient Light Bulbs And make sure to turn off the lights when you leave the room to conserve energy. Waste not, want not.

Purchase Locally Grown Fruits and Vegetables Not only will they provide for fresh, delicious snacks and meal sides, but locally grown and consumed produce cuts down on shipping, fuel and packing waste when the produce comes from out of town. Plus, you help your local farmers, growers and economy in one fell swoop.

Whenever Possible, Walk, Especially When Visiting a New City Instead of hopping in a cab or renting a car, especially if you’re Travelling in a big city, take in the sights, sounds and smells of the local area by walking. Chances are, you’ll witness something worth writing home about, such as a celebrity sighting or a street musician playing for nothing more than your spare change and his or her personal enjoyment. Even better, you’ll burn calories and be more heart healthy. If you can adapt this routine in your hometown, try walking to the convenience store instead of driving. Breathe in the fresh air. You’ll thank us later.

Watch Your Water Habits Instead of wearing your jeans once and tossing them in the hamper for the weekly wash, try wearing them a few days in a row. Jeans are always super stiff after you dry them, so revel in that worn-in, second skin feeling that comes from a pair of repeat-wear jeans. If you want to freshen them up, hang them out the window for an hour for a shot of freshness. Trust us, it works! Another way to conserve water is to limit your showers to five minutes or less. That’s more than enough time to soap up the hot spots and rinse them thoroughly. Also, don’t leave the water running while brushing your teeth. Blast the sink with a quick, short shot of water after your done and you’ll have saved several gallons of water.

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