It's Earth Day and I'd be remiss if I didn't take a minute to recognize that. While I typically focus on financial topics here, there are other important issues I care about. The environment is one such issue. All the money in the world is worthless if there's no world left. I know that's a bit of an extremist view. I honestly don't know the state of the environment throughout the world, but my common sense says that we need to start acting now. With that in mind, here are some tips that will help the environment... be careful a couple of them might even save you money.
- Re-Use - Re-usable cups for your morning coffee reduces trash. Substituting bottled water for water from a Brita in a re-usable bottle saves the environment and money. I like Thinksport Sports Bottles for both hot and cold beverages. Bringing re-usable shopping bags is another great way to re-use. I'm only touching the tip of the iceberg of ways to re-use - I got more ideas from watching Enviromom on Nightline and following up on the Enviromom website.
- Corkscrew Bulbs - Those wacky looking bulbs, known CFLs (Compact Fluorescent Light Bulbs) are great ways to save energy (and money). There are similar products that can also do this, like photoluminescent exit signs "“ perfect for making sure your office obeys building regulations and helps the environment.
- Eat a Low Carbon Diet - No, not low carb, but low carbon. The idea is to eat locally, grown foods. If you logically think about it, importing food requires some kind of fuel. The further you import the food, the more fuel you'll need. See Eat Low Carbon for more ideas.
- Recycle - As Lazy as I am, I can usually sort our where I put my garbage with little effort. I realize that for some people, recycling is more difficult, but for others it's easy.
This is space where I annually pitch The Good Human. David is a great writer who not only writes about sustainable living... he lives it everyday.
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