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Five Ways to Go Green—And Get It—For Earth Day

Written on April 22, 2014 at 9:44 am , by

Written by Jordan Clifford, editorial intern

Let’s face it, green is the way to go. Conserving natural resources and living an eco-friendly lifestyle is something we can all get behind. I’m not saying you have to commit to composting or using biodegradable underwear (unless that’s totally your thing!) It could be just a few simple changes. Since the earth is getting a little extra love this month, here are just a few ways for you to go the extra mile:

Swap those water filters: Soma’s uber-chic, shatter-resistant glass carafe is made from entirely biodegradable materials and operates on an all-the-rage subscription-based service, so new filters get delivered right to your door every two months. Translation: you’ve basically run out of excuses for forgetting to change the filter. Not to mention you’ll feel awesome every time you do, because a portion of the sale of every filter goes to Charity:Water and brings clean drinking water to people around the world.  With one purchase you win in three ways: go green, give back, and stay stylish (because plastic water filters aren’t exactly the prettiest at a dinner party).

Recycle old electronics: ecoATM is an automated electronic recycling kiosk where you can drop off your old phone, tablet or MP3 player and get cash back (return ranges from $1 to $300). There are 900 kiosks nationwide, so check here to find one near you, dig out the old iPhone 4 hanging out in your closet and not only will you go green, you’ll get some in return. Sweet!  

Change a light blub: How many eco-minded individuals does it take? Just one.  Something as simple as swapping out one standard 60W incandescent light blub for an LED bulb can save you about $6 a year on electricity bills and is 75-85% more efficient. It might not seem like much, but according to Batteries Plus Bulbs, a specialty nationwide light bulb and battery retailer, the average home has approximately 60 light fixtures. Do the math, and yep, you could save up to $6,500 by the time a newborn turned 18. Hello, my-kids-are-off-to-college vacation!

Get socially savvy: Did you know that your morning glass of soy/almond/coconut milk does more than taste great in your morning smoothie or bowl of cereal? It saves 500 gallons of water per half gallon over conventional dairy milk! And better yet, Silk is partnering with The Nature Conservancy to donate $20,000 with your help. Simply get your social media on: visit silk.com/yaywater and for every video share, they’ll donate $1 (up to $20,000).

Stay committed: Make a pledge to do an “act of green” at earthday.org and become part of Earth Day Network’s “A Billion Acts of Green” movement.

What are you doing to celebrate Earth Day? Let us know in the comments below!

Photo by Ericka McConnell

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4 Ways to Go Green For Earth Day This Weekend

Written on April 20, 2012 at 10:08 am , by

Another way to go green? Bike rather than drive for your close errands. (Photo by Alexa Miller)

Living an eco-friendly lifestyle has become a year-round affair. However, the environment gets a little extra love in April, and on Sunday in particular for Earth Day. Here are four fun ways to mark the holiday this weekend…no composting required (unless you want to, of course)!

  1. Make a pledge to go green. Plant a garden, unplug appliances you aren’t using, cut a minute off your shower time…it all adds up. Do an “act of green” this weekend and log it at earthday.org to be a part of the Earth Day Network’s Billion Acts of Green.
  2. Find earth-smart family entertainment at your IMAX theater. Step into the polar bear-filled world—you’ll feel like you should have brought your winter coat to the theater the 3D is so real!—for a virtual trip To The Arctic. The 40-minute film narrated by Meryl Streep shows the struggles animals and wildlife are having in the region as global temperatures rise. It’s sure to spark some interesting family discussions!
  3. Head to Target for a free reusable shopping bag. On Sunday, the superstore will be handing out 1.5 million totes across the country to encourage visitors to shop more sustainably. Grab one near guest services, and while you’re there, snag a booklet for savings on Earth Month products. For more details, click here.
  4. Check out page 24 of our April issue for our favorite eco-friendly finds. Whether you’re looking to spruce up your garden, wardrobe or walls, we selected six of our favorite environmentally-conscious and wallet-friendly goodies to feature. Take a look and treat yourself or a pal!

Now tell us: How will you be celebrating Earth Day this weekend?

15 Easy Ways to Go Green on the Cheap

Written on April 21, 2011 at 10:51 am , by

Photo courtesy of SparkPeople

Photo courtesy of SparkPeople

During the past few years, “green” living has gone mainstream. Words like “carbon footprint” are commonplace and many companies are trying to highlight (sometimes even fabricate) how eco-friendly they are so that consumers will view them more favorably.

But one thing you may wonder, whether you’ve considered switching to plant-based cleaners, energy star appliances, organic cotton clothing, or a backyard composter made from recycled plastic is this: Why does “doing good” for the earth have to be so darn expensive? Organic, natural, plant-based, recycled, biodegradable, and fair trade do—for the most part—cost more. And that higher expense, unfortunately, deters many consumers from changing their ways.

But if you’re willing to spend a little time and think creatively, there are plenty of zero- and low-cost options to green your lifestyle, diet and home. In honor of Earth Day tomorrow, here are some of the cheap ways you can go green to protect our planet:

1. Buy secondhand. If you do need something, buying secondhand is always better than buying new, even if that new product is eco-friendly. Buying secondhand uses existing resources instead of tapping into new ones.

2. Stop buying single-use disposable goods. If you are regularly buying single-use disposable items, such as bottled water, disposable toilet scrubbers and the like, consider investing those same dollars into a more permanent solution to save money and decrease waste that goes to landfills.

3. Unplug and turn off. When plugged into an outlet, many electronics are using power even when they’re off. You could invest in an expensive “smart” power strip to prevent this, or for free, you can simply make it a habit to unplug your electronics whenever you aren’t using them.

4. Opt out of mailing lists and switch to paperless billing. This will save you time, paper waste, and postage. Each time you buy something from a website or catalog, request that company not share your address with anyone else and say you do not want to be added to their mailing list. And don’t forget about officially opting out of credit offers (it’s free and easy!) to prevent even more junk mail from coming your way.

5. Buy fewer packaged foods. Those little plastic produce bags for your apples and broccoli—totally optional. When possible, forgo food packaging or try to make some of your purchasing decisions based on foods that use less packaging. This most often will apply to processed foods that you often don’t need to eat anyway. When you do, choose the larger sizes in lieu of small packages or single serving items to decrease packaging waste.

Continued: 10 More Tips to Be Green on a Budget


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