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9 Eco Tips for Spring

Mar 28, 2016
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Scarlet Paolicchi

Spring is in the air! As the landscape around us starts to bloom, there are many ways we can adopt a greener lifestyle. Here are a few ways you can make greener choices at home.

Eco tips for spring 

1. Recycle More

Make sure to have a recycling container in your kitchen, bathrooms and under your desk to easily capture your recyclables. There are also so many everyday household items you can recycle that you may not be aware of from old athletic shoes to Ziploc® Brand Bags (check with your municipal authority to see if they accept Ziploc® bags in curbside recycling).

2.  Start a Compost Pile

Starting a compost pile is easy and a great way to reduce food scrap waste and enrich your soil at the same time. If you already compost, consider adding in some materials that you may not have thought of, such as coffee grounds and yard clippings.

3.  Start a Produce Garden

If you don't have a garden, start one! It can be as simple as a small container garden. If you already have a garden, consider adding a few new crops. Make sure to look for organic soil and organic seeds or seedlings.

4.  Eco-Landscaping

While you are sprucing up your yard this spring, make sure to choose native species that will require less watering and care. You may also want to consider planting to conserve energy.

5.  Buy in Bulk

Buying in bulk will also help put more green into your wallet as it offers substantial savings! Buying in bulk is also a green choice as it reduces the use of virgin raw materials, as well as reducing carbon emissions from transportation.

6.  Green your Spring Gathering

There are all kinds of ways to green your spring gathering, from organic food choices to recycling bins to natural decor. Try a few of these green party hosting suggestions.

7.  Make a Donation Trip

Most get the urge to declutter in the spring time to get a fresh, new start. Load up your unused items and take them to a donation center where they can have a second life. This saves room in landfills and helps reduce the amount of new goods consumed.

8.  Try Meatless Mondays

Another simple way to go green is to try to eat a little less meat (since meat has a heavier carbon footprint). If you are new to this, you might start with adding meatless Monday into your weekly meal plan. You will likely save some money in addition to going green. Try delicious meatless recipes like Seedloaf or Thai tofu curry.

9. Drive Less, Walk More

As the weather warms up, it is easier to get out and walk, so try to drive less and walk more. Can you walk the kids to school or carpool? Plan your weekly shopping trips to get more done at once and reduce the trips.

Which new ways of going green will you adopt this spring?

Photo courtesy of Scarlet Paolicchi.

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