Green living and frugal living actually have a lot in common. In fact, frugal living is based on the re-use, recycle and reduce principals. Frugality for Today delves deeper into those principles to help you look after what you have, make what you have, last as long as possible and help you reduce costs.
Green Living is all about being a responsible member of society & acting intelligently towards the planet we all share!, it’s no longer socially acceptable to merely state “it’s not my problem!”.
There are no excuses as to why every single person in every country cannot make their own contribution towards green living, and the best thing of all is that it does not cost you a single cent to enjoy green living, but the benefits it brings will be hugely appreciated by all future generations! Find out the quickest and easiest way to reduce your carbon footprint.
When we used to go to school, we were always told that to make the very best of our lives we had to follow & adopt the three R’s which were Reading, Riting & Rithmetic. The modern day “green living” version of this acronym is still the same three R’s, but the definition now is “Reuse, Reduce & Recycle”.
“What does this mean & what is involved” I hear you say!
Green Living is……“showing that you care for future generations!”
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* Plastic Carrier / Shopping Bags – can be reused next time you shop or as bin bags around the house.
* Coffee Cups – you can now buy cups that can be used again & again.Reusable coffee cups
* Envelopes – by carefully sticking labels over the address you can reuse envelopes, additionally, old envelopes can be used as scrap paper to jot notes on.
* Glass Jars & Pots – by cleaning your glass jars & small pots, you can use them as small containers to store your bits & pieces in.
* Old newspapers – cardboard and bubble wrap make really useful packing material when either moving house or just to store items.
* Old clothes – can be made into other textile items such as cushion covers or teapot cosies, or merely cut up & used as dusters.
* Scrap Paper – can be used to make notes and sketches, don’t forget however to recycle it when you no longer need it.
* Vehicle Tires – old tires can be given to your local petrol station where they will be recycled. Or you could make a tire-swing by tying a strong rope around a tire and attaching it to a tree.
* Old wood – used wood can be used in woodcrafts for making objects such as a spice rack or a bird table, or alternatively just use it as firewood.
Green Living is……“a simple lifestyle change that benefits all mankind!”
Reducing the amount of waste that your house creates starts when you write your shopping list:
* Don’t purchase items that will only rarely be used – borrow them.
* Take along your own shopping bags or if not keep the amount of shopping bags to an absolute minimum.
* Wherever possible buy “refill” packs & reuse the original container to store in.
* Only buy what you need, reduce purchasing on things that you do not need, they are typically left in cupboards, then thrown out.
* Buy multiple use items such as household cleaner rather than all the different alternative “speciality” products, they all do the same job.
* Buy products who’s packaginging can be reused or recycled.
* Buy glass/plastic bottles & re-chargeable batteries, as these can be reused many times in the home.
* Always buy products with little or the minimum packaging, huge amounts of add-on packaging are immediately thrown away, & occupy landfills for generations to come.
* For item you use regularly, buy bulk packs, this will both save you money & cuts down on packaging.
* Take positives steps regarding the ludicrous amounts of “junk / unsolicited” mail you receive, you can very easily remove yourself from most National & Regional Mailing Lists ,remember this fact “every American household each year receives the equivalent of 1.5 fully mature trees worth of junk mail!!, thats over 100 million trees a year….just on junk mail.
Green Living is……“acting responsibly when making all purchasing decisions!”
Today, most materials that we come into contact with in a typical day can be recycled, such as paper, plastic, metal and glass. Other items such as furniture, electronic equipment, building material and vehicles can also be recycled but many people don’t often think to do so.
* Glass jars, tin cans & plastic bottles: – always buy products that can be recycled, when shopping at the supermarket, buy products that can be recycled easily such as glass jars, plastic bottles and tin cans.
* Packaging: – buy products that have been made from recycled materials, you can easily tell if a product is eco-friendly by looking at the label on the packaging.
* Hazardous Materials: – avoid buying hazardous materials, the containers are typically difficult to recycle as traces of the hazardous materials will still be present long after the container has been dispensed with. Instead always try to find safer alternatives to household cleaners and buy Non-Toxic Products wherever possible.
* Recycling Bin: – make sure you have a recycle bin in your home, keep it in an obvious place so that it’s easy to use & doesn’t give you the temptation to just throw everything into the normal dustbin. Many local authorities should be able to provide you with a recycle bin that can be used for materials such as glass, paper, aluminium and plastic, it is then simply placed by the roadside with your normal dustbin.
* Recycling In The Garden: – Composting in the garden is a process where waste products degrade into completely organic compost, which can then be used in your garden to help it grow. It is an excellent way to recycle garden and kitchen waste such as plant trimmings and leftover food.
*Grass trimmings: – after you have cut the lawn, don’t clean up all the grass cuttings, just leave them,they will turn into nutrients and act as a fertiliser in the soil.
Green Living is……“making the earth’s precious resources go further!”
Just Remember This!
* Up to 60% of the rubbish that ends up in the dustbin could be recycled!.
* As much as 50% of waste in the average dustbin could be composted!.
* Today in the U.S. one in every six trucks is a garbage truck!.
* As much as 16% of the money you spend on a product is for the packaging, which ultimately ends up as rubbish!.
Recycling is a fantastic way to save energy!,here’s are a few recycling facts that help focus the mind! :
* recycling 1 ton of paper saves 17 mature trees, 7,000 gallons of water, 3 cubic yards of landfill space, 2 barrels of oil, and 4,100 kilowatt-hours of electricity — enough energy to power the average American home for five months.(EPA, 2008)
* recycling paper instead of making it from new material generates 74 percent less air pollution and uses 50% less water. (EPA, 2008)
* producing recycled paper requires about 60% of the energy used to make paper from virgin wood pulp. (EPA, 2008)
Metal:* recycling one aluminum can saves enough energy to run a 100-watt bulb for 20 hours, a computer for 3 hours, or a TV for 2 hours.
* when you next toss out one aluminum can, just think you waste as much energy as if you’d filled the same can half-full of gasoline and poured it into the ground!.
* recycling aluminum saves 95% of the energy used to make the material from scratch. That means you can make 20 cans out of recycled material with the same amount of energy it takes to make one can out of new material.
* aluminium cans can be recycled and ready to use in just 6 weeks.
Plastics:* Americans alone go through 25 billion plastic bottles a year.
* for every extra one recycled plastic bottle we save enough energy to power a 60-watt light bulb for 3 hours.
* plastics including disposable nappies take up to 500 years to degrade in landfills.
* approximately $0.11 in every $1 spent by Americans on food goes for packaging – much of it ending up in landfills.
* styrofoam/polystyrene – IS UN-RECYCLABLE – you can’t make it into new Styrofoam. The industry wants you to assume it is- don’t accept it!.
* every year American’s throw away 25 BILLION Styrofoam cups, enough every year to circle the earth 436 times!.
Glass:* glass never wears out – it can be recycled forever.
* most glass bottles and jars contain at least 25% recycled glass.
* for every extra glass bottle we recycle we save enough energy to power a computer for 25 minutes.
* glass that is discarded and ends up in landfills will never decompose.
Water:* if all U.S. households installed water-efficient appliances, the country would save more than 3 trillion gallons of water and more than $18 billion dollars per year!.
* every man, woman & child in the U.S. on average uses 100 gallons of water – PER DAY, that’s 3x the amount used per person just 50 years ago.
* approximately 75% of the water we use in our homes is used in the bathroom.
Green Living is……“YOUR OWN PERSONAL CHOICE!”
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