You’re here because you want to go green but don’t know where to start, or you just haven’t started yet. Here’s a solid list to get you started today! This Beginners Guide to Going Green will have you green with envy in no time, and you’ll also be helping the environment.
How to Have a Green Lifestyle
Beginners Guide to Going Green
It doesn’t take much to start going green. Start today by recycling stuff such as plastic, paper, boxes, milk cartons, egg cartons, etc. Get you a medium size box to sit next to a wall or a place that’s inconspicuous and start throwing things in there. If it needs washing out, do that first.
Recycling for Beginners
Does your neighborhood offer a recycling service pick up? If so, use it! That’s a huge deal! The small town I live in finally gave us all a recycling bin to use, and they pick up every Thursday morning. It seems that every other Thursday is when my recycling bin is full to the max. Getting this free service is what got me started on my going green efforts. However, if this is something that’s not available to you, recycle anyways.
I bought a compost about three years ago, and my intentions were good, but I’ve slacked a bit, but I’m back at it. Compost is so good for a garden and the earth, and there’s so much trash to save, so why not recycle the good stuff so it can get reused later into something worthwhile.
I’d say if your neighborhood doesn’t offer a recycling pick up, let your city hall know that you and your neighbors are interested in recycling and that you would love to have that service available in your neighborhood (for free).
Beginners Guide to Going Green
- Recycle, recycle, recycle (I put my recycling bin right outside my back door, so it’s easy to dump recyclable things in.)
- Go paperless (change over to all bills electronically)
- Use coupon apps, so you don’t have to print them
- Recycle junk mail
- Compost kitchen scraps
- Make crafts from recyclable items – here’s a cute piece of art I made with toilet tissue rolls – RECYCLABLE K-CUPS PARTY FAVORS
- Don’t drink water from plastic bottles
- Help the environment and pick up trash where ever you see it
- Don’t leave lights on
- Reuse, reuse, reuse
- Minimize or stop the chemical use
- Use reusable cloth snack bags and bento boxes when packing lunches
- Opt to stop using plastic utensils
- Drink water in a reusable container
I try to pay all my bills online and go paperless when I can. OMG….there’s so much junk mail that goes unread. I don’t even open it anymore; I toss it in the recycling bin. Don’t they get it? I sure like my apps, but I’m still getting used to using them.
Get your kids involved in recycling and reusing
I love making crafts from recycled materials. My son and I made a recycled tin can craft from things we found around the house and in the driveway.
Well, I could go on and on how I give to the environment with my going green efforts, but I’d love to hear from you and how you are going green OR where you would start if you could. Be sure to read the articles below on a better understanding of going green and the green lifestyle.
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