Going green? (Websites/Books/Tips?)

What are some good websites and tips your have to go green?

I wanna be eco-friendly. :]

We live here, might as well keep it nice.

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  • 1 decade ago
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    My favorite book is "The Green Book" you can also check it out online at www.readthegreenbook.com. The Green Book gives alot of tips and statistics about what we could be doing and why we should. I also love Easy Green Living by Renee Loux, it talks about the chemicals we use in our homes and on our bodies, as well as the food we eat. The website www.biggreenpurse.com talks about how our shopping habits can be a powerful way to create change in the market place.

    I'll also add my standard go green answer

    Going green is easy, there are so many great resources about the subject. My personal favorite is "The Green Book" which has parts of its book online as well at www.readthegreenbook.com.

    As I have been striving to "Go Green" I realize it is like stepping back in time without getting rid of my modern conveniences. I'm doing many things I learned as a child, like line drying my clothes, sweeping instead of vacuuming, opening the windows in the morning to catch the cool breeze, only buying what I need instead of everything that looks cool, growing some of my own food, and canning what I can't eat now.

    To me "going Green" is a frame of mind. Do what fits your lifestyle and do the easy things first, it is a process and like dieting if you go to radical to soon, you are more likely to go back to bad habits. I also believe there are good, better, best choices in most things. If you aren't ready to start a home garden, then try finding a farmers market, until you locate one look for produce grown as close to home as possible and go organic when available.

    Many people think "going green" is expensive, I disagree. Some changes may take an initial investment, but they usually have a short payoff time. Things like weatherstiping and insulation cost, but the energy savings will add up quickly. You may need to purchase reusable bags, but most stores give you a 5 or 10 cent credit, so you are paid back within a few months.

    My top tips are make your home more energy efficient, that also means using natural light, cooling and heating.

    Reduce your packaging, if you eat more fresh food you will generally reduce packaging, it's the same thing they tell dieters, shop the perimiter, that is where all the meat, dairy and produce are located. Only buy what you will use, many Americans throw away a lot of unused food. Buy in bulk, that doesn't just mean large packages, but that area with the bins that you buy only what you plan on using.

    Replace disposable items with durable items, if you eat outside often and use disposable paper or plastic plates, it is a wise investment to purchase a set of reusable plastic plates. Replace disposable razors, diapers and cleaning products like swiffer. Avoid bottled water, get a home filter like Pur or Brita.

    Recycle, www.earth911.org will help you locate the nearest recycle center. I try to only purchase plastics that are #1 or #2, they are more easily recycled. I also buy recycled products when available, that includes paper towels, napkings, toilet paper, tissue, school/office supplies and clothing.

    Detox your cleaning, vinegar and baking soda clean almost anything, they can even losen a hair clog. Seventh Generation and Method are a couple mainstream brands that are very earth friendly.

    Just start small and build from there, don't get overwhelmed.

  • 1 decade ago

    There are many things you can do to live green and some are very inexpensive too!

    ~Of course, recycle everything you can! (Ex: cans, bottles, plastics, paper, ect.)

    ~Buy energy saving light bulbs

    ~Buy things like clothes, paper, ect that are made from recycled materials

    ~Use reusable batteries or recycle dead batteries properly

    ~Use reusable shopping bags

    ~If you have plastic shopping bags, use them instead of just tossing them. They can be used to pick up dog poo, line small trash cans, ect.

    ~Try not to use paper napkins or paper towel as much as possible. Instead use cloth napkins that can be washed.

    ~Try to use fewer paper plates and more washable ones.

    ~Take shorter showers

    ~Turn off lights whenever possible

    ~Try to by more organic foods and local foods (for example, at a farmer's market)

    ~Use regular silverware, not plastic

    ~Use eco friendly products in replace of regular dish washing liquids, house cleaners, ect. (Greenworks)

    ~Use cold water to wash clothes (Tide Cold water works great)

    ~On a nice day, turn off the air/heat and open some windows. You save of the cost, get a nice fresh breeze, and help the environment.

    ~Plant trees around your house to shade and save on using more air conditioning

    ~Buy one stainless steel, reusable, water bottle instead of using regular plastic ones and then getting rid of them. This one you can clean and use over and over again!

    ~Change the setting on your sprinklers to use less water

    ~Buy eco friendly fertilizers (I think they have them at Home Depot)

    ~Buy or lease a hybrid if possible

    ~Walk or ride a bike wherever possible

    ~Carpool if possible

    These are just a few ideas I can think of, but you can also go to www.gogreen.com for some more tips. Good luck :)

  • Anonymous
    1 decade ago

    It's not as hard as people think to go green - even to build green!

    Instead of some far out idea (like it used to be known for), going green means saving money, saving resources, and getting healthier!

    See these Top Ten Tips for going green at home:

    http://www.building-your-green-home.com/how-to-sav...

    This site is great for anyone who wants to build or remodel green - or even anyone who wants to save some green! (bills, that is!)

    Hope this helps.

  • Kevin
    Lv 5
    1 decade ago

    Agreed! Why wouldn't we want our environment to be around a bit longer....considering we all want to live! Here's a website I found that gave me some pretty good tips, such as water and energy saving tips, how to start a recycling program, etc. http://blog.forrent.com/category/apartments-going-...

    Hope this helps you too!

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  • 1 decade ago

    stayinhomeandlovinit.com/dobbinsangel

    check out this website

    All the products they offer are enviromentally friendly! They have awesome products that actually work!

  • Anonymous
    1 decade ago

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  • 1 decade ago

    Go to this incredible website:

    http://Livepaths.com

  • 1 decade ago

    read this book called: green greener greenest.... its freaking awsomeeee

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