Wednesday, August 10, 2011

GREEN HOMES: Simple Choices For A Greener Planet

Can saving the planet be as simple as what kind of laundry detergent you use? Maybe not. But MXenergy, an independent energy provider, says those choices do matter and wants consumers to think about the environmental impact of their daily decisions.

“What you realize as you move to a more sustainable lifestyle is how so much of ‘green living’ is just about simple choices,” says Marjorie Kass, MXenergy managing director. “Do you use plastic bags at the grocery store? Do you use cloth napkins instead of paper? All these small choices add up to a better planet for us all.”

Consider the packaging: When shopping consider not only the price but also the packaging. Choose laundry detergent in boxes rather than plastic bottles. Choose milk in paper cartons instead of glass. Buy bar soap for washing dishes and bathing rather than liquid. These simple changes can dramatically reduce your plastic consumption in just one shopping trip.

Think about the little things: Choose matches over lighters. Say no to straws. Choose a wood cutting board instead of plastic.

Clean green: Not only will baking soda and vinegar help your home sparkle, you eliminate toxic chemicals and multiple plastic cleaning containers as well.

Buy in bulk: When given the choice, buy in bulk for items you consume regularly. You will not only save money but eliminate unnecessary packaging waste. Choose to buy dry good items from bulk bins when possible and bring your own reusable bags.

Eliminate paper: Take advantage of online banking and e-statements. This saves paper, money, and helps reduce your carbon footprint by eliminating the energy needed to deliver the statements to your door.

Reuse: Bring your own cup to the coffee shop. Bring your own bags to the grocery store. Before making a purchase or discarding an item, look for ways to reuse those things you already have in your home.

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