I'm not really a "green" person. I confess to having thoughts about environmentalism that are at a bit of a distance from those on the beaten track. I tend to think "stewardship" of our resources is important, but to think that putting "mother earth" above those it's intended to serve is a bit whacko. Also, I have a deep seated suspicion of practically all agendas. That said, I think the following are suggestions that anyone would benefit from!
Most people never read their junk mail, in fact, the only person I've ever known who did was a dear old woman with dementia, who took every word seriously. I sort my mail over the trashcan, and never open most envelopes. You can eliminate the majority of junk mail (but not catalogs) by calling 800-5OP-TOUT and asking to have your name and address removed. To get rid of catalogs, go to www.abacusus.com and click on Consumer Opt-out. If there are particular catalogs you would like to keep, go to www.catalogchoice.org and opt out of various catalogs individually.
Don't throw it away, sell it, or give it away. Remember the old adage, "one man's trash is another man's treasure". Those items you no longer need can be sold: on Ebay, Craigslist, or listed for free on your local Freecycle group. (Many Freecycle groups have companion groups that allow you to list items for sale ... check yahoogroups' listings for your county.) If all else fails, donate the item to a charity group or put it out in front of your house with a sign that says "FREE" ... I've done this with several pieces of furniture and they're always gone by nightfall.
Someone on LM5 had a list that I read just yesterday that had excellent suggestions of natural green products with which to clean your home, products I have used, and which generally speaking, work as well as those that are more expensive, more caustic, and less healthful. You can clean your windows with vinegar and newspaper, scrub your pots with baking soda and lemon, get rid of mold with hydrogen peroxide, borax to brighten laundry, clean tile, and to discourage and eliminate ants, roaches and fleas.
Working from home saves an astonishing amount of money, while reducing pollution in a multitude of ways at the same time. Plus it has the additional benefit or allowing you to eliminate the need for an "office" wardrobe and allows you to work in the comfort of your pajamas if you so desire. For thoughts on how to present the possibility of telecommuting you your boss, see the links at the end of this list. Telecommuting job ideas are also listed below.
Use technology to help you go green. Doing things online reduces trash as well as clutter. Online, you can save articles (no need to print and file), bank (no bank statements showing up in the mail), pay bills (that postage adds up over time, too, now that it practically costs a dollar to mail two pieces of mail!), and magazines are newspapers are also available online.
These suggestions are definitely ones that anyone can follow without any worry about anyone's agenda ... they simply make good common sense, in most cases, and just might improve your health, save you aggravation, and put a little money back into your pocket as well!
great list and a H5...I'm glad you put the freecycle link too. I was thinking about looking there the other day for a list I started and never got around to it! :)
Great advice for going green. H5
It saves you money going green and helps the environment! Well done!
Super list. To be a good green citizen, I try to do all of these except the telecommuting...if only!
"I sort my mail over the trashcan, and never open most envelopes." .. I do the exact same thing. Hi5.
Perfect advice! Love this list.
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