The Easiest Ways To Flex Your Green Muscles

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In the twenty first century, it’s more important than ever to be as green as possible. Being eco-friendly is seen as a necessity rather than a luxury as the future of the planet is at stake and the human race has less time than ever to turn back the clock. Everyone should do their bit, so it’s vital that you can lead the way and show your kids why being environmentally aware is so crucial. Be a role model to your offspring and develop a strategy that enables you to lower your carbon footprint and be a greener family. Read on to discover how you can flex your green muscles.

Recycle

The easiest thing that you can do that requires very little thinking or effort on your part is to recycle as much as you can. Get yourself a recycle bin and show your kids what they can and cannot recycle. Your landfill waste should dramatically reduce and your recycling bin should be full at the end of every week. Any cardboard, aluminium, glass bottles, clean foil and certain types of plastic can be recycled. This means they can be reused again and you don’t have to feel as guilty about contributing to land waste. 

You could also consider thinking outside of the box to recycle other items within your home. When you purchase a new laptop and you need to get rid of your old one, don’t head to the dump. Instead, get in touch with an ewaste recycling firm and donate your hardware to be reused again. This lowers manufacturing costs and greenhouse gases being released into the atmosphere from manufacturing processes.

Lights

Forget about purchasing the most achingly cool lighting available if it uses up ridiculous amounts of electricity. Instead, opt for LED and energy efficient bulbs. They may be more costly to buy initially but they will pay for themselves over their extended lifetime. Many last ten times as long as other more traditional light bulbs and they don’t use as much electricity resulting in a lower utility bill for you, saving you money. You don’t have to worry about ugly lighting either. Many of these light bulbs are now ultra stylish and you can even pick up an energy efficient Edison style filament bulb for your super on trend interior.

Energy Production

If you are keen to be a little more off grid and have more control over your energy usage, think about installing solar panels on your home. Even a small wind turbine can help you to produce your own electricity. This means you don’t have to use a utility company, and you can even sell back any excess energy you do produce back to the grid. This can help you to recoup some of the money that you will have spent installing the solar panels in the first place.

Flex your green muscles by following some of these steps. Set an example to your kids and enjoy making your little mark when trying to be more environmentally aware.

Spring and Fall Cleaning Do Not Toss It, Recycle It

Spring and fall, being the mildest of the four seasons, are the perfect times for cleaning. When done in the spring, it allows you to avoid the profuse sweating that comes with trying to keep house in the summer. When done in the fall, it allows you to go into hibernation for the coming cold. They both offer preparation for the extreme seasons, as well as the peace of mind that goes with having a spotless and organized space free from clutter.


Let’s go through a couple of handfuls of steps you can take to de-clutter your home, and make it presentable in both seasons and beyond.

  1. Curbside Pickups for Clothing

Do you have bunches of extra clothing that you no longer wear? In most neighborhoods, organizations will do curbside pickups. Check deep in your closet and garage for clothes you haven’t worn in years; you can box them up and place them on the curbside. Similarly, you can go the extra step and schedule a pickup by the Salvation Army or do an internet search for a local organization in your city/town.

  1. Trash Pickups Can Be Scheduled

Whether you’re doing spring or fall cleaning, one thing’s for certain: there will be a lot of garbage. By this, we don’t necessarily mean trash (although there will be that, too), but things for which you no longer have any reasonable use. Do you have a 20-year-old deep-freezer that’s on its last leg? It may be time to chuck it. Call a garbage pick-up service; many will do it for free 2-3 times a year.

  1. Check for Nearby Resale Stores

If you’ve got clothing that you no longer wear, but they’re still in very good shape, don’t put it out on the curb or throw it away – check for a resale store. You’d be surprised how much gas money you can walk away with by selling them trendy clothing in good condition. It’s a better deal than keeping them tucked deep into your closet space, anyway.

  1. “Freecycle” Your Stuff

Freecycle is an eBay-like site – sans the bidding – on which you can put useful items that you no longer use. During your spring or fall cleaning, you may come across some Sterilite storage containers gathering dust, or a bike for which you have no more use. Similar websites for these kinds of things are Let It Go and OfferUp. Set your low price, and watch it get scooped up.

  1. Gather Your Home Goods

For this one, we mean, specifically, appliances, furniture and other mainstays of the average house – for which you have no use. Try to only consider gently-used stuff in this case, otherwise they go in the garbage pick-up heap (think 10-year-old couches; nobody wants those). An excellent option for donation is Habitat for Humanity – find one of their Restores and make an inquisition.

  1. eBay – Of Course

The King of auction sites has been around for decades; now, things are easier than ever to sell with the eBay app on your mobile device. You can list things quickly and efficiently even as you clean; no need to make a list and sit down later at your workstation to painstakingly list every attribute. Alternatively, you can go through the eBay Giving Works program if you want to make a contribution to a charity even as you’re selling.

  1. Shred, Shred, Shred – Communities Do It Together

If you have a Housing Association, then you may already be familiar with this relatively new development: the community shredding event. People in the neighborhood get together at these free events to shred their credit cards, bank statements, etc – any document that could be used to perpetrate identity theft.

Perhaps unsurprisingly, you will an announcement for a shredding event tends to come out around tax time – April or roundabouts. It’s a good way to significantly reduce the probability that you become a victim of identity theft as a result of improperly-disposed of statements.

  1. Electronics Disposal

We’ve all seen them: warnings on the back of a compact disc player or battery that it must be disposed of properly. Contribute to the wellbeing of the environment by recycling your old electronics that you find during spring or fall cleaning. In fact, you can do it for free at Best Buy, Staples, or other participating store – all you have to do is drive there and drop off your electronics. If they’re in pretty good working shape, you might even be able to trade the stuff in for stuff in the store, or for store credit.

Spring and fall cleaning can be as cathartic an exercise as it useful. Hopefully the above gets you off to a good start – good luck this season.

This post is a collaborative effort by St. Louis Dad.