The Average Green Joe
By: Susan Howard
- Bring your own bags to the grocery store. Once you do it you’ll get over the hump, plus you can look down on everyone else in the check out line. I heard about a woman that forgot her bags and got so mad at herself that she hand carried her purchases item by item to her car.
- Don’t get your receipts at the ATM. You can view the transaction without getting a paper copy. All you do is get them and then throw them out two seconds later. (We got this one from Oprah.)
- Recycle. If you aren’t doing this by now I mean really you are so 80’s.
- Don’t use the department store bag when shopping. Be sure to hang onto receipts so you don’t get busted Winona Ryder style.
- Go veggie mostly. There’s a whole phenomenon about raising cattle and their poo, but I am not sure if you’ve had your breakfast yet, so let’s just say the poo can be lethal, but really.
- Use environmental cleaning products. The one I know is Mrs. Meyers, but there are a ton out there. It’s funny when you wash something down the drain you think “bye!”, but that water goes somewhere. Full disclosure: I still use Comet sometimes.
- Take quicker showers. What happens to you people in that shower?
- Re-insulate your house. Although this is fairly expensive and we have not yet done it, supposedly you save a bunch on your heating bill, and use less energy. Plus get the bragging right with your neighbors.
- Check on Craig’s List for something you might have wanted to purchase new- you know: re-use, re-cycle, re-purpose.
10. Tell all your billing companies that you want your bills paperless. I’ve got to get on this one; there are still a few that send bills to us.
And if you have trouble doing these things- read Annette’s article “It Ain’t Easy Being Green” and you will feel compelled to do SOMETHING.