Green Living Made Easy is proud to present the March 3, 2009 edition of The Green Living Blog Carnival. Are you interesting in green living? Visit these bloggers to learn more about "greening your lifestyle."
Have you heard about Community Supported Agriculture? If you haven't, you're missing out. Basically, community supported agriculture is when a group of people become "share holders" in a farm operation. You pledge to buy a certain portion of a crop and provide the money up-front. When the crops are done, you get the portion that you purchased at the beginning of the farming season.
If you’ve talked to anyone who cares about sustainability and being eco friendly, chances are that you’ve heard the term, “Reduce, Reuse, Recycle.” You may be wondering what that means and how you can apply it to your life.
Reduce, Reuse, Recycle is really just a term that refers to responsible waste management. Let’s break each word apart and look at it individually.
Reduce simply refers to lowering your overall consumption. This can actually be the most difficult of all, because we live in a world where we are constantly consuming. When you really think about it, reducing your consumption has benefits that reach far beyond the environment. Possibly the biggest benefit is to your wallet – if you buy less, you’ll have more money! Most of my friends complain about clutter. No matter how large their homes are, they constantly groan about having too much “stuff.” Again, reducing your overall consumption means that you have less stuff cluttering up your life, and that’s a good thing!
Reuse refers to exactly that. When you are done with something, consider finding a way to reuse it. Often we throw away things that still have value. When you really stop to think about it, many of the things that you get rid of could be used for something else. For example, old t-shirts can easily be cut up and made into cleaning rags. Kids toys can be saved for a younger child or donated to charity.
Many household items can be put into a box and used for kids crafts. Even if you don’t have use for an item any longer, someone else may. Before you throw anything away, make it a habit to ask yourself if it can be reused by you or someone else. If it can, reuse it instead of getting rid of it completely.
Recycling is probably the word that you hear the most about, but when you look at the entire concept of reduce, reuse, recycle, recycling should actually be your last option. Recycling is definitely better than items ending up in a landfill, but recycling still produces some waste. If you implement the concepts of reduce and reuse, you’ll have less to recycle! Recycling is still very important and it pays to find out exactly what you can recycle in your area. Local governments are figuring out quickly that recycling is important and many of them are making it easier for us to recycle all the time. Find out how to recycle in your area and then make it a habit to recycle everything that you can.
My guarantee to you is that if you make it a habit to reduce, reuse, and recycle, you will see the benefits in the form of less spending, less clutter in your home, and you’ll feel darn good about helping others and doing the right thing.
Stay totally organized. Reduce, Reuse and Recycle and help the environment…
My friends and family know that I'm all about being "green." As a result, I'm often asked about what changes they can make in their lives, quickly and easily, that will make them more green.
There are lots of great bloggers that are devoting their time to educate others by providing lots of great green living tips. Visit these blogs for lots of great green ideas!
Derek Pryde presents Energy Saving Solutions That Will Not Change Your Lifestyle | GREEN LIVING ADVICE posted at Green Living Advice, saying, “The rise and drop in temperatures in the coming years, place intense pressures on consumers around the world as this means only one thing, more energy and fuel are needed to control the environment and make homes more comfortable.”
Derek Pryde presents Pros and Cons of Residential Solar Energy System | GREEN LIVING ADVICE posted at Green Living Advice, saying, “Harnessing the power of the sun”
Derek Pryde presents Saving Energy posted at Green Living Advice, saying, “As the cost of living continues to rise, energy reports and broadcasts are crammed with energy saving tips and suggestions. Some energy saving tips require initial investments, some just solicit a change of lifestyle.”
Derek Pryde presents Saving Energy without Breaking a Bank | GREEN LIVING ADVICE posted at Green Living Advice, saying, “Energy is not just the monthly bill you have to pay each month; it is the foundation of everything you do and the life to everything you have”
Derek Pryde presents Saving Energy with Proper House Insulation | GREEN LIVING ADVICE posted at Green Living Advice, saying, “Why is efficient home insulation good for saving energy?Almost half of your electric bill goes to regulating the temperature of your home. Thus if you want to save on your electric bills, the best place to start is your home”
Derek Pryde presents The Cost of Solar Energy Systems | GREEN LIVING ADVICE posted at Green Living Advice, saying, “Solar energy is free but the tools that will enable you to harness this free energy are not.If you are planning to install a solar energy system right at your home and would like to know how much it would cost, there are 3 things you need to consider:”
Derek Pryde presents What Are Green Energy Sources | GREEN LIVING ADVICE posted at Green Living Advice, saying, “Many homeowners today are looking into integrating green energy sources for developing more energy efficient homes and businesses. A green energy source is power generated through renewable resources, such as the sun, wind and water. The other benefit of green energy sources is their low contribution to global warming, pollution and other environmental issues.”
Chris presents The Great Sunflower Project – free seeds! posted at Smith Family Garden, saying, “Free Sunflower seeds for your garden! The Great Sunflower Project wants to determine areas where bee numbers are critically low. You can help and get free seeds in the process.”
Ernesto Maitim presents Solar Panel Shingles – Great Source of Alternative Power posted at Solar Panel Watt.
Insurance Toolbox presents Tax Benefits for Going Green in the 2009 Stimulus Package | Fine-Tuned Finances posted at Fine-Tuned Finances.
Sigrid Landau presents How to Build Homemade Solar Panels – Simple Tips to Get Started posted at A1 How To, saying, “There are many reasons that a person may be interested in learning how to build homemade solar panels. Tapping the sun for power is becoming more popular and used by a growing number of people.”
Matthew Paulson presents Tax Benefits for Going Green in the 2009 Stimulus Package | Fine-Tuned Finances posted at Fine-Tuned Finances.
Cathy Herard presents Soap Nuts! posted at Let’s Be Green Together, saying, “Soap nuts are truly the most amazing, natural way to do your laundry! They are wallet and environmentally friendly at the same time!”
Steward presents My Bike Commuting Journey posted at Bike Commuting For Beginners, saying, “There are a lot of different reasons to begin bike commuting – and only one of which is reducing your impact on the environment.”
John Coke presents How To Conserve Electricity For Beginners posted at Conserving Electricity In The House, saying, “I would like to contribute this article covering how each of us can establish a roam map for conserving electricity in the home. Awareness and mindset help us to drive actions.”