Tuesday, April 14, 2009

Give yourself a "Green-Over" this earth day!

*taken from Filter For Good.com *

  • Think before you eat. Only buy locally grown produce. The fruit or vegetable you're about to buy may be great for you, but if it traveled thousands of miles to get to your local grocery store then it's not great for the environment. Plus, buying locally means your purchase will support local farmers.
  • Green is the new black. Mainstream and high profile designers alike are using eco-friendly materials in their clothing lines. When shopping, check the labels for ingredients like organic cotton and even bamboo, or look for organic collections from some of these well-known brands. Check out lowimpactliving.com for some suggestions.
  • Fill your bottle with filtered tap water. If you found FilterForGood.com then you're already aware of the harmful effects bottled water has on our environment. Choose the greener solution by using a reusable bottle, like the FilterForGood bottle, and fill it with filtered tap water.
  • Paper or plastic? How about neither. Each year the United States uses 30 billion plastic and 10 billion paper grocery bags, requiring approximately 14 million trees and 12 million barrels of oil1. Cities across the country have begun efforts to ban plastic bags in stores, but everyone can do their part for the environment by keeping a reusable bag handy for shopping trips. Start your search for a bag at reusablebags.com.
  • Alternative energy. Contact your local utility company about alternative energy options for powering your home like wind power, landfill gas, biomass, and low-impact hydropower. Often switching to alternative energy won't increase utility bills. And if local companies don't offer any of these green alternatives, then consider purchasing carbon offsets to reduce your overall eco-impact. Check out a list of providers at the Green Power website maintained by the Environmental Protection Agency.

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