Green living: Save Our Earth By Living Green

Four Ways to Start Living a Green Life

Stop using plastic bags at the supermarket

For that matter, don’t use paper bags either. The best thing to do is purchase a reusable carry bag made from cloth. You can use these bags over and over again. When they get dirty, you can wash them like any other piece of laundry. By using these bags, you are conserving our natural resources by eliminating the need for either paper or plastic. In addition, you are helping prevent plastic from entering our landfills. Cloth material carrying bags are the smart green choice for your community and the rest of the world.

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Reuse as many items as possible

Before throwing away anything, think for a moment if the item has an alternative use. For example, you may be able to use a tin can as a pencil and pen holder after it is cleaned. You should focus your attention on any item that is not currently being recycled in your community. Depending upon where you live, you may have a recycling program for plastic containers and paper products. In fact, you may already have this program as a part of your trash collection service. There are, however, items that fall outside the standard assortment of trash that is recycled. If you can find an alternative purpose for these items, you are helping to recycle.

Start a compost pile

If you have a backyard, you can start a compost pile. This is a completely natural way to recycle scraps from the dinner table. The result of your compost pile will be a substance that provides rich nutrients for your soil. With this material, you will be able to start your own garden and grow some of your own food.

Buy products made from recycled materials

There are many products available today that are made from recycled material, and the more you buy these products, the fewer resources are used to make new products. The best example of this can be found with paper products. There are a wide variety of paper products that can be bought at your local supermarket that fall into this category. Examples are sacks, napkins, boxes and paper plates. The latter is available as compostable plates. These are dinner plates that are made from biodegradable material. They can simply be thrown away, and nature will recycle them for you at your local landfill.

The four ideas above only scratch the surface of becoming green in your home, but they are a good start.

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