|Ecologically Friendly Living|
Many of us want to make the world a better place for future generations, and even on a limited budget, it is possible to contribute to an improved ecological system. Here are some suggestions that are economical and easily doable for anyone. Consider going meatless for a few meals per week. Increased lowered production of animal products requires less land and less plant production.
Some suggestions for delicious and meatless meals are fettuccine Alfredo, spaghetti and garlic bread, vegetable lasagne or bean and cheese burritos. These meals can be paired with a side salad or a rice dish for a meatless alternative inexpensive meal. There are many websites available with thousands of ideas to give you inspiration. Invest in some tote bags made of canvas or another sturdy natural material for your grocery shopping.
Many stores offer reusable bags at the checkout for a very small fee. Carry these in your car so you have them available when you need them. If you do get some of the disposable plastic bags at the store, you can re purpose these as trash can liners for small trash cans. You can also them to pick up dog waste when walking your dog, use them for packing material, or place them over side mirrors and under wind-shield wipers on your car in the winter to prevent them from freezing. You can also take your plastic grocery bags back to the store and use them repeatedly.
|Easy Ways to Green Your Live|
Start a compost pile or bin. Use fruit and vegetable scraps, table scraps, egg shells, coffee grounds, and lawn clippings instead of throwing them away, for organic material for your garden. Do not compost meat scraps, as these will draw pests. Compost adds nutrients to your plants and adds moisture to your soil. Composting is a natural and safe alternative to chemical fertilizers. You can compost in a metal bucket with a lid, or even a plastic bucket.
Unless you invest in a composting bin, you may want to keep your composting container outside to avoid unpleasant smells in your house. Replace incandescent light bulbs with low energy use compact florescent bulbs. These bulbs have a longer life span and use significantly less energy than traditional light bulbs. These lights are bright and there are even models available now that mimic a natural light spectrum, similar to some incandescent bulbs.
As a result of these bulbs being more energy efficient, you will help the planet and save money on your energy bill. Cut up old clothing to use as rags for cleaning around the house. You can use old t-shirts for streak free cleaning of windows and glassware.
Any type of cotton fabric can be used to cover dishes in the microwave to prevent splatters. Cloth is great for washing your car as well. These are reusable too, as you can wash them and use them again. These are a great alternative to the disposable paper wipes that are costly and wasteful.