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Go Green: 5 Tips to Start Where You Are

Friday, April 15, 2016

Go Green - but how?

We hear this term all the time, but it can be overwhelming to know where to start. These 5 tips allow you to start where you are with what you have. Even better, these acts not only help green the earth, but they're likely to improve your health and well-being, too!

1. Swap Single-Use Cups for a Reusable Mug

There is no shortage of uniqueness when it comes to choosing a reusable mug. Find one that suits your fancy and take comfort in the fact that you are saving space in our landfills. Bringing your mug to your favorite café every day can greatly reduce single-use container waste, and some cafes even offer a cash incentive for toting your own. Go green while saving some green—it just makes cents.

tea bags on tray for compost

2. Compost your Tea Bags

Don’t throw away that tea bag just yet! Your garden can benefit from your favorite tea ritual. Religious tea-drinkers take note: tea bags made of paper, silk or muslin are suitable composting tea bags. If you don't have your own compost Speed up your return on investment by ripping open the bags or choosing bulk or loose leaf tea.

3. Ditch the Chemicals

Swap traditional cleaning agents for gentle but mighty green cleaners. Most of these green solutions are found right in your pantry. Castile soap, vinegar and baking soda have been known to clean just about anything. For an uplifting and restorative multi-purpose cleaning spray, check out these simple, green and inexpensive recipes - DIY: All Purpose Cleaners!

4. Go Organic for the Planet

Say no to conventionally grown produce, specifically the EWG’s Dirty Dozen. As a rule of thumb, these tend to be fruits and veggies with thin skins that soak up more toxins than most. The current offenders:

  1. Apples
  2. Peaches
  3. Nectarines
  4. Strawberries
  5. Grapes
  6. Celery
  7. Spinach
  8. Sweet bell peppers
  9. Cucumbers
  10. Cherry tomatoes
  11. Snap peas (imported)
  12. Potatoes

Not only does favoring organic reduce your exposure to pesticides, organic farming practices are better for the planet. Read more about Why Buying Organic Supports the Planet!

5. Start a garden or plant some seeds of your own!

In your own backyard lies the opportunity to give back to the earth and yourself. When we garden, we’re getting more than a nice view. That sensory experience is a regenerative process in itself. Gardening not only provides us with an abundance of tasty and nourishing foods, but it is also a wonderful relaxing activity for anyone and everyone. No space to get your hands dirty? Join your local community garden and connect with like-minded folks in your neighborhood. Avid Tulsi drinker? Try planting one of the most revered herbs in India, Tulsi, right in your own home. Our headquarters’ plants didn’t last long; the leaves are delicious!