Tips for green living

By Brittany Lavin
April 17, 2008

According to, there are many little things a person can do in their daily lives that are considered “green.”

Check your local traffic report before leaving the house. Slow traffic contributes eight times as much air pollution on a daily basis than traffic that moves at a steady pace.

Stop the flow of “snail mail.” Pay your bills on-line and use e-mail to save paper and trees.

Switch from liquid detergents to powder detergents. Liquid detergents are 80 percent water.

Turn the water off when brushing your teeth instead of letting it run and take shorter showers to conserve water.

Save your leftovers. Food scraps make up 23 percent of the U.S. waste stream.

Use natural hair-care products such as John Master’s line of shampoos and conditioners. They use organic seaweed extract which replenishes shine and moisture.

Recycle! We all know we should recycle plastic, glass, cans and newspapers but there are tons of recyclable things out there that we don’t even think to recycle. You can recycle your cell phones, shoes, batteries, appliances, electronics, jeans and so much more. Maybe this kind of recycling is more about donating your unwanted goods to those who need them more but it’s better than just throwing them away and adding to a landfill.

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