It’s 2014! Top 5 Ways Your Family Can Become More Sustainable

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0001byHappy New Year!

It’s a brand new year, so it’s the perfect time to start the year off by being more sustainable…. as a family!

Here are EASY ways your family can leave a smaller foot print on our planet. 

plastic bags1. STOP using PLASTIC BAGS: One of the worst polluters on our planet. It’s easy to make the switch. Just make a point of putting REUSABLE BAGS in your car and bringing them with you to the store. It will become your new routine. This can be the kids main job when shopping… to remind you.

enviro and window2. STOP using PAPER TOWELS: Yes, it’s possible! You don’t need them. I haven’t used paper towels for years and don’t miss them at all.

What do I use instead when my dog has an accident on floor or when my kids need a napkin? We use MICROFIBER CLOTHS. Just rinse and throw them in the wash. Easy. Less waste on the planet and think of the money you’ll save!

vinegar3. STOP using TOXIC CLEANING PRODUCTS: Don’t be fooled by the marketing of cleaning products. Using chemical based products will NOT clean your house, but will POLLUTE your house. You don’t need chemicals. You can use VINEGAR, WATER, BAKING SODA and APPLE CIDER VINEGAR. Really! Watch this video to learn more. 

coupons4. STOP Buying what you DON’T Need: Just because you have a coupon doesn’t mean you need 3 of them. Just because it’s on SALE, doesn’t mean you need to buy it “Just In Case”. We as consumers have so much POWER. We tell retailers what we like and don’t like. So only buy what you need or will use. Those “Coupon Shows” make me crazy, as the products those people are getting with their coupons will probably expire before they can use it all. How much deodorant can a family use??? This is a major issue as items that expire or aren’t used end up in the landfill. 

on the computer5. STOP Buying NEW: That’s right. See if you can purchase the item you need on Craigs List or www.usedeverywhere.com or at a consignment store. Post what you need on Facebook. You never know, a friend may have one. Imagine how much money you’ll save! Plus this is called “Recycling”

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  1. Sara Vartanian

    January 8, 2014 10:54 pm

    This is such a great list of ways to go green! I especially like #4. We can all do well to really consider if we need something or follow #5 to pick it up instead & give something a new life! Happy New Year, Michele!

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