Great Ways to Go Green Today

Go hug a tree today.

Of course, if that tree-hugging stuff just isn’t for you, here’s a few other great ideas to help you go green.

1. Get stuff for free. Yes, getting stuff for free can help the environment. At least, you can get items you need without having to purchase them new. Visit to find out if there is someone near you who is giving something they no longer need away, rather than throwing it in a trash heap. There’s millions of people around the world who have participated. Just think of all the items that have found new loving homes, instead of cluttering up a landfill

2. Make your cleaning green! Stop buying those nasty chemical cleaning sprays and scrubs. You can get your household items clean without them. Stock up on reusable and refillable spray bottles, white vinegar, baking soda and lemon juice.

If you want to polish your furniture without the aerosol spray use a t. of lemon juice and a cup of vegetable oil. You’ll get a lovely natural shine. For glass and mirrors use a spray bottle with vinegar and water (about 1 part vinegar to 4 parts water) and a reusable cloth.

There’s lots of other recipes and books on the subject online. Just search for “green cleaning” recipes.

3. It’s so simple it seems silly. When you brush your teeth, wet the toothbrush and then TURN OFF THE WATER.

4. Buy local. This saves money on transportation and energy costs. Local Clevelanders can check out Those around the world can visit the shop local feature on

5. Unplug your appliances when they are not in use. They use energy when they are plugged in even if they are not in use. Sometimes this can be even a third of your household energy consumption.

6. Bring your own reusable grocery bags to the store.

7. Look into purchasing items such as flooring, furniture and clothing made with more sustainable items such as bamboo and cork. It’s better for the environment as these items are often more durable and grow much quicker.

One Response

  1. Great tips. I especially like freecycle…I’m looking into that.

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