How to Go Green

Green is the predominant color in nature, and today it's often associated with environmentally-friendly choices and lifestyles. If you want to go green, here are several ideas/suggestions to get you started with your "Go Green Project".


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    Visit Your State's Environmental Website - Sites such as or (each state has a website) have a "Take Action" header, which gives tips on helping your local environment and even petitions to sign.
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    Make your next event a green one. Just because you want to go green doesn't mean you need to cut back on the good times. Green events still enable you to celebrate and be healthy and environmentally-friendly at the same time. You can even Have a Green Wedding!
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    Take action to reduce global warming. There are many, many things you can do to minimize the release of greenhouse gases into the atmosphere. Basically, the less we depend on fossil fuels, the better!
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    Grow your own food. If you have access to some land, maybe you can Practice Sustainable Agriculture. If all you have is a balcony, you can still grow things like beans and peas, tomatoes, and herbs in pots. And if all you have is a window, become a guerilla gardener: find a patch of dirt anywhere in your neighborhood and plant stuff there. Whatever you can't grow, support your local farmers and buy it at a farmers' market.
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    Get around green. Consider whether you can Live Without a Car. At first, you might think it's impossible, but there are so many other ways to get around these days. If you can't part with your car, consider buying a hybrid, using biodiesel, and hypermiling. Replace as much of your car use as possible with the following:
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    Watch your water. Look for ways to Save Water around the house, and encourage others to do the same. You can also save water outside the house with a sleeping lawn or by xeriscaping. In addition to using less water, take steps towards keeping the water we already have nice and clean: How to Reduce Water Pollution. If there are any leaks in the faucet, fix them immediately.
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    ]]Reduce, reuse, and recycle! In a consumerist society, it can be difficult go for even a day without buying anything. When you do buy stuff, try to make sure it's stuff that will last a long time and can serve multiple purposes; avoid buying disposable items when possible. Also, consider the "greenness" of the company that made it! Before throwing anything away, try to find creative ways to reuse it. You'd be surprised what you can do with old Altoids tins, socks, plastic bags, plastic bottles, and, well, everything.
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    Green your closet. You can certainly be green without wearing green. The first rule is to never throw clothing away; always donate it to a charitable organization so it can be reused by someone else. But before you even part with a garment, try to think of ways you can revamp it and give it a little extra mileage. There are more than 20 ways you can give a t-shirt a makeover. A pair of pants can easily become a purse. So can a bra, for that matter. Even a trip to the tailor can turn a poorly fitted garment into a flattering outfit. When you do go shopping, favor thrift stores.
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    Enjoy the outdoors. Communing with nature is more resource-friendly than going to the movies or restaurant or mall. Instead of traveling with an RV, why don't you Go Canoe Camping? Instead of getting McDonald's or Wendy's, why don't you find nature's munchies? Instead of staying at a hotel, why don't you pitch a tent or a hammock?
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    Green your home. Consider downsizing your home so you have less space to heat or cool and less room to fill up with stuff you really don't need. If you want to be extra green, Start Living in a Tiny House, Camp As a Lifestyle, or Live in Your Car!
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    Remember the 4 R's- Refuse, Reduce, Reuse, and Recycle!
    • Reduce the amount of waste you use! Bring your own shopping bag, use a reusable water bottle, and invest in a good mechanical pencil!
    • Reuse waste! Could that can make a good pencil holder? Or maybe that bag could be used for Bowser's "presents"?
    • Recycle! If you are fortunate enough to have a recycling program in your area, recycle! It will get used again!


  • Reduce, Reuse and, Recycle.
  • Have a plant or two in your house, not only does it help the environment but it is healthy because plants give you the air you need to breath.
  • Play outdoor games instead of video games once or twice a day, this way you get your exercise not only for your thumbs.
  • Promote green living with things like bumper stickers and flyers, this way others will want to try it too.
  • Put a brick in the tank of your toilet to reduce the water that is used per flush, that way it's less likely that there's a sewer flood that can cause flooding.
  • When you go shopping try and use reusable shopping bags or use a plastic on till it breaks, and instead of throwing it away try doing something creative with it.
  • Try to participate in projects locally, like a school fundraiser or a greenhouse planting.
  • Try carpooling because it's a green way to travel and a great opportunity to socialize with friends and family.
  • Use reusable items, this way you won't throw away as much and it helps reduce animal endangerment.
  • Eat locally sourced foods. When your food comes from nearby, less fuel is needed to transport it to you, and it saves the air from pollution and harmful sickness.
  • Do two car trips less a week. you can do this by: Carpooling, Biking, Walk/running, Ride a scooter. This was you don't pollute the air as much.
  • You can help the environment, save animal lives, and save your money too with going green!

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