10 Free ways to go Green

10 Free ways to go Green

It can sometimes feel like making earth-friendly choices means spending more money.  Well, the good news is that being green doesn’t have to break the bank. With a little creative thinking, it’s easy to ditch the high prices of trendy eco products and go green at no cost.

Here are the first five of our top 10 ways to go green on the cheap.

1. Head outside
With the warmer months here (in the southern hemisphere anyway), now is the time to get outside and visit your local park or beach to throw a ball, have a picnic, run, jump, swim or simply commune with nature – and it doesn’t cost a cent. Enjoy!

2.  Read online
Rather than buying newspapers and magazines and then having to worry about recycling, try reading online.  It’s easy and simple and most newspapers and magazines have excellent free content.  You might even find that you expand your reading material by checking out the local press in the US, Europe or China. It’s not called the world wide web for nothing!

3. Reuse your packaging
Food packaging can contain plastics and other materials that are very difficult to recycle.  Ditch the cost of freezer bags (and your use of raw materials) by using old food packaging instead. Bags used to package frozen vegetables, fish and meats are equipped with lining that effectively blocks freezer-burn – and they’ll keep frozen foods just as fresh the second time around. The plastic bags inside cereal boxes are also great for freezing foods, as they also have a moisture-blocker to preserve freshness.

Some of these bags already have a re-sealable closure for easy reuse. But bags that aren’t re-sealable can be just as useful for storing your leftovers. Make sure to wash all your packaging well before reusing it.

4. Choose a vege-based meal
We’re not saying that eating meat is bad. But the livestock industry does carry a pretty heavy environmental footprint, causing many earth-lovers to opt for a vegan or vegetarian diet. If you’re not ready for a full commitment, try serving a vegetarian or vegan meal to your family once a week.

5. Participate in a cleanup
If you want to help keep your neighborhood beautiful but don’t have tons of cash, try donating some of your free time instead by participating in a local cleanup. Spending an afternoon at a cleanup gives you a sense of fulfillment, keeps your town clean and helps you meet other eco-minded people in your area.

Visit your local park’s or council’s web site to find an upcoming park, river or beach cleanup near you. If you’re having trouble, a web search with the word “cleanup” and your town’s name should point you in the right direction.

Stay tuned for our next five green tips that won’t break the bank.

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Story source: www.yonderr.com.au