However, not all going green relates to the carbon footprint. There are many reasons to "go green." Reducing waste, keeping water and air cleaner, conserving resources as well as reducing your carbon footprint. I hope this article will inspire you and give you new ideas, as well as give you some new reasons to do what you do when you have to justify yourself to others who don't share your love for being green.
Let's Talk trash
It's a pretty much given point, we have a certain amount of places to put trash on this planet and someday we're going to run out. Recycling does use more power than throwing things away. This is a common argument I hear from the anti-green skeptics, but that's not the point of recycling. The point of recycling is to save space.
You can dramatically help the earth and help yourself by spending less money on trash. Don't buy cheap junk that breaks after one use. If you do make that mistake, insist the company take it back. Don't throw it away because it's only a few dollars, bring it back to the store and get a refund. Don't buy water bottles, they are nothing but filtered tap water sold at a ridiculous markup in a vessel of debatable safety. Get a quality stainless steel water bottle and filter your own tap water. It's a fact that you'll save money. It's my opinion that it tastes better too. Bring your own bags to the grocery store. They cost a miniscule amount of money up front, and many stores give you a discount for using them. They are stronger and have handles that are easier to hold, so carrying your groceries is easier for you, you drop less, and they come in handy for other uses as well. Store them in your car so you don't forget. Again don't buy the cheap ones you can pull apart. I strongly advise bags that are machine washable. Wash bags that carried meat after each use and the others at least periodically to reduce the risk of disease. Don't buy leaky meat, If the fluids leak out germs can "leak" in. If you're using washable bags you don't need to have them wrapped in plastic.
Don't waste your energy
Yes they contain mercury, a very tiny amount. About 1/100th of what would have been in an old thermometer. Our parents, who lived before the internet were not nearly as worried, nor were they dying of mercury poisoning. Relax, we're not talking about Sarin Gas here. A broken light bulb does NOT require a call to hazmat. You can clean this up yourself.
I have found a few minor annoyances with CFL bulbs and some remedies. I love dimmers and regular CFL's hiss and burn out quickly on a dimmer switch but dimable CFLs do not Dim, they simply don't hiss and burn out quickly. LED light bulbs cost more than CFL's but they dim, light up instantly, don't contain mercury, and they last even longer than CFL's and use less power. They're expensive so I personally have two LED bulbs in use in my home, on the two dimable switches. If Mercury freaks you out that much switch to LED's in your kids rooms and other areas where you are most afraid of them. Honestly, how often are you breaking light bulbs in the house? Play ball outside and shut the lights off to save even more.
Clean up your act
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