There are so many different green products on store shelves today that are marketed to green your life. Sure, you can buy a solar powered vibrator, but if you don’t need one, that is the worst thing you can do! Think about it- surely you are saving electricity, but by purchasing this new item, you have now left a larger carbon footprint than if you had just kept using whatever it is that you were using. The item had to be manufactured from new materials, created, and then shipped to your local mega mart or shopping center. You (most likely) drove to the store and back. How can you limit your impact on the environment while resisting those shiny, new green gadgets? Go back to the 3 R’s.
Stop buying crap. Really think before you make a purchase. When you buy a new item, that’s the most damaging to your pocket book and the planet. Declutter your home, donate items, and give things to friends. When you have less Stuff, there’s less upkeep and money spent on maintaining the Stuff. Challenge yourself to donate 10 things and then go from there. I guarantee you’ll feel better after you do! Just don’t throw things away that can be reused by someone. That’s not green or frugal. And it’s certainly not nice to Mother Earth.
Have some old t shirts you can’t use any longer? Learn how to make old t shirts into reusable bags. Do you have a bunch of glass jars from spaghetti sauce? Use them to store your bulk dried goods, or even use them for canning. Before you get rid of something, see if there’s something else that you can do with that item. You can even reuse old laundry detergent bottles to make fun things. Be creative. The possibilities are endless.
If all else fails, recycle. Don’t be lazy. It only takes a few minutes to wash out a jar for the recycling. Did you know plastic bags last pretty much forever? How sad. While I think it is imperative to recycle, consuming less in the first place is the greenest and most frugal option.
Think before you consume. Your decision can have a huge effect on your wallet and the environment.
Have you seen a silly product to help you go green? Do you try to limit your consumption?