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Polston & Co.’s Top 8 Tips to Go Green

Earth Day takes place April 22. This day is meant to create awareness and support for environmental protection. In honor of Earth Day, why not start greening your lifestyle with our top 8 tips to go green.

  1. Alternative modes of transportation. When possible, take public transit, bike, or walk to get where you need to go and reduce your carbon footprint. If walking or biking you have the added bonus of healthy exercise. When you do drive, drive wisely.
  2. Reduce, reuse, recycle. We all know we’re supposed to it, but are you? Set up a home recycling station to make it easier to stick too and help reduce the amount of waste that ends up in landfills. Once you get the hang of this, consider upcycling and composting, too. And don’t forget to recycle your old electronics!
  3. Reduce home energy consumption. There are many ways to do this, from simple behavioral changes to green building practices:
  • unplug and turn off your electric devices
  • turn off the lights when you leave the room (and switch to CFLs)
  • hang laundry out to dry
  • switch to energy-efficient appliances and learn use them in the most efficient way
  • learn ways to reduce home heating and cooling costs
  • properly seal and insulate your home
  1. Reduce water waste at home:
  • take shorter showers (and fewer baths)
  • turn off the facet while brushing your teeth or shaving (never let the tap run)
  • use energy efficient washing machines and dishwashers (and use them efficiently, i.e., full loads)
  • fix leaky toilets and faucets
  • install low-flow showerheads and faucet aerators
  • learn how to water lawns and gardens efficiently
  1. Green your diet. Making some of these dietary changes are not only better for the environment; they’re generally healthier for you, too:
  • cook and eat and home
  • buy local and eat in season
  • buy organic (especially the dirty dozen foods)
  • buy in bulk (less packaging)
  • buy less junk food and package food and opt for fresh, real food
  • eat more vegetables and reduce consumption of meat
  • choose sustainable fish
  • consider growing some of your own food, even if it’s just a few potted herbs
  1. Green cleaning is easy:
  1. Opt for safer, healthier personal care and beauty products. Some solutions might be found in your kitchen, while other products can be replaced by non toxic versions, such as switching from gel manicures and solvent manicure systems to our 8-Free collection.
  2. Buy:

Reusable

  • use reusable shopping bags
  • use cloths and sponges instead of napkins and paper towels
  • buy a reusable coffee mug and water bottle and bring it with you
  • avoid disposable papers and cutlery
  • rechargeable batteries
  • try reusable menstrual products
  • 10 more things you can buy that are reusable

Recycled:

  • paper products
  • packaging
  • plastic products
  • home furnishing
  • garden tools
  • make sure the product is recyclable, too!

Or, nothing…:

  • by used and second hand
  • get crafty and learn to DIY
  • ask yourself if you really need it
  • avoid items with excess packaging
  • share and borrow