Seven Steps to a Greener lifestyle

Many people are looking to take action to improve the environment, whether it’s at home, work or in their communities. In order to ease into eco-friendly lifestyle, try adopting a new green practice each day of week.

Indeed, with a few simple changes in our daily routine, we can significantly reduce our carbon footprint:

Monday: Walk it out! Reduce your carbon footprint by walking or biking to pick up last minute items.

Tuesday: Green your caffeine. Consider purchasing a travel mug or tumbler to cart your coffee to work. In Canada, many coffee shops offer a discount on your morning java if you bring your own thermos.

Wednesday: Go paperless. Look for ways to cut down on printing. At work, consider sending information via email. If you must, print double-sided and make sure to use recycled paper. At home conduct your banking online. Consider purchasing a chalk broad so the family can jot down to-do lists and keep track of activities paper free.

Thursday: Keep the pedal off the metal. Taking your foot off the pedal can do more than save you from a speeding ticket. Driving the speed limit on the highway not only saves gas, it produces less smog.

Friday: Avoid the super soaker. Instead of soaking in the tub, take a short shower. Showers use far less water than bath making them friendly on the environment and your wallet.

Saturday: Clean naturally. Before rolling up your sleeves and diving into your summer cleaning, pick up cleaning products that are made with plant-based, biodegradable cleaning ingredients. For example, Green Works line natural cleaners are a great option as they remove dirt and grime without leaving harsh chemical fumes and residues behind.

Sunday: Let Mother Nature dry your clothes. Make use of a sunny day and line-dry your laundry. Clothes dryers are one of the most energy inefficient household appliances.

(West End Times)

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