Easy Ways to Make Your Home Green

Posted on 19 January 2010

Recycle, recycle, recycle -  It is as easy as taking the aluminum can and dropping it in the recycle bin.  Along with plastic bottles, newspapers, and glass bottles this is a simple and effective method.

Low toxic paintsUse Paint that does not contain VOC – Volatile Organic Compounds (VOC) are toxic chemicals found in furniture, tables, wallpaper, paint, and basically anything that is manmade or is sprayed with manmade chemicals.   One easy way is to avoid paints and wallpaper that contain VOC.  If you are not sure about the ingredients then definitely buy well known low toxic paints (like Ieko or Earthborn).

Buy Already UsedCraigslist is gold for great products.  Why spend $2000 on a sofa when you can buy it on craigslist for $300 AND avoid the fate of the landfill.  People are always moving in a rush, take advantage of that by buying great furniture products that don’t end up in the garbage and pollute the environment.

Buy Bamboo – Bamboo is a grass not a tree and so it grows quickly and is versatile. Bamboo can be used in flooring, window blinds, or just about any living room furniture.  The only downside to bamboo is that it uses a lot of water during reforestation, but takes little time to reforest compared to trees.

Stop with the Polystyrene Cups – You know it as Styrofoam from the Dow Chemicals Company but actually Styrofoam as a cup does not exist, it’s actually polystyrene .  You go to parties and they have Styrofoam cups and plates and it is terrible.

Take cloth bags to the grocery store – Those little plastic bags used by grocery stores are flimsy and not recycled by people.  Considering that large cities like San Francisco are charging consumers for plastic bags, start now and use nice cloth bags.  Even a backpack is great for filling up heavier items in it.

Stop with the bottle water -  Really? You NEED bottle water?  You’re incapable of putting a filter on your tab for 40 bucks and rather spend $1.20 per bottle every day?  More than 1.6 Billion bottles are not recycled in the UK each year.  Bottled water takes up space.  Bottled water is a waste.  Bottled water use plastics; which in turn use petroleum.   Instead use a hard plastic bottle, fill it with water, and take it to the gym, work, car.  If you are concerned about tap water not being clean, put a filter on.  Remember, just because it’s from a bottle doesn’t make it clean water either; the Perrier scandal taught a lesson there.

Article by Preeti Pradhan

Share this post:
  • Digg
  • del.icio.us
  • StumbleUpon
  • Technorati
  • Ma.gnolia
  • Furl
  • NewsVine
  • Reddit
  • Slashdot

This post was written by:

Guest Editor - who has written 119 posts on Green Girls Global Blog.

Guest Editors are welcome to contribute to the Green Girls Global blog. We provide promotional and non-promotional guest editor opportunities. Please see our 'Contribute' page and 'Advertise' page to find out more.

2 Comments For This Post

  1. Charlie Beaty-Pownall says:

    Great tips, so easy as well!

  2. zsa zsa says:

    Great tips, thanks! Buying from Craigslist is a great idea..in fact, we did a post about it in our 31 days to become greener and healthier series entitled “Freecycle on Craigslist.” By freecycling and posting items for free at Craigslist, unwanted items are recycled and prevents all kinds of unwanted goods out of the garbage and landfills!

Stories from Green Guys Global

Video Content

No longer a silent night

Recycle Now has teamed up with the resourceful members of the Really Rubbish Orchestra and Hear Me Now to play some well-known Christmas carols and raise awareness of the opportunities and importance to recycle small electronic and electrical goods.

Other Videos: