Sunday, August 22, 2010

The Light Green Challenge

Taking on a ‘greener’ life can be a daunting thought. “What about my long, hot shower?”, “Organic food is so expensive,” and “I can not possibly live with out my hair straightener!” might pop into your head. You want to help the environment, and spread a little ‘green’, but you don’t want to give up your ‘un-green’ life. If that is you, I propose to you a challenge. Its “The Light Green Challenge,” and it'll help you dip your toes into the world of eco-friendly living.

The first step is limiting water use. We need water to live, and let’s be honest, to have good hygiene, hair, and skin. We can reduce how much we use though. While taking a shower, turn off the water while washing your hair and shaving. You can also shut it off while brushing your teeth and washing your hands. Buy some eco-friendly hand sanitizer, and use it instead of soap and water every other time you cleanse your hands.

Step two is limiting paper and plastic use. When going through the drive-through, or getting take-out, ask for your food without the to-go bag. You can also buy a chic ‘green’ bag for grocery shopping. Also find one that can be folded up to fit in your purse for regular shopping trips. If you’re a coffee addict, or even a soda fountain regular, buy an eco-friendly washable cup.

The last step is giving. Take the time to go through your clothes and other things, and get rid of what you do not use. You could sell things like electronics and collectables on eBay. Some extra cash never hurts. The rest you can give to Good Will or the local sharing center. Most importantly, remember to recycle. Keep reminding yourself to reduce, reuse, and recycle, and it will eventually become habit. If your not ready to go totally ‘green’, “The Light Green Challenge” is perfect for you.

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