A very wise amphibian by the name of Kermit once said “it ain’t easy being green”. Despite my deep affection toward frogs (actually, I’m terrified of them), I would have to disagree with my chartreuse friend on this one. Being environmentally friendly, or “green”, has become such a trend in our society that it’s so simple to make little changes in your life that can make a difference in the long run. I haven’t been the most environmentally conscious person in my past – I recycle, I conserve electricity…. but do I have my own compost pile? Not quite. But now that I am a LEED Accredited Professional for green building design, I feel it is my duty to save the world, one bottle of soap at a time. Or, I just wanna lend my hand in the whole green trend. Either or. :)
I picked up one of these bad boys the other day during a visit to my neighborhood organic/whole food store. I’m not someone who subscribes to the idea of buying everything organic, but I do think that spending an extra buck or two on something that’s not hurting our lovely planet is worth my pocket change. I had heard so much about these Mrs. Meyers products, so I decided to join the club. These aren’t certified organic products, but they use all natural ingredients, are PVC free, do not test on animals…. and have a sense of humor to boot. Check out their website for some thrilling reading on their plethora of products. Plus, the fresh lemony scent makes my hands and kitchen smell oh so yummy.
Another simple little green trend that’s actually quite awesome is the compact fluorescent bulb. Seriously, once you go fluorescent, you’ll never go back! The long life of these bulbs alone will convert you. They also use less energy, so you’re wallet will be singing your praises. Scott and I have switched almost all of the bulbs in our house to these puppies and the thought of not having to change another bulb for a few years puts a smile on my face.
We do a few other little things around the house to save energy and money. We recycle as many items as we can (cardboard, glass, plastic) which is just as easy as throwing them into your basic trash bin. We also turn off the lights when we’re not in a room, unplug devices that we’re not using, and try to conserve water at every chance we get. We may not be the green queen and king quite yet, but at least we’re making that little extra effort to conserve. Any earth saving tips you’d like to impart?