Easy Ways to Green Your Lifestyle

by Lisa Stewart 18 Jun 2016

-The greenest piece of furniture is one that already exists. Most vintage furniture uses solid wood and has much better quality and craftsmanship than today’s mass-produced furniture churned out by factories.

-Carry your own bags into the stores. When purchasing small items ask the cashier for NO bag. Buy in bulk- food from bulk bins can save money and packaging.

-Carry a reusable water bottle, preferably aluminum rather than plastic, when traveling or at work. Not only is bottled water expensive, but it generates large amounts of container waste.

-Wear clothes that don't need to be dry-cleaned. This saves money and cuts down on toxic chemical use.

-Download to view favorite movies and TV shows instead of purchasing DVDs. Borrow from libraries instead of buying personal books. This saves money and eliminates storage hassles too.

-Share power tools and other appliances. Get to know your neighbors while cutting down on the number of things cluttering your closet or garage.

-Recycle your electronics and batteries. Keep your cell phones, computers, and other electronics as long as possible. Donate or recycle them responsibly when the time comes. E-waste contains mercury and other toxics and is a growing environmental problem.

Lisa Stewart is an Interior Designer in Raleigh, NC.