Green-grazing has become as fraught with controversy as anything else in modern society, yet for the most part people agree that when there is anything that can be done in one’s own realm of reasonablilty- than that thing at least should be done. When people do find fortune to agree in any context, it is well-advised to show face and take some action.
3 Things you can do this month to Green-UP:
It is spring cleaning season, so you should be purging most areas of your life during this time already. When you’re ready to purge your sensitive documents and you have more than you can reasonably handle, utilize a shredding service for disposal. The benefits of a green shredding service are first, that they are capable of shredding the largest quantities in the most energy-efficient manner, being better equipped to do so. Second, a green-shredder will sort shreds into their correct recycling treatment areas. Think, paper to paper and plastic to plastic as opposed to the typical personal routine of throwing our cards and papers into the same shredder and disposing of it all in plastic bags. Third, a professional shredder can usually take on the crazy shreds like CDs and hard drives.
Watch your water consumption in any way that you can, without stressing yourself out. We recently invested in a very affordable shower-head assembly that only allows 1.5 gallons of water flow per minute. This is half the water usage of the shower head we were using, which was itself a water saver. It turns out that a 1.5 gallon outlet per minute is just about the greenest flow out there, accessible to the average consumer. Ours happens to be a Niagara Earth Chrome Conservation model, easily found via Ebay, Google, Amazon or Niagara.
Use your gadgets, and today’s technologies. Cut business travel to the necessary minimum. Imagine the fuel and accommodations savings. There are many thing today that can be done in a remote environment, eliminating unnecessary overhead and travel or commute related expenses. Email, online document sharing, discussion boards- you name it. How is your business or household using gadgets in the interest of Green?
On a larger scale, we should upgrade public transit with fuel savings and other wasted monies, which then should increase work opportunities and sustainable living- also an opportunity to encourage foot-travel and inter-community trading on a smaller scale once again.
Help me celebrate Earth Day 2012. Leave a note and let everyone know about one simple thing you do to contribute to the Green cause. If you’re not doing something now, let this Earth Day work for you and pick one suggestion right now for implementation tomorrow. It’ll make you feel better!
~Have a Wonderful Earth Week~