Going green is a hot topic these days. It is all about making great choices that will help
our environment rather than harm it.
If you really do want to go green and be kind to our planet, there are many changes that
you can make. Some of these changes involve major investment, while other changes can be free or
cost very little.
We have listed a few going green tips that will help.
Recycling - Is one going green choice you can make that will not cost you
anything. Many items in daily use are recyclable.
- Paper is probably the most copious commodity within domestic
- Paperless billing - One option becoming available is to choose to receive
your bills by email rather than through the postal system. This simple choice will eradicate a
huge amount of waste paper, as well as, all of the related production and transport costs.
- Shredding as much of your waste paper and re-using as bedding for small
domestic pets is a novel and cost effective going green strategy.
- Paper mulching - pellets can be used in solid fuel boilers or fires.
This involves soaking the waste paper in water and then squeezing the resulting mulch into
molds and allowing to dry before being used for fuel.
- Compost heaps - can be used to make use of plain unprinted paper,card
and cardboard and turn it into composted material. Compost heaps are excellent for re-cycling
garden waste and kitchen waste and can be used to produce heat for garden sheds and
- Recycle bins - Here in the UK our local councils have made the decision to
provide several waste bins so that we the householder can seperate out recyclable items. We
have a small black plastic bin for containing our remaining waste paper which is collected by
the local council on a fortnightly basis.
- Plastic -Nowadays most products are sold in recyclable plastic containers.
There are various marks and symbols on these plastic containers to indicate the methods of
re-cycling. We seperate all plastic and place in the waste plastic bin. Don't dispose of
plastic by burning as it releases toxic fumes.
- Glass - is another material that you can recycle and normally needs
to be divided into clear glass and coloured glass. We have used jam jars to store nails and
screws enabling me to see where they are.
- Metals are particularly good to recycle as you can take them to a local
scrapyard and receive payment for them. The price of most metals is quite high at the moment,
so you could be surprised by the amount you receive for your scrap metal.
This has caused a rise in the number of scrap collectors travelling around our towns
and cities. If you are unable to transport this scrap metal or you do not have a scrapyard
locally allowing these scrap collectors to remove it could be helpful but they are unlikely to
give you anything like the true value of this metal.
- Electronic goods - When buying an upgrade or replacement the retailers
will normally accept your old item and sometimes can give a discount on your new item. If the
retailer will not accept your old electronic items then your local re-cycling centres have
arrangements to take all electrical goods. They also take old batteries, cords,wires and
- Mobile phones can be sold to various companies via the postal system for
small amounts, knowing that they will be used again in some third world country.
- Energy Saving Bulbs - Another way of going green is to switch to energy
saving bulbs from traditional bulbs. These CFL bulbs may be more expensive but they will
definitely last longer which will save you money in the long run. They also use less energy
saving on your bills and reducing your countries over all energy production costs. Check out
our Light Systems page for more details.
- Washing line - Why not go back to hanging your washing on a washing line,
rather than always using an electronic drier. Naturally aired clothes always seem to be
fresher. If you do not have the option of an external washing line, and you are not in a rush,
why not try internal clothes horses that allow drying from the warmth of the surrounding
Going green can be fun as well as rewarding.
Hopefully these few tips can be helpful but also stimulate your imagination into
recognising further inovative ways of going green.
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