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The few things we are doing to be #green and help the environment

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I have to thank my wife for being hardcore about doing what we can for the environment, but thought I would share what we do – because it is simple, and it makes a big difference. Just want to note that it hasn’t inconvenienced our life at all.

1. Recycle
Our building doesn’t have recycling (shocking I know), so we purchased these bags for $16 for a set of 3 and do our own recycling. We drop them free of charge to the local grocery store or Target when we go grocery shopping on a weekly basis. Just to give you an idea, between the two of us, we almost have about 20-30 pounds of recyclable material per week(cans, bottles, newspapers, magazines, etc..). Just between the 2 of us, that is about 1500 pounds a year, that’s a lot of isht.

2. Use Re-usable Grocery Bags
We also purchased 5 of these Trader Joe’s grocery bags for a one time fee of $2 each which we just keep in the trunk. All grocery stores sell them though. Now anytime we go to a grocery store, we take those bags inside. We go grocery shopping about once a week or once every two weeks, and would usually use about 5-7 plastic bags. Again, multiply that by 52 and that is about 350 plastic bags that just ends up in the trash or really pollutes the environment and hurts animals.

3. Use a Coffee Thermos
I am a huge coffee drinker and always have 1-2 cups of coffee a day. I used to be an ardent Starbucks guy, until I recently learned the joys of grinding and making my own coffee at home. Regardless if you make coffee at home, or go out, you should try to get in the habit of taking your own coffee thermos. Again, 2 cups multiplied by 365 is about 700 coffee cups that end up in the trash a year. By the way, making coffee at home has also been a huge money saver for me.

So, if you think about it, by not doing much at all, here is what I am NOT throwing in the trash -> 1500 pounds of cans, bottles, newspapers, 350 plastic grocery bags, 700 coffee cups PER YEAR. Aside from whatever good we are doing, it also feels good. Would love to hear any more simple tips that can help us live a more green life.

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Written by Sid Shah

July 27, 2010 at 4:40 pm

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