August 19, 2009

Green Ideas for Cheap!

Green Ideas for Cheap!

Everyone wants to help fight global warming, but I need to make sure that my wallet is not the casualty of the battle. If you follow some of these green ideas for cheap, you might find out that you can save the environment - and your wallet!

First, stock up on white vinegar. This is one of my favorite green ideas. This is a great all-purpose cleaner and can be used to clean floors, kitchen surfaces (it's especially good with grease) and bathroom surfaces. Mix it with essential oils of lemon of lavender for a pleasing scent (and microbial activity as well). You can also use white vinegar as an alternative to fabric softener in every load of laundry, even whites. Those companies that produce the chemically based cleaners will have to come up with green ideas of their own to compete with your new white vinegar revolution.

Organic food is delicious - and expensive. One of the tastiest green ideas is to grow your own vegetables and herbs. This is predicated on having space to grow them of course. However, I'm a renter without a yard and I grow herbs in window boxes and have a hydroponic grower that I use for lettuces. I have a fresh salads almost every day. If you don't want to bother with that, join a community-supported farm. This is like a collective and for $20 to $50 a week, you can have a big box of locally grown and organic foods for your whole family.

Using re-usable containers is one of the most forehead slapping green ideas. Not only are you throwing away pounds and pounds of garbage every year in coffee cups, take-out containers and water bottles, you're spending a fortune as well. Make your own coffee and bring it to work or school in a travel mug. Eco-friendly re-usable water bottles are now available in virtually any grocery or supermarket. Saving money and the planet is the combination I love seeing in the best green ideas.

So you see, green ideas don't need to be expensive ideas. In fact, all of the green ideas I've listed about would actually save you money. It's the biggest no-brainer I can think of. And all of them take no effort at all. When it comes to green ideas, you can keep the real green - your money - in your pocket and still do your part to help combat global warming and protect the Earth for future generations.

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