For some of us, living a “green” life is akin to champagne life on a beer budget. We really want to do the “good stuff“ but we don’t always want to invest the time or money. But, light “green” is always better than no green at all and after thinking about how to convert your home; we found it does not have to be so difficult or expensive.
The stats for plastic bottle pollution are really shocking and so we are making every effort to use refillable bottles and a nifty Soda Stream seltzer maker. We love the bubbles and the good feeling we get knowing we aren’t contributing to the problem.
As for energy consumption, converting LED or energy efficient bulbs is an easy fix and when you consider the cost of a window air conditioner vs. a ceiling fan, it is a no-brainer as it cost 42 times more to run a small window a.c. unit. The latest generation NEST Thermostat is easy to install and it even remembers that you get hot in the middle of the night and have cold feet in the morning. Who wouldn’t want to save energy and rescue your love life?
One of the easiest ways to create a healthier “green” environment is to add some actual green to your house. Indoor houseplants are famous for acting as natural air purifiers. A 1989 NASA experiment found that house plants can scrub the air of a whole host of nasty compounds from a lab environment, and the bigger the leaves, the higher the purification rate. We wouldn’t rely on this method, entirely, but it can’t hurt to add some green to your greening effort. A nice big fig tree in a gorgeous pot is always stylish shade of green.
A lovely linen washcloth and reusable paper towels are great green innovations for your kitchen sink and upping your storage container game to all glass is a great idea and so are these super cool re-usable beeswax covers . A great fix for balancing our love of straws with our love of all God’s creatures are these wonderful bamboo drinking straws.
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