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Ways to “go green” and save some green

Posted by Kim McGrigg on 4/22/2008

Today is Earth Day and I am thinking about some ways that I can save some money and help the environment at the same time. I have already developed a phobia of plastic bags and have begun carrying my own cotton bags to the grocery store. As a bonus, my store gives me credit for the plastic bags not used! Following are some other easy ways I commit to “go green” and save some green.

I will stop drinking so much bottled water. I am very tough and I am just certain I can survive tap water (or maybe I’ll get a good filter!) All those plastic bottles are piling up. Plus, Americans spend more than $10 billion a year on bottled water.

I will hit “print” far less often. According to the Minnesota Pollution Control Agency, businesses tear through copy paper at an estimated annual rate of 10,000 sheets for each office employee. Besides, I already have too much paper on my desk.

I will replace at least one of my burned out lightbulbs with a florescent lightbulb. According to the editor of SmartMoney.com, if every American replaced just one bulb, that small change would prevent greenhouse gases equivalent to the emissions of more than 800,000 cars.

I will compost dog waste in something called The Pet Drum. I realize this is action a bit more extreme than the others, but I do think it is a very practical idea (especially since I don’t have as many plastic bags as I used to!)

For more ideas, read The Digerati Life’s blog post from Earth Day 2007 titled 10 Simple Ways to Save Money and the Environment.

I’d love to hear your ideas too! Submit your tips for change.
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