Earth Day 2015- Simple Changes You Can Make To Be "Green"

Today is the 45th anniversary of Earth Day. This day was created to promote taking care of our planet. With mass consumption and large levels of debris, its important that we learn how to better use our resources. It starts with you. Everyone can make changes to be more “green.” I am always looking for ways I can use less resources myself. Here are a few tips to get you started.

1. Recycle- You would be amazed at how much stuff can be recycled. Educate yourself and use those blue bins. Chicago still has a long way to go in my opinion.

2. Save a tree- go paperless. Get your bills and financial statements online. This not only saves paper but time and postage as well. You can have your bills deducted out of your account or get an email when its time for you to pay them.

3. Opt out of those catalogs. Who has time to read them all anyway? Use Your mailbox will thank you.

4. Use reusable bags for grocery and retail shopping. Ban the plastic from your life. Do you know how many of these bags I recycle each month at Marianos? Probably several hundred.

5. Don’t toss those dry cleaning hangers. Take them back to the cleaners. They will reuse them.

6. Eliminate water bottles from your life. About 7 years ago I purchased a Brita water system and never looked back. I simply refill my water bottle as needed.

7. Limit the incoming in your life. What do you really need. America tends to be a throw away society. In my travels, I have seen many family traditions in which furniture and things are passed down from generation to generation.

What can you personally do to help our planet? Look around your home and think about it. We all have room to improve!!

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