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It's Not Easy Being All Green - But Can You Be Just a Little Greener?

It's easy to be greener for just a week. Pick from 10 easy green actions - or submit your own suggestion!

Can You Be A Little Greener?

Well, it’s not easy to live green all the time but it is easy to live a little greener.  We are all racing around, busy with life and it can be daunting (and inconvenient) to live a totally green lifestyle.

That said, I’m challenging Patch readers to pledge to take one green action this week and stick to it.  Here are my top 10 easy ways to green up your week.  Feel free to comment - share your own tips, frustrations or successes on any green front!

  1. Actually bring in and use the reusable shopping bags at the grocery store.  And the pharmacy, the mall, department store and farmers market. 
  2. Keep the plastic baggies in your drawer at home.  Pack lunches and snacks in reusable containers.
  3. Eat one plant-based meal this week.  Or one additional if you’re already on this train.
  4. Walk or bike ride for your quick trip to the store, pharmacy, post office, library, etc.
  5. Recycle all your paper for one week – cracker/cereal boxes, random papers, flyers, circulars, junk mail – you know what to do. 
  6. Avoid reaching for the disposable water bottle.  Use your reusable water bottle every day.
  7. Switch off the power strip for your TV, computer, gaming devices when not in use.  Or purchase a power strip, set it up and use it.
  8. Unplug cell phone chargers when not in use.
  9. Buy a curly bulb and replace an old bulb with one that is more energy efficient (and cost effective).
  10. Wash your clothes in cold water.  Water heating consumes about 90% of the energy it takes to operate a clothes washer!

 Thanks for reading and being a little greener.  

“Action trumps everything” Len Schlesinger

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Paul J. DiBartolo September 27, 2012 at 11:46 AM
Okay, Patrick, and I'm sure we can get that booming economy by refusing to allow drilling for domestic oil and natural gas and making it impossible to create energy with coal so that our energy costs go through the second story roof (they've already gone through the first story). Add to that all the subsidies we will need to give away to make any kind of green energy scheme anywhere near affordable for you and me and then impose more and more EPA restrictions on our manufacturing sector. Now, how exactly do you propose to create this booming economy that will wipe out $16 trillion dollars worth of debt in 10 years? Wait a minute to post so I can get up off the floor from laughing. BTW, no need to worry about the rising seas because Mr. Obama promised at his capture of the Democratic nomination in 2008 election cycle that we would look back on that moment and tell our children that was the moment when the rising of the seas stopped and the world began to heal.
Mitch Cumstein September 27, 2012 at 12:02 PM
Think about this. Switching to a natural gas energy policy nationwide. SPOT Natural Gas is $2.92 - Western Texas oil is $90.90. Natural gas is plentiful here in North America. This policy change would drive down oil prices along with gas pump prices. Would also provide a framework for peace in the middle east. When oil is 15$ the we keep the money here not in OPEC pockets.
Patrick September 27, 2012 at 03:48 PM
How will any post modern economy grow? That is easy innovation... Technology will bring about the next energy revolution, healthcare innovation, transportation.. etc etc... In New jersey, there is no reason why we are not a silicon valley or the research triangle... there is no reason that as we transformed from manufacturing to service to design and innovation economies that we lead the world. But we are also attached at the hip with the rest of the world... so how do we pull ahead??? I love the story of the kindle. Even if Amazon wanted to build it here and manufacture the parts here, they couldn't google it. it is an amazing study with what is wrong with this nation.
Loretta September 27, 2012 at 06:18 PM
you libs are all alike. If conservatives don't agree with al gore and his phony climate change lobby you think they want pollution. But I agree, we do want more jobs but not at the cost of having our taxes increased for an issue that doesn't exist. You must be an obama lover and an obvious sheep who has already drunk the kool aid. An obvious lost cause!!!!
Ric September 27, 2012 at 06:32 PM
@loretta. You cons are all alike. If liberals don't agree with your lies about al gore and our climate change lobby you think they want to tax us to death. But I agree, we do want more jobs but not at the cost of having our environment destroyed because cons pretend that the destruction of the environment does not exist. You must be a romney lover and an obvious sheep who has already drunk the kool aid. An obvious lost cause!!!!

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