Contributed by Julie Fornaro, Public Relations Strategist, NewGround PR and Marketing
Going green is often synonymous with expense, as eco-friendly options often require an upfront investment or premium cost. We all know there’s an added expense to installing solar panels on our roofs, that hybrid cars are more costly, and that organic produce often comes with a higher price tag. We all want to choose the environmentally friendly option but is it possible to green your urban lifestyle without breaking the bank? Believe it or not, there are some simple, inexpensive choices you can make to protect the planet:
Support Local Growers
Buying local reduces the fossil fuels required to transport produce long distances and puts that money right back into your local economy. Most major metro cities in the U.S. host numerous Farmer’s Market events where the produce is local and often organic.
Get Rid of Plastic Water Bottles
By using a water filtration system like a Brita, your family will have access to clean water at a much lower price than water bottles. Reduce your city’s contribution to the excessive plastic bottle waste crowding landfills. And save money at the same time!
Recycle Your Outdated Electronics
We frequently switch out phones, computers, and cameras for the latest model. But sending your older versions to landfills isn’t the best answer. Many components are toxic and can seep into the soil, tainting our food and water supply. Instead, recycle them free of charge through neighborhood electronics recycling events and centers.
Reconsider Dry Cleaning
So many of us “urban executives” know the expense of dry cleaning – both to the wallet and to the environment. Consider other methods. Dry cleaning uses harsh, harmful chemicals and is no more effective than hand washing and steaming garments yourself!
These options are simple, but they will make a difference!
Posted: 10/8/2012 1:09:39 PM by
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