I care about the environment, and I try to adopt practices and a lifestyle that resonates with that value.  It’s easy to be and think green on Earth Day, but perhaps more importantly are the things that you do 24/7/365.

Earth Here are 30 easy ways that you can incorporate green into your life all year long:

  1. Turn off lights when not in use
  2. Substitute lower wattage lights where you can
  3. Wear clothes more than once
  4. Wash clothes in cold water
  5. Turn your thermostat down a notch or two, and wear a sweater inside
  6. Conserve on gas by combining errands to make one trip, instead of making several
  7. Recycle!
  8. Dispose of hazard materials properly and safely
  9. Patronize companies and brands that DO NOT test on animals, and that have green initiatives
  10. Walk or bike instead of driving (saves on gas and is healthier, too!)
  11. Compost – it’s a whole lot easier than it used to be
  12. Take your own reusable bags with you when you go shopping (keep one or two in the car so you always have one handy)
  13. Let go of the “disposable lifestyle” and re-use whenever possible
  14. Pass on toys, clothing, and household goods to someone who needs them
  15. Use a Sigg bottle to carry water with you
  16. Reduce or eliminate chemical use in household cleaning, and look for green alternatives
  17. Use public transportation or carpool
  18. Write a letter or sign a petition for an important conservation cause
  19. Eat local when ever you can (consuming food that was grown less than 50 miles from your home)
  20. Grow a vegetable garden
  21. Use (and reuse when possible) cloth napkins rather than paper
  22. Buy green and organic cosmetic items
  23. Learn to make homemade beauty products
  24. Plant a tree
  25. Don’t print out something unless it’s absolutely necessary
  26. If a new car is in your future, consider a hybrid
  27. Don’t let the water run when you’re brushing teeth
  28. Stop smoking!  Helps keep the air and your lungs cleans.
  29. Buy appliances with the energy star
  30. Donate to green causes

What can you do to make the world a little greener – every single day of the year?

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