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Items You Could Make Green(er)

New Year’s resolutions to a green(er) you!

Nowadays, products everywhere are advertised as “green,” and choosing those options over their less eco-friendly counterparts is an easy decision for those striving to live environmentally conscious. However, sometimes fully embracing a green lifestyle requires creativity and thinking outside of the box. Let these items you could make green(er) inspire you to look for more ways to help the environment.

Eco-Friendly Driving

If you’re in the market for purchasing a new vehicle, the green choice is fairly obvious. With a hybrid or electric vehicle, you’ll contribute fewer tailpipe emissions and decrease your dependence on fossil fuels, says Visually. If you’re not looking to upgrade your entire vehicle, seek environmentally friendly options for your tires. Going green with your tires begins with the manufacturing process and purchasing from a company that considers their environmental impact, and uses natural and sustainable substitutes. Next, look for tires with lower rolling resistance, which takes less energy to move your car, improves gas mileage and reduces overall carbon dioxide emissions, according to Tire Buyer. When you’re ready to discard of your worn out tires, turn to companies like Goodyear that practice a highly promising process for devulcanizing cured rubber, essentially recycling the tires to be repurposed. If your vehicle is compatible, switch to alternative or renewable energy sources to refuel. Converting biomass directly into liquid fuels, biofuel is a renewable energy source that powers cars and trucks, Rnewable Energy World says. You can even store your own fuel as long as you properly maintain your equipment and choose compatible materials, like an appropriate o-ring that will reduce the frequency of maintenance required.

Slashing Holiday Waste

As the holiday season winds down, formulate a strategy to slash holiday waste. PSSI/Stanford Recycling at Stanford University reports that between Thanksgiving and New Year’s, Americans throw away 25 percent more trash than any other time of year. This extra waste amounts to 25 million tons of garbage ending up in the landfill. As you take down decorations this season, be mindful of the holiday lights, endless amounts of wrapping paper for gifts, non-recyclable packaging and food waste that contributes to the extra 25 million tons of garbage. Recycle your Christmas tree by locating your nearest treecycling station and get creative with reusing wrapping paper to avoid purchasing countless rolls next year. If you’re in the market for new holiday lights, purchase LED lights to save on your energy bill. Recycle your old traditional incandescent lights at your local Lowes recycling center.

DIY Antibacterial Soap

Antibacterial soaps are necessary, however, did you know that your soap is most likely filled with harmful chemicals? Monitored closely by the U.S. Food and Drug Administration (FDA), Triclosan is an antibacterial agent used in personal care, veterinary, industrial and household products. Since it’s only partially removed during wastewater treatment, Triclosan can lead to endocrine disruption, toxicity in algae, and reproduction and developmental effects on fish when exposed to aquatic organisms and ecosystems. Although washing your hands frequently prevents bacteria from spreading, the FDA has found that there isn’t enough science to show that antibacterial soaps are any better at preventing illness compared to washing with plain soap and water. If giving up antibacterial soap altogether is not an option, making your own antibacterial soap allows you to control what you put on your body and release into the environment. Eliminate harmful chemicals by using natural essential oils to achieve similar antibacterial properties. This easy DIY antibacterial soap recipe calls for pure Castille liquid soap, nature essential oils and water. Not only is it all natural and environmentally friendly, it still prevents the spread of harmful bacteria.

As you strive for a more eco-friendly lifestyle, remember to dig deeper and reevaluate all aspects of your work and home life to discover what items you could make green(er).

Green Jobs

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