June 03rd 2012 - Six Tips for Living Greener: Real Green Living This Summer
1. If you can't afford to buy all organic, review the Environmental Working Group (EWG)'s "Dirty Dozen," a list of foods most likely to have high levels of pesticide residue. Peaches, sweet bell peppers, celery, nectarines strawberries and spinach are best when bought organic.
2. When going on a picnic or having a backyard cookout, remember to buy either reusable or compostable plates and cutlery. Preserve makes plates, cutlery and cups that are not only recycled and recyclable, but they are dishwasher safe, too.
3. Choose to use chemical-free sunscreen. Mineral-based sunscreens, like those from Lavera, are not only safer for us and the environment but frequently offer stronger UVA protection than their chemical counterparts.
4. Make your own organic fertilizer by composting. You can purchase compost bins and tumblers, or simply start an open-air pile in your backyard. Organic food scraps (no dairy, meat or bones) can be added to the composter, along with grass clippings and leaves. Add your finished compost to flower and vegetable gardens alike, and your plants will thank you.
5. Turn scrap fabric into reusable cloth napkins. The fabric doesn't have to be all the same, and is actually more fun if patterns and colors vary. Each guest, or member of the family, will be able to keep track of their napkin just based on the pattern they chose, all without having to purchase fancy napkin rings.
6. Install a rain barrel. Harvesting your own rainwater will not only save you money, but your plants will love the chlorine-free lukewarm water. You will also be doing your community a service by helping to reduce city water consumption, and helping to reduce flash flooding, too.
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