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3 simple green tips that you can do today!

Submitted by on Tuesday, 7 April 2009 Loading Add to favourites  10 Comments

green-tips-for-a-reduced-carbon-footprintPlan a green day this week!

If you want to reduce your carbon footprint, but are not sure where to start, here are 3 simple tips.

Making small changes helps you and the environment. If you’re feeling in control of what you are doing, you’ll feel inspired to do more. The environment will benefit every time you reduce your carbon footprint, no matter how small.

So move at a comfortable pace and don’t beat yourself up for not being perfect!

Plant it

1- Plant something. A herb in your windowsill, some tomatoes in a hanging basket or a few beans in a pot. Have a go and see what you can create! You’ll be hooked from the moment the first seedling pops up its head.

Save water

2- Put a hippo in your cistern, or an old brick or a bottle full of water. It doesn’t have to be posh; just put it in and start saving water!

Green clean

3- Use a lemon to clean. There are plenty of tips in this article to get you started on a green spring clean.

What about you? What is your simplest green tip to share with others?

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  • Hi, I just discovered you via the Problogger 31 Days project.

    My tip for your readers would be to have one vegetarian meal each week. Meat production generally involves a huge amount of water and other resources, so having one meat-free meal per week can reduce your environmental footprint by more than you’d think.

    Keep up the great work!

  • Mrs Green says:

    Hi Darren – that is a great tip and a topic which we cover on the site. It is fast becoming apparent that a vegetarian diet, or at least a meat-reduced diet is better for the environment.
    Thanks for taking time to leave a comment and keep up the great work with your own site 🙂

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  • Jon says:

    Bricks apparently crumble and damage the cistern and bowl.

    I am using a bottle at the moment. Any one know if these release phthalates? How about hippos are they phthalate free?

  • Mrs Green says:

    Hi Jon, great to see you and thank you for your comment. You know, I did wonder about the brick thing when I wrote it. I guess it’s not such a good idea after all!

    Whether or not the bottle releases phthalates would depend on the type of plastic I guess. To my limited knowledge, these are usually released more when the product is warm – so I would imagine it not to be too big an issue in a toilet cistern?

    Let me know if you find out more on this topic; it’s fascinating how a tiny thing can spark so much interest and need for further thought!

  • Hi Mrs. Green! I just popped over from the 31 Day Challenge — I love your list post! It is well formatted, concise and easy!

    Great job and thanks for sharing!

  • Mrs Green says:

    Hi Kendall,
    Welcome and thank you for the comment. The 31 day challenge is great isn’t it? Darren is wonderful to give away his time, energy and knowledge in this way.
    Thanks for the comment – I’m going to take a look at your blog too 🙂
    Are you enjoying the course?

  • Paige Green says:

    Great to see tips on the green home, and tips like these are so simple to adapt!

    Another great simple green cleaning tip is to baking soda. It really cuts through grime and kills odour. Keep up the great work with the blog.

  • Mrs Green says:

    Hi Paige,
    Good to see you here and thank you for sharing your tip. We use a lot of baking soda for cleaning and find it to be very effective.
    Are there any jobs you find it to be particularly useful for? It never ceases to amaze me how well it can clean the hob!

    Thanks for the link to the green pages site. It looks great and it’s wonderful to connect with so many people wanting to do their bit to help the environment.

  • Elizah Leigh says:

    Hello there — I’ve been reading your posts with great interest for a while now and just want to say that you always seem to dispense the right dose of green, whether your readers are just dipping their toes into the water or they are a lot more in tune to the scene. I wrote a piece not too long ago which touched on the very basic things that people can do to launch their green lifestyle change…perhaps you might be interested in checking it out? I’d love feedback from a fellow green enthusiast! http://www.greenwala.com/my_blog/823-Top-10-Greenie-Newbie-Lifestyle-Basics Thanks so much for your time and I look forward to reading your upcoming posts! Best Wishes, Elizah Leigh