it’s not always easy being green.
in the words of kermit the frog, it’s not always easy being green. we San Franciscans can get pretty intense about being ‘green’ and there’s absolutely nothing wrong with that — I totally believe in being eco-conscious, but sometimes you can start to feel a little inadequate or not green enough, right? it gets a little like portlandia from time to time! I’m probably apt to do my part in more subtle ways: I re-purpose vintage finds and furniture, I keep a bucket in my shower to catch the cold water while it’s warming up to water my plants; I grow my own herbs and vegetables in planters (which is fun!); and I walk and try to ride my bike more than I drive my car. You don’t have to be ridiculous to be green, and you can make a lot of little differences that add up to make a much bigger impact.
line-dryed laundry / smells fresh / wastes less energy
You can air-dry clothes no matter where you live and by doing so, you can cut your energy bill in half, reduce your carbon footprint and preserve your favorite clothing. And who doesn’t love that fresh-air smell? Bring home vintage linens, clothing etc. and clean them up with Green Works® plant-based laundry soap and give them a new life.
rescue/adopt an animal
Lucy is a rescue mutt — you can Find your new best friend at a local shelter, too. You’ll give them a second chance at life and reduce the nation’s pet overpopulation problem. Everybody wins!
bring your own grocery totes
Save some trees and keep the landfills clear by using your own tote bags. There’s so many cute, organically made ones out there now. Leave a few in your car or bike basket for that unexpected shopping spree.
repurposed jars for storing food bought in bulk
Head for the bulk bins and store your goods in a non-toxic and stylish way. Glass jars come in a fun array of sizes, styles and colors and are sure to be useful somewhere in your kitchen. Shopping vintage jars from the flea markets is a great way to be ‘green’. Scrub them up with non-toxic Green Works® all-purpose cleaner.
water drinking bottle using cute repurposed jar
Avoid buying bottled water and instead filter simple tap water and use your own containers. works for your morning coffee, too. The Earth will thank you for it.
grow your own herb garden
There’s no better way to have fresh, organic herbs at the ready than to grow them yourself. They look pretty on your kitchen windowsill and are virtually fool-proof to maintain. so easy, and so rewarding, too. i love being able to reach over and clip a few fresh herbs.
keep a tub in shower to catch cold water/water plants
Why waste that cold water when warming up your shower? Simply keep a bucket or tub nearby to catch it and use it to water your plants & garden. I’ve been doing this for years!
bike riding to your locally grown farmer’s market
Buy fresh fruits and veggies from your farmer’s market to help boost your local economy. And of course, ride your bike and don’t forget your cute tote bags!
check out the greenworks youtube video for more easy ideas on being green.