10 Free ways to go Green
Here is the next top five tips to help you go green without breaking the bank.
6. Think, Green Kris Kringle
We’ve all heard of Kris Kringle right? The holiday season group gift swopping game with a maximum limit of lets say $50 on how much you can spend per present. For a Green Kris Kringle, instead of a cost cap, have a material restraint: only play the game with presents you can find scattered around the home or make crafty gifts you can make with the current materials you have.
That boring old photo frame you have? Add old sparkly bracelet for a shimmery new upgrade, and take it as your gift to exchange. A green Kris Kringle is a fantastic way to reuse old things you are no longer wearing and lower some of the holiday-season material left over that can drain your green spirit.
And instead of wrapping your presents in traditional Christmas paper, why not be creative? Old newspapers, comic books, pages from magazines, maps from your last holiday, street directory, scraps of nice material or even leftover wallpaper can make a hipster green wrapping alternative.
7. Attempt homemade cleaners
Let’s face it, some of the eco friendly cleaning products at the store are pricy. I know you still have to clean, so try making some homemade cleaning supplies yourself from stuff that’s already lying around the home. Some basic, natural, non-chemical, non abrasive cleaning elements are vinegar, bicarb soda and lemon juice.
With vinegar, you can mix with one part water to dilute it, put in a clean spray bottle and start using it in bathrooms and kitchen counter tops.
Baking soda (bicarb soda) can be used as a scrubber as well as a deodoriser (great for pets). To clean your pots and pans like new, add some chopped up lemons in water and simmer on the cooktop – it breaks down some of the toughest cooked on grime.
8. Recycle your old bags
It happens all the time, we forget our reusable shopping bags. Lucky we know just how to recycle the used plastic bags when they start to pile up (take-a-way, extra bin liner, storage bag for a BBQ, you think out it). Yet all that thoughtfulness and attention on reusing plastic bags can lead us to forget about other group of plastic bags: the refrigerator bag and the sandwich bag.
Commonly used for items such as sandwiches or last nights leftovers, these bags get little wear and tear and can be cleaned, aired out and recycled again and over again. Using what you already have is essentially free, do you think?
9. On your bike buddy
We all know it is fun to go out and about, well with driving, parking and exorbitant food and beverage prices these days, going out adds up fast. So try adding a green slant to your night and add a bike riding night-out spectacular with your mates – meet at a local restaurant, cafe, or bar. You’re sure to have interested night, not to mention saving some good old coin and use less petrol.
10. Offset your environmental emissions
If you would like to do something more for the environment – think about offsetting your carbon footprint of your family home, or your business. Carbon offsetting lowers the effects of climate change and makes you feel warm and fuzzy about yourself not to mention impact the world.
About Jhai Mitchell
Jhai is an award winning Internet Marketing Real Estate Agent for Elders Toongabbie and Kings Langley. After running his own internet marketing business he has now set his own sites for the real estate industry. He observed that 90% of real estate agents did not know how to market themselves online. Jhai is now fixed on one goal. To teach real estate agents that they can market online so much better than they currently are.
Since then he has been consistently quoted in the Sydney Morning Herald and Real Estate Business online. He is a regular guest blogger on TheHomePage.com.au, sharing his expertise of marketing aspects for the Real Estate Industry. His biggest passions are his wife, martial arts, dogs and most of all property.