Being green at home


1. Reduce Bottled Water Waste Approximately 38 billion water bottles are sent to landfills each year.

Filter For Good campaign from Brita & Nalgene aims to reduce bottled water waste - and by using a water pitcher for filtered water, with a reusable water bottle, you are replacing 300 bottled water bottles a day.

2. Reduce Energy/Water Costs Around Home Install low-flow fixtures in kitchens and bathrooms.

By installing a low-flow showerhead, you can reduce your bathroom water consumption by 40%, save up to one gallon of water a minute, and save up to $90 annually.

A great example of this is Waterpik's EcoFlow showerhead.

3. Household Chores Doing laundry is a great example of how you can change what you buy in order to go green.

Read the label and look for greener choices. For instance, Arm& Hammer's Liquid Laundry detergent contains no dyes, no phosphates - which is important to not pollute our waterways. It has non-toxic baking soda and biodegradable plant-based soaps.

4. Greener & Safer Transportation One school bus takes 36 cars off the road, saving not only harmful emissions but also saving parents almost $3.00 per day by not having to drive. And school buses are 8 times safer than driving your child.

IC Bus is hosting a contest for "America's Greenest School" at , which is asking for children's essays on their schools going green. The winner receives a $5,000 scholarship and his or her school wins a hybrid school bus worth $200,000.

5. Sort your trash

Nearly zero-cost way to go green - there are six ways to sort your trash so that you almost bring your landfill waste to zero.

Buy the book on Amazon: The Mom's Guide to Growing Your Family Green

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