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20 Easy Ways to Go Green at Home

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Many Americans are so dependent on plastic materials that they often don’t realize how much waste they produce each year. According to National Geographic, the amount of plastic ever produced amounts to 8.3 billion metric tons. Of that amount, 6.3 billion metric tons have become plastic waste. The vast majority—79 percent—are ending up in landfills and taking over natural environments. The prediction is that by 2050, oceans and seas will contain just as much plastic as they do fish.

This is obviously a major problem for our planet, and although individually we seem to play a small part in this crisis, even the smallest changes in our daily lives can make a huge impact in the long run.


Below are 20 easy ways to go green in your home. If completely going green seems intimidating and expensive, try to make one change per week, and you’ll be living an environment-friendly lifestyle in no time!

  1. Use reusable bags when grocery shopping.

  2. Car pool whenever possible.

  3. Buy rechargeable batteries. If you do use disposable batteries, they should never be thrown in the trash, because they contain many toxic chemicals that could pollute our drinking water if they are left to deteriorate in a landfill. Visit for information on local drop-off sites.

  4. Support green businesses.

  5. Give away your old magazines to places with waiting rooms like hospitals and dental offices.

  6. File your taxes electronically to cut back on paper.

  7. Donate old newspapers to local animal shelters and bring plastic bags back to stores.

  8. Shop eco-friendly whenever possible (ie: beauty products, home décor, etc.)

  9. Buy reusable, reliable coffee mugs and water bottles. Use reusable coffee filters as well!

  10. Cut out plastic straws. Make it a point to mention that you will not be needing a straw at restaurants and bars.

  11. Only run the washer, dryer, and dishwasher with full loads and repair any leaky faucets.

  12. Ride your bike or walk whenever possible.

  13. Buy e-tickets through apps when going to the movies, concerts, or traveling.

  14. Run errands back-to-back to reduce gas usage.

  15. Buy an air-purifying plant for your home.

  16. Remove unnecessary items from your car—the more weight, the more gas your car uses.

  17. Give away your old possessions to thrift stores or hold a yard sale.

  18. Switch to chemical-free cleaning products.

  19. Take the stairs instead of the elevator whenever possible.

  20. RECYCLE. This is the most important one. See the list below for guidelines on what can be recycled and what cannot.


Aluminum cans

Tin, steel and bi-metal cans

Aerosol cans—empty and without pressure

Metal lids from jars, cans and bottles

Metal food trays

Plastic bottles (must remove caps, pumps, sprayers and lids)

Milk containers (remove lid)

Drink bottles

Cleaning product and bleach bottles

Shampoo and bubble bath Bottles

Milk cartons

Juice containers

Newspaper and inserts


Junk mail

Office paper

Telephone books and catalogs

Cardboard (flattened)

Carton-board such as cereal boxes and 6-pack cartons

brown paper bags

Egg cartons (paper-board only)

Shredded paper

Frozen food packaging

Soft cover books

Glass food and beverage Containers

Wine bottles

Clear, green or amber in color glass jars

Glass food/beverage containers


Aluminum foil

Pie pans

Scrap metal

Foil juice bags

Coat hangers

Propane tanks

Plastic bags

Plastic wrap

Plastic bottle tops

Plastic cups

Packing peanuts

Motor oil or pool chemical containers


Clear food containers

Plastic egg boxes


Plastic toys

Medical supplies

Large plastic items

Pesticides and herbicides

Garden plastics and flower pots

Food storage and Microwave containers

solvent, paint and adhesive containers

Yogurt and margarine tubs

Waxy cardboard or paper Ice cream containers

Pizza boxes

Towel or tissue rolls

Rubber bands

Plastic wrap from newspapers

Remove plastic and foil from cereal boxes

Blue print paper

Cardboard saturated with poultry or meat juices

Bar soap or detergent bottles

Window glass/mirrors

Incandescent/fluorescent bulbs

Dishware or ceramics

We hope you find these tips helpful, and may they guide you toward a cleaner, greener life!

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