Tips on Going Green
Suggestions for Reducing Household Material Consumption
We’re not saying you should do everything on the list, but please do something! If everyone did a little, the difference it would make would be a lot.
- Stop junk mail
- Eat less meat (Production of meat can be many times more energy-intensive and resource-intensive than vegetable production. Just cutting meat consumption by one day a week would save more resources than you recycle in a month.)
- Compost at home
- Drive Less
- Shop at locally owned businesses
- Choose less packaging
- Double-side copies at the office
- Choose non-toxic alternatives
- Buy and repair durable products
- Buy used goods
- Borrow, rent or share items
- Sell or donate salvageable goods
- Use gift bags: the gift that goes around and around!
Find Ways to Reuse Your Materials
Aside from reusing an item (like a reusable shopping bag)…
Upcycling means reusing old or discarded materials and crafting them
into something completely new. Here are some ideas:
20+ Unique Ways to Recycle Old Tires
Step-by-Step Rag Rug Instructions
Know how and what to recycle!
The complete guide of how to recycle most materials can be found in our A-Z Guide. For more reading on recycling, composting, & Vermont Recycling Law, have a look at our Resources page.