September 20, 2016
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How Self-Driving Cars Can Save the Planet

Self-driving cars are all but upon us. Most of the latest luxury models can already do some of the driving for you, and Uber has even started testing a self-driving fleet. It’s an exciting change, and it has made now the best time to buy a car in history so far, with an even more promising future right around the corner. Here are the basics on how self-driving cars can change an industry and how it may impact the rest of the world.


Safety Impacts


The general consensus is that automated driving will eventually surpass human drivers in terms of safety. A fully connected network of self-driving cars can access more information about traffic, road conditions and other safety features than any person could process, enabling them to flow harmoniously with all of the other vehicles. Many experts predict that when the vast majority of driving is done by the cars, manufacturers will be able to rethink every aspect of design, de-emphasizing safety and improving efficiency. Here are just a few of the most radical changes.


  1. Reinforcement. Heavy, reinforced materials can be replaced by lighter, more efficient options.
  2. Control. Pedals, steering wheels and other driver input devices can be cut entirely.
  3. Crash protection. Airbags, seat belts and other safety devices can be stripped, cutting the weight of the car.


Efficient Travel


In the early stages of implementation, automated shipping fleets can reduce emissions by taking more efficient routes and traveling in smarter ways. Since computerized vehicles don’t need sleep, many current trucking routes can be improved by ignoring the parts of the routes designed for drivers’ rest. The other interesting technique shipping fleets can use involves drafting. Because automated trucks can respond to traffic and other factors in unison, they can travel in a caravan style where larger groups draft behind each other, improving overall efficiency by impressive margins.


When it comes to commuting and city traffic, automation could potentially be more efficient when they handle all of the driving. Here are long-term possibilities:


  • No more traffic stops. When all of the vehicles can sync and travel harmoniously, traffic lights and stop signs become obsolete. Instead vehicles can seamlessly merge and turn even in dense traffic. Currently, the world burns roughly 2 billion gallons of fuel in traffic jams every year. Eliminating them saves money and emissions.
  • Faster parking. In the city, one of the great challenges is finding a good parking spot. A connect driving system can actively monitor parking options and route directly to the best available spot, saving countless driving hours across the country every day.
  • No more wrecks. Circling back to the impact of congested traffic, one of the major contributors to these jams is traffic accidents. When they disappear, even the worst parts of rush hour see a substantial improvement traffic.




The potential for self-driving cars is likely to change the world. Whether that change is positive or negative will depend mostly on how the industry is regulated. Since automated vehicles will be able to completely change the face of car design, manufacturers will need incentive to choose efficiency over other options. Experts predict that this is what will determine whether these cars cut emissions by 90 percent or inflate them by up to 200 percent.

tesla model s

March 3, 2016
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What is the Cost Effective Difference Between Electric and Gasoline Vehicles

The most evident difference between driving a gasoline vehicle and electric vehicle is that the electric vehicle has an electric engine and the gasoline vehicle uses fuel. You may see an electric vehicle and not realize that it is one because it looks like a normal vehicle that you are accustomed to. Sometimes, it will depend on the type of brand you select. Under the vehicle’s hood, you will see the real difference between the two.

The Combined Features

The most prominent feature of an electric vehicle is the battery. The motor and the controller combined with the battery makes for the perfect electric vehicle. The power is transferred to the controller from the battery and then the power is subsequently sent to the motor to start it up for driving. It is as simple as that.

Thomas Edison or Nikola Telsa

The DC or AC motors are applicable to electric vehicles – one is the direct current (DC) and the other the alternating current (AC). The alternating current is an innovation by Nikola Tesla. The direct current is an innovation by Thomas Edison. Both of these have a long and competitive past, background and history. The primary difference between the DC and AC motors is the voltage needed to get them going. The AC motor uses 240 volt and a 300 voltage battery pack. On the other hand, the DC motor uses between 92 and 192 volts. It is cheaper to get a DC motor than an AC motor. However, there are limitations to the cheaper one. It may experience overheating or inadequacy in its acceleration when you are in overdrive mode. It is easier to implement the AC motor into the vehicle and run on regenerative braking. With this, power can be delivered back to the battery as soon as the brake is pressed.

The Issues

If all of this is true, why isn’t everyone driving an electric vehicle? Well, the reason may be that there are still limitations that exist today. The batteries seem to be too heavy. In addition, the batteries take a long period of time to charge. The batteries are very expensive. You are not able to drive very far without having to stop and charge the battery.

The Technology

Many people think that the technology to make affordable and efficient vehicles already exists, but the auto companies still want the consumer to rely on gasoline. However, putting that aside, electric vehicles does come with their challenges and that is the battery power. Batteries that use lead acid (used in electric vehicles) have several huge flaws, which include its bulkiness, charge-ability, weight, cost and lifespan. With heavy batteries come heavier vehicles and lower efficiency and lower performance. So is there any truth to the cost effectiveness of electric cars over gasoline vehicles? That is the big question of the day. For some of those reasons, motorists are not attracted to electric cars.

The Bottom Line

If you are interested in electric vehicles for the sole purpose of saving the environment and don’t mind recharging the battery at intervals, then this is the ideal choice. However, with a fast moving country like the United States, it is going to take consumers a little longer to show interest in anything else, but gasoline.


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February 26, 2016
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Understanding the Positive Effect of Eco-Friendly Choices

Why do you think that going green is important? The obvious reason is that it drives the global push for positive eco-friendly choices. It also has the incentive for conservation. However, if you don’t understand the real impact, let’s visit this right now for a better understanding.

Understanding the Impact

Some people are confused about what it means to ‘go green.’ People use this term incorrectly sometimes when making an effort to petition green consumers who are conscientious about supporting the environment. No one is clear about how the green term originated. Some think that it was a borrowed term from green politics that took place in the 1970s. No matter where the term originated, it is meant to put a succinct definition on renewable concept, environmentally friendly processes, sustainability, energy and products.

Why Go Green?

Why is it imperative and instrumental in going green? This is a complicated question that needs more than one answer. We have so many global environmental issues to consider, which affects the world’s population. It is not only the existing generation that is affected by this major crisis. However, it is a problem that will also be a challenge to future generations. Therefore, massive action has to be in place over the next few years.

Environmental Problems

Those individuals living on the planet are faced with the concern of keeping a safe environment. However, with toxins leaching from industrial factories and facilities around the world into rivers, oceans and streams, it is a difficult task. Aquatic and marine life has borne the brunt of it due to the contamination of ocean beds, marshlands and wetlands from poisonous chemicals. At one time, fresh water fish and seafood were a healthy source of food, but is in question due to the mercury and other lethal chemicals found in arbitrarily tested seafood and fish.

Your Responsibility

Each of us living on this planet called earth has a responsibility to our own environment. Yes, you can do something to create a green environment, leaving a carbon footprint that is much smaller than if you hadn’t done anything. Here are some things to consider:

  •    Choosing to buy a hybrid or energy efficient vehicle
  •    Use green building practices when constructing new foundation or doing home improvement
  •    Avoid using products containing chemicals and formaldehyde such as furniture, rugs and carpets. Substitute for green products instead
  •    Purchase or grow organic foods such as fruits, meats and vegetables
  •    Change chemically made products such as laundry and dish detergents to green products
  •    Go paperless
  •    Make an investment in sustainable and renewable energy
  •    Install compost toilets or flush toilets that use low-volume
  •    Use personal hygiene items with no chemicals


Many health problems are associated with pesticides. This includes contaminated seafood and fish, fruits and vegetables. Harmful pesticides are used by many farmers to kill insects found on fruits and vegetables that you buy. This has a long lasting health issue for human beings, especially young children. It is best to grow your own fruits and vegetables, but if not, buy organic foods.


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February 17, 2016
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Non-Profit Version of ‘Shark Tank’ Features Environmental Innovations at Earth Day Texas

The Dallas-Fort Worth area is playing host to a smaller, non-profit version of the popular reality show, ‘Shark Tank’ as part of this year’s Earth Day Texas and the Dallas Festival of Ideas. Local groups can enter their environment-benefiting ideas for a chance to win the coveted $25,000 Earth Tank Prize.


Texas Festival Uses Contest to Showcase New Environmentally-Conscious Concepts and Award Innovation


“We see this initiative as an excellent opportunity to further our mission of advancing environmental thought by connecting our environment to visionary conversations,” said Jerry Hess, Earth Day Texas’ CEO in a recently released written statement. “We expect to see great ideas and outcomes from this competition…”


The contest is model similarly to the popular tv show ‘Shark Tank,” where contestants pitch their business ideas to a panel of investors. The investors pick apart the proposed concept, and vote to determine whether or not any of them will finance the operation/production of the contestant’s idea.


Panel of Local Celebrities and Environmental Experts Will Determine the Winner of the $25 Thousand Prize


Similarly to the real ‘Shark Tank,’ the contest will feature a panel of celebrity judges to review the contestant’s proposals. One of these local celebrity judges is the Dallas Mavericks owner, Mark Cuban.


Also sitting on the panel of judges at the Earth Day Texas contest are several representatives from national environmental nonprofits and Dallas Festival of Ideas experts from the Healthy City, Physical City, Entrepreneurial City, Educated City and Literary City panels.


Submission Deadline Information, Contest Recording Availability, and More Information on the Environmentally-Centered Contest


Judges will be considering the environmental impact of the ideas pitched when determining the finalists as well as the winners. They’ll also be judged on criteria connected to the following elements:


  • Education
  • Health
  • Literacy
  • Downtown or suburban jobs in the Dallas area
  • Entrepreneurship


For those who are unable to attend the Earth Day Texas festival this year, but would like to see the environmentally-focused submissions for the competition, you can watch the filmed recording of the contest on the Earth Day Texas’ website, and also see follow-ups on the projects featured in the contest.


The submission deadline for interested people with ideas of ways to benefit the environment is March 25. Ideas must be submitted to before that deadline. The nine finalists will be announced on April 4, and will be participating in the festival contest. The Earth Tank Prize’s 15-minute pitches will take place on April 24 during Earth Day Texas at Fair Park, and the winners will be announced publically later that same day.


The 2016 Dallas Festival of Ideas will be held on that Friday and Saturday at Fair Park, and admission is free. More details are available at The 2016 Earth Day Texas Festival runs from April 22 to 24, and is also located at Fair Park. Admission for EDTx is also free. Details are available online at


Creative concept landscape. Live and dead tree

February 10, 2016
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The Various Causes of Environment Pollution

When there are harmful pollutants in the environment, it is referred as environmental pollution. It is that simple. The most well-known types of pollutants are water population, air population, noise population, thermal population light population and soil population. Environmental pollution is also as a result of gaseous emissions and deforestation. Since the last decade, there has been a rise in environmental pollution.

Living on Earth

All of us live on this planet called earth. It is the only one that we can actually live on where water and air are the essential sustenance to our lives. We could not exist on any other planet since there is not much oxygen and water that we so badly need to survive. In fact, on other planets, though debatable, there may not be any humans, plants or animals. As human beings, we need a balance for a healthy developed life.

Intelligent Creature

Man is an intelligent creature and we are always curious about finding out things we don’t know – at least most of us. In the search for knowledge, many love to explore the mysteries of the earth. For that reason, these excursions have taken man in places that should not be. However, for the sake of civilization, we have to explore and learn. That is how we grow and develop as humans. However, we need to use what we have learned in a positive way and not to harm the environment as some do.

Source and Origin

There are several sources and causations of environmental pollution. These include:

  •       Activities of industrial companies
  •       Smoke emission from vehicles
  •       Urbanization on a rapid pace
  •       Overgrowth of the population

While global industries were making a profit, inroads were made to accommodate the influx. Because of this, the ecological balances were disturbed. This consists of the swirling gases, thick smoke coming from buildings, no good method of waste disposal and scientific experiments, which all turned out to be health hazards of pollution and contaminants.

Vehicle Emission

When vehicles on the road are driving with emissions gas pouring out of the vehicle’s tail pipe, it is a health hazard. While officials try to keep it at a minimum, there are still people driving these unsanitary vehicles that pollute the environment. You will find yourself driving behind one such vehicle and are forced to wind up the windows for fear of it getting in your lungs.

Fast Urbanization

Fast urbanization is also a cause for environmental pollution. In fact, it is the quickest way to destroy the animal kingdom and harm human lives. The increase in population causes a surge the stipulation for in basic shelter, basic food and basic employment. For this reason, the world is experiencing huge deforestation in order to handle the demands of a growing population.

The Effect

Human beings and the actual animal have to negatively deal with environmental pollution. Even with gains and progress in science and technology, we have born the cost of remaining healthy. The flora and fauna that exist in the environment is also vulnerable to extinction. Yes, we achieved a lot in industrial civilization, but at whose expense?

solar power

February 4, 2016
by planet

Is Solar Power Losing Momentum?

Solar power has always dominated the discussion about alternative energy sources, and there’s a reason for that. As far as green energy goes it’s practically a dinosaur, which means the technology is not only existent, but well understood, thoroughly researched, and readily available. Despite that, though, solar has struggled to gain ground in the business-to-consumer marketplace, still considered a niche industry meant to serve an alternative crowd. So is solar power losing its momentum?


The Cost Variable


Solar costs globally have been falling rapidly, and they’re expected to keep going down. Reduction both in processing costs and the cost of polysilicon has driven solar down from around $1.31 a watt in 2011 to around $0.50 a watt in 2014 with leading Chinese solar companies, and around $0.05 a watt in the US, and prices are expected to continue to drop as global solar companies target lower and lower price per watt points.


The problem is that even as the operational prices for solar drop, sales of solar systems are variable. In Pennsylvania, where government aid is expiring, people are less incentivized to make the initial costly transition. California faces obstacles of its own, with the California Public Utilities Commission voting on regulations that increased the fees associated with going solar for residents.


It’s in those fees and subsidies that the larger issue begins to emerge. Analysts predict that the sale of solar systems will start strong in 2016, but fall off toward the end of the year and into the new year as the US lowers its tax credits for the solar shift.


Even as the cost for panels drops, the initial fees are still prohibitive, coming in around $23,000 for a five-kilowatt system in 2014 before tax credits and incentives. If those incentives decrease or expire, solar power has the potential to become prohibitively costly for the average household.


Getting On The Grid


There’s another issue currently holding solar back, and it’s less about the individual and more about infrastructure investment. The current power grid is physically set up to carry consistent levels of energy generation. Solar isn’t the most consistent source of power generation, so any large scale regional or national shifts must first content with the fact the grid infrastructure would need a large overhaul before the widespread adoption of solar energy.


Infrastructure investment doesn’t come cheap, and especially in the US it can be an almost pointless battle. The American Society for Civil Engineers estimated in 2013 that $3.6 trillion would be needed simply to get everything to where it needs to be, never mind making massive changes or building new systems. Matters have only gotten worse in the years since, as Congress gridlocks on any issue involving long-term repair with a cost associated with it.


The issue, then, isn’t so much that solar power is losing public momentum as it is political momentum. Even as leaders push for more sustainable energy sources, the necessary support to make solar viable isn’t materializing. Without that support, solar is going to stay a niche product for an alternative market, whether we like it or not.

climate sanitation

January 29, 2016
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How does climate change impact sanitation?

For so many people around the world, the low quality of sanitation has resulted in major health problems. Poor sanitation systems have also contaminated the environment, exasperating the problem for billions of people. And even with all of these noticeable occurrences, improvement in sanitation hardly receives any mention or commitment from many international communities.

Sanitation Systems

You may be wondering what is meant by sanitation systems, low quality sanitation and sanitation affecting the environment. Glad you are concerned with our environment to even be curious. Many sanitation systems are latrines still being used in many rural areas around the world despite the advancement and introduction of familiar toilets and sewers of the modern world. Good sanitation takes care of female monthly hygiene, raw sewage and fecal matter. Though, this might sound gross, it is a natural human occurrence and can cause contamination, if not appropriately handled.

Inadequacy of Sanitation

The inadequacy of proper sanitation includes lack of toilets, their poor quality and broken sewage systems in many rural communities around the world. For this reason, contamination of the affected living space is something that should be of concern to the international communities. This subsequently impacts wild life in the area because poor sanitation also affects groundwater that is necessary to take care of wild life.

The Dilemma

So how does climate change play a part in this dilemma? Well, though, this might sound shocking that people would live in unsanitary conditions, many people don’t take climate change into consideration. You may have noticed that every year, the change in climate is apparent with extreme weather patterns such as floods, drought, snow storms, blizzards and rise in sea level. These conditions put a lot of pressure and risk on the already antiquated and dilapidated sanitation systems in these rural areas.

Drought and Floods

With drought, for example, comes the insufficiency of available water resources needed to flush the various sewage systems. High temperatures in the summer could also adversely affect the operation of the sewage systems. Flooding caused from rise in sea level or storms can also result in the flooding of sewage treatment facilities and also pit toilets. This greatly increases the risks associated with contamination of the environment. Many urban sewage systems are combined with the storm water drainage system, leading to more risks of sewage contamination caused from flooding. Many sewage plants are located in low lying areas where flooding occurs, resulting in more risks at the rise in groundwater levels during a flood. Untreated sewage will also pollute the rivers in the area.

Planned Sanitation System

The varying temperatures and unpredictable weather makes it crucial to have a sanitation system planned and executed appropriately. It is usually the poor counties that are greatly impacted from the lack of planning, further resulting in the continuing inequality experienced by the poorest set of people.

The flooding of septic tanks from climate upheaval creates major health issues for those living in the affected areas. With a flooded septic tank, it is inevitable that waste would go into the rivers and streets, carrying diseases such as dysentery and cholera. This is a global problem and the world should take notice.

eco home

January 21, 2016
by planet

How To Make Your Apartment Eco-Friendly Without Violating Your Leases

Sure, putting in solar panels sounds great, but so does getting your deposit back when your lease is up. You don’t have to sacrifice environmental living just because you’re in an apartment, though. Here are some tips and tricks to live green in your leased space and still get your money back when your lease is up.


Change Out Your Lights


If you’re not already using compact florescent blubs or LEDs, that’s the easiest place to start. Incandescent light bulbs are little energy vacuums, and you’ll get about 2,000 hours out of one. Fluorescent bulbs, on the other hand, operate with little energy since they’re able to concentrate more of the energy intake into producing light rather than heat. With these guys, you’ll not only be using less energy, you’ll get a massively extended lifespan out of the product ranging from 6,000 to 35,000 hours. LEDs are even better. Switching out your bulbs is a great trick to keep your energy consumption down and to help reduce household waste.


Check Your Temperatures On Everything


Turning your thermostat down by two degrees in the winter and up by two degrees in the summer can save you a whole truckload of carbon dioxide annually, but your thermostat isn’t the only temperature you should be checking. Check your fridge and freezer to make sure you’re not over-cooling. Fridges work just fine at 37 degrees fahrenheit, while the freezer is pretty comfortable around -3 degrees. Keep your water heater in the 120 to 140 degree range. If any of these are working harder than they need to, go ahead and set them back to an efficient but not wasteful temperature.


Decorate Sustainably


You may not have a choice when it comes to your insulation or power source, but when it comes to what you want to put in your apartment, you’re in control. Using sustainable materials such as teak, sustainable bamboo, and 100% organic wool and cotton is a great way to bring some environmental friendliness into the home, while shopping at locally owned boutiques or second-hand stores is a great way to get some unique pieces that didn’t harm the planet during production.


Turn It Off


Even if everything you have plugged in right now is off, including your TV, your hair dryer, your computer, and your cable box, most of that stuff continues to pull energy. Conserve energy by unplugging these little power vampires when they’re not in use, or by plugging them into a surge protector and flipping the switch off when you’re not around. Not only will this save some energy, it might save you a little money in the process, too.


Skip The Apartment


If eco-consciousness is so ingrained in you that you can’t stand to live in that wasteful little box anymore, opt for an alternative. Look for green living communities in your area, or look into building your own cost-effective, environmentally friendly tiny house. It might seem like a bit of cash down at first, but they can actually be a lot more cost-effective in the long run.


January 13, 2016
by planet

3 Household Materials That Are Quietly Killing The Planet

There are those things we know are bad for the environment – products with heavy packaging such as individual servings (here’s looking at you K-cup) and harsh corrosive chemicals that we wouldn’t want on our skin let alone to run into our drains and natural water resources. There are also the things that the news loves to feed us with headlines that demonize products based on new hypotheses that are currently in testing, which may or may not actually be doing damage. Then there are those things that we’ve known for years have been hurting the environment, the information just hasn’t reached the larger public discussion. Here are three of those things, potentially sitting in your home right now.


Your Smartphone


Let’s forget about the packaging and operational energy requirements for a second and focus on the production. If you’re using an Apple iPhone or a Samsung Galaxy, which together account for the most popular smartphones in the US, you’re using something that just by virtue of being a finished a product has already created some environmental devastation.


A Friends of the Earth investigation found that Apple and Samsung were getting tin from suppliers who worked with mines on Bangka Island in Indonesia. The manufacturers were likely unaware of the source of the tin or its impact on the environment, but mining in the area has lead to major deforestation, the destruction of farmland on which island residents depend, and choking the area’s coral reefs.


Now add back in the packaging and the energy requirements back in, and you’ve got yourself a pocket-sized piece of environmental destruction.




Microbeads are one of those things that get talked about a lot but fade into the background when it comes time to make policies or personal changes, and that’s largely because we don’t really know they’re there. Microbeads are ultra-tiny plastic beads found in everything from toothpaste to facial washes. They’re inexpensive, versatile, and so small they slip our minds. They’re also so small that they slip right down the drain and through the filters at water treatment facilities, heading out into waterways where they can pollute and be ingested by marine life.


Like most other plastics, as these beads are degraded or ingested they can leach toxins into the environment or the animal that ate them, concentrating their way up the food chain and devastating local populations and food supplies. Thanks to some levels of corporate vigilance, though, microbeads are getting phased out in a number of consumer products.


Your Daily Cup


We already know how bad those single serving coffee packs are, but your daily cup of coffee or even tea isn’t honestly that much better if you’re using traditional methods. The cardboard and metal waste produced packaging coffee and tea bags is more than you might think, and parts of your tea bag can’t be composted. Your coffee filter might not make it to the compost, either. Instead of using disposable products, try metal or glass filters for your coffee, or go French press. Buy loose-leaf tea and a steep for it. Use refillable containers. Most of all – this one should go without saying – bring your own refillable travel mug to the coffee shop. They’ll have no problem filling you up while foregoing the disposable plastic, paper, or styrofoam cup.


Go green button on keyboard

January 8, 2016
by planet

Going Green Made Easy

This day and age going green isn’t a trend it should just be a way of life for everyone. Our planet is dying everyday and we are the reasons why. Evidence is all around us that our harmful effects on the Earth are going to impact our human race. It’s something we all need to step up and realize. Yes this sounds preachy but come on there is apart of you that knows you could be doing better to help our planet. Ok so you don’t think you have the time, patience, or the means to go green well think again. Going green does not mean you have to be vegan, life off the grid, or purchase everything organic although those things are ideal they are not realistic for everyone. Here is a list on how to go green with just a few minute changes.

1.Take shorter showers (easy for some)

  1. Replace old and inefficient appliances
  2. Replace furnace filters regularly
  3. Instead of turning the heat up wear extra clothing for warmth
  4. Purchase low-flow shower heads and faucets
  5. Use dirty bathwater to water household plants
  6. Keep the oven closed while cooking
  7. Turn off lights when leaving a room
  8. Keep curtains open in the winter and close them in the summer
  9. Invest in weather strips for your doors
  10. Having household plants will help purify the air (ferns are said to help humidify the air)
  11. Avoid dining out and eat meals at home
  12. Cook more without meat
  13. Don’t buy bottled water
  14. Buy a filtered water pitcher to keep cold in the fridge
  15. Hang dry laundry
  16. Clean out the lint screen in your dryer so it runs more efficiently
  17. Make your own cleaning products

19.File your taxes electronically

  1. Use cloth towels instead of paper towels
  2. Sends e-cards for holidays
  3. Read newspapers online
  4. Think before you print and use both sides of the paper
  5. Keep your vehicle tire inflated
  6. Commercial carwashes waste less water
  7. Ride a bike
  8. Start a recycle bin
  9. Use cloth shopping bags
  10. Reuse plastic bags (great for dirty diapers)
  11. Don’t litter
  12. Don’t use pesticides
  13. Donate things
  14. Try to repurpose items
  15. Start a vegetable garden
  16. Pay your bills online
  17. Use direct deposit
  18. Borrow books from the library
  19. Purchase ebooks
  20. Get a lunch box (no one brown bags it anymore)
  21. Let your hair air dry


Ok so no excuses. Right there are forty simple ways to go green. There are so many other ways you can go green and you may already do so and not even realize that your are going green. Take the steps needed to help save our planet. There is no “planet B” as some say. Get on the green bandwagon and start to reduce, reuse, and recycle your way to a healthier lifestyle. Not only are these eco friendly tips many of them are pocket friendly. You will start to notice some extra money in your account for adapting to the new green habits. So say it loud and proud I am going green!