Going Green to Save Green.


I want to be more eco-aware, but I’ve got two problems. First, it’s sort of overwhelming – I don’t know where to start. Second, I don’t want to spend more just to go green. Any ideas for me?


A lot of people want to go green, but like you, just don’t know where to start. As with anything, the trick to getting your green life Buttoned Up is simply a little advanced planning. Three cardinal rules to getting anything Buttoned Up absolutely apply to this area as well: (1) Don’t expect to be perfect. (2) Focus on making a few changes that will have a significant impact. (3) Ask others for help when you’re stuck. The really good news is that not only you can make a big difference when it comes the environment, but you can actually end up saving quite a bit of money doing so! To get you started, we’ve put together a list of a few green things you can do that have the potential to save you over $1000 in 2009.


#1 Ditch the Dry Cleaning


According to the Occidental College’s Pollution Prevention Center, 85 percent of the more than 35,000 dry cleaners in the United States use perchloroethylene (or perc, for short) as a solvent in the dry cleaning process. Perc is a synthetic, volatile organic compound (VOC) that poses a health risk to humans and a threat to the environment. Minimal contact with perc can cause dizziness, headaches, drowsiness, nausea, and skin and respiratory irritation. Prolonged perc exposure has been linked to liver and kidney damage, and cancer. Rather than reflexively dropping your clothes at the cleaner, try to use them only for professional pressing only. Steam delicate items as much as possible while you’re in the shower. For those dry clean only items that you truly need to get professionally cleaned, find a green cleaner in your neighborhood that uses wet wash or CO2 cleaning methods. Potential savings: $30 per month, $360 per year.


#2 Drink Water from Glasses and Coffee from Travel Mugs


Americans use 3.3 Million plastic bottles every hour but recycle only 1 in 5. In fact water bottles are dangerous to reuse. So ditch the plastic bottles and get safe, drinkable water from your tap (use a water filter or purifier if you must). Drink out of glass or reusable cup when traveling and you’ll do a lot of good for the environment. When it comes to coffee, do the same! Buy coffee in bulk, make it at home, and use a travel mug because $3 per day, 5 days a week adds up to a WHOPPING $780 per year! And if you must have that specially brewed latte, bring your own mug - coffee shops like Starbucks encourage you to bring your own cup, they will take 10 cents off your beverage if you do. Potential savings: $780 on coffee alone per year


I like your self motivation to take part of this environmental campaign. Going green does not require everyone to spend money, you can do it from very simple way without spending a single cent, as awkward to others belief, going green is not a concern of monetary expenses, you can always be without investing, in fact you can even save. When you spend or spend a lot, that is not a part of the campaign. Basically, going green is conserving, saving, idealistic, following the 3R guidelines (reduce, reuse & recycle), minimizing solid and food waste, only use biodegradable products, and putting having a green house in your backyard also help. Going green, does not mean that you discontinue what you have used to, but at least we can minimize our footprints we are leaving on earth.


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Another way to reduce dry cleaning is to either wash the dry clean only garments, except 100% wool (100% worsted wool can be washed), in gentle cycle with cold water and Woolite or avoid buying clothes that are dry clean only. Both methods have saved me a lot of money and the hassle of wire hangers! :)


Last October, I started to "green" my household... I turned my thermostat to 67 and saved $60 the first month! I pulled out my old and stained dish towels and started using them instead of paper towels. We use cloth napkins instead of paper, natural cleaners instead of expensive chemicals, sent e-Christmas cards instead of paper. And just yesterday I started unplugging basic appliances when they're not in use. The best part of it all? I've been depositing the money I've saved into a recycled nut container. In three months, I've saved over $300! Baby steps is what it's all about! I frequently write about my "green" adventures on my blog (www.deliciousaspie.blogspot.com), so come check it out for more ideas!


Great ideas! I've been working on being more environmentally conscious (and blog about it at www.ecomindedmama.com), but I never thought about reducing my dry cleaning. I have stopped taking my husband's dress shirts to the cleaners (where they wash them exactly as I would at home) as a money saving measure, but I'm going to try to extend that to other items we typically dry clean. Thank you!