Whether it’s planting a garden or choosing a better light bulb, we can all do a little something to make our world a cleaner, greener place in which to live—and ReNew Life can help you get started. Celebrate St. Patty’s with these helpful tips on how to go green, and don’t forget to take advantage of our Pot O’ Norwegian Gold Sale. Good through March 20th, save 15% on your favorite Norwegian Gold products! (Use Promo Code: GETLUCKY)
Think Globally, Buy Locally
On average, the food we eat travels about 1,500 miles by truck, boat and plane before reaching our supermarket shelves. In fact, about 40% of our fruit is produced overseas, ultimately costing the United States billions of dollars. Eating locally grown foods, by contrast, lowers the amount of fuel that has to be burned to take food to market.
Choose ‘Green’ Cleaning & Personal Care Products
Instead of conventional cleaning and personal care products (including household cleansers, bath and body products, and cosmetics) that are often laden with harmful chemicals, opt instead for natural alternatives. Get tips on choosing the best products, which ingredients to avoid, and even helpful recipes for making your own products from natural health expert and Detox Strategy author Brenda Watson.
Adjust Your Thermostat
Heating and cooling your home burns electricity, the majority of which is created by burning coal, which then releases CO₂into the atmosphere. In addition to reducing your CO₂output, setting your thermostat a few degrees lower in the winter and a few degrees higher in the summer translates to substantial savings on utility bills.
Switch to Compact Fluorescent Lighting (CFL)
Replacing standard bulbs with compact fluorescent lighting decreases considerably your CO₂output. According to Green Seal, a non-profit organization dedicated to protecting the environment, a 100-watt bulb lit for 10 hours causes an emission of 2.5 pounds of CO₂ at the electric plant. A comparable compact fluorescent bulb cuts that number in half (or more), since it is up to 4 times more efficient than incandescent lighting (and lasts 8 to 10 times longer).
Houseplants convert CO₂into oxygen while trapping and absorbing indoor pollutants. Use at least one houseplant for every 100 square feet of indoor space for best results. Outdoors, landscape with plants native to your local environment. Native plants require less care, are used to the climate and require less watering, fewer pesticides and less fertilizer. This in turn helps reduce chemical run-off into the local water supply.
Recycle, Recycle, Recycle
When items are recycled (broken down into basic raw materials for conversion into new products) it saves natural resources and energy for production. And when you repair or reuse household items, their effectiveness is extended and you save the energy otherwise needed to make an entirely new product.