I like to think that most low-income families are already doing things that will allow them to tread more lightly upon our beautiful green Earth. I may be wrong. Well, some of us are at any rate 🙂
If you are one who is not doing so as of yet, you may want to start. Not only will you be helping the environment, but you will be saving much money for either your household or someone elses. Either way, all is good. Here are some steps to get you started:
- Reuse items within the family. Save hand-me-down clothing, toys, furniture and other items until you know that you will never use them again.
- Accept everything from people who want to give you their cast-offs. Create a storage system for anything that you will keep for later use. Give away the rest. Or hold a yard sale.
- Have children do crafts reusing every day items such as cardboard tubes, old light bulbs and baskets of all sizes.
- Purchase a shower head that allows you to easily flip a switch to stop water flow while lathering up.
- Start an herb garden in the living room window, or out in the yard.
- Use the Earth Day ideas from the Frugal Recipes site.
- Walk whenever possible, rather than drive.
- Fix things rather than purchase new.
- Make your own homemade cleaning products, using non toxic products.
- Reuse torn clothing as rags, or in quilting. Consider making a rag rug as well.
- Earth Day Freebies: The Best Free Earth Day 2011 Promotions (PHOTOS) (huffingtonpost.com)