January 15, 2014
As an Aveda Lifestyle Salon and Spa, we intentionally align ourselves with Aveda’s philosophies. In our effort to be mindful of our planet, its generosity and our desire to preserve it for future generations, we’d like to share these ‘green’ ideas with you. Please consider joining us as we make an effort as a team to do these each month in 2014!
Discover the mutually beneficial relationship between the environment and your wallet when by adopting 12 new green habits!
January Start the year off in the right gear. Once a month, check to make sure your tire pressure is at the level recommended in the owner’s manual. It improves your gas mileage, meaning you fill up less often. This not only decreases your carbon footprint, but saves you a little money too.
February Share the love with your community growers. Shopping at your local farmer’s market is a fantastic way to cut down the energy costs associated with packing and shipping food across the country. Besides, the food is fresher and tastes better, you get what’s in season instead of chemically ripened produce, and it’s more nutritious because it’s picked the same day rather than being shipped from 1500 miles away. It’s also a great way to sow back into your community because there is no middle man between you and the farmer.
March Spring-clean with homemade supplies. There are few things that a little water, lemon juice, vinegar and baking soda can’t clean around the house. Homemade cleaning supplies are super inexpensive to make, are not chock full of harsh, cancer-causing chemical and can be put in reusable containers. You can find lots of good recipes online for every kind of surface.
April Recycle those April showers! Collect rainwater to water your lawn and garden. Rain barrels offer both an environmental and economical alternative to hoses and sprinklers. There are some models that connect conveniently to your downspout. Recycled rainwater doesn’t tap into our supply of clean water, and won’t tap out your water bill. Who knows, it might even be better for your plants!
May Weed out unnecessary mail. Choose to receive your monthly statements electronically and pay your bills online. Some companies even offer savings when you go paperless because it saves them money on postage and shipping costs. Another way to shrink your mailbox volume is to opt of out of the 1000 pre-approved credit card offers you get every month.
June Stay cool and hydrated without the bottled water this summer. An estimated 38 billion plastic water bottles end up in landfills each year. If you like the portable convenience of bottled water, reach for the aluminum, glass or plastic refillable ones. You can also put a filter on the kitchen faucet to greatly reduce the amount of plastic waste piling up each year.
July Unplug appliances when not in use. Electronic devices continue to draw energy when they are turned off and plugged into a power source. Doing it every day would be ideal, but it will be exceptionally beneficial when going on those extended summer vacations. Energy companies estimate that the average household spends $100/year powering appliances in standby mode. Would you not rather use that money at the beach?
August Get back in the grind by bringing your own mugs to your regular coffee shops. With the paper cup, cardboard sleeve, plastic lid, straw and the stirrers, that morning caffeine addiction is creating mountains of waste every year. Bringing your own mug every morning will decrease your landfill contribution and can increase your savings. Starbucks offers discounts to their environmentally savvy customers with clean, reusable mugs.
September Meatless Mondays are a great way to kick off back-to-school season. An increasing number of families are choosing vegetarian menus one night per week. Not only are plant-based diets better for you, they also benefit the environment. It takes fewer resources to produce fruits, veggies and grains than it does to raise cows, chickens and pigs. If the word “vegetarian” freaks you out, remember that homemade veggie pizza, spinach lasagna and black bean burgers are viable meatless options.
October Clear out those creepy cobwebs with a little water and old rag. Resist the lure of the disposable duster since its chemicals have been known to be harmful to pets, and it’s just one more thing to throw away. A reusable damp cloth is just as effective against the dreaded dust bunny, without flinging its allergy-inducing particles into the air. Besides, our grandmothers were able to keep immaculate homes without the use of those new-fangled contraptions anyway.
November Donate your old electronics. Upgrading to the newest laptop, iPad, cell phone, e-reader, etc. is always exciting, but often times electronics that are perfectly fine get tossed in the trash simply because they are outdated. According to the EPA, e-waste releases a multitude of toxins into our delicate eco-system, and continues to be the fastest growing waste stream in our country. Finding a new home or purpose for unwanted gadgets can slow down this negative trend, as well as be a blessing to someone in need. There are lots of great charities who give refurbished computers and phones to underprivileged students, struggling single parents, and low-income families. Even the electronics that have outlived their usefulness can be sold for parts and harvested for their precious metals like gold, silver and copper.
December Take a lesson from Santa: one bag goes a long way. While making sure to get everyone on your list, opt out of shopping bags, consolidate them, or bring your own reusable bags when possible. Re-purpose the shopping bags you do have as gift wrap, or trash bags for Christmas clutter. At true, we are committed to environmental responsibility and invite our guests to do the same. It is why we offer a discount on product purchases when they bring in recyclable shopping bags.