Easy Ways To Green Up

You don’t have to have to drive an electric car, compost your waste or forgo showers (icky) in an effort to be a better global citizen. Besides operating under the "reduce, reuse and recycle" plan, the simplest things you use or do every day can be considered "green" with just the slightest tweaks.

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6Reduce your junk mail.

Ssign up with the Direct Marketing Association's Mail Preference Service to adjust your preferences regarding junk mail. You'll reduce the number of trees used, and you'll be happier with fewer annoying advertisements in your mailbox.

7Invest in a water bottle.

Use a water bottle made from stainless steel (with a chemical-free liner) to keep yourself hydrated. Refill with filtered tap water or from the drinking fountain.

8Use low- and zero-VOC paint.

Many paints are made with a high percentage of volatile organic compounds (VOCs) so they will dry faster. Low-level VOC paints, on the other hand, release fewer fumes -- safer for your home's occupants and better for the environment.

9Fill your gas in the evening in the summer.

Filling your gas tank during the middle of a hot summer day can increase the levels of "bad" ozone in your area. If we wait until nightfall to fill our gas tanks, the reaction that creates ozone cannot take place.

10Reduce and reuse plastic bags.

Each year, Americans throw away some 100 billion polyethylene plastic bags -- grocery bags, trash bags, sandwich bags and more. Plastic is made from petroleum, and its processing and burning is a leading contributor to greenhouse gas.

These simple changes to your daily routine are easy and painless -- and can help you make "green" a way of life.

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