Okay you’ve worked on greening your home and maybe have decided to ditch the fluorescent blue cleaner that gives you a headache and make you sneeze and cough OR perhaps you’re just insisting everyone take off their shoes and helps you recycle. Pat yourself on the back you have started going green and now you can move onto the community! Don’t fret, I’m not insisting you ride your bike all over and only shop at the health food store!
1. Buy Local. Support your local farmers, community supported agriculture programs (CSA’s) and think before you drive an hour for something you can find close to home. This helps local business, decreases wasted energy in travel and shipping but when you buy food closer to home the nutritional value is higher too!
2. Take the Bus. If you have a local transit system frequent it and you’ll save money, help decrease traffic on the road and parking issues. This reduces air pollution and what community doesn’t want cleaner, healthier air?
3. Local Government. Find out what your local government is doing to go green and help the environment. Just being informed is the first step! From land management, recycling, waste management to water conservation you might find that you’ll want to become involved or attend meetings!
4. Neighborhood Clean Up! We aren’t in a neighborhood but each spring the family walks our road and together we pick up trash and recycle items that are littering Mother Earth. This takes a few hours but the results make us feel good and the road and land look better. If you have a neighborhood park this is a great thing to organize once a year or more that everyone together can do. Even if it just begins with your family. Find inspiration from Planet Green and start cleaning!
5. Plant a Tree. I know, I know, this sounds cliché and you have probably heard this a million times but have you planted a new tree in your community or yard lately? Is there a local Earth Day event you could attend?
6. Reduce Waste. Stop creating so much waste that just needs to go to a local landfill! Think before you buy and if you can reuse it, recycle it or donate it to a thrift shop to help those in need consider these options first! Have you considered where all that waste is going? Take the EnviroMom One Can Challenge and see if you can really reduce your waste!
For more green tips and ideas on going green visit, Sommer Poquette over at Green and Clean Mom. Her blog that makes living green fun and achievable! Join her over on Facebook and Twitter and check out her new My Mommy is a Blogger children’s book debuting the spring of 2011!