Are you looking to put green in your summer? And maybe save money as well? Here are a few tips to help you reduce, reuse and recycle to make your summer – and your wallet – a little greener!
Say no to plastic bags
Bringing your own, reusable, bags to the grocery store is the easiest way to go green. Some stores charge customers if they don’t bring their own bag. So you’ll not only be helping the environment, you may be helping your pocketbook.
The easiest way to start this habit is by keeping reusable bags or totes in your car; preferably in plain sight (not in the trunk or the cargo area), so they’re not forgotten as you head into the store.
Give your garden a coffee break
Using coffee grounds to prep and fertilize your soil is a great way to save a little money and be a bit more ‘green’ in the process. The grounds are filled with nitrogen, a mineral that helps in vegetable and plant growth. Simply add your used grounds to your compost pile or mix them directly into the soil.
Keep your clothes hanging
Hanging a clothesline is one of the best ways to save energy in your home. Using the wind and the sun’s rays to dry your clothes naturally not only reduces energy use, keeping money in your pocket, but it also leaves laundry smelling fresh. Air-drying also saves wear and tear on your clothing, which may help clothing last longer.
Treat your plants to a tea party
Save money and your exposure to potentially harmful chemicals by watering your plants with chamomile tea. Chamomile tea helps to ward off bacterial and fungal infections that come with summertime. Spraying plants with a chamomile tea mix a few times a week will help stop your seedling from dying due to rot or infections.
Supplementing purchased groceries with homegrown vegetables means money in your wallet and fresh, inexpensive, and flavorful food with no harmful chemicals in your body. You can get creative with container gardens, raised beds or, if space allows, a large garden.
Plus, you can create your own organic fertilizer by creating a compost pile. Kitchen scraps, paper towels, yard waste, plant clippings, etc., can be transformed into rich earth through the magic of composting.