It’s Easy Being Green!


If you know me very well you know that I am pretty conscientious about reducing my carbon footprint. Sometimes I cringe when thinking of all the things I tossed in the garbage when I was a college student. Over the last couple years I’ve found more ways to reduce, reuse, and recycle. Here are a few of my favorites:

How many times have you purchased mini toiletries for travel? I found these last year and keep them stocked with my essential shower items. I eventually had to label them because I think I once put body wash in my hair! This saves money as I’m just using what I have at home and it also saves a lot of mini plastic bottles along the way! BTW: these are approved carry-on size!

One of my favorite places in Des Moines is Campbell’s Nutrition. Here you can find anything from organic food to greeting cards to perfume. One thing I like to get from Campbell’s is my Lunchskins reusable snack and sandwich bags. I have two, a larger one for sandwiches and a smaller one for things like pretzels. I started feeling bad about using so many plastic baggies, plus after reading a book all about plastic, I’m trying to eliminate the amount of plastic I come in contact with. That’s for another post though!

A few years back I set a New Year’s Resolution to stop using disposable utensils. Every day I was using at least one, if not two of these when eating lunch at work. I invested in some bamboo flatware, again from Campbell’s, and haven’t looked back! While there are days I forget my bamboo and resort to using plastic, those days are few and far between. If you don’t want to invest in bamboo, just bring a regular fork, spoon, and knife from home to keep at work.

Lastly, and this is a huge way for me to reduce my carbon footprint, I had an energy audit at my home! Tim from Reynolds Energy Solutions dropped by to inspect my home, built in 1885, and found many places that could be sealed up. I highly recommend Tim if you live in Central Iowa. I think my energy bill will be significantly less come this winter.

What one thing can you do today that will improve our environment? Remember, it doesn’t have to be anything big. Just turning off lights or turning off the water when you brush your teeth makes a big difference! While Kermit might think it’s not easy being green, I disagree!

  • Leslie

    Good post, Jo! Using reusable items might take a little more time (i.e. washing afterwards), but it’s so much better for the environment and if our grandparents did it, we can do it too!

    Recently someone mentioned the additional “R” – Reduce, Reuse, REPAIR, Recycle. The repair thing has really made me start thinking of the things I just get rid of that could easily be repaired or slightly altered and still be functional.

  • Johanna

    Leslie, I still remember you being on the recycling committee with Nick in college! Thanks for reminding me about repair, that’s a great way to reduce consumption. I also like repurposing things too!