Or at least don’t celebrate it the way the merchants are suggesting, by driving all over town buying their “eco-friendly” products. Instead stay home and buy nothing; it is better for the environment, as well as your finances! Here are some frugal AND green suggestions to enjoy on Earth Day or any other day of your choosing:
- Instead of buying eco-friendly paper napkins and paper towels, use cloth napkins and towels.
- Instead of buying eco-friendly cleaning products, make your own dishwasher detergent, glass cleaner, and laundry detergent. You can make just about anything you need with Borax, Washing Soda, and Vinegar.
- Start a garden. You can not get any more local than your own backyard. You also don’t have to wonder what the term “organic” means when you are eating your own produce:
- Make something from scratch. Recyclable packaging is nice, no packaging or reusable packaging is better.
- Repair something. In most cases, it is better for the environment and your pocketbook, to repair a broken item, rather than throw it away and buy a new version. When my washing machine broke, I was able to fix it myself by following the steps on an appliance help board and it cost me less than $30.00 for the replacement part.
If you feel you must go out, here are a few frugal, eco-friendly suggestions:
Visit the Library – Even if you think you want to buy a book, why not read it first and make sure it is worthy of adding to your personal collection? Many libraries also loan DVD’s, Books on Tape, and CD’s.
Shop at a Thrift Store – Purchasing a used item, even if it was not made of organic cotton or renewable bamboo is better for the environment than buying a new item.
My personal favorite – Turn off the electronics and go for a walk or bike ride.
Am I the only one who finds it ironic that we are being encouraged to drive all over town and buy stuff on Earth Day?