Horry County SWA Recycling Center, South Carolina

We are saturated with terms like, sustainability, climate change, global warming, fracking, etc. It’s overwhelming when you don’t know how you can help make a difference in your own life.

So how does the average person add a little green into their life? We all have responsibilities, work, dinners, kids, errands, chores, classes, etc. Some people think that going green takes extra time and effort, others think it takes extra money. Not true if you just sprinkle it into your every day lifestyle.

So, let’s think of simple steps we can all do to become a little green.

Step 1) Recycle. It’s the most basic activity of going green. If you only do one green thing, definitely recycle. You will divert items that are otherwise going to be tossed into a local landfill. Recycling is taking something old and turning it into something new. You can use recycling as an opportunity to teach your children about the earth. Some curbside programs offer a pick-up service, if not, find out where you can recycle in your area: Earth911.org

Step 2) Reduce. Pick at least one thing you want to reduce your use of: electricity at home, plastic bags at the grocery store, styrofoam products. This may lead to saving money on your utility bills or your shopping trips. Did you know that it has been estimated that one person may use 500 bags in one year? Truly think about bringing your own bag. Some stores offer discounts if you bring your own bag (ask your cashier).

Step 3) Reuse. Get a travel mug or refillable bottle and REUSE it! At your coffee shop, ask for a discount if you bring your own mug. If you use one disposal coffee cup per day, it creates 23 pounds of waste. You will not only reduce disposal cups, you could even save some money!

The bottom line is do what you can and make it a part of life. Don’t add it on top, mix it into what you already have. After you accomplish this, then you can look at taking your green lifestyle to the next level.

Also, read one of my past blog posts about Recycling in South Carolina. http://www.mygreenglasses.com/2011/02/03/the-inconvenient-green-truth/

the author

Originally from Virginia, Jennifer C. Sellers is passionate about sustainability and conservation in South Carolina and throughout the world. She earned her BA in English from Coastal Carolina University and her MAS in Environmental Policy and Management from the University of Denver. She is a university sustainability coordinator that implements programs and teaches people about going green and being sustainable. Follow her on Twitter @MyGreenGlasses

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