Be Green: 10 Simple Changes You Can Make At Home

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Earth Day is right around the corner! So I got to thinking about the first changes I made in my life to live a little more green. There are many reasons to make changes and live a more Simple Natural Life. One of those reasons is to help take care of the Planet Earth. Another reason is to reduce the number of toxic chemicals you bring into your home.

Global Warming

At this point in time, scientists have concluded that humans are responsible for 70-100% of the earth’s global warming. Shocked? Yeah, I know.

The number one cause of the rapid rate of global warming is greenhouse gases. Human activities are the reason for rapidly increasing greenhouse gases. The leading causes of greenhouse gases are fuel related to transportation, electricity, and industry.

Reduce Toxins

A more personal reason to “go green” is to reduce your exposure to numerous toxic chemicals. Papers, plastics, and other single-use products contain volatile organic compounds which off-gas in our homes. Exposure to these VOCs has a negative impact on our health. The top 5 most common VOCs are carcinogens.

Progress is impossible without change, and those who cannot change their minds cannot change anything. – George Bernard Shaw

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10 Simple Changes for Earth Day & Every Day

Here are 10 of the easiest changes that you can make today, to start living a little more “green”.

1.Change out paper plates and cups for reusable ceramic dishes and glass cups

2. Bring a reusable bag to the grocery store every time you shop. If you forget the bag, ask for paper, not plastic

3. Change out those paper napkins for cloth napkins that can easily be washed weekly. You can even switch to cloth paper towels!

4. Stop buying plastic water bottles. Get a filter for your kitchen sink and use reusable water bottles.

5. Don’t use plastic produce bags. Try these reusable ones instead.

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6. Swap out ziploc bags for reusable ones.

7. Get a reusable cookie sheet liner for baking or roasting. One like this is also compostable!

8. Change your chemical home cleaners for a safer alternative, like these Attitude products or try my laundry detergent recipe.

9. Hand your reusable coffee cup to the barista before they hand you a paper or plastic one.

10. Get a small kitchen compost bin that can be used for all of your food leftovers. Add a small recycle bin in your kitchen for all recyclable paper and plastics.


There are many changes that you can make to your life to reduce your carbon footprint and be more “green”. The above tips are just 10 of the easy changes that you can make today. I have 10 more simple changes here.

Never doubt that a small group of thoughtful, committed citizens can change the world; indeed, it’s the only thing that ever has – Margaret Mead

Have you made any changes to your life to be more eco-friendly? Will you be trying any, or all, of the above changes? Leave a comment and let me know what you’ve done to be more earth-friendly.

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    1. Thank you! I love the idea of a bamboo toothbrush too… I’ll have to do a follow-up post, 10 more simple steps to take 🙂

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