Though it should go without saying, recycling is an important part of being environmentally friendly. Cities all across Colorado have free drop off locations for recyclables and compost. For places in Denver County, you can go to this link for places to take your items. Also, contact your garbage pick-up company to see rates and options for free and discounted recycling to be picked up with your trash. You can compost post almost everything, utilize it as fertilize if you have a garden, or find a local community garden that takes it for its soil.
Buzzfeed provides a list of 17 awesome ways to garden in the city. These clever tricks help you utilize your balcony, ceiling, and other space with minimal effort while looking wonderful and helping the planet. If you have a large yard, or any backyard, read Sunset’s article on how to grow your own food, here. By growing your own food, you guarantee they are organic and pesticide free, while saving on what Michael Pollen calls “food miles” which harm the environment (C.f. Michael Pollen’s, Omnivore’s Dilemma).
Gardening is also said to provide stress relief. Take the time to vitalize your mind and the environment with a little gardening.
Join the Vintage Trend
Buying second-hand clothing for thrift stores and online second-hand retailers helps you lower the production of clothing produced in sweat-shops and factories that are far from environmentally conscious. You also manage to lower clothing waste from all the items thrown in the trash. Donating your second-hand clothing to homeless shelters also helps those in need. Don’t throw you clothes out, and don’t forget to look for second-hand thrift store sales. It may take some digging, but there are almost always some gems in thrift stores and other consignment stores. Apps and websites for second-hand buys have great options for decent prices. Check out NiftyThrifty and Thredup to get yourself started.
TrendHunter Eco has a list of 100 eco-friendly decor ideas. They’re stylish, eco-friendly, and generally inexpensive. When you go to decorate your home, keep these ideas in mind:
- Reuse old, non-working items that can become planters, rustic looking decorations, and much more.
- Repaint worn down or old, ugly plastic containers, bins, and drawers to make them look new and different again.
- Utilize items you find in nature, e.g. stumps, broken tree branches, etc.
- Repurposing can save waste! Repurpose anything from bike chains to wine corks.
- Get creative! And always make sure to purchase things from environmentally conscious companies.
Style at Home has a great blog on eco-friendly options for everything from flooring and paint, to furniture and window coverings. When considering who to use for a contractor, try to find an eco-friendly one. Angie’s List writes on whether your contractor is “Eco-friendly, or eco-fake”. Make sure to read this resource and find those companies that are truly conscious of the environment. Look for green certifications and seals on company credential websites and ask their staff what eco-friendly means to them to get a thorough understanding of what measures they’re taking to save our earth.
It is often easy to forget about conserving water. However, it is imperative we do everything we can to keep our water usage low.
Take these steps to keep water usage low and the earth happy:
- Run the dishwasher only once it is completely full.
- Use high-efficiency washer and dryers and run laundry only when you have a full load.
- Shut off water when rinsing or washing dishes.
- Turn off the water in when brushing your teeth.
- Take shorter showers.
Saving money and energy helps you keep the environment and your bank account happy. Need some options on lighting and lightbulbs that satisfy both requirments? Consumer Reports has an informative resource on what lights to run and where they are best utilized. Some brands that Axium employees recommend: EcoSmart and Ultitech for good value and great lighting.
Call 303-532-1434 to schedule your environmental inspection today!