I am wondering what are some good ways to go green without spending a lot of money. Like how I can recycle certain things and ways to make my car use less gas.
here are some items you cant and cant recycle, and how to recycle them. hope this helped!
GLASS YOU CAN RECYCLE Food and beverage containers; clear, green and brown bottles and jars up to 1 gallon in size. GLASS YOU CANT RECYCLE All other glass including window glass, light bulbs, mirrors, Pyrex, ceramic, porcelain, drinking glasses. HOW TO RECYCLE IT Remove and discard lids and caps; labels OK; rinse and place in bin.
METAL YOU CAN Aluminum and tin food and beverage cans, up to 1 gallon in size; aluminum foil and pie plates. Aluminum and steel aerosol cans containing non-hazardous materials and 3 gallon #10 cans such as coffee containers METAL YOU CANT All other metal containers including aerosol containing hazardous materials or paint cans, cleaning fluid and poison containers, scrap metal. HOW TO Rinse empty containers and place in bin; can lids OK in can; labels OK.
PLASTICS YOU CAN Small and wide mouth containers marked on the bottom with a (PETE OR PET); or a (HDPE) up to one gallon in size. PLASTICS YOU CANT Containers with other numbers or no numbers; containers larger than three gallons; plastic bags, motor oil and anti-freeze containers; even if marked with a "1" or "2". HOW TO Make sure container has a "1"or "2" on the bottom; remove and discard cap or lid; labels OK; rinse and place in bin.
NEWSPAPER, CATALOGS, MAGAZINES, JUNK MAIL & SHREDDED PAPER YOU CAN Clean, dry newspaper, (and inserts), magazines and catalogs, junk mail, computer paper, stationery, bills, shredded paper, envelopes with windows. NOTE: Must be less than 2 months old, or goes out in trash. AND ONES YOU CANT All other paper including soiled paper, telephone books, non-paper bags such as plastic or TYVEK, overnight delivery envelopes, bubble wrap, books of any kind, greeting cards, gift wrap and product samples. HOW TO Place in brown paper grocery bags or cardboard box or tie with string and place in bin on top of other material. No plastic bags.
CORRUGATED CARDBOARD YOU CAN Clean cardboard with a wavy middle layer of brown paper. YOU CANT Pizza boxes, wax coated cardboard. HOW TO Flatten boxes, remove packing material, tie in bundles with string; place in or beside bin. 3' x 3' maximum size.
BOXBOARD YOU CAN Cereal, cracker, shoe boxes and shirt boxes, beverage cartons and six-pack cartons AND CANT Boxboard with wax, plastic or foiled coating and boxboard that has been contaminated by food. HOW TO Flatten boxes, remove plastic cereal bag, place in paper bag or tie in bundles with string; place in or beside bin.
MILK CARTONS & JUICE BOXES YOU CAN Residential aseptic packages including the gable shaped paper containers (milk-type containers) up to one gallon in size, and the small, single serving juice boxes AND CANT Any aseptic package over one gallon size. HOW TO The cartons and juice boxes must be empty, with straws and caps removed, and the larger gable shaped cartons must be rinsed clean.
The answers above are great. In fact, being green is often cheaper, because it involves using less 'stuff'. The green moto is 'Reduce, Reuse, Recycle'. First, reduce the amount of stuff you use. Then reuse as much as you can. This could mean buying second-hand things, so that you're re-using something that is no longer needed, instead of supporting the creation of something new. I get a lot of clothes, kitchen items etc second hand. You need to know good places to get them, because you don't want rubbish, but it can be fun and you are being green and saving money at the same time.
If you buy fresh, local fruit and vegetables in season you will also save money, and you are being very green because they haven't been transported half way round the world to bring you strawberries in winter or whatever. They taste a lot better when they're local and seasonal too. Maybe you could even grow some of your own..?
Well the most cost-effective way that you can do is to review what you have in your home that can be recycled. If there are recyclable things that you can do without, do not throw them out. Instead, donate them to a recycling station. Aside from this, consider commuting, walking or biking to decrease the carbon foot print. Use a recyclable bag every time you go out and use refillable and reusable water bottles and lunch boxes. If you are looking for more ways to go green, make sure to follow the tips on
excellent post from jaz... I would add that it is simple and inexpensive to walk or ride a bike. plan where you need to go before you leave the house. close errands, walk. have a reusable bag with you when you go to the store for your purchases. place a fliter on your water tap and refill your water bottle from the tap instead of purchasing bottled water. not only are these things easy to do, they will help you to go green and save you money.
If you want your gas to last a little longer, there are a few simple things you can do.
Keep up with the maintenance (oil changes and whatnot) Make sure your tires are inflated properly Fill up with the sun isn't out Never fill up with the big gas truck is restocking the station Remove anything you don't need in the car (especially the trunk) Keep your air conditioning setting to pull air from inside the car or roll down the windows