Go Green to Save Green: Reusable Bags

April 15, 2013 by · Leave a Comment
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April is Earth Month, so Green Bay Consumer wants to give you tips and tricks that are not only good for the earth, but save money, too!

Today’s post is about ditching those plastic grocery bags and bring your own to the store.

Here’s why:

  • Plastic bags take anywhere from 15 to 1000 years to decompose.
  • Only 1 percent of plastic bags are recycled in the United States.
  • The petroleum used to produce 14 plastic bags can drive a car one mile.
  • Many stores will reward you for bringing your own bags with a $.05 credit for each bag you use (Target, Festival, Copps, etc)

I don’t know about you, but the hardest part about using my own bags is remembering them!  Even when I keep them in the front seat of the car, I swear half the time I’ve left them behind.  Now I put my coupons into the bags so I don’t forget.  Cuz if I’m going into a store, I never forget my coupons. :-)

Also, don’t forget to periodically clean your reusable bags.  A 2010 study showed that those bags can host bacteria and molds.

The Tri-County Recycling Center does not accept plastic bags for recycling.  Some stores like Festival and Copps do have bins at the front of the store so they can be recycled.  They are shipped to factories that specialize in breaking down the bags and repurposing them as things like trash containers and benches.

Be sure to check out Green Bay Consumer throughout the month for more tips, tricks and resources to help you save the earth and save your pocketbook.

Go Green to Save Green: Recyclebank

April 12, 2013 by · Leave a Comment
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April is Earth Month, so Green Bay Consumer wants to give you tips and tricks that are not only good for the earth, but save money, too!

Today’s post is about an online program called Recyclebank.

I’ve been a member of Recyclebank for about two years and the eco-freak in me just loves it. Earn points for taking everyday green actions, redeem them for great rewards, and learn ways to save money and live greener every day.

Here’s how you earn points at Recyclebank:

  • Learn, read, or take actions
  • Using fewer resources
  • Making greener purchases

Just by logging in the other day and completing a few activities (that took about ten minutes total), I earned more than 100 points. I can redeem them for a variety of things including gift cards, magazine subscriptions, and yes, even great high-value coupons for products like Kashi.

Be sure to check out Green Bay Consumer all month for more tips, tricks and resources to help you save the earth and save your pocketbook.

Go Green to Save Green: Air fresheners

April 11, 2013 by · Leave a Comment
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April is Earth Month, so Green Bay Consumer wants to give you tips and tricks that are not only good for the earth, but save money, too!

Today’s post is about people’s need for commercial air fresheners.

I am not a scientist, but for me personally, spraying or emitting chemicals that are not natural just screams “bad idea”.   I’m trying to avoid my kids’ exposure to chemicals that are linked to all sorts of health problems.

The industry leaders say the products are safe, but the EPA asks us to limit exposure to many of the items found in commercially-made products?!  Who do you believe?  Well, I had a great teacher who gave me a piece of advice that has served me well in every aspect of life:  “When in doubt, leave it out!”

Here’s a list of items* that can be found in many air fresheners:

  • Formaldehyde – known carcinogen
  • Phenol – skin and nervous system irritant
  • Petroleum distillates such as butane and propane
  • Methylformamide – Organ system toxicity, cancer, developmental/reproductive toxicity
  • Butanoic acid – Neurotoxicity, Endocrine disruption, Organ system toxicity
  • Nitro- and polycyclic musks  – linked to cancer, hormone disruption

Even if I could get air fresheners for free or cheap by combining coupons and sales, I wouldn’t buy them. So I save money buy not purchasing air fresheners.  But I will admit that there are times when our house needs to be “de-stinked”.

Here’s a home made version of air freshener–I got the ideas off Pinterest:

  1. punch holes in a tin top to a canning jar.
  2. Add baking soda to the jar, (a natural odor neutralizer),
  3. add a few drops of your favorite essential oil like lavender.
  4. For a prettier version, use scrapbook paper instead of the metal top and make pinholes in the paper.

The cost–pennies per jar.

Be sure to check out Green Bay Consumer all month for more tips, tricks and resources to help you save the earth and save your pocketbook.

*http://www.greenlivingtips.com/articles/99/1/Green-air-fresheners.html

Go Green to Save Green: Books and e-books

April 10, 2013 by · Leave a Comment
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April is Earth Month, so Green Bay Consumer wants to give you tips and tricks that are not only good for the earth, but save money, too!

Today’s post is about some great books out there on the subject of saving money and being a friend to Mother Earth at the same time:

Be sure to check out Green Bay Consumer all month for more tips, tricks and resources to help you save the earth and save your pocketbook.

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