Welcome to the 35th "Green" Tips Message. This message is sent to all subscribing users on a weekly basis providing simple tips on becoming more Green! This article is part of Earth911’s series, where they showcase ways to green your life in various areas.This week's message provides simple tips on:
Green Your Love Life
1. Get Off the Couch
Getting involved in your local community is a fast and easy way to get connected to the world as a whole. A simple trip to the farmers market can help sustain local growers, while introducing you to a new neighbor and encouraging you to eat organic foods.
Also, a Saturday spent volunteering at your community garden can help you better understand the use for your own compost or those old tires you were storing in your backyard.
One simple act can open the door to new possibilities and actions. Volunteering is a great bonding experience for those attached and a great venue for those singles looking to find their future Valentine.
2. Take an Eco Vacay
Whether it’s your second honeymoon, first trip together or just a weekend away with your closest friends, a trip with Mother Nature in mind is a great way to spend any holiday. Options in eco-tourism have been growing like wildfire in the past few years, representing 11.4 percent of all consumer spending in the travel industry and growing at a rate of 5 percent worldwide each year.
But keep in mind your footprint before packing your bags. Our leisure travel by car alone accounts for more than 9 billion gallons of fuel and 90 millions tons of carbon dioxide (CO2) each year. Air travel tacks on another 140+ million tons of CO2. When purchasing your plane ticket, forking over the extra couple of bucks to offset your emissions can go a long way. Several airlines will offer this option and apply your dollars to investing in renewable energy or other green efforts.
If you’re stuck on getaway ideas, peruse our list of Top Winter Eco Destinations. They’re sure to knock your woolly socks off!