How to Go Green the Simple Way
August 25, 2015
You recycle. You limit your shower time. You’ve even picked up trash off the sidewalk before.
You may want to do more to protect the environment and keep Norwalk green, but secretly believe if you go down that road, you’ll waste all your time composting and grinding wheat by hand. At least, that’s what it seems like. Well, we have good news for you. There are some easy ways to take your green living to the next level that don’t require you to start a mulch bin!
Here’s how to make an impact and go green without all of your sanity and time.
Buy a Reusable Water Bottle
Let’s start with a simple one that we all know--but often forget. How many times have you been at a game or at the store and grabbed a plastic water bottle to quench your thirst? It’s so convenient. But here’s the problem with plastic water bottles--they contain BPAs, which can be hazardous to your health. And those little plastic screw caps? They often end up in oceans, where animals think they’re food. Unfortunately, for every six plastic bottles bought, only one is recycled.
There’s a super easy fix for this. Start carrying a BPA-free reusable water bottle. Not only are you more likely to boost your own health and staying hydrated, you’ll be one fewer contributor to this plastic problem!
Choose Public Transportation
Wherever you live, explore the public transportation options. Perhaps you already commute to work from Connecticut via the Metro North or Amtrak--good for you! Keep it up. (And if you live at The Waypointe, those two options are super close.)
When you take public transportation, you get to skip the morning rush and the evening jams. You’ll be able to relax and let the train conductor take you where you need to go--while enjoying a latte and a podcast. On top of those relaxing benefits, you’re saving fuel and reducing pollution and congestion on the roads. Kudos!
Hit Up the Farmer’s Market
This green tip’s also something you’ll look forward to. Look for farmers markets near Norwalk, and enjoy the freshest, most delicious produce you’ve ever tasted.
When you eat foods that are local and in season, you’re not only supporting local farmers, you’re also eating healthier. The green bonus? Your food usually travels an average of 1,500 miles--using large amounts of fuel and extra packaging to reach your dinner plate. Meaning, your lettuce will be a lot less wilted. Eating local=going literally green.
Bonus points if you bring your own reusable bags to the market and forgo the plastic ones!
This green tip’s in line with the one above. Choose to live close to the best shopping in Norwalk, and explore NoHo for some amazing local products. Not only are you supporting your friends and neighbors--creating a healthy thriving community, but you’re bound to find more interesting products.
Luckily, there are some great anti-cookie cutter shops in SoNo that we’ve covered before. What are you waiting for? Grab your reusable water bottle and bags, and go guilt-free shopping.
Attend the Live Green Connecticut Fest
You’ve been to fairs, festivals, and events of all kinds--well, this one’s different because it’s all about green living. The Live Green Connecticut festival will take place on September 12-13 in Calf Pasture Beach, and there’s no better place to be that weekend.
Enjoy live music, informational panels on sustainable living, and delicious food from local vendors. (We’ve got our eye on Maddy’s Food Truck and their bacon & avocado grilled cheese.) Mingle with your neighbors and support sustainability right here in Norwalk, CT.
Choose Organic Cleaning Products
This is also a pretty simple fix, and we’ve covered green cleaning before. Switch out your usual bleach and nasty chemicals for some green alternatives, and you’ll breathe easier knowing it’s better for you and the environment.
Oh, and if you’re worried that your home won’t look quite as sparkling--nontoxic cleaners will give you a run for your money. They may require a bit more elbow grease than harsh chemicals, but they’re worth it, trust us. Just make sure you’re choosing brands that are transparent about their ingredients and aren’t just slapping a “natural” label on their questionable products. If you do have a little extra time, you can create your own home cleaning products with ingredients you probably already have in your pantry.
Start with even just one or two of the things on this list, you’ll be making great strides toward sustainability and eco-friendliness. Interested in living in a community that’s concerned about treating our planet a little more nicely? Get in touch with us about moving into a luxury Norwalk rental that’s perfect for you. We’ll make your life easy, so you can focus on living a greener life.