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Go Green this Spring!

2013 March 28

By: Kelly Siegel

Although it still feels like winter in parts of the Midwest, spring is officially here!  As we gear up for the start of spring and plan spring activities it is important to remember to keep these activities green.  Here are some ideas to make the most of the season:

  1. Get your hands dirty and plant a vegetable garden.  It takes some work and patience now, but when you are eating your home grown tomatoes this summer, it will all be worth it.
  2. Get outside.  Go for long walks, bike rides, or runs and explore your neighborhood you have missed over winter.
  3. Many of us associate spring with spring cleaning.  Go through those old boxes and your closet and donate, recycle, or reuse anything you don’t need any more. You never know what you might find!
  4. On the topic of spring cleaning, use green cleaning supplies.  There are even ways to make your own.  It is very simple and not only better for the environment, but your wallet as well. 
  5. Use reusable water bottles – You can get some with cool designs and not waste plastic water bottles. 

Do you have other tips to go green this spring?  Please share.

Kelly Siegel is a student volunteer in the EPA’s Air and Radiation Division in Region 5, and is currently obtaining her Master’s degree in Urban Planning and Policy at the University of Illinois at Chicago.  She has a passion for sustainable development, running, and traveling with friends

Editor's Note: The opinions expressed in Greenversations are those of the author. They do not reflect EPA policy, endorsement, or action, and EPA does not verify the accuracy or science of the contents of the blog.

5 Responses leave one →
  1. Anonymous permalink
    April 1, 2013

    This is very usefull stuff for me

  2. anonymous permalink
    April 17, 2013

    number 2 is my favorite and number 5 is a good one!

  3. Thomas permalink
    May 16, 2013

    Don’t let spring cleaning be an excuse to go out and buy new cleaning supplies! Chances are, the cleaning supplies you have now are likely still able to be used and are most likely not broken. There’s no reason to go buy a new vacuum when the vacuum you have right now still works, right? All that would do is make the manufacturer make more vacuums, thus spending more money and resources and causing more pollution. Don’t let sales on cleaning supplies convince you that what you have isn’t good enough– that’s exactly what they want!

  4. Janell Simpson permalink
    May 21, 2013

    So the planned obsolescence of small appliances is an environmental problem? Manufacturers need to know that we, the consumers, will spend more on a quality appliance that will last a long, long time.

  5. Rich permalink
    July 10, 2013

    We can conserve by:

    1. Turn off the lights when you leave the room.
    2. Turn off you computer speakers or sound bar until you need them.
    3. Turn off your printer until you need it.
    4. Make sure the lights are off in closets and storage areas.
    5. Remind others to do the same so we can make a difference together.

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