Actually, It IS Easy Being Green
Now that we’ve detailed our practices here at Cook’s, I’m sure you’re thinking of ways that you could be more green in your every day life! Well, I’ve put together a list of small things you can do to help keep the environment happy and healthy.. We’re going to explore the classic trio, Reduce, Reuse, and Recycle.
The first step to helping reduce your waste is to well… reduce it! Here are a few easy ways to reduce your consumption of materials and energy.
Bring a reusable bag with you when you go shopping.
Don’t buy things that have a lot of wasteful packaging, such as individually packaged fruits and veggies, or one time use sanitary products like pre-pasted toothbrushes or wet wipes. If you feel like you HAVE to buy a product with a lot of packaging, then try to make sure that the packaging is recyclable.
Buy in bulk whenever possible. Buying in bulk helps cut down on packaging, as things that are being sold in bulk are usually in dispensers or crates. Cook’s offers many things in bulk, such as herbs and spices, coffee and tea, flour and grains, nuts, seeds, and even snacks! Check it out here.
Don’t use disposables. It’s a little extra work, but Mother Nature will thank you for not throwing away a ton of plates at the end of a BBQ. Don’t use things like one time use sanitary products as well. It creates a lot of waste and there are more environmentally friendly ways to get the convenience of disposable products as well.
Use less water. Turn off the water in the shower when you’re shampooing and scrubbing. Turn off the faucet when you’re brushing your teeth. Try to keep your shower time between 5-10 minutes.
Make sure to turn off electronics. Don’t leave the TV on all day, don’t leave the lights on during the day either. If you’re not currently using it, turn it off!
Reusing is important as well. It helps make sure that you aren’t creating additional waste by using something you don’t need.
Buy used products whenever possible. I know, I know. We all love getting something shiny and new, like a brand new car or a TV straight from the factory, but why spend so much money on brand new things whenever you can buy something just as good used instead? It’s cheaper, AND better for the environment. It might be a little extra work to find something you want and find it used, but it’s worth it.
Reuse plastic bags. Reuse your plastic bags to wrap leaky things in a suit case, or reuse them as trash bags or just reuse them to carry things around.
Purchase reusable products. Buy some reusable bags. Get a reusable water bottle instead of buying a new water bottle every time you’re thirsty. Use cloth napkins instead of paper towels.
Recycling is the one we’re the most familiar with, but honestly, it should be the last option for you. Recycling should be the “other” option, the one you do only because you have no other choice.
Shop recycled products.
Sort your recyclables. Sort your recyclables by metal, paper, and plastic. Check out your local recycling center’s rules and guidelines to make sure what you’re sending is actually recyclable.
Go to your local recycling center. The address for the Rogers Recycling Center is 2300 N Arkansas St, Rogers, AR 72756
Recycle everything you can. Make sure that the local recycling center can process what you have. Check out the number surrounded by three curved arrows on the product and see if your local recycling center actually accepts that product.
Make a compost pile. Think about all the food you throw out. Instead of throwing away a ton of food that will just sit and rot at the dump, throw it into a compost pile! Starting your own compost pile will make the soil rich and fertile and will make it perfect for growing your own fruits and vegetables! If you do that, then you don’t have to buy as much from the grocery store!
Although reducing, reusing, and recycling seems like it’s a lot of work to take on, ultimately, it’s worth it. We only have one planet, and this planet is home to ALL of us. Let’s make sure we keep it nice, clean, and healthy. When you think about it, doing a bit of extra work is definitely worth it to keep our planet beautiful.