Green with Love
Ten eco-friendly dates
By: Courtney Beardsworth
1. Shop at a farmer’s market for locally grown produce. This not only supports local farmers, but also cuts down on fossil fuel used to transport produce into your area. Use cloth bags to tote your fruits, veggies and flowers. And later, cook up a delicious meal together.
2. Learn how to build a compost heap, which gives back to the earth by replenishing the soil with nutrients. You can both sink your hands in the dirt and get some beneficial vitamin D from the sun.
3. Paint a room in your house with safe, nontoxic paint. The fumes you breathe in every day can be unsafe to your health, so throw on your overalls and create a healthier environment to live in.
4. Plant a tree. Just one tree can produce enough oxygen for ten people to inhale in a year.
5. Take a kayaking lesson together. Outdoor stores offer introductory lessons at a reduced price, and they supply all the gear and equipment you need.
6. Volunteer to clean a park by your house and work side-by-side picking up litter and getting exercise. The next time you hike in the clean park, you’ll reap the benefits of your hard work.
7. Go green shopping. Buy clothes made of organic fabrics like hemp, and bamboo towels. Bamboo is a renewable resource that grows back quickly, and the fabrics made from it dry in a snap.
8. Go camping and live off the land for a few days. Follow the rules of “leave no trace” and the earth will thank you. Forget modern-day electricity, which uses up energy, and build a fire to cook your food and keep you cozy.
9. Rent a hybrid car and take a road trip. You’ll greatly reduce emissions and even save a few bucks in gas – money you can use to purchase souvenirs during your adventure!
10. Snuggle up to some green films. Watch the Planet Earth DVDs and admire the beauty of our world. Then check out An Inconvenient Truth to see what you can do to help preserve our planet and keep it green.