Spring has sprung! It’s time to put away the parkas and unearth the pastel peacoats. With the changing of the season comes the opportunity to change your habits in order to be more sustainable. We at Mainpine have the tips and tricks to turn spring cleaning into spring green-ing!
- 1. Spring is THE season for gardening. It is now the perfect time to plant vegetables and herbs in your garden. Not only will it feel (and taste) great to grow your own vegetables and know that you are providing for yourself, it will also save you loads of money on what you would have otherwise bought at the grocery store. Really love the idea of gardening? Why stop at just vegetables...flowers and trees can also be planted in the spring. More plants means more oxygen being released into the atmosphere, which is wonderfully green!
- 2. Minimize the clutter in your home by going through closets and drawers. Spring is the perfect time for a fresh start. If at all possible, do not throw away anything you may not need; give all useable clutter to a local donation center (like Goodwill or the Salvation Army) and feel great knowing that your fresh start will help those in need and that your items are not filling up a landfill. It’s a win-win for charity and the environment.
- 3. Once you have minimized the clutter, perform a deep clean of your home. Be sustainable by using environmentally friendly, chemical-free cleaning products that will leave your home clean and the air surrounding your home even cleaner.
- 4. The rain has (hopefully) subsided, so get outside and walk/ride your bike to wherever you need to go! Not only is being active wonderful for your healthierbut it will ultimately save you money on gas AND not using your car means that there will be fewer emissions.
- 5. Turn off the clothes dryer and put hang your clothes outside. The warmer weather will perfectly dry your clothes without using the energy your dryer would have consumed.
- 6. The beginning of spring means that you can finally entertain guests outside. If you are lucky enough to have a backyard and love to decorate, purchase solar powered LED lights to adorn your garden, your outdoor dining table or patio. You won’t have to pay for batteries nor will you be plugging your lights in and consuming energy!
- 7. Spending lots of time outside means that you should definitely be hydrating yourself. Invest in a heavy duty, insulated water bottle that can be reused countless times. Having one high quality water bottle will replace twenty or more disposable plastic bottles, lowering your ecological footprint and keeping those bottles out of landfills!