Many people find the phrase “going green” overwhelming and overused. Helping the environment can be easy and start right in your backyard. Here are three weekend projects to start on the path to a greener life.
1) Start a small organic garden and grow your own food. It is very rewarding to sit down and eat a salad grown from your own garden. The West Palm Beach area is perfect for growing many favorite vegetables. Start small and add a few new varieties as you get more experienced. Check out Why Green Now for a great starter vegetable garden for South Florida.
2) Toss the chemicals. The average American home contains many toxic items that are used in our everyday lives. Cleaning, pest control and even body care products contain a variety of toxic chemicals, preservatives and ingredients that can cause a range of health problems from cancer, hormone disruption issues, behavioral issues and more. The problem is compounded by the large amounts of various products used every day, children are especially susceptible to these harmful items. Start in one area of the home and work your way up to having a toxic free cleaning and pest control routine. EcoSmart is a great line to try for your pesticide needs, they are affordable and very effective but most importantly made from essential oils and safe for pets, children and the planet. For cleaning and body care products try Celadon Road’s organic eco friendly products.
3) Recycle. Set up your own recycling routine in your house. Choose an area to keep your bins and review what items you can recycle. Check out the Solid Wast Authority site to order bins if you do not have them. They also have a list of drop off locations for hazardous waste and household items like computers, batteries, paint, used cooking oil and other items that can not be thrown out in the normal trash. You get two bins yellow and blue and here is what you can put in each bin.
- Unwanted Mail
- School/Office Papers
- Phone Books
- Paper Bags
- ALL Cardboard Boxes
(includes beverage cartons, tissue boxes, dry food boxes, corrugated cardboard. Boxes must be flattened and cut to 3’ x 3’ maximum.)
- Please place shredded paper in a brown paper bag, fold the top down to secure and place in your yellow bin. No plastic bags please!
Plastic Containers #1 – #7
Aluminum Foil and Pie Plates *
Milk and Juice Cartons
Glass Bottles and Jars
* The processing mills and aluminum buyers for the Solid Waste Authority NO LONGER ACCEPT aluminum foil and pie plates as recyclable material, so please throw these items into the garbage. Please be assured that the Solid Waste Authority makes every effort to reduce, reuse and recycle. These items will now likely be processed at our Renewable Energy Facility and turned into electricity.