It's Not Easy Being Green.... wait, yes it is!

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 Here it is:  the ultimate guide to green living!  I've heard a lot of talk lately about how "hard" and "expensive" it is to convert to an eco-friendly lifestyle.  Well, ya know what?  Even YOU can live a more environmentally friendly existence.  I'm not going to suggest that you buy an expensive hybrid or install solar panels on your roof (although that would be great!).  Instead consider these easy, cost effective solutions:

My first suggestion is totally FREE!  In my email signature I have this simple phrase:  "Please consider the environment before printing this e-mail."  Is doesn't get any easier than that.

One of the least expensive changes I have made in my life is to not purchase bottled water any more.  The environmental impact from the manufacturing, distribution, and waste from water bottles is staggering.  Instead I now have a Pur water filtration pitcher.  It costs less than $20 and the water is as refreshing as any bottled water I've ever tasted - not to mention I no longer have to lug the water home from the grocery store!

How about your daily trip to Starbucks?  (Or is that just me?)  Rather than getting a paper cup with a paper sleeve and plastic lid, take your favorite reusable travel mug.

Another thing I've done is set up a fax-to-email number for myself.  I use a service called Kall8 which is $2 per month (plus usage) for a toll-free fax number.  Now when I receive a fax it goes straight to my email.  I can then file it away electronically (I keep the incoming message on my email server and save a backup to my hard drive) rather than printing copies.  Instead of sending faxes I scan and email them.  This saves a lot of printing on my side and at least a cover sheet on the receiver's side.

 Start a recycling program in your workplace.  Last fall I spear-headed a phone book drive (which doubled as a charity event) for my office.  It was a lot of fun and we saved 187 phone books from being sent to a landfill!  You might consider hiring a mobile shredding company that will not only destroy the paper trail of sensitive data our customers leave behind, but recycle it as well.

Are you considering a move?  As a Realtor I hear Buyers asking about walkable communities more and more.  Consider moving closer to work, school, and activities rather than perpetuating suburban sprawl.  Score potential neighborhoods for walkability before making a final decision.

Does your company or organization have old computer components, calculators, or other electronics taking up valuable storage space?  Organizations like the Cristina Foundation (a not-for-profit) collect and redistribute technology items to charities, schools, and public agencies world-wide or ensure they're disposed of properly.  By donating old computers and electronics you keep them out of landfills.

Take a look at the products you're buying in the store.  Items labled "organic" (grown without chemicals) and "made from postconsumer recycled materials" are regulated by government agencies.  However, words like "biodegradable" and "all-natural" are not.

OK, so maybe this wasn't the ultimate guide to green living, but everyone has to start somewhere.  Remember April 22nd is Earth Day.  Now go do your part to change the world!

Check out my other green living posts!

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Anthony,

Great blog, great post. We are learning about blogs and we found yours. Good stuff, keep up the good work. From all your real estate instructors in Oklahoma and especially Susan, Kacy and Ken. Go Anthony

Apr 18, 2008 04:45 AM #8
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Anthony~ 

This post to your BLOG is representative of the spirit of the Eco-All-Stars Group. it is generous, informative, and very worth reading. Thank you so much for your contributions to our community here at AR...and in OK.  Please give us more your Green News in the April Challenge...(at the top of the Eco-All-Stars)...

Apr 18, 2008 05:04 AM #9
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Anthony Clark
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Rick  I constantly have my ears open for new & easy ideas.

Susan, Kacy, Ken, et al  Thanks for the comment...  now go blog!

janeAnne  Thanks so much for the nice compliment!

Apr 18, 2008 01:15 PM #10
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Ray Nellum
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Anthony, go green and keep it clean.  It's an awesome way to live.  I am glad more and more communities are now paying great detail to this.
Apr 18, 2008 04:44 PM #11
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Anthony Clark
Fayetteville, AR
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Ray  You're so right.  Until communities find more ways to help their citizens, we can each find out own ways to make a difference.  In fact, I think it's fun to challenge myself to find simple, inexpensive ways to be more eco-friendly.
Apr 19, 2008 02:48 AM #12
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Georgie Hunter R(S) 58089
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Thanks for pointing out that we can all make some small changes in our lives and make a big difference in the long run.
Apr 19, 2008 01:46 PM #13
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Anthony Clark
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Georgina  You're so welcome & thanks for the comment!
Apr 19, 2008 02:23 PM #14
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Mary McGraw
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Hi Anthony - what great ways to demonstrate going Green doesn't have to cost green! I have seen the tag you have on your email....smart! I have used extreme fax for several years and I love it. It is very convenient to be able to receive a fax where ever one may be. All I need is internet access. For people who spend a lot of time out of the office is it great! 

Great post! 

Apr 20, 2008 02:50 AM #15
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Anthony Clark
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Mary  Too many people use "expensive & difficult" as excuses.  Thanks for stopping by to comment!
Apr 20, 2008 04:20 AM #16
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abka defg
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These are all great tips Anthony, little things that can add up to make a big impact on our environment. The best part is that they are all easy to incorporate into everyday life without spending a lot of green to go green. Thanks so much for sharing!
Apr 22, 2008 12:38 AM #17
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Anthony Clark
Fayetteville, AR
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Bonny  These are great ways to go green for lazy & frugal people (oops did I just incriminate myself?)

:)

Happy Earth Day everyone!

Apr 22, 2008 02:09 AM #18
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Tiffany Wilson
eReal Estate Corp - Redondo Beach, CA
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Thanks for your dedication to the further greening of our Earth!  I believe I will look into those computer component recycling programs, as I have a broken multi-function printer I need to get rid of.  Thanks!
Apr 22, 2008 02:48 AM #19
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Anthony Clark
Fayetteville, AR
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Tiffany  I think that's a great idea!  Good luck to you and thanks for the comment!

Apr 22, 2008 06:01 AM #20
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Nicky Dou
Keller Williams Market Pro Realty - Fayetteville, AR
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Anthony,

This is a great post. I hope to meet you one of these days. I am a Realtor in NWA as well - Welcome! I have worked with Sheri Alt a few times and really admire and like her. Best wishes to you - hopefully we will run into each other soon!

Nicky Dou

Sep 08, 2008 01:42 AM #21
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Diane Aurit
LKN Realty, LLC - Mooresville, NC
Lake Norman Real Estate

Great list!  We are avid recyclers but I know we need to take it to the next level and plastic beverage bottles are a biggy for us.  All of your ideas are gerat.

Sep 08, 2008 02:12 AM #22
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Anthony Clark
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Nicky I'm sure we'll meet soon.  In fact, I'm hoping to have a NWA-Rainers meet-up soon.  Hopefully Donna Schuby will help plan it....  hint, hint.  By the way, you're just about the only Realtor who ever pops up in my Google Alerts so good job with the keywords  ;)

Diane  Thanks for the compliment.  I went from at least a garbage bag per week to only about one a month when I started recycling.  And my recycling was cut in half when I stopped buying bottled water.  If every American would just take those couple of small steps we'd be much better off.  Hope all is well with you!

Sep 08, 2008 10:45 AM #23
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Josef Katz
Digital and Direct Response Marketing - Manhattan, NY
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I have been trying to stop the bottle water craziness for a while. I just lugged in 3 cases from the car... Recently I have read about a few companies willing to recycle electronics that you no longer need or use.  Some will even pay you for the 'gadget'.

 

 

Sep 08, 2008 01:11 PM #24
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Nicky Dou
Keller Williams Market Pro Realty - Fayetteville, AR
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Thanks - its good to know there are others out there in (NWA) that are as nerdy as myself (haha) just kidding.

Sep 08, 2008 02:13 PM #25
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Anthony Clark
Fayetteville, AR
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Josef  Keep working on it!  You'll get there  ;)

Nicky  Oh, total nerd here  ;)

Sep 08, 2008 02:24 PM #26
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Green Home Guides
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Thanks for the helpful information to help keep things cleaner and eco friendly. I should do a better job of recycling.

Sep 10, 2008 08:23 AM #27
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