You care about the environment, you shop at farmers markets regularly, and you’ve even invested in low-flow toilets for every bathroom in your home. There’s more you can do, though… if you’re willing to get a little weird.
Natural Lawn Care
If you have a lot of land, forget the lawnmower and wild animal traps. Save yourself time by buying a few goats to maintain your property! That’s what Google did to take care of the overgrown lawn near their Mountain View, California location and it worked like a charm. Goats have an amazing appetite for just about any plant material, and it’s a truly natural way for landowners to take care of their curb appeal.
What You Eat and Where You Go
Some of the most sustainable food isn’t found at Whole Foods. Snails are delicious, local and there are plenty of them to be found. Foragers love them and they’re pretty easy to prepare. They’re also high in protein, low in fat and can be added to everything from salads to pizza.
What goes in must come out, but you can join the Pee Outside Movement to save money on flushing the toilet. When it comes to number one, more people are heading outside to avoid those costly flushes. It’s a return to the basics, especially for men, who find it a particularly easy switch to make.
Clothes Aren’t Just for Looks
There are numerous brands and lines touting green clothes, but why not take it a step further? A solar-powered USB bikini soaks up the sun’s rays and lets you power everything from your iPad to your smartphone. It’s made with organic cotton and is the perfect accoutrement to your beach trip.
For those who want to spice up their sex life but stay green while doing it, there’s an abundance of new green toys on the market. Earth Erotics is one such company that offers items with no PVC or any other materials that might harm the environment. Created by a woman who received her degree in Environmental Law, she wanted to bring attention to the fact that millions of people use toys each year and manufacturers were missing out on an opportunity to be eco-friendly.
Beyond the Grave
At the opposite end of the spectrum, the average funeral is another event that is less than environmentally friendly. Enter the Green Burial Council, where dry ice or refrigeration is used to preserve the body, which is placed in a wooden casket. The body is buried with the purpose of feeding aboveground plants and animals and you can even choose a green cemetery burial. Even better, a green funeral costs about 33 percent of a traditional one.
These are just a few of the quirky ways you can go green. Try one or try them all. From an all-natural air filter to a toilet-free home, everyone’s jumping on the green bandwagon.
Michelle is a blogger and freelancer. She’s written about almost every topic under the sun, and loves constantly learning about new subjects and industries while she’s writing. Whenever she’s able to step away from her computer she enjoys spending time outdoors with her dogs.
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I think my neighbors would frown on a toilet free home. And being arrested for indecent exposure while peeing in the yard is expensive. While great ideas, if you live out in the forest, these suggestions are only acceptable for a very limited slice of our society. The Brits are asking folks to flush pee on a daliy basis in private homes. That will save millions of gallons of water, and is doable. We have a local guy who is cremating folks and providing all services needed for $950.00. Now, that’s conserving money.
Composting toilets are an option, also, that doesn’t involve irritating the neighbors or getting arrested… thanks for your input, Hutch!
While cremation is less expensive, it can certainly take its toll on the environment. An average cremation releases 573 pounds of carbon into the atmosphere. The energy used for cremations annually in the US could fuel around 80 trips to the moon! And there are myriad toxins in our bodies – for example the mercury in our fillings – that are released into the atmosphere when we are burned. Why not give your body back to nourish the land that has given us so much during our life?
Quite interesting ideas. Most all sound like we are reverting back to days of yore!
Great article. The section about green funerals is something that most people don’t consider. A traditional funeral and burial is actually quite harmful to the environment. Luckily more funeral homes are beginning to offer green products and burial options.
Wonderful article. But aside from these tips, I think it would also be great to make use of natural building materials, such as rammed earth, to promote Mother Nature.
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These creative and inventive ways to go green are quite interesting..these ideas are easy to go green and beneficial to the environment. Today, its important that our every act must be made keeping in mind the present scenario of our environment!