Going green is something we all want to do, but don't necessarily know how to begin. Enter: Life hacks. Life hacks are all about simple ways to get things done.
Laurie Morse-Dell is the voice behind Pup's Place, a site about living an eco-friendly lifestyle with your dog. Laurie says, "To go green, start with just very small changes because they can make a big difference in the long run. Too often people try to go all-in and they quickly realize it can be overwhelming so they just give up. If you can make small changes and add additional green changes over time, you'll be much happier with the process."
So try our simple green blogger-approved hacks to dive in and go green today!
Laurie's green hack^Clean with lemons! Laurie says, "You can make your own cleaning products for just about any cleaning need with a few basic ingredients. No more harsh fumes or cupboards full of expensive bottles that are bad for the environment and your pocketbook."
Shera Lee is a health coach, yoga teacher in training and tea fanatic who blogs at She's Lively!
Shera's green hack^"Use peroxide as a cleaner!" Cleaning with natural, homemade products is green because many of the chemicals found in conventional cleaning products can be more dangerous than the dirt they're intended to clean and the way many of us clean — with lots of disposable paper towels — isn't exactly earth-friendly.
Debbie Miller is the founder of Social Hospitality and is one of The Huffington Post's Passionistas.
Debbie's green hack^"Save and utilize reusable bags when shopping. Keep a stash in your trunk and bring a bunch with you whenever you go shopping." Fewer natural resources are used and less energy is expended by using a tote rather than plastic bags and their use also means that there's less plastic sitting in landfills.
Shannon Hinderberger is a busy working mom who has been documenting how her family has gone green on her blog Working Mom Goes Green.
Shannon's green hack^"Eat meatless once a week." Eating low on the food chain benefits the environment because it takes less water, fertilizer and other resources to produce grains, fruits and vegetables than it does to raise chickens, cows, pigs or other animals we eat.
Don Stewart is a green living artist and blogger.
Don's green hack^"Plant something. A window herb garden is a quick, small way to start." By cutting the commodity chain short, gardens help us conserve resources used in transportation and reduce the packaging waste that ends up in the landfill.
Anna Hackman is the editor of Green Talk, a site dedicated to the conversation on how to live a greener lifestyle and business.
Anna's green hack^"Start eating organic food. If this is too expensive, at least avoid the foods on the dirty dozen and buy what's in season. Why buy a piece of fruit that has a carbon footprint of 1,000 miles to get to you? "
Kat Roberts promotes a longtime passion of making beautiful new things from the destroyed and discarded on the blog We Can Re-Do It.
Kat's green hack^"Use what you've got. Nothing makes me happier than taking something used or worn and turning it into something better than it ever was. It's an easy (and cheap!) way to improve your stuff and keep it out of the garbage." Kat's site includes fabulously detailed up-cycling how-tos.
Paige Wolf is a green parenting blogger at Spit That Out: The Overly Informed Parent's Guide to Raising Children in the Age of Environmental Guilt.
Paige's green hack^"Keep a tote bag hanging in every closet so you can easily set aside outgrown or unwanted clothes as you discover them. Once you have a bag full, you can swap them through online portals like Poshmark and LikeTwice or donate to good causes." By swapping and donating, you help the people who buy your goods avoid the considerable resources needed to produce any new item they would have bought instead including fabric, pesticides on cotton, dyes, manufacturing processes, shipping and packaging.
Our life hack take-away: Take one (green) step at a time
Gretchen Roberts, CEO of Verde Direct and a mother of three, explains, "Maybe you can't change the entire world, but you can change the world around you. Ask yourself this: How do my choices affect my children's health and the environment in our own home? From there, you can start to make small changes that impact your family like swapping commercial cleaners for green or homemade cleaners, starting a compost pile in your backyard with your yard and food waste and then harvesting that gardener's gold for your very own vegetable garden, opening your shades in the winter to let in that warm sun that saves energy and gives your body a dose of vitamin D, choosing to walk or bike to the park or school instead of driving. That is real change: changing your own world, and more importantly, teaching your children — the next generation — how to change theirs."
Share with us!^Which hack will you try first? Leave us a comment below!