Posted: Nov 05, 2013 9:00 AM
 
Does the thought of going green seem daunting? It doesn’t have to be with our going green tips! Check out our quick and simple green living ideas and you’ll be a (green!) example in no time! Green bloggers share small starts that make an impact.

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.

Green life hacks: Laurie

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."

Green life hacks: Shera

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.

Green life hacks: Debbie

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.

Green life hacks: Shannon

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.

Green life hacks: DonDon 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.

Green life hacks: Anna

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?
"

Green life hacks: KatKat 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.

Green life hack: PaigePaige 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

Green life hacks: GretchenGretchen 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!

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