I recently read a new book about one woman’s attempt to greenify her life by making one green change every day for a year. (greenify isn’t an official word, but it’s quite fun and I rather enjoy made up words; automagically is a personal fave.)
‘Sleeping naked’ is wonderfully entertaining. Vanessa’s writing is laugh-out-loud funny, fun and candid.
At the top of each chapter is a list of Vanessa’s changes for the month. Some of the changes are dramatic like unplugging her fridge and selling her car, while others are rather silly – like using shorthand to reduce paper use, or writing poetry in haiku form to save words.
While reading the book, I noticed the green changes that were both green and frugal. Since this blog is about frugality, I thought I’d list a few:
- No more bottled water
- Forgo electronic gym equipment (and gyms)
- Cancel cable
- Use natural cleaners – baking soda, vinegar, and the like
- Sign up for Freecycle
- Turn down thermostat and don’t use AC
- Use air-dry function on the dishwasher
- Use less water
- Give up chewing gum (I’m not a big fan of this one)
- Shut down computer at end of day
- Air dry your clothes
- No more canned or bottled beverages
- Fix things rather than replace them
- Use cold water for laundry
- Buy things used
- Wear clothes twice before washing
- Borrow and share before buying
- Drive the speed limit with properly inflated tires
- Learn to sew and mend clothes
- Make your own cosmetics and beauty products
All of these changes are green and wonderfully frugal; a perfect duo. Like my friends peanut butter and jelly.
Have you made changes that are green and frugal? Share your wisdom in a comment.