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Eco Friendly Environment for Your Nursery

How to Make an Eco Friendly Environment for Your Nursery

This was written by Alyssa Clarke of Born Rich.

Once you become a mother, you will need to take care of very minute things related to the health of your baby, ranging from clothes to toys, from cots to linens. Here we shall be discussing about the things you need to keep in mind while setting up a nursery for your child. Not only should the nursery be safe, it should be Eco-friendly as well. Making the environment in which your baby lives healthy and Eco-friendly shall help in his/her healthy development. To fulfill this purpose, you need to keep some things in mind while buying things for your little one. These include the furniture, the mattress, the linen and the toys.

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The furniture of your baby wouldn’t include many things. All that you need to buy especially for your baby is the cot. Cot is the baby’s bed where he/she shall be sleeping until the age of two and spending most of his/her time until they start off to walk or crawl. In the cot, the baby spends the maximum part of his/her development years. A cot is also the first thing which your baby will start chewing when he/she is teething. That is why special attention is to be paid while buying a cot. Firstly, it should not be made from any toxic wood or be painted by toxic paints. Secondly, it should have safety latches and the bars should not be far apart, so as to prevent the baby’s legs or arms from getting stuck in between them. You should avoid getting carried away by the beautiful designs and colors of the cots as the paint and lacquer in them can be quite harmful for your child. Thus, make sure that your baby’s cot is made from non-toxic wood and varnished with non-toxic paint.

The second thing you should pay attention to is the mattress. Common mattresses are generally made up of synthetic fibers and harsh metal springs. Moreover, these mattresses are sprayed with a multitude of strong chemicals and disinfectants that can be quite dangerous for your kid, who is used to with sleeping on this mattress. Just leave these ones behind and opt for the mattresses made from natural organic fibers, which will also help your baby in regulating his/her, body temperature during all seasons.

Next comes the linen of your baby. Linen is such an important thing when it comes to your baby’s safety. It is another thing which stays in touch with your baby’s body most of the time. So you need to be very choosy while shopping for all these things. Using organic linen wherever possible in advisable, but try to make use of more sustainable fibers like bamboo, cotton and wool.

Finally, you should take ample care about the toys with which you baby has been playing. Toys made of plastic can be the worst ones for the health of your baby. Plastic is one of the most toxic elements on earth and should be evaded by young, old and especially the little ones. For this reason always avoid plastic and go for bamboo or wooden toys instead with non-toxic paint.

With these easy to follow tips, you can surely succeed in the build-up of a healthy and Eco-friendly home environment for your baby.

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Going Green Can Support Local Businesses

How Going Green Can Support Local Businesses

This guest post is by GR8Fires.

Local businesses are struggling just as much as everyone else at the moment. As much as we’d all love to support local firms, it often conflicts with our environmental beliefs or our bank balance. Here’s a few new schemes and products that can help your local community and the planet all in one go.

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At Work

JogPost made a good first impression when they managed to get all of the notoriously austere dragons to invest on BBC’s Dragon’s Den.

They offer leaflet delivery and courier services – powered entirely by their joggers – in most cities for big names like Pizza Hut and The NHS. If they can be trusted to deliver in bustling, Olympic London, just think what they can do for you.

As if all that wasn’t enough, JogPost work with The Eden Reforestation Project and plant a tree for every 1000 leaflets they deliver.

In The Home

Installing an alternative heating source can cut your bills dramatically and help support local industry.

Visiting local timber yards and construction companies for cheap, discarded wood for a wood burning stove is far preferable to giving your money to Oil and Gas companies. The growing demand for wood burners and multifuel stoves are also behind a boost in business for Chimney Sweeps.

On The Go

A rather unusual alternative to Taxis is taking off in some of the bigger cities. If you’re visiting London or Edinburgh you can get where you need to be by rickshaw, cutting emissions and putting some cash into a struggling student’s pocket at the same time.

A lot of workplaces support a ‘Bike 2 Work‘ Scheme which means you can fit some extra exercise into your daily routine and get a discount on a new bike and all the equipment you need at a local bike supplier.


The best and easiest way to get involved with recycled clothes is to donate to and from charity shops. The recent M&S and Oxfam Schwopping campaign, which encouraged customers buying an item to donate one, was a great success with over 500,000 items exchanged in six weeks.

All the big supermarkets offer delivery shops, but your local stores often offer similar services. By phoning in your order you can get groceries delivered to your door along with your neighbours, turning 5 or 6 car journeys into just one.

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Eco-Friendly Kitchen Remodeling Tips

Eco-Friendly Kitchen Remodeling Tips

This was written by Kelli Cooper of Smart Pack Kit kitchen renovations.

As environmental problems are gaining greater attention and awareness, there is a push to be more eco-friendly in all areas of life. There are lots of ways for the average individual to be greener and how we design our homes can have a major impact on how good a friend we are being to the environment. If you are thinking of remodeling your kitchen and you want a more environmentally-consious design, here are some tips to help you design a beautiful , greener kitchen.

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Choose Eco-Friendly Flooring and Cabinet Materials

The materials we choose in our remodeling efforts is one of the most important decisions we make in terms of being more environmentally friendly; we want to choose products that do not harm the environment and/or are highly sustainable. Bamboo is a great choice for floors or countertops—this highly sustainable grass is not only durable, it is a great choice for people with allergies and other respiratory illnesses since it discourages the growth of bacteria and other irritants. You will be able to achieve the look of wood without contributing to the cutting-down of valuable trees. Cork is another great flooring choice while some good counterop materials include recycled glass in a concrete mix, stained concrete and indigenous stone.

Get Energy-Efficient Appliances

Conserving electricity will not only help you be green, it will help you save some green on your utility bills. Look for appliances with the ‘’Energy Star’’ label; these products have been evaluated by the Environmental Protection Agency and to gain the designation, they must meet certain standards of energy efficiency, provide similar levels of performance as conventional products and if they cost more than their conventional counterparts, the cost savings must be enough that you would recoup the costs in a reasonable amount of time. By choosing more energy-efficient appliances, you not only conserve electricity, you are reducing the amount of green house gases and other pollutants produced from inefficient energy use.

Get a More Energy-Efficient Stove

Stoves that use induction heating are very eco-friendly; since they heat up faster and cook food faster, they are using less enery on two fronts. These stoves use electricity to create a magnetic field that interacts with the ferric content in various types of cookware; this encourages the movement of molecules, which produces heat.

Install an Under-the-Counter Water Purifier

This tip may not apply to your kitchen directly, but it sure is eco-friendly when you consider the astronomical amount of waste created from drinking bottled water. An under-the-counter water purifer is 10 times more effective at filtering bacteria, pesticides and heavy metal than a purifier connected to your faucet. It may seem pricier at 150 to 200 dollars for a filter, but considering what we pay for bottled water, you will reap savings over the long-term.

Reuse Anything You Can

Before totally gutting your kitchen and buying new everything, look around and see what can be salvaged or repurposed for something else. Maybe you do not need new cabinets and refinishing them will give you the look you want. Maybe that old wardrobe in the attic can make a good pantry. If you need new materials for anything, look in salvage yards for any materials you can use in your remodeling efforts—for example, old pine beams can be used to put down new flooring.

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Green Deal

Green Deal: Let’s Save our Lovely Planet

This was written by Nadine Ryan of I Say! Digital.

The advent of new technologies has made life so easy for us through the creation of items and tools used on a daily basis such as washing machine, TV, fridge and so on. But it also has its side effects as it causes us to use more and more energy, which is definitely not good for our lovely planet. But, there are many simple things we can do to reduce our energy consumption and help conserving our beautiful planet.

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United We Stand!

When it comes to our planet we should all feel concerned and conserving it for future generations should be the issue of everybody. In fact, when some people hear about ecology they think about a bunch of boring people who want to save the planet. But don’t forget that those ‘ boring‘ people are not only trying to save it for their own interest but also for the rest of people who live in the planet.  And you don’t necessarily need to participate in green demonstrations to show that you care. In fact, you can simply try to lead an Eco-friendly life by doing very simple things such as using recycled items and consuming less energy.

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Simple Things to Do

If you’re wondering what else you can do to help conserving our planet so that future generations can enjoy it as well, here is a non-exhaustive list of simple Eco-friendly things you can do.

  • Stop using plastic bags: In fact plastic bags have a quite devastating effect on the environment so the less we use them the better.

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  • Use energy efficient materials: When you go shopping try to buy only energy efficient products, because people are becoming more and more aware of ecological issues and this pushes companies to invest in the Eco-friendly market. In fact, this has a big impact on companies as most of them try to comply with their customers’ buying preferences  by making more and more energy efficient items.
  • Solid Wall Insulation: It’s really important to know that almost all the houses built before the 1990’s don’t have wall insulation, which means that in winter you have to heat your house all the time in order to keep it warm, so if your house was built before the 90’s you can call professionals to install solid wall insulation to your home. This will be beneficial not only for the planet but also for your wallet. In fact having solid wall insulation will help keeping the warm air inside your house and therefore you won’t need to heat your house all the time, which will help you save money.
  • Installation of solar panels: If you can afford the installation of solar panels don’t hesitate to get some as this will also help you save money while consuming less energy.  You can also encourage people you know to do the same,and the best way of doing this is by telling them how doing all those Eco-friendly things helps you save money.

Green Deal providers

If you want to know the level of pollution of your house you can contact green deal providers to come and check your house freely. They will also provide you with considerable advice on how you can increase the value of your house by turning it into an Eco-friendly home. In fact, nowadays buyers are actively looking for energy efficient homes, therefore if you turn your house into an Eco-friendly home it’s will have greater value in the market.

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Reduce Your Carbon Footprint

How to Reduce Your Carbon Footprint – In Five Simple Steps

This was written by Dan Whiteside of http://diynewbie.org/.

Are you looking to reduce your carbon footprint? If so, why not go green and do your bit for the environment? Eco-living is easier than you may think and could do wonders for your bank balance.

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Here are five useful tips:

According to the Energy Saving Trust (EST), a family of four could save over half a tonne of carbon monoxide and £420 on energy bills every year – just by saving water. A few simple measures and behaviour changes could make a big difference, so it’s definitely worth cutting back on the amount of water you use.

Arrange a boiler service

Did you know that boilers account for around 60 per cent of what you spend on a year on energy bills? That’s right; they use an enormous amount of electricity, so it’s important to arrange a boiler service with a reputable company every year. A Gas Safe Register approved engineer will make sure everything’s working properly and will prevent you from spending money unnecessarily.

If you can, replace your old boiler with an A-rated, high-efficiency condensing boiler. These recover more heat and send cooler gases up the flue – helping to significantly cut your home’s carbon dioxide emissions. Condensing boilers should also reduce your outgoings by as much as £300 a year, so they’re worth the money.

Use energy-efficient light bulbs

Believe it or not, energy-efficient light bulbs can last up to ten times longer than standard bulbs. They convert energy to light with ease and could save you a lot of money in the long-run – so nip to your nearest home store. Look for compact fluorescent bulbs or 6W LEDs and throw all your old bulbs away. Lighting accounts for around eight per cent of a typical household’s bills, so it’s worth making this change.

Buy the right products

One of the best ways to save energy and money is to buy Energy Saving Trust Recommended products. These products have to meet strict energy performance criteria and will ensure you’re not throwing money down the drain, so look out for the EST label. Everything from loft insulation to fridge freezers can be found online and will help you improve the energy-efficiency rating of your home.

Going green is easier than you may think, so it’s worth giving it a go.

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Green Real Estate Investing Basics

Green Real Estate Investing Basics

When it comes to investing in real estate it can be quite overwhelming for beginners. As with any investment strategies, it really helps if you understand the basics and general strategies before you invest in real estate. It’s commonplace for beginners to quickly go over their budget in a home renovation project. This includes green real estate investments.

The overall idea with any real estate investing is to increase your profits while limiting your expenses. When it comes to make eco-friendly enhancements this can be done easily with overall energy efficiencies inside the house. By creating a higher performance house with fewer costs for energy use you are going to be more successful in your green renovation project. This strategy will help if you are buying and holding property or planning to flip houses.

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There are many things to consider before you simply start replacing everything in the house with energy efficient appliances and materials. You should look at the neighborhood the house is in. If the houses were all built around the same time and the windows are less efficient you will most likely need to replace the windows on your investment property with energy efficient windows. This is simply to make it more comparable to the other homes in the local area. Typically older homes will be far less efficient than newer homes.

Here are a few inexpensive upgrades to help you with ideas:

  • Replace an outdated thermostat with a programmable thermostat.
  • Add a hot water heater blanket to save the money it would cost to replace your hot water heater with an on demand, or tankless, water heater.
  • Replace showerheads with low flower showerheads.
  • Add aerators to sink faucets to reduce water flow.

This is why people hoping to make eco-friendly house renovations should plan first. It’s the best route to take when trying to save on your budget. Planning and staying organized during your rehabilitation of a real estate investment property will give you the opportunity to shop around for the best prices.

With “green” being the latest trend in society it’s becoming easier to find eco-friendly construction supplies and appliances at several larger retail stores. Don’t be surprised if you are able to shop at some of the local big box stores in your neighborhood. Even though it might be listed at a great price you should still shop around. You might find a lower price or be able to have a store price match something. To save even more you can search for coupons online.

These are some of the basics involved in green real estate investing that you need to be aware of before beginning your renovation projects. Do your research and remember to shop around for the best price. Stay organized and plan ahead. Doing this simple things will put you ahead of many beginners.

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Green Cleaning Supplies

7 Ways You Can Help Save the Planet

This guest post is by Edwin Chan of Innovative Surface Solutions.

There are many things that can be done to reduce our carbon footprint and be “green,” such as recycling all items which can be recycled, composting our food scraps, and riding our bicycles more instead of starting the car. Those things are just the tip of the iceberg.

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Here are 7 ways you can help save the planet:

1.)  Use a Travel Mug

If you’re like most people, it can be tricky to get through the day without buying at least one cup of coffee. If you purchase one hot beverage every day for five days a week, that’s 260 paper or Styrofoam cups and plastic lids that will end up in the landfill.

Fortunately, you don’t have to cut down on your extra hot, no foam, soy vanilla lattes. Just bring a travel mug for the barista to make your beverage in. Most coffee shops promote customers bringing in their own mugs by offering a few cents off the drink.

2.)  Skip the ATM Receipts

When withdrawing money from an ATM, resist hitting “Yes” when it asks if you’d like a receipt. For a lot of people, the receipts either immediately go in the garbage, or end up as litter on the ground. One study showed that if each person in the United States didn’t take a receipt, it would save enough paper to go around the earth over 15 times.

3.)  Collect Rain Water

Use a rain barrel to collect rain water to use for watering your plants. They aren’t expensive and often come with a spout to easily get the water out. You can maximize the amount of water you are getting by placing it under a downspout.

Homeowners could save upwards of 1500 gallons of water during the summer months, just by using a rain barrel.

4.)  Install a Tankless Water Heater

Tankless Water Heaters can save up to 50% in energy savings because they don’t store 40-60 gallons of water that has to stay hot, even when you’re not using it, so it’s immediately hot when you turn on the tap.

5.)  Make Your Own Cleaning Supplies

There are so many harmful chemicals in manufactured cleaning supplies and detergents that only end up down the drain and eventually into our water supply. They can also be harmful to our immediate health because of toxic fumes.

Instead, you can easily make your own cleaning solutions and laundry detergent with simple ingredients found in your local stores such as vinegar and baking soda. There are many green recipes found online.

6.)  Embrace a Paperless Office

With all the tools that are available online in terms of storage, email, document sharing, why print out that report at all? Save the paper and distribute all of your correspondence online.

7.)  “Green” Up Your Home

Houses that are built in the shade require less air conditioning so plant trees along-side your house to keep your home cooler in the summer, reducing your a/c usage.

You might even go as far as installing “green roofing” – planting grass on your roof. Not only does this again help to insulate against the heat, but it helps to insulate against the cold. Hot air rises and the grass helps to prevent the hot air from escaping during those cold winter months.

The planet is a living, breathing thing and unfortunately, it slowly seems to be dying. Humans have taken advantage of our earth for too long and we need to all do our part to save it.

What innovative things do you do to help save the planet?

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7 Environmentally Friendly Home Improvement Tips

7 Environmentally Friendly Home Improvement Tips

This guest post is by Kelli Cooper of Accent Building Products.

There are lots of ways to be a better friend to the environment that can start right in your own home.  If you are looking to make some improvements around your abode, consider the following tips that will help you be more ‘’green.’’ All of these tips too, have the added bonus of saving you some money. What could be better?

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Use More Energy-Efficient Light Bulbs

Traditional light bulbs are real energy-suckers and they do not last that long. Compact fluorescent lights use up to 80 percent less energy; they also last up to 16 times longer. They offer a double punch when it comes to saving money—lower electric bills and less money spent on replacing bulbs!

Install an Automated Thermostat

Installing an automated thermostat is a cheap fix to reduce your energy bills. Regulating the temperature in your house based on whether you are home or not or the time of day helps you conserve energy, which leads to more money in your pocket. You can expect to save about 3 percent on your bill for every degree you lower the heat during the winter and 6 percent for every degree you raise the temperature in the summer. It may sound small but this adds up and makes a big difference when it comes to efficient energy use.

Install Low-Flow Toilets

Installing low-flow toilets is a powerful strategy for reducing water use. The standard toilet uses about 3.5 to 5 gallons for every flush, while low-flow toilets clock in at about 1.1 to 1.6. That is a huge difference. To give you an idea of the impact of this change, a family of four using this type of toilet could cut back on water use by 34,000 gallons annually! That is a lot of water.

Use Black Out Curtains and Shades

The story goes that black out curtains were originally used in Britain to make the Nazis think no one was there, reducing the chances of having a bomb dropped on the building. A big chunk of heat loss occurs through windows and black out curtains or shades can help keep it in. They are also a great for keeping heat out in the summer, allowing you to crank up the thermostat a few degrees and still be comfortable. Like any home décor item, there is a range available at different prices, some as cheap as 20 dollars. If you are handy with a sewing machine, you could make your own by putting the blackout liners on yourself.

Use Motion-Detector Lights

If you like keeping your yard lit to deter intruders, consider installing motion detector lights instead of leaving outdoor lights on all night long. You will accomplish the same goal without spending as much money. Leaving your lights on all night may also be disturbing to wildlife.

Use Glass Doors Instead of Fireplace Screens

If you have a fireplace, install glass doors instead of the traditional screens. This will cut back on heat escaping through the chimney and they are also safer. While on the subject of fireplaces, try to limit their use to special occasions as every time you use them, you are increasing heat loss.

Install a Water Aerator

Water aerators reduce the amount of water coming out of your faucets. The beauty is, they do not reduce water pressure though. You can buy them for as little as 2 dollars.

Closing Thoughts

Not to sound all doom and gloom, but we have reached a point where we can no longer ignore the damage we have done to the planet. Over the next several years, 36 states are predicted to have water shortages. Resources that we take for granted are not finite. You may think that just one person cannot make an impact, but when all of us make small changes, it can lead to big results.

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Curb Energy Consumption Around the House

3 Ways to Curb Energy Consumption Around the House

This guest post is by Stephanie Sundheimer of Mechanical Heating & Cooling.

Are your energy bills higher than you think they ought to be? Are they constantly climbing and you don’t know why? The average home has a number of holes that energy tends to seep through, and the amount of energy leakage generally increases over time. If you are looking to cut back on your energy consumption, reduce your energy expenses, and improve the efficiency of your home, here are three of the best places places to start.

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Windows & Doors

Even the slightest crack under your front door can mean big energy leakage if it is not properly taken care of. Leaving a space as small as an eighth of an inch between the bottom of your front door and its seal can lead to energy seepage equivalent to that which would leak through a hole the size of two square inches. Between the small spaces in your doors and slight cracks in your windows, finding places where energy can sneak out of the house is often easier than you would think. In many homes, especially those that are older, it is possible to find holes equivalent to a square foot or more. Sealing up these holes in your windows and doors alone can save up to 15% on your energy bills.


Most people are aware that the insulation (or lack thereof) in your home can contribute significantly to your home’s energy efficiency. Unfortunately, most also fall victim the the myth that insulating or reinsulating your home can solve your existing problems. The truth, however, is that the most important factor in the effectiveness of your home’s insulation is its ability to prevent the transfer of heat. What this means is that even the best insulated of homes can still contribute to excessive energy consumption if they are not properly sealed. For this reason, it is a good idea to have your home investigated by a heating and cooling professional for air leaks and energy holes before attempting to insulate your home.

Water Heaters

Lack of insulation when it comes to your hot water pipes combined with excessive water temperatures are the leading culprits for unnecessary energy consumption when it comes to your water heater. By simply insultating the pipes on your water heater and turning the temperature down by ten degrees, you can easily save up to 5% per year on your energy bills. Another way to cut back on energy consumption is by investing in a tankless water heater, as opposed to a standard tank-type water heater. Tankless water heater manufacturers will boast 40% energy savings for those who make the switch, but the significant investment in doing so could take more than a decade to pay off.

This list is far from exhaustive, and there are many other parts of your home, such as your heating and cooling systems and your ducts, that contribute significantly to the loss of energy throughout your home. But it is a good place to start if you are looking for ways to reduce your energy footprint and save some money along the way.

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Get on Your Feet to Go Green

Get on Your Feet to Go Green

This guest post is by Felicia Baratz-Savage of Eat Breathe Blog.

Eco-friendly vehicles are all the rage these days, with gas mileage prominently featured in advertisements for nearly all cars. Many people consider the environment as they make their purchasing decisions, which is definitely a good start. But perhaps one of the best ways to go green with transportation is to use your feet — literally. Walking, jogging or running to nearby locations is a great way to do your part to protect the environment.

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Top benefits of walking or running

Getting on your feet instead of into a vehicle has several benefits, not only for the environment, but for yourself as well. Consider some of these, which add up to make a strong case for ditching your vehicle.

  • Walking and running are great for your heart, strengthening the muscles over time and decreasing the risk of heart problems later on.  Adding just 20 minutes of walking or jogging to your day can have a big impact on your health, particularly if you don’t get any other exercise. If you walk to and from the grocery store, you’ll get a good upper body workout as you carry your food back home.
  • Although public transportation can get you places and many buses are switching to hybrid models, they still pollute the environment. You also have to budget for the cost of bus passes, which can add up if you take the bus every day. Try walking or running to nearby destinations to save in more than one way.
  • Many households have two vehicles. You and your spouse can cut back to one car if you relied on your feet a little more. Consider carpooling to work with your loved one and walking to your workplace from there if it’s close enough. Stay-at-home parents can often find plenty of fun activities for the whole family within walking distance, so they won’t need their own vehicle.
  • Making your own footprints on the sidewalk will ultimately reduce your carbon footprint. Every time you walk instead of using a vehicle, you’re reducing the amount of fuel that you burn and making the planet a healthier place to be.

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Start small: Ways to incorporate walking into your routine

It can be a huge change to suddenly start walking or running everywhere, but there are plenty of ways to start small and work your way up to more foot-centric transportation:

  • Get yourself some workout clothes and shoes so you stay comfortable and injury-free as you run around town. Your breathable workout clothes will keep you cool and prevent your nicer clothes from getting sweaty. A good pair of Nike running shoes will support your feet and keep you from scuffing up your more formal footwear.
  • Make a list of places you frequent that are located within one mile of your home, such as a neighborhood grocery, the drugstore or the post office. You might be surprised at how many places you can get to in 20 minutes or less. Be sure to plan ahead to give yourself enough time to walk to the store, shop and head back home.
  • If your workplace is within a few miles of your home, consider walking or jogging to and from work one day a week. Leave an extra set of work clothes at the office the day before so you won’t have to carry a bulky bag with you.

Are you ready to get started taking greener steps? As you count your footsteps, think about the molecules of carbon dioxide your car won’t be dispersing from its tailpipe. Using your feet to go a little greener can positively impact the environment and will also improve your overall health, too.

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