How to Go Green


Blythewood High School recycles paper, bottles, and cans

How to Go Green

By: Carsyn Hall

Pollution kills more than 1 million seabirds and 100 million mammals every year, according to Now more than ever, it is vital to take steps to prolong Earth’s life. In other words, start taking steps to recycle items and save more waste from going to landfills. Recycling doesn’t just affect the amount of waste in landfills, it prevents pollution, which affects everything from the air we breathe to the oceans.
Taking these precautions is a lot easier than you may think. Here are 5 easy tips to help start going green.

Use reusable bags while you’re shopping

According to, plastic bags cause pollution – from their manufacturing to their disposal. These bags are handy and cheap, but are they really worth killing the planet? Of course, it’s inevitable that we use the bags given to us at local grocery stores such as Walmart, Food Lion, etc. However, buying a reusable bag or tote is a great way to save waste, and to help reduce the amount of single use plastic used everyday.

Reuse items to save them from the landfill
Before throwing something away, look for ways to reuse. For example, reuse water bottles by refilling them, use old rain boots for small plants, and use jars and containers for storage. Also, donate and shop at local thrift stores to reuse clothing. If you do use plastic shopping bags provided, reuse them to line small trash cans around your house. There are so many opportunities to reuse items that are commonly thrown in the trash.

Skip products that have a lot of packaging.
Products that come with a lot of packaging are bad for the environment because the packaging is wasteful. Try shopping at places with whole foods. The second advantage to this is the added health benefits, so really, it’s a win-win! Skip products that are individually and shrink wrapped, and purchase whole fruits and vegetables.

Conserve electricity by turning off lights and unplugging electronics.
About 62.7% of electricity is generated by burning fossil fuels or using other natural resources, according to the US Energy Information Administration (EIA). To help protect the planet, cut down on how much electricity you’re using. This step is so simple, just turn off the lights that you don’t need or aren’t using, along with TVs, fans, radios, or any other power source that’s not being attended to.

Recycle paper, cardboard, plastic, glass, and metal cans.
This is the most common way to help Earth. Recycling can help you keep items out of landfills. All you have to do is think about the things that can go into the recycling bin, such as certain plastics, papers, or any other items in your house that can be reused. So simple!
Hopefully by following these tips, it will be even easier to go green.