The P.S. Top Five: Green Edition

And a Happy Earth Day to one and all! Although it’s not like one of those standard, present-laden holidays—it’s much better to give than receive, in this case—it does call for some celebration. You might have seen last week’s special Earth Day edition of the weekly newsletter; and for those who didn’t because they still haven’t signed up to receive our fabulous newsletters, you really do need to get on the ball. However, you’re lucky because I’m feeling magnanimous today, and so have decided to share my musings from said newsletter on how to incorporate a smarter, more responsible way of existing into our every day lives. And, I think on today’s greenest of days, it bears repeating. Thus, I present The P.S. Top Five Ways to Feel Green All Year Long. Enjoy with a biodegradable glass of your favorite organic, preservative-free wine.

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Make an Earth Day resolution. It’s not just for New Year’s anymore. And much like what happens on that particular day, we all make a bunch of well-intentioned resolutions, only to leave them behind by February. Therefore, take the time to isolate one thing you could do better, bolder, greener, whether it’s creating a compost pile in your backyard or ditching those paper cups with the plastic lids for your morning coffee in favor of a reusable container. Check out Princeton’s greendesign (42 Witherspoon Street, Princeton; 609.651.4643 or shopgreendesign.com) for some eco-friendly alternatives from Kleen Kanteen.

Take a walk. There’s really no better time to fall back in love with the planet than spring, and nothing makes us appreciate the earth more than simply engaging with it. So I say, talk a walk; wander around your backyard, go on a hike, or take the dog for a long meander after dinner (if you need a route recommendation, check out Monday’s blog post for some in-town inspiration). A little time to reconnect with nature is a powerful reminder of just how fragile our planet really is.

Just say “no” to junk mail. Nothing makes me cringe for the planet more than the piles of junk mail I get every week. I do my best to properly recycle it all, but I can only do so much, especially when you consider that an astounding 100 million trees and 28 billion gallons of water are used to make the stuff in the first place. Register with the Mail Preference Service on the Direct Marketing Association Web site (fee is $1), and within 90 days, most unsolicited mail will stop. So easy.

Plant a garden. How fabulous would it be to roll out of bed and into your backyard to go produce shopping? It may sound daunting, but with a little guidance and some elbow grease, creating your own garden is fairly simple, and a fantastic way to teach the kids that food doesn’t grow in the shelves at the grocery store. Visit squarefootgardening.com for a crash course in how to get started.

Read The Lorax by Dr. Seuss. Written in 1971, The Lorax was ahead of its time. Although it may not provide many practical applications for leading a greener lifestyle, it serves as wonderful inspiration. For me, the single line, “I am the Lorax and I speak for the trees,” provides enough motivation to remind me to turn off the water while brushing my teeth, replace regular light bulbs with compact florescent light bulbs (CFLs), and bring those reusable bags to the store. And most of all, it really makes me want to plant a tree and watch it grow.   —JH


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