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Endless opportunities to live a greener life

Don’t know where to start to live a greener life in Halifax? Well, I’ve come up with a number of ideas for how to do that in HRM in honour of Earth Day.

Start by picking one or two to incorporate into your life and go from there.

  • Buy local. Find out where your food comes from and chose products that are grown close to home.
  • Rent a plot in a community garden to grow your own food and get to know your neighbours.
  • Volunteer to collect leftover food from farms and restaurants and redistribute it to the hungry.
  • Bring your own takeout containers, instead of using Styrofoam.
  • Avoid bottled water, bring your own reusable container and refill it often.
  • Eat a vegetarian meal, once a week. It takes 20 pounds of grain to produce one pound of beef.
  • Inquire at your favourite restaurant — what are they doing to help the environment?
  • Compost your food scraps to make luscious soil for your flowerbeds.
  • BYOB: Bring your own bags, when you shop, when you travel.
  • Think twice before you buy, will this item end up in a landfill in six months.
  • Buy products that have reduced packaging and use recyclable packaging.
  • Donate used clothing to charities and second-hand stores.
  • Visit the Habitat for Humanity Re-store to get less expensive building materials and give the environment a break.
  • Use renewable materials such as bamboo and cork when upgrading and repairing your home.
  • Don’t dump chemicals (like motor oil and paint) down storm drains.
  • Use natural fertilizers.
  • Wash clothes in cold water.
  • Hang clothes to dry when possible.
  • Use products such as baking soda and vinegar for cleaning.
  • List items you no longer want on Halifax Freecycle and give them to someone who needs them.
  • Plant a tree, or two.
  • Sign up for paperless billing.
  • Pick up a piece of litter each day.

Christina Biluk is Director of Engagement for FUSION Halifax. Visit FUSIONHalifax.ca to find out how to get involved in shaping our city; theurbanscrawl@gmail.com.

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