If this is your first ‘green’ fall, here are some ideas for how to stay ‘green’ when everything around you is turning into those autumn hues
For a lot of people, January isn’t the only time for new beginnings. The end of summer marks the beginning of a new season, a new school year, and a new opportunity to make some changes. Make an autumn resolution to have a ‘green’ fall. You can decide to be more aware of the environment and declare that this season will be a ‘green’ fall for you and your family.
What to do with the not so green fall leaves covering your yard?
Raking up leaves isn’t the most enjoyable fall chore, and once you’ve completed the task you are then faced with the question of what to do with your raked leaves. One option is to stuff all of the dirty, damp leaves into plastic garbage bags and throw them out with the trash. This option gets the leaves off your hands, but ultimately it is adding unnecessary plastic to landfills, which is not so friendly for the environment. A more eco-friendly way to dispose of your leaves is to place them in a specified yard waste can or biodegradable bag for proper disposal. If you really want to participate in ‘green’ fall practices there are some even better options. Composting your leaves and using them as mulch for your yard are eco-friendly ways to use old leaves. By using leaf mulch and compost around your yard and landscaping you can help prevent weeds and provide essential nutrients for the proper maintenance of your yard.
Eat ‘green’ fall and summer produce all year long
Having a ‘green’ fall doesn’t stop with helping the environment. There are also some ‘green’ fall practices that you can do for yourself. One of those things is to preserve organic fruits and vegetables from your garden or from the local farmer’s market. In cooler climates it is difficult to eat fresh produce when there aren’t many fruits and vegetables that grow during the colder months. You can preserve whole fruits, vegetables and even make delicious jams and sauces from the summer and fall harvest so you can continue to enjoy your fresh, organic produce all winter long.
Try some ‘green’ fall transportation options
Fall is the perfect time to change up your method of transportation. It’s not too hot, not too cold, so the weather is just right for riding your bike, taking the bus or even walking! Families can participate in these ‘green’ fall changes too. Especially since school just started, looking into different ways to get to school is the perfect way to help the environment. Carpooling with other neighborhood families is one, simple way to cut down on fuel emissions. Walking your kids to school provides an opportunity to enjoy the refreshing, crisp, cool weather, get some exercise and prevent air pollution at the same time.
These are just a few suggestions for how you can have a ‘green’ fall this year. They are simple changes that don’t require much extra time or money, in fact they will help save you money and make you feel satisfied knowing that you helped preserve our planet a little more just by having a ‘green’ fall!