With Earth Day just a few days away (Monday, April 22), Environmental expert Leah Ingram joined me for an interview this week to share a few of her favorite eco-friendly products and tips. She discussed four cost effective ways we can go green, and even dished on an Energy Star qualified washer that uses 75% less water than regular washing machines and 85% less energy!
Candace Rose: What are some simple ways we can go green for Earth Day?
Leah Ingram: “Well, actually I like to think about small changes you can make that help you live like Earth Day is every day, and I’ve got three areas of your life where you can go ahead and make those changes.
To get started, when your appliances are dying and going to appliance heaven, you want to think about replacing them with energy efficient choices. My new favorite Energy Star qualified appliance is actually the Amana High Efficiency Top Loader washer. It uses something called a low water wash system which means it’s only using 13 gallons of water per normal cycle, that’s 75% less water than regular washing machines and 85% less energy. You need appliances when you replace them if you make that Energy Star qualified choice, you’re going to save resources and probably end up saving yourself some money in the long run.”
Candace Rose: Is there anything else we can do to go green for Earth Day?
Leah Ingram: “Sure. I’ve got two other areas to talk about, so let’s talk about getting your kids to live green every day. I raised my daughters to know to recycle things, they’re used to going with lunches packed in reusable containers, refillable water bottles and we’ve even changed up the toothpaste that they’re using. Toms of Maine makes this great natural kids toothpaste called Silly Strawberry. It’s made with real strawberry juice and only five other ingredients. It doesn’t have any artificial dyes, flavors, sweeteners or preservatives, so I know it’s a good green natural choice for something my kids have to do twice a day, or at least I’m hoping they’re doing it twice a day, which is brushing their teeth.”
Candace Rose: Are there any other cost effective ways we can go green?
Leah Ingram: “Yes, absolutely. Taking reusable bags to the supermarket is a great way to be cost effective. Actually, many supermarkets will give you a small discount when you bring your reusable bag.
But another simple change that you can make for Earth Day as if it’s every day is look for ways to recycle items that you never knew you could recycle. For example, I have asthma, I never knew that I could recycle my inhalers. Pharmaceutical company, GlaxoSmithKline has a program called GSK Complete the Cycle, and it’s available in 31 markets nationwide. Basically what it is it’s a recycle bin that you’ll find at your local pharmacy where you can bring your empty inhaler, they’ll recycle it for free and turn it into things like flower pots and hangers. You can go to GSKCompleteTheCycle.com to find a pharmacy near you that has one of these recycle bins.”
Candace Rose: Do you have any additional tips or information you’d like to share with us?
Leah Ingram: “Well, I’ve put up my five tips for Earth Day on my Suddenly Frugal blog, which you’ll find at SuddenlyFrugal.com. But I just want to say that sometimes making the green choice or the organic choice doesn’t have to cost more money. My favorite anecdote to share is how when I buy locally grown organic apples in season from an orchard they only cost a dollar a pound, but those same apples (not organic) at the supermarket cost $3.99 a pound. So my making that green organic choice actually saves me green.”