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Green ideas for 2010

What are the top green ideas for 2010? Some may surprise, while others have been around quite some time. If you haven't jumped into the green life, why not try some of these green ideas for 2010. Even if you don't believe in global warming, think about climate, pollution, and how to enhance the area where you live.

  1. Visit TreeHugger.com. If you need more information on how to be green, how you can take action or find ways to help your community, start with this website. It's fun, easy to navigate and understand as well as being encouraging! You can even sign up for free newsletters.
  2. Shop locally. This means farmer's markets, family veggie and fruit stands, honey farms as well as buying needed products from artisans who live and work in your community.
  3. Recycle! Surprisingly, there are still many small rural cities and towns that don't require families to recycle. Most of these towns do have recycling centers, however. So collect, sort and make an effort to drop off items to your recycling center. What's a few minutes out of your day?
  4. Adopt a Pet. Animal control is tough everywhere. If you can, why not visit your local animal shelter and adopt one of the many left unwanted, harmed, or lonely. Even if you can't adopt a pet, why not donate? Even small donations can pay for shelter animals to be fed, spayed or neutered.
  5. Buy a Hybrid. Edmunds.com lists hybrid vehicles that are affordable; at least five are under $25,000 and all models are good for pollution control as well as shouting, "I am green." Edmunds is also an honest and reliable place to find out things like "True Cost to Own a Hybrid," along with best model reviews and ones to avoid. Don't forget about hybrid car tax credits!
  6. Reusable Bags - Whether it's lunch bags or shopping bags, skip the plastic and reuse green-made totes and sacks to kick your addiction to plastic.
  7. Start a Revolution! Well not really, but you can start a blog, community organization or website dedicated to your community with informative tips, advice, forums, and information on being green and the importance of being green.
  8. Plant a Tree. Visit ArborDay.org to find out about low-cost or free seedling trees you can plant in your own backyard. Why not plant one near the office as well?
  9. Unplug! No one realizes the energy they use by not unplugging unused appliances. Video games, HD TVs, computers, and many more energy items in your home. These energy monsters should be unplugged when not in use. Invest in a power strip that has an on/off button.
  10. Send Me Ideas!  I don't claim to be the Queen of Green and would love to hear ideas from readers on big and small efforts they plan on making in 2010 to start being green. Email me or leave a comment below on what your green ideas for 2010 will be.

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