5 Tips On Staying Green In STL

By ALIVE Staff
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St. Louis Earth Day Festival is quickly approaching. With more than 250 St. Louis businesses and organizations who all committed to environmental, social and economic sustainability at the event, it’s time to get yourself in tip-top environmental shape. This week we’ve teamed up with St. Louis Earth Day to bring you five tips on how to stay green in STL.

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Dining Out
Say no to Styrofoam. Styrofoam boxes are harmful to the environment, so keep your own food storage containers in your car in case your favorite restaurant only offers foam boxes for leftovers. Likewise, bring your own reusable coffee mug to your neighborhood coffee shop or gas station. They will let you refill, and most of the time will give you a discount for bringing your own cup. Remember, paper cups are neither recyclable nor compostable.

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Feeding Your Family
With a multitude of farmers markets in the St. Louis area, there is better-than-ever access to locally grown and produced food. Supporting the work of local farmers is not only good for the local economy, it helps reduce the environmental impact of the food itself.

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Saving Money
You can spend less on groceries by growing some of your own food. Take it a step further and close the loop by composting your food scraps to create rich fertilizer to add to your garden. Your tomato plants will like it and you’ll be sending less waste to the landfills.

Tips for Trash
We’ve all heard “reduce, reuse, recycle,” but most people still don’t do any of the three. The Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) estimates only 30 percent of recyclable waste is recycled in America and the rest goes straight to landfills. With curbside recycling in most communities, there isn’t an excuse to not recycle in your home. Consider reducing first by buying in bulk to eliminate packing. Secondly, reuse cleaned containers and bags before sending them to be recycled. Finally, if/when there is no better use for something, make sure it is placed into recycling.

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Conserving Water
If you didn’t know, there is an ancient storm water system in St. Louis that combines with the sanitary sewer. Keep as much storm water out of the sewer system by catching it in rain barrels. Although you can’t drink the water, the plants in your yard will love it. Other ways you can conserve water include turning off the water while you brush your teeth, limiting your showers to no more than ten minutes and not leaving the sink running longer than you need it.

Want to learn even more green tips? Head to St. Louis Earth Day Festival on April 24.

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