12 Ways to Go Green Without Blowing Your Budget

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Most of us would like to treat the Earth a little better, but sometimes it can be difficult — even expensive — to do. Store shelves are lined with products claiming to be environmentally friendly, and it feels like “going green” has just become another marketing ploy.

Don’t give up just yet. It turns out, some of the most impactful ways to be more environmentally friendly don’t require any new purchases. Being a warrior for the planet might be in your cards just yet.

Here are the cheapest, simplest ways to help Mother Earth.

1. Refuse excess

You know the phrase “reduce, reuse, recycle”? There should be an additional R — refuse — and it’s the best way to cut down on environmental harm. Could you put your produce in reusable nylon bags instead of the plastic bags at the store? Do you accept freebie items you never use, like pens, flyers or plastic utensils? Start saying no instead and skip the need to reuse or recycle altogether.

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