After opening my fridge this morning to find it completely void of any fresh veggies, I headed to my favorite health food store, Whole Foods. I also happened to visit their website to find a good recipe for butternut squash and came across their amazing list of 30 Ways To Green Up Your Life.

Here are my top 5 favorites (it was hard to choose!):

1.) Plant a Tree, Seriously:
A single tree can absorb one ton (2,000 pounds) of carbon dioxide over its lifetime. One acre of tree cover in Brooklyn can compensate for automobile fuel use equivalent to driving a car between 7,200 and 8,700 miles.

2.) Go “Green” When You Clean:
Many household cleaning products contain various chemicals and toxins detrimental to the environment and to your health. Read the labels!

3.) Avoid Products with a Lot of Packaging:
You can save 1,200 pounds of carbon dioxide a year if you cut down your garbage by 10%.


4.) Choose Your Food Like it Matters:
Choose products from companies and businesses that do something to support the health of the planet. And, eat as many whole foods as possible. Not only are they better for you, but they’re better for the Earth. The more whole the food is, the fewer the resources used to get it to your plate.

5.) Reuse Your Bags:
More than one billion single-use plastic bags are handed to consumers each day and it takes a 15-year-old tree to produce just 700 grocery bags. Paper or plastic is no longer the question. Reusing shopping bags significantly reduces both emissions and waste. All Whole Foods Market stores offer at least a nickel-per-bag refund to encourage you!
Here are some more Go Green tips.