Money: Going green on a budget

Tips on how to go green without spending a lot of hard-earned cash.

| March 2009

Most Americans think by going green you are automatically committing yourself to spending hundreds of extra dollars on new cleaning supplies, light bulbs and appliances. However, one woman knows different, and let’s face it, in today’s economy, every dollar counts.

Sloan Barnett, published author, columnist, television and print journalist for more than 10 years is an expert in the art of going green. She is the green editor for KNTV in San Francisco, a regular contributor to NBC’s Today Show, and she wrote a consumer advice column for the New York Daily News when she lived on the East Coast.

Barnett is an authority on maintaining a positive and passionate green lifestyle, evidenced by her book, Green Goes with Everything, in which she offers simple steps to a healthier life and a cleaner planet. She even hosts “eco-friendly” parties to make her friends and family more aware of the positive aspects of living a green lifestyle. In addition to these activities, Barnett is also a full-time mother, which can be even more challenging than maintaining a green lifestyle. However, it was her children who inspired her to live healthier and realize that the toxins contained in everyday household products have harmful effects to our bodies.

She has developed several ways that can help consumers maintain or start a green lifestyle on a budget.

Get concentrated

Instead of buying ready-to-use cleaners, use concentrated cleaners to which you simply add water yourself. They use less packaging, saving on resources, and they also last longer than nonconcentrated products.



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