13 Ways to Go Green As a Couple

So you want to change the world huh? Rather ambitious aren’t you? Saying such a thing seems like a tall order for one person but I am here today to tell you it’s possible and there are simple ways to do it. You have the ability not only to change the world but to make it better because you lived. One of my favorite quotes (ever!) is this one:

“When I was a young man, I wanted to change the world.

I found it was difficult to change the world, so I tried to change my nation.

When I found I couldn’t change the nation, I began to focus on my town. I couldn’t change the town and as an older man, I tried to change my family.

Now, as an old man, I realize the only thing I can change is myself, and suddenly I realize that if long ago I had changed myself, I could have made an impact on my family. My family and I could have made an impact on our town. Their impact could have changed the nation and I could indeed have changed the world. ” ~ Author Unknown

And that my friend is how you can change the world. You can do it on a small scale starting with you! If you are in a relationship you’ve got someone to join you in your quest to make our planet better, making the fruits of your labor even sweeter. In celebration of Earth Day I’ve rounded up 13 simple things you and your other half (or just you) can do to go green.

The action you take to live a greener lifestyle on this day might trickle over resulting in a lifestyle change, an example set for your children, and perhaps the realization that you are indeed changing the world.

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  • Let your love keep your warm 2 of 14
    Let your love keep your warm
    If it's a bit chilly where you are, avoid constantly moving the thermostat up and down, instead snuggle up under a blanket and cuddle!
  • Turn lights off 3 of 14
    Turn lights off
    My husband is constantly reminding me to turn the lights off. Isn't a dimly lit room romantic anyway? If you aren't in the room then you probably don't need to keep the light on. Also be sure to switch out light bulbs with energy saving ones if you haven't already done so.
  • Bike ride, walk or take public transportation 4 of 14
    Bike ride, walk or take public transportation
    Going on a date? Consider going to a local eatery by foot or head downtown using public transportation.
  • Go meatless 5 of 14
    Go meatless
    Cook smaller portions to reduce waste and while you're at it consider eating less meat. Eliminating meat even just one day a week can have a big impact on the environment. We are talking about implementing "Meatless Mondays" in our house.
  • Donate to a favorite organization 6 of 14
    Donate to a favorite organization
    Make a donation to a charitable organization that focuses on the environment. Getting hitched? Consider asking guests to make a donation to a special cause in your honor instead of purchasing gifts.
  • I’ll wash you dry 7 of 14
    I'll wash you dry
    Instead of running the dishwasher wash dishes together by hand.
  • Unplug 8 of 14
    Turn off the TV, iPod, and computer for the evening. Read together, play board games or go for an evening stroll.
  • Plant something 9 of 14
    Plant something
    Whether you plant a tree or get going on your vegetable garden now is as good a time as any to get your grow on!
  • Go paperless 10 of 14
    Go paperless
    Are you tired of opening the mail only to find bills? If you dread checking the mail box and/or aren't a fan of wasting paper sign up to have statements sent to you electronically.
  • Save and backup documentation virtually 11 of 14
    Save and backup documentation virtually
    Instead of printing out all of the documents you'd like to keep save them in a file on your computer (be sure to back up important documents in the event your computer turns on you).
  • Go thrifting 12 of 14
    Go thrifting
    It may not be brand new but it's new to you! Consider shopping at the thrift store for items ranging from vintage clothing pieces to furniture.
  • Bring your own cup 13 of 14
    Bring your own cup
    Next time the two of you head out for coffee bring a reusable cup. Many coffee shops offer them for purchase.
  • Recycle 14 of 14
    Use items that can be reused as much as possible and make an effort to recycle items that can't be.

To find out more about Earth Day visit You can also find out about some of the Earth Day events in your community here.

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