5 Easy Ways to Go Green

*Disclosure: As a brand ambassador for Central Arkansas McDonald’s I am being compensated for this post. However, all opinions are 100% mine.**

With Earth Day coming up on Saturday, April 22nd many people will be thinking of ways to celebrate Earth Day. Going green is a great way to celebrate Earth Day and something good for Earth. Going green can sometimes sound a lot harder that it really is. There are plenty of easy ways to go green and today I’ll be sharing five easy ways we can do so in honor of Earth Day.

5 Easy Ways To Go Green in Honor of Earth Day

  1. Recycle– I’m so thankful that it has become so much easier to recycle these days. I remember when I was a kid and we had to separate our recycling into three different small bins. And there was a very limited amount of items that could actually be recycled. Thankfully, these days it is really easy to recycle. Most cities have single stream recycling systems so there is no need to separate items you wish to recycle. You can simply place all of your recyclable items in the same bin. Although recycling takes a little bit of effort it’s still really easy to recycle.I know I am good about recycling while at home, but I sometimes forget to recycle when I eat away from home. However, I have noticed that some restaurant food packaging now has the recycling symbol on items that may be recycled.

    For instance, the clear plastic McCafe cups (the ones used for Iced Coffee, Frappes, Mochas, Shakes, and Smoothies) from McDonald’s have the recycling symbol printed on them. With directions telling you to discard the lid and rinse the cup out to recycle. Since I noticed this I have been taking home my McCafe cups that I get when ordering Shakes & Smoothies so I can recycle them.

    So the next time you are at McDonald’s and order a small McCafe drink for $2 don’t forget that your cup is recyclable. 🙂

  2. Composting-Composting is another easy way to go green and make some nutrient soil for your flowers, plants, and garden. When you compost you reduce the amount of trash that you create because you are not throwing away your kitchen scraps. You can also place your shredded paper and used coffee grounds into your compost to help break down your kitchen scraps. If you are like me and you don’t drink coffee or you never make it at home. You can get FREE coffee grounds from McDonald’s. They have a coffee grounds recycling program and give away their used coffee grounds to customers and organizations instead of throwing them away. If you are interested in FREE recycled coffee grounds stop by your local McDonald’s and ask about the program.                                                                                                                
  3. Reduce– There are several ways to reduce the amount of waste that you create. One easy way is to reduce your usage of items that create waste. For example, in our family, we try to use reusable bags when we grocery shop instead of using plastic and paper bags.                                                                                            Another great way to reduce waste is by donating items you no longer want to a thrift store instead of throwing them in the trash. 
  4. Buy Used– Shopping at thrift stores is another easy way to go green. Buying used is not only great for your wallet, it’s also great for the environment.
  5. Reuse/Upcycle– Instead of throwing away items try to think of ways that you can reuse and repurpose old items. My son loves to reuse empty cereal and snack boxes for crafts. We also like to repurpose our old t-shirts into DIY grocery bags.

What are some easy ways that you go green?


  • Reply Mary April 20, 2017 at 3:40 pm

    Earth day is right around the corner, and I’m always trying to find ways to lower my carbon footprint. I need to start recycling more. It sounds like a no-brainer but somehow, someway I don’t recycle as much as I could.
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    • Reply Sonya April 20, 2017 at 6:07 pm

      Luckily a few years ago my city got Curbside recycling. Before then we had to take our recycling to a site. When we had to take it to the site we didn’t recycle as much as we do now. So I understand ☺

  • Reply Tamara April 20, 2017 at 8:28 pm

    I lose that reusable bag! I think I need one.
    We recycle, quite a bit, and use bags like that! And try to compost.
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    • Reply Sonya June 5, 2017 at 4:08 am

      Those recyclable bags are pretty easy to make. We actually need to make some more of them. They are the perfect kid-sized bags.

  • Reply Akaleistar April 20, 2017 at 10:38 pm

    I love upcycling! I once turned a duvet cover into a dress 🙂
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    • Reply Sonya June 5, 2017 at 4:07 am

      I would love to see your dress that you made from a duvet cover 🙂

  • Reply Dean April 20, 2017 at 11:43 pm

    YAY!! I’m happy to say I do all 5 of these. I wish I did more of five though. 🙂
    I think my husband probably thinks I’m nuts with all my jars and containers I just can’t get rid of. 😀

    • Reply Sonya June 5, 2017 at 4:06 am

      I save jars too, because they are really good for reusing for all sorts of things 🙂

  • Reply NERLINE April 22, 2017 at 8:31 am

    Thrift shopping is one of my hobbies. I didn’t know I was saving the environment by doing so. Great post!
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    • Reply Sonya June 5, 2017 at 4:05 am

      You are saving the environment by thrifting 🙂 Plus saving money too! So it’s a win-win. 🙂

  • Reply robincharmagne April 26, 2017 at 4:52 pm

    These are good, doable suggestions I like to thrift and need to do more of it!

    • Reply Sonya May 1, 2017 at 6:21 pm

      I like to thirft too, but it’s been a while since I’ve been to Goodwill.

  • Reply LaKita April 26, 2017 at 10:02 pm

    Great Suggestions! When I lived in Georgia, we had separate containers for the recycle and it was picked up the same day as the trash, now in Florida we have to physically take it to the recycle facility. I so miss the convenience. My dad has compost since I will a kid, so I will have to tell him about the free coffee grounds.
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    • Reply Sonya May 1, 2017 at 6:20 pm

      Hopefully, you will get curbside recycling soon. It can be an inconvenience to have to take your recycling to a center.

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