Going Green Is A Mouse Click Away

Thursday, May 3rd 2007, 8:50 am
By: News On 6

We've all heard of ways we can help the environment, but be honest, how many times have you actually followed through? Many people aren't ready to give up luxuries to become totally eco-friendly, but there are a few simple ways you can become environmentally sound, and you can do it in a couple of minutes. News On 6 anchor Jennifer Loren reports all you need is a computer.

Going green is a phrase many people are still becoming familiar with, others know about it, but just haven't gotten used to the idea of giving up little luxuries.

"Have you given up anything to go green?” asked News On 6 anchor Jennifer Loren.

“Not really. It’s hard to give up stuff with kids," said one Oklahoman.

But thanks to the internet there are some simple ways everyone can become eco-friendly. One thing you can do is "Just Say No" to junk mail. By logging on to optoutprescreen.com, you can tell all three credit bureaus you don't want any more pre-approved credit card offers. This will save trees and create less trash for our landfills. And you can stop other company’s junk mail at dmaconsumers.org.

By logging on to the Green Power Network's website you can find out if you can buy renewable energy from an electric company in your area. All you need to do is click on the map and look for your electric company.

Another way to save the environment is to visit drivinggreen.com. Type in your car's year, make, model and mileage and the site will calculate how much green house gases your car emits, and the equivalent cost it has on our environment. You can click to pay that amount and offset your pollution. The money goes toward renewable energy.

And who doesn't like to shop online? There are several websites selling clothing made out of organic cotton. And each T-shirt is chemical free unlike traditional tees.

Another site, www.reusablebags.com hopes to stop the over consumption of plastic shopping bags. The site has a plastic bag counter and offers all kinds of reusable bags from big grocery sacks to washable sandwich bags. Its just one more small way we can all do our part to help Mother Earth every day.

Here is a complete list of the websites mentioned in this story:

To get off junk mailing list, click here.

To get off pre-approved credit card lists, click here.

To find renewable energy in your area, click here.

To offset your car's greenhouse gas emissions, click here.

To buy organic clothes, visit www.organicclothes.com or www.underthecanopy.com.

To buy reusable bags, click here.

To find rechargeable battery and cell phone recycling locations, click here.

Watch the video: Going Green On The Net