10 Things You Can Do to Help the Planet

On Earth Day, take a few small steps to make your world a little more green

greenrecycle1What better time to begin taking a few steps toward a greener life than in conjunction with Earth Day. Going green doesn’t mean giving up your luxuries, but it might just mean embracing a few new and innovative alternatives. Here are 10 small things you can do today to help Mother Earth in her fight to stay green.

  1. Educate Yourself
    The first step to living a green lifestyle is doing your research and educating yourself on the various options, products, and resources available. A useful site offered by Consumer Reports,www.greenerchoices.org, can help you make greener product choices. It offers tools and calculators that can assist with purchase decisions for several product categories, including autos, appliances, and electronics.
  2. Green Your Home
    Using all-natural cleaning products, detergents, and energy efficient lighting is a simple way to put a healthy spin on your home. Seventh Generation, (www.seventhgeneration.com), and Clorox, (www.cloroxgreenworks.com), are among several manufacturers that have all-natural cleaning product lines.Energy efficient light bulbs might initially cost more, but will last up to 10 times longer than other bulbs. According to Energy Star, an environment program for businesses and individuals backed by the government, if every American home replaced one regular light bulb with an energy-efficient bulb, we would save enough energy to light more than 3 million homes for a year, save more than $600 million in annual energy costs, and prevent greenhouse gases equivalent to the emissions of more than 800,000 cars.
  3. Spend Green
    Be particular where you spend your money. Patronize businesses that have green practices and initiatives. Recognize your spending power and put it toward a worthy cause. If you’re dealing with major companies, look for a statement of the company’s environmental policy on its Website.
  4. Teach Your Kids
    It is never too soon to introduce your kids to green living. From eco-friendly toys, birthday parties, bedrooms, and summer camps, teaching your children green habits early is possible. Try the Nature Mom’s Blog, (www.naturemoms.com/blog), for tips and ideas on how to green your family.
  5. Carbon Offsetting
    Make up for your effect on the earth by purchasing carbon offsets. Carbon offsets are financial instruments representing a reduction in greenhouse gas emissions, and can be bought as a way to compensate for pollution caused by everyday activities. Companies, small businesses, and individuals can purchase carbon offsets. Visit the Environmental Defense Fund, (www.fightglobalwarming.com), for more information.
  6. Eat Wisely
    You don’t have to be a vegetarian to eat in an eco-friendly way. However, you should recognize that producing meat has a greater environmental impact than growing crops. After all, it takes fuel to run tractors and transport food, and animals and manure produce greenhouse gases. According to the Environmental Defense Fund, if every American had one meal without meat per week, it would be the same as taking more than 5 million cars off our roads.Also try to minimize leftovers: Food leftovers and other compostable waste

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  • Cniceent

    I agree, Financing starts with me. I was in a round table meeting with some of my peers and that was one of the main topics. 

  • Kennette

    Good practical advice.  I can not expect banks, or even friends to back me if I have not proved that I am taking my business serious from a financial standpoint.   

  • Dlhoops3

    Nice to know. Good information.

  • Cdean67

    The Peer to Peer loaning information was very interesting. I wasn’t aware of that option for business financing. Definitely worth a look at.

  • As a grant writer for non-profit organizations, the same holds true – how can you ask someone else to invest in your business when you have not done so first?  Great tips!

  • Askmysecretary

    I love considering all the options presented. Also business.gov is worthwhile info

  • I like the non-traditional capital route. Since I am building a record label, I plan on getting funding on a project-by-project basis using 
    http://www.kickstarter.com, a funding platform for creative projects!

  • LaKesha Womack

    Good question… seems like it may be the hours that you have personally invested in the project.  I think that is the way Habitat for Humanity calculates it when qualifying home owners.

  • Casandra Roache

    Love the sites shared! Will check out the investing!

  • Elderkeithpwilliams

    Good information, the options were good.

  • This was a great video!  Thank you for sharing this information.

  • Iluv23277

    This was another very informative course?

  • Kimberly

    This was a good lesson. I have already done a few things you suggested, so I’m at least on the right track but still have work to do.

  • excellent tips. i also agree that starting with yourself, is the best source of funding your small business or social cause.

  • I need to learn more about grant writing for my non-profit organization

  • Thanks.

  • markidlemons

    I needed the additional resources that were provided. . Thank you.

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  • Phoebe

    Money has always been a block, but you gave many different avenues to look into even with a bad credit rating.  These have be road blocks for me.  Thanks for the lifeline.

  • De’on

    Financing options are where I have been struggling. This really helped me to get my funding brain waves going.

  • Brett Patton

    Im going to prosper.com right now.  Thank you for the helpful information.

  • Misvista

    I will review this again! Great Information. 

  • BreeNR

    From experience I’ve learned that peer to peer lending sometimes requires a nice credit score to back up your request. I couldn’t agree moor with starting with you! If your not sacrificing for your dream why should anyone else.

  • bevmick

    I have always been one to fall back on temp agencies, independent contracting or freelancing whenever I have needed funds to survive or extra cash for a particular endeavor. What kinds of ways have others tried when your cash reserves and/or your credit leave a lot to be desired, and bank and personal loans are not an option?

  • http://www.blackenterprise.com/sbu/course/how-to-raise-capital-for-your-business-loans-vs-investments:  Great video guys on Twitter about financing your business venture.  

  • Forleasadon Harper

    This information is a blessing to me. I know that starting with me is key. I waste alot of money nonessential items. That money can now go into the business envelope.

    • I can also go into the envelope and start getting some of the stuff out of my house that I know I will never use.

  • Zurriane

    I like this one some great ideas. No family no angel investors.

  • GlobalService

    Thanks for the good information Lynnette!

  • Laura Hudson

    I never knew about peer to peer loans, I will be doing more research on this type of loans. Great and useful information in this video I love it.

  • Bobby

    Will definitely look into p2p lending.

  • Tettcommunitydevelopment

    Thanks for the inside scoop, I’ve been wondering about non traditional funding, that’s where I am right now in this start up stage.

  • Mckela Simon

    I love t his video because it was more at my speed im been in my bussiness for a year and im now at a point where try to raise my captial…

  • Harmonytresses

    I’m glad see talked about peer to peer lending. Project Enterprise is a great program in New York. I’m be taking part in their next workshop.

  • Very good video. Informative and much needed insight in regards to loans and raising money for your business.

  • tythestylist

    OMG…………… I am so grateful for this information.  I never knew anything about peer to peer loans.  I am really happy that I am taking notes for these webinar class.
    Thank you BE… and Thank God for sending this information my way!

  • Thank you for the resource sites for non-traditional funding a new business start-up. Awesome Presentation!

  • debt-free is the way to go. we are so quick to try and get a loan, but the best way to start a biz is debt-free so that when we start making money we can keep the profit…great advice and suggestions.

  • I think debt free is the BEST Avenue, especially when you already have personal debt you are trying to control.

  • A’Seneque Davis

    This was great information, I had no idea about peer-to-peer lending.

  • Wizzdom

    Great presentation. I see there are several avenues to stat funding my business. I’m going to definitely look into these suggestion. I’m getting excited. Thanks for the information.

  • Born2Win

    This was very informative.

  • Cameron T

    Great Information

  • vicky

    I enjoyed the video and received some important information on how to not get myself in debt while pursuing my dream. Thank you

  • Devonne

    Great information, I definitely will check into peer to peer lending.

  • POA

    Loved the info

  • This was helpful. I have been looking for other options for funding my business

  • Husband & Wife Go Green

    Very helpful. It helped me to consider all of my options and the importance of making smart choices when it comes to obtaining funding.

  • Michael125

    I thought this lesson was very interesting. I heard about Angle lenders but thought it was a fraud. Thanks for the lesson.

  • Ibrahim Koleosho

    this video is most enriching

  • Earlon Perry

    Is it only on my computer or the volume on these courses are extremely low? Just want to hear from others

  • Campus Basics

    A creative bartering opportunity helped my business move forward

  • I am glad also about the non traditional sources, this is the reason it’s taken me so long to go full-time in my business.