In an unstable economy and our environment on a tightrope, consumers are always looking for ways to be environmentally conscious and make choices without spending any or little money. This is possible to do; it just involves making new and better choices and adjusting your habits and routines. Here are some tips to make some eco-friendly choices in your every day like that will help the environment.

¨ Buy items in bulk whenever possible. This helps reduce a lot of unnecessary packaging and usually will save you money.

¨ Reuse items such as cups, reusable bottles, food containers, cloth napkins and reusable shopping bags. This can also help you save money.

¨ Recycle your aluminum and steel cans, glass bottles and jars, #1 and #2 plastic bottles and jugs, newspapers, office paper, magazines, catalogs, phonebooks, paperboard and corrugated cardboard. Check your local recycling office for a list of drop-off locations or see if they have curbside service.

¨ Start your own compost pile. This is nature’s way of recycling your grass clippings, leaves, egg shells, vegetable trimmings, paper, banana peels, apple cores and coffee grounds just to name a few. To learn more you can visit the U. S. Environmental Protection Agency to learn more about composting.

¨ You can reduce the amount of paper mail that your receive by signing up with various companies that offer e-statements sent directly to your email account.

¨ Don’t forget to buy products made from recycled materials. This will help close the “recycling loop”.