Trying to go green in Oklahoma? It’s not as hard as you think. These green living tips will help you no matter where you live. And they are easy enough for anyone to try.
This site was started after hearing many say that it was too hard to be environmentally friendly in Oklahoma. Things like recycling aren’t as accessible or widespread in Oklahoma as places like California.
That doesn’t mean you can’t go green in Oklahoma, there are many things you can still do here. And the state is getting more environmentally friendly every year.
These ten tips are a great place to start if you are trying to be more environmentally friendly. They can all easily been done in Oklahoma and don’t require big investments.
Ten Ways to Go Green in Oklahoma
Eat Locally Produced Food
There is a lot of great local food in Oklahoma. Everything from peaches to locally made wine. It does mean eating more seasonally but the food is even better because it’s fresh.
Farmer’s markets and even local grocery stores are great places to find local food. You can often even buy directly from the farm or ranch which can save you money because you are cutting out the middle man.
Recycle What You Can
Recycling, including curbside recycling, is becoming more widespread in Oklahoma. Check with your city to see what recycling is available to you. Many grocery stores have recycling now so be sure to check there as well.
If your city doesn’t provide recycling yet consider petitioning to get it started. Check out Getting Your City to Recycle for some great tips.
Reduce Your Energy Use
Reducing your energy use is something anyone can do no matter where they live. Not only is it better for the planet it’s also great for your budget.
Read How to Save Money on Your Electric Bills for tips to help you get started.
Plant Native Plants
When landscaping or gardening be sure to plant native plants. They require less care and water. They are also great for the local ecosystem and help prevent invasive species.
Use Natural Cleaners
Natural cleaners are better for us and the plant. They are becoming very common now and can be found at most grocery stores. Or you can make your own natural cleaners.
You can get a free natural cleaning set from Grove Collaborative just by signing up. The set includes Mrs. Meyer’s hand soap, dish soap, multi-surface spray, and sponges. It’s a great way to get started with natural cleaners.
Donate Your Old Useable Stuff
With the new Marie Kondo show on Netflix, everyone is in a decluttering mood. Don’t throw away all that stuff you are decluttering, pass it on to others that can still use it.
There are many great organizations that accept donations and you can even get a tax deduction from your donation!
Oklahoma isn’t known for public transit but it’s getting better. And in smaller towns, it can be easy to walk many places you commonly visit.
Another great option is to carpool when you can. This helps everyone save on gas and car costs while helping reduce pollution.
It’s not just food we want to buy locally. Shopping local businesses and buying locally made goods reduces transportation which helps reduce the item’s carbon footprint.
You also help the local economy when you shop locally. More of your money will stay in the community and help with more local programs.
Oklahoma has so many great places to visit and vacation closer to home means a smaller carbon footprint. The more local you stay the better.
Visit Travel OK for great suggestions on places to visit all over the state.
Use Reusable Items When Possible
Making the switch from disposable products like water bottles, plastic grocery bags, and coffee cups can make a big difference. Pick one thing at a time to switch to a reusable item and before you know it you have greatly reduced your waste.
Additional Resource: 12 Ways to Reduce Your Plastic Footprint
Working your way through this list will help you reduce your carbon footprint and save money. It’s a great way for all Oklahomans to improve our state and our environment.