Small Ways to Go Green

With Earth Day upon us, going green doesn’t have to be all or nothing. We’ve listed a few simple changes you can implement in your daily life that will make positive impact on both the environment and your health.

There is no planet B so let’s take care of our home!

Buy Locally!

We’re sure you’ve heard the saying “buy local” and we understand that it might sound a bit gimmicky. Luckily, we’re here to break it down for you. When buying local, not only does it give people viable job opportunities but it also encourages entrepreneurship and innovation. It empowers local decision-making which are made by those people who live in the community. There is power is knowing who grows your food or who makes your clothes since you it allows for people to get to know their local culture rather than those who represent a corporate brand.

Say Goodbye to Your Plastic Utensils!

The toxins in cooking utensils can seep into your food when using them. Even BPA-free utensils contain toxic and synthetic ingredients. Using single use plastic utensils causes waste and may take hundreds of years to break down in the earth. Switching out your utensils is a fairly cheap way to to have a more green and eco-friendly kitchen. Bamboo utensils are super inexpensive to buy, as well as, stainless steel. It’s a great investment that will last you a long time!

Travel More Lightly!

With the weather in Chicago getting better each day, why not choose to cycle around town? Choosing to cycle to work is pretty much guaranteed to save you money (no more gas bills or CTA charges). Plus, it’s a great way to incorporate daily exercise which means less time at the gym and more time for yourself. Most importantly, by riding your bike you directly contribute to reduced carbon emissions.

Making a few small changes can lead to some truly great things. The Earth isn’t ours to use up, but rather to care for and preserve. With all of that in mind, the Underground is excited to partner with Gateway Green on Friday, April 26th to celebrating greening, beautification and all things that make our city great! We will be bringing you incredible, local vendors to showcase their sustainable products and efforts. To purchase tickets, please click here.