10 Ways to Go Green
Tip #5: Buy Organic and Local Foods

Did you know that the blueberries you ate on your breakfast cereal might have traveled
as many as 1500 miles to get to your bowl? Buying
locally grown produce, whether it's
from a green
market, a farm stand, or a conscientious supermarket, can conserve fuel,
reduce pollution, and support your local economy ... not to mention, produce grown
nearby doesn't require preservatives and waxing to keep it fresh.

Likewise, spending the extra money on organic produce will not only keep you from
potentially ingesting toxic pesticides, but it's good for the environment. Support organic
farmers, and you'll be helping to protect water from pollutants, cut down on soil
erosion, and conserve the energy and expense it takes to produce synthetic fertilizers
and pesticides. Plus, there's no doubt about it-organic and
locally grown produce just
tastes better.

Tip #6: Drive Less

A daily car commute of 20 miles round trip can add up to more than $2,000 per year,
parking not included. If you work in an office, ask the HR department about any
carpooling hookups and free or deeply discounted bus, train or subway passes; check
your city's website for relevant routes. (Use the commute to read up on peak oil

Better yet, buy a basket and some decent rain fenders for your bike and ride to the
office -- and to the post office, your dentist appointment, the grocery store. Sure, you
can't fit as much on a bike as in a car, but shopping more often means fresher produce,
thus tastier meals -- which you'll need after burning all those calories.

Replacing even one or two car trips a week will trim your fuel bill (and probably your
waistline), but driving smarter can also help. Combine multiple errands into one trip,
frequent nearby shops, and try to group your family's appointments together. Think
about the most efficient route before heading out, and try to avoid busier traffic times.