In just two minutes, Laura Turner Seydel offers simple ways you can adjust your daily habits to have a positive impact on the planet.

Eco-awareness is a way of life for Laura.  As daughter of CNN founder and philanthropist Ted Turner, she saw firsthand how ecologically devastated many areas of the world are. Now, as a national environmental activist and eco-living expert, Laura's mission is to educate families, youth and individuals alike about the opportunities and benefits of earth-friendly living.

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Laura: You know, going green isn’t as difficult as you may think. There are lots ways to begin the process of going green without losing your sanity.

The words Reduce, Reuse, Recycle can be easily applied to daily activities.

Let’s start by using Reduce.

You can reduce by using sustainable items instead of disposable ones.

Try taking your own reusable coffee tumbler when getting coffee to go or using sandwich containers instead plastic zip bags. You can even take your own storage containers to restaurants and order to bring home leftovers. That way you can limit the use of Styrofoam.

You have products that you can reuse every day to save you time and money. You can reuse plastic shopping bags, empty plastic and glass containers.

Recycle is the most common word associated with the green effort. You can recycle just about everything: glass, aluminum, paper, newsprint, corrugated cardboard, and a multitude of other items. Most cities have recycling programs and pick up on a weekly basis.

Once you have mastered the basics of Reduce, Reuse, Recycle, you may want to move into the basics of making your own home and daily activities more eco-friendly.

We’ve all heard the benefits of CFL bulbs and programmable thermostats, but check out these options.

Try washing your clothes in cold water. Your clothes will get just as clean and your water heater won’t have to work as hard.

You can also lower the thermostat on your water heater. This will protect against scalding accidents and save money on energy and heating all that water.

Energy vampires like stereos, televisions, and rarely used electronics that remain plugged into an outlet can drain your wallet. Plug into a power strip and unplug off the strip when you are not using

Remember, every little thing you do to reduce your impact on the world and its resources helps.

I’m Laura Turner Seydel for Two Minutes for the Planet.

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