ECO-nomic Relief.

We all know that the economy sucks right now, but I honestly believe that some level of environmental responsibility is still feasible. Here are some cheap {sometimes free} ways to do a little something.

Cheap Greens:: Free Trees and Plants based in Nebraska, salvages unsold, high-quality nursery and garden center plants, shrubs, bulbs and saplings that are destroyed by the millions each year. The company sells them online or by phone for $6.95 which covers the shipping costs and the processing by workers with disabilities, who Free Trees employs. For $10 you can join the Arbor Day Foundation and receive 10 free trees.

Free Bulb:: Get yourself to Home Depot on April 19 and walk out with a free CFL. Home Depot is giving away one million of them. No purchase is necessary, but quantities are limited.

A New Face:: Take an empty cosmetic bottle, tube, or jar {regardless of brand}to the Origins counter and they’ll give you a free sample. It’s part of their Return to Origins Recycling Program.

Wrap It Up:: On April 22, download a rebate form that allows you to try Reynolds 100% recycled foil for free. You can register now at the Reynolds website to receive a reminder on April 22 so you don’t miss out. Limited quantities are available.