There are all kinds of great sites out there that have good information on ways we can help.
A couple environmental organizations.
Get a free home energy audit!
Utilizing the Farmer's Market.
Getting rid of Yucky Junk Mail that no one wants anyway not to mention the waste of paper.
Recycle your old cell phone, PDA or pager.
Ways to use less electricity thus saving on your bill and the environment.
With all of that, here are a couple that I read recently in Relevant Magazine that I hadn't thought of before but can make such a big difference!!
- Bring your own coffee mug when you buy from Starbucks, Beaners or wherever. Don't waste that paper cup!
- Use a reusable water bottle instead of buying water in plastic containers.
- Buy a reusable coffee filter. Unfortunately for me, this may mean buying a new coffee maker. But apparently the regular white ones "can contain chlorine and other chemicals that add to landfills." Plus, you can save your coffee grounds--they are a great compost for your plants and give them tons of nutrients!
- Quit using paper towels! I find myself reverting often and have initiated a rule that they are only to be used when whatever I am wiping up must be thrown away. Like raw chicken juice or something.
- Use cloth napkins whenever possible. Fortunately, I already have a good amount of these, and since I have plenty, they are so easy to just throw in the wash. For many meals, they can be reused as there is no mess! To think of all the paper napkins I have thrown away because I dabbed my mouth that one time.
- Turn the water off when you brush your teeth. Seems pretty basic, but it's so easy to just leave it on.
- Take a canvas bag or reuse grocery bags when shopping. I don't know how many of those plastic bags I have thrown away, but it's truly horrifying when it can be avoided!
There are so many other things that can be done, but any start is a good start.
What are your ideas? Something you have come across lately (or have done for years!) that is a good healthy habit to get into?