I know I cover a lot of Eco-friendly products you can buy for your home, but sometimes we don’t want to make a financial commitment to something until we are ready to do so. Take my boyfriend for example. He’s not a green person and sometimes he doesn’t understand why I want to buy Organic products and Eco-friendly cleaning supplies when the “regular” brands costs a lot less.But he’s starting to do things around the house because I ask him to, and he’s starting to get the whole “Environmentally Conscious” thing. So this is for the people who want to start doing nice things for the place we all call home but have not totally committed to the sustainable living idea.. well, not yet.
- Stop buying bottled water. According to Lighter Footstep, Bottled water produces up to 1.5 million tons of plastic waste per year and it’s not always safer than regular tap water. In practice, about 70 percent of bottled water never crosses state lines for sale, making it exempt from FDA oversight. On the other hand, water systems in the developed world are well-regulated. You can use a stainless steel thermos to hydrate when you are out and about. Think how much you can save per day if you stopped buying bottled water.
- Use cold water to do the dishes and the laundry. In all reality; you really don’t need hot water to clean your clothes. Cold water will work just as fine and you will also save on electricity so more reason to use cold water.
- When brushing your teeth, don’t let the water run. I have been known to do this but you can gently remind yourself not to. Turning off the water between rinses can save at least two gallons in one brushing session.
- Turn off all the electrical appliances when you are not using them. Better yet pull out the cord from the socket. 75% of the electricity used to power electronics is consumed when they turned are off but plugged in. Too tedious? I put all my chargers and things that need to be on constantly into one large power strip. The rest, I have strategically placed all the cords around on electrical outlet with a button I can push to turn on and off. Everyone has at least one or two of these. If not, try Ikea, that’s the one we use. (Let’s take some of the money you saved from Bottle Waters and Electricity Bill and apply it towards this.. so it’s still free)
- Recycle. It only takes a moment of your time to sort out the recyclables from trash. I have a large container where I chuck all the recyclables and sort them out night before the pickup date. For finding recycling programs in your community; enter your zip code at Earth911.Org
- Subscribe to Ideal Bite (They were featured in Yoga Journal). It costs you nothing. Nada.. Zip.. Zero, and offer invaluable information on how you can stay green. It’s not only for the Environmentalists. Ideal Bite is actually geared toward regular consumers who are interested in doing simple things that doesn’t detract from their busy lifestyle. It’s fun and simple and their breath of resources are amazing.
- Take out that dusty thermos out of your cabinet and take it to Starbucks or where ever you go to get your java fix.
- Turn down your thermostat up one degree in the Summer; Down one degree in the winter. By turning your central heating thermostat down by 1°C, you can make reductions of 10% in your heating bill.
- Register to Vote. With the Presidential Election coming up, we all need get more actively involved in asserting your rights as a citizen and as a good human. Vote for candidates who seem sincere about your favorite causes. Write to let them know what your thoughts are. (Senator Kennedy, have you gotten my latest memos?) Without your participation; there can be no change. (No, I did not vote in the last election. Shame on me, but I will be sure to vote this time.)
- Consume less. I love shopping. It’s my therapy, but I know it’s not good for me financially or to the environment. I have cut down on my spending habits and I can honestly say that I don’t miss it that much. Of course splurge once in awhile but do we really need another handbag, shoes, clothes, etc?
Sustainable Living will be inevitable as the climates change due to Global Warming as we consume more and more of the Earth’s natural resources. This can either be forced upon us or we can slowly take baby steps to come up with a solution. We as humans can achieve many amazing feats. I take the look at the world around us and see so much beauty that we have created and know that this is more than a possibility. If I can get my boyfriend to turn off the power surge and start recycling; then I know that you can too. It’s easy, really.