all things earthy

Wednesday, April 22, 2009

well it's earth day here on the planet and I thought I'd give a few things I do to keep things earthy around here:

say no to plastic. For those who know me well, I don't like plastic. Yes I know it's everywhere: my tooth brush, my printer, my phone: but there are things we can do to reduce how much of it we use.
  • Buy glass "tupperware" instead of the plastic stuff. You can reuse it longer than the other stuff and it doesn't leech.

  • Get into the tote craze: make or buy a pretty tote to bring to the store so you don't have to shove more plastic bags into your IKEA bag thingy where they sit there until they're eventually thrown out.

  • Along the same lines, invest in reusable produce bags...

Buy organic when you can: buying organic food helps to keep pesticides and chemicals out of the environment. If you live in an area where you can add the local aspect even better because even buying organic food from overseas adds to emissions in the atmosphere. It has to get here somehow!

Clean green: Many people think that in order to 'clean green' they have to buy expensive cleaners, but I'm not convinced even those work well. All I use around here is vinegar and baking soda that's it. You can clean your house for about 2 months, if not longer, for less than $5.

Make you're own napkins: the argument here is that you have to use up water to wash them anyway, but if you're already doing a load, throw them in. They don't take up much space.

Related to that, wash in cold water: I try to only use warm and hot water for the whites.

Ok that's all I've got today. Just do one of those things starting today and you'll be set!


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