Compost compost compost! And stop using plastic throwaway water bottles - buy a stainless steel one and fill it with tap water or filtered water. And teach your kids to do the same. Or your nieces and nephews...or your neighbours' kids....
Use common sense....we would have a much better world if people as a whole simply quit throwing trash out of their car windows onto the streets, etc. Common sense first then grow from there! WB
When we moved to a rural area, we had to start hauling our own trash to the landfill, and paying a fee by the barrel.
I have become much more conscious of packaging-- buying very little in anything that can't be reused or recycled. I use my own grocery bags, recycle any plastic, cardboard, metal cans. etc. (Buying fresh fruits and vegetables -- and having a garden in the summer, does away with a lot of packaging.)
A filter pitcher has replaced most plastic bottles -- others go to the recycle center.
We have cut back on meat and avoid styrofoam trays by going to the meat counter that wraps selections in paper. Buying large cuts of meat and whole chickens saves on cooking and can be divided up for multiple meals.
With keeping hens-- I don't buy as many eggs. When I do, I get them in paper cartons which are great fireplace starters.
Anything organic goes to the compost pile and the chickens.
Most of this was initially done to avoid the dump fees-- but after you have visited a county landfill a few times, it also makes you
feel good that you are not adding so much to the huge trash tidal wave.
We use a woodstove for most heating instead of using propane and electricity for the heater. Most of the wood comes from old trees on our property.
I try to re-use items, recycle what I can, and donate or re-gift items when appropriate.
I'm a vegetarian, have driven a car twice in 10 years (rely on walking and public transportation), and wear/purchase vegan products (no leather, fur, etc.)
I turn off the lights when I'm not in a room (and use compact fluorescent bulbs and LED lights), shut off the water when I'm brushing my teeth and washing my face, and keep the thermostat low during the winter and high during the summer.
Start with a few steps, do what you can, every little action helps, and don't beat yourself up for not doing more.
Most of these tips will not only help the environment but also save you money.
Live somewhere where you can grow much of your own food ,somewhere where space is not at a premium and roads are limited and you don't necessarily have to drive for an hour or more to get to work is one way .
Be an example let others see you and correct them self rather than explaining when you explain others become offended
when you do it they see they will try their best to correct them self
There are so..so many. When you do anything just think twice to make sure there isnt better way. When you buy anything think whether it destroy environment and could you do without it.
Boycotting anything produced by Halliburton, British Petroleum, and Monsanto.
i walk or cycle to work, but these other comments are very insightful, thank you guys
recycling is usually what step everyone takes first. Deciding on whether you should be environmentally friendly or not, usually tends to take the longest. But once you have figured out that you would like to become green, the next step is understanding a variety of ways to be green besides recycling.
Using sustainable garden techniques in your home landscape and setting aside "wild" places for native animals are 2 things that we feel are important for the environment.
1 trip in a 26-foot-long truck beats countless trips in a car and SUV. Hire Movers!
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