When I moved to Michigan 10 years ago come December, my future in-laws told me I was a bit "Granola" for them. I was a tree hugger from California who was a vegetarian at the time and I was all into the environment and how we can make it better. Yea, one winter here and that blew up in my face. I am trying to get back to my roots again and this last year we really decided to crack down on wastefulness here in our house. I try to incorporate little things into daily life and yes, even throw in a meal or two that is vegetarian once in a while.
This my be a tree hugger holiday, all "man made" up but, I hope everyone celebrates in one way or another.
Mother nature graced us with a sunny but chilly earth day , so I am not doing much outside today. I am taking stock of things I have changed in the last year in order to be a better tourist on this planet we call home.
- Reusable grocery sacks. I try not to use the plastic ones from the stores, but if I do, I recycle them back at the store.
- more efficient light bulbs, we have changed most in the house lights to these, but will not change the rest until needed.
- Only full loads. Both dishwasher and washing machine/dryer. I wish I could hang clothes, but not allowed where I live.
- Vinegar as a cleaner, air freshener, add to salt for a scrub..you name it I love vinegar and it is better for the environment.
- reuse, redo, recycle. In that order.
- reusable lunch containers instead of brown bags
- shredded paper goes to MIL for compost pile.
- buy in large amounts and freeze, cook once eat 3 meals.
- map out errands and clump them together
- Look at your carbon footprint when buying goods.
I am sure there are more, but around here those are the top ten. I didn't put them in any particular order, but it is what we are able to do.
What are yours?