Have you seen these all-paper water boxes? Such a better alternative to plastic bottles. So if you forget your reusable water bottle, think inside the box for a change!
Plastic bags never. Break. Down. They get infinitely smaller, and we ingest the micro-pieces. If the 126 million households in the US used ONE less bag a week, we’d use 6.5 billion fewer plastic bags a year. End to end, they would wrap around the Earth over 7 times. Stuff that in your kitchen drawer.
Do your books runneth over? Donate them to your local library, find a Little Free Library nearby, sell them to a used-book shop or give them to a local nursing home or homeless shelter. For old textbooks and outdated books, just give that cover a rip and recycle the pages.
Cheers to all the bars and restaurants that have switched to paper straws. My Goombay Smash is a step greener! Now if we could just do something about those plastic cups…
Most of have extra hangers rattling around and taking up space in our closets. You don’t have to throw them away or toss them in the recycling- drop off old hangers to your local dry cleaner so they can use them again!
Why buy and store that chainsaw/steam cleaner/rototiller you use once a year? I know, it is nice to be prepared. That’s what I tell myself when I look at the 15-year old generator that’s still wrapped in plastic in my garage. On the other hand, if you borrow a neighbor’s power washer and accidentally set it on fire, you should replace it. Just saying.
And if you’re the one with the garage full of tools and stuff, thanks for sharing with the rest of us!
Use your wallet to change the world in little steps. Buy organic food, especially in season. Look for recycled or undyed paper goods like paper towels, writing paper, and wrapping paper. Recycled clothing items, like jeans and shoes are becoming easier to find. You might pay more at times, but prices should even out as demand increases.
For starters, I’m going to buy more organic fruit this season, and look for undyed tissues, which we use all the time. What changes can you make to your buying habits?