making a list and checking it twice…

A grocery list, that is (but please keep singing!). Don’t scoff- planning at least some of your meals can have a bigger impact than you think. A part of the massive food waste in the US occurs in our refrigerators. Think about it: what food did you just throw out? For me, it was pizza dough (didn’t get to it in time). And pudding (now I know everyone hates butterscotch).

Think it takes too much time to keep track? My list keeps me moving quickly through the store and I usually don’t forget anything, which means fewer trips to the grocery (more time saving and less gas!). Keep a running list on your phone or fridge.

presents with a presence

photo by mel poole

Looking for holiday presents that give in more than one way? Try a few sustainable gifts this year. Some of my favorites are organic cotton jeans and recycled product sneakers. Around the house, reusable dishcloths, silicone reusable sandwich bags and bamboo (i.e. compostable) toothbrushes have been pretty successful.

You might be surprised at the variety available, with everything from sustainable fashion brands to a compostable phone case (who knew?) and floss.  And if you’re done shopping for now, there’s always a birthday coming up. Check around before you buy!

Less ladder, more LED

Looking for fewer trips up a ladder to replace light bulbs? Energy efficient LED bulbs aren’t just for indoors- you can use them for porch and yard lighting too. And they hold up well in cold weather. Not only will you use 75% less energy than incandescent bulbs, but they’ll  also last up to 25 times longer.  Think about when you need to replace your holiday lights as well!