you can’t go cold turkey and never use another plastic bag, reduce when you
can. Keep a couple of reusable shopping bags in the car so you’re always ready.
Think you’re the
only one packing your stuff? Look around at the checkout counter- you could be
pleasantly surprised. Or be the trailblazer in your community. If others see
you doing it, they might too!
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 For old textbooks and outdated books, just give that cover a rip and recycle the pages.
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?
Tire pressure is like drinking caffeine. Too little and your car is sluggish- using about 0.4 % more gas for every psi
(pounds per square inch) under the recommended number. Too high and the
over-inflated tires will make the car rattle and shake.
So maintain the correct air pressure in your tires. You can find the psi number on the driver’s door jamb or user’s manual. It’s usually around 32-34.I check my tires at home with a little pressure checker thingy. Gas stations do have machines, usually in a corner somewhere, and either broken or with a line of people waiting. See, you’re not alone! Take a couple of minutes to save gas– and have a safer ride too!