Okay, so you’ve decided to make your life a little greener. Where do you begin? The amount of options out there can seem overwhelming, so start with ones that feel good to you.
From A to Z, here are 26 eco-friendly actions to choose from on the road to green living. Begin with one or two changes, then add on at your leisure. Aside from saving the planet, many of these actions will also save you money and improve your health.
Air-dry your laundry on an outdoor clothesline or indoor drying racks.
Bring reusable containers for taking home restaurant leftovers.
Compost food scraps and more.
Drive a hybrid or fuel flex vehicle.
Eat organic produce for the Dirty Dozen.
Find a new purpose for items instead of throwing them away.
Go paperless wherever possible, from electronic bills to cloth napkins and rags.
Hook up a rain barrel to collect gray water for use in your garden.
Invest in ENERGY STAR appliances for your home. These models use 15-50% less energy, saving you money on utility bills.
Join a community-supported agriculture (CSA) program to receive fresh food from your local farmers. Find a CSA near you.
Kick the tampon habit for a menstrual cup.
Limit your junk mail.
Make your own household cleaners with natural ingredients.
Nurse your baby for the first year. It benefits your health, your wallet and your environment.
Offset your fuel emission from travel with carbon offsets.
Plant flowers that attract bees and other pollinators.
Quit using pesticides on your lawn.
Read product labels so you can avoid harmful chemicals in beauty products.
Shop for clothing at secondhand stores.
Telecommute for your job and/or office meetings.
Use cloth diapers.
Vote for leaders who support the environment.
Walk to nearby shops, the bank, post office, etc. whenever possible.
Xchange your plastic food storage containers for glass or stainless steel to avoid toxins leaching into your food.
Yield to nature.
Zip yourself into extra layers during winter instead of turning up the thermostat.
This post has been shared at Natural Living Monday.