Over the last few years I realized that the way I lived was not very earth friendly. So I have gradually made some changes.
Do you have any suggestions? What do you do?
I compost, I have a worm box in my pantry. I use less plastic, haven't been able to get rid of it all yet. I reduce, reuse, and recycle. I garden and grow some of my own food. I try to drive less. I use personal wipes instead of toilet paper. I make my own cleaners. I cook from scratch, never buy processed and fake food. I made my own grocery bags about 10 years ago, still using them. I make my own soap and shampoo.
I live as far removed from the money system as I reasonably can. I grow more of my own vegetables each year. I keep chickens. My house remains furnished and decorated with hand-me-downs and cast-offs. I take responsibility for the things I purchase so that I generate a minimum landfill input. I manage a ten-acre woodlot. I obsessively study human nature.
I don’t do 4 or 5. But I use biodegradable and environment friendly products.
I don’t buy anything new made in China or India.
I compost. Make most things from scrap. Grow and raise most of my own food.
I use canvas bags for everything. I never get plastic bags. Actually in Eugene, you have to pay for plastic shopping bags.
I try to purchase things without excessive packaging.
I buy used a lot—all my books, most of my crafting and sewing stuff (I cut up used clothes for material often).
And many other things.
I have a rule in my house never put food in the garbage .If my daughter refuses to eat something because of those expired dates that cause more waste in this country than some countries actually, consume I will eat it . Any thing else we will feed to the seagulls or wild animals .And the last case scenario is it is used in the garden for fertilizer.Also I never throw clothing out . Anything made of cotton is perfect for rags in my garage . Any thing else is donated to the good will society .Also I buy biodegradable cleaning products if applicable.
I use drip irrigation on timers in my garden. And I make my own 'ollas' which are clay pots buried in the ground next to my plants. I'm a potter so I make my own. Re-purpose a lot of junk from the trash such as lumber and sheet metal roofing from construction jobs. I have no idea if this stuff helps???
We do everything you do and a few more:
I don't eat meat or dairy. I use re-usable bags. I don't shop "fast fashion." I don't eat fast food. I hand wash my car using less than two buckets of water. I try to only shop from the produce section of the market or the farmer's market. I try to walk (in LA) as much as I can.
I'm vegan and I recycle. By being vegan I reduce the methane and carbon in the atmosphere because I don't eat anything that is produced by animal agriculture, because animal agriculture is the largest producer of methane world wide as well as a giant producer of carbon. By not participating in animal agriculture and not buying any animal products, there will be slightly less demand and thus slightly less supply needed-- thus the methane and carbon is reduced. Being vegan also reduces the amount of water needed to produce a lot of vegan crops. Just got to know what produce to buy and what produce to stay away from in order to conserve water. For example, Almonds need a lot of water to grow, where as soy doesn't. So I try to buy soy products instead of almond products. If you want to know more about how animal agriculture harms the environment, I suggest watching a documentary on Netlfix called "Cow-spiracy."
I do most of these things too. As a teacher I tried to get paper recycling going(a mountain of paper thrown out constantly and it breaks my heart). No one cares. I take home my own paper that is generated by admin, students or me to recycle. I am trying not to buy new clothes-a few items a year because rotting material causes co2 buildup and no fleece since it works its way into the oceans and waterways. I am vegan which saves a certain number of animals, their feed and water requirements(HUGE) and waste pollution. Bring stainless coffee/tea tumblers always in the car. Flush the toilet after 4 or 5 pees instead of every time(only at home obviously). Try to use up all my produce since I am a stakeholder in a local csa-Community supported agriculture?? my little family farmers.
Thanks for posting this. Hope it inspires.
I downsized significantly, from a 5000+ sq foot house with an oversized inground pool, to renting a 500 sq foot space. I use LED bulbs, recycle and don't take my beloved baths nearly as often as I used to. I have a water saver showerhead, and don't drive the car that often. I'm not a big consumer, eat meat/poultry/fish about 3 times (servings) or less a week, and use things until they break. I plant tomatoes, peppers, summer squash, strawberries, blueberries, cucumbers, and herbs in the summer, and a few varieties of greens in the winter. I have about 7 or 8 outfits in my closet that I can mix and match, and I'm not a shoe nut. I use eco-friendly cleaning products.
I am almost obsessive when it comes to REAL, environmental issues.