Inspired by Vanessa of Green As A Thistle.
I'm not at a point where I can make the commitment that she has, but I think that I'm already doing many things that help. I did read one that I think I will add though: Lose the plastic wrap.
- Ride a bicycle for short errands that don't require carrying much. (a weeks groceries for 1 will fit into 2 large bicycle panniers).
- Walk short errands to anything less than a mile away that require carrying much.
- Biodegradable high efficiency laundry detergent
- High efficiency front loading washing machine
- Let it mellow when i remember and no guests are around
- Environmentally friendly/less-chemicaled personal hygiene products
- Shower only when necessary or on alternate days
- Wear clothing more than once, or until it is dirty (except undergarments)
- Environmentally friendly/natural cleaning products for hand washed dishes.
- Baking soda and vinegar for most household cleaning chores.
- Drive as fuel efficiently as practical (no hypermiling, but no gunning accelerations either, coast on hills if possible, turn engine off at long stops, etc.)
- Recycle everything that the local municipal recycling collection allows. Plastics 1 & 2, cardboard, paperboard, paper, just about any paper really.
- Use rags to clean up spills instead of paper towels.
- Use cloth napkins instead of paper.
- Reuse plastic baggies by washing them until they break down (gallon and quart zip top freezer bags)
- Take cloth bags to the grocery store instead of getting plastic bags on every trip.
- Purchase and use recycled paper products when possible (toilet paper, napkins, paper towels)
- Purchase products in the largest container that will be used before the product goes bad or is otherwise unusable in order to reduce the amount of packaging being used.
- Reuse lidded plastic containers that food comes in as storage containers for other products.
- Reduce the amount of waste going to a landfill. Most weeks this amounts to less than a 13 gallon trash bag per week for my wife and I.
- Reduce the amount of material to be recycled, and recycle as much as practicable.
- Purchase products that have a reduced impact on the environment or come from renewable sources.
- Reuse anything that can be reused until it is no longer useful.
- Reduce traffic congestion and Green House Gas generated directly by me, or on my behalf.
- Be frugal while doing all of the above.