Last week, I did a post about how to save your planet. I was expecting comments about how everyone did their part, big or small. Instead, I read a lot of excuses about why no one is saving the planet. Boo.
I’m still going to tell you what I do, because my third suggestion in the post is to tell the people around you what you are doing to make a change (big or small). I already take my responsibility, and I avidly search the Internet for what actions I can take to reduce my impact.
Here it goes!
- I make my own laundry detergent with baking soda, washing soda, Borax, and pure Castile soap.
- I do the laundry in cold water, making sure the basket is full.
- I use a rack to dry most of my clothes.
- I brush my teeth with baking soda.
- I use olive oil, avocado oil, tallow, and Shea butter for my skin instead of the chemical laden (and in little plastic bottles) conventional beauty products.
- I walk to the grocery, the gym, the pharmacy, and the bank.
- I drive an old, but fuel efficient Pontiac Vibe, and stick to the speed limit. I plan to keep the car until it breaks down completely.
- I repair my cloth instead of tossing them out when there’s a little hole. I do the same for everything else. If I can’t fix it myself, I probably have a friend who can.
- I remember to close the lights, and reduce the heating when not in use.
- I don’t buy bottled water. I use a refillable bottle that I fill with tap water. If water was disgusting at my home, I would probably use a carbon filter. I guess I’d do research for the best way to have great water with a low wasting system.
- I don’t buy books: I
gowalk to the library or read on my phone.
- I use a rag to clean out messes instead of paper towel (almost forgot this one since it’s so obvious)
- I shut the water off when I wash my body, or my hair in the shower. I do the same when I wash my hands, my teeth, and do the dishes. You get the idea.
- I don’t eat processed food. And I never spoil food. Ever. Leftovers are so underrated!
- I make an effort not to buy anything in plastic anymore. That one is really hard.
- I DIY, reuse, and recycle whenever possible. Recycle doesn’t necessarily means putting the thing in the green recycling bin… Just saying!
- This year, I want to try to buy nothing (except food and hygiene products).
Sure, there are probably things I do that are less eco-friendly, and indeed, I live with the decisions I made in the past that were not so great.
I’m also sure I forgot a lot of things that have been habits for so long they are too obvious (or personal) to share. Just think about never leaving litter behind, throwing trash in nature, or in the streets, and picking up trash people have thrown through their car’s windows. Yes, I know it’s incredible, but there are still stupid people who do that!!!
What do you do?