06 January 2013

Year of Tens: More Ideas

Yesterday, I posed a challenge: ten months, ten new ecologically sound habits.  Here are some more ideas for change:

Call ten companies that send you catalogues and get off the mailing lists.
Take three-minute showers.
Turn off the tap while you're brushing your teeth.
Take the money you saved from your month of no shopping and buy one really long-lasting item.
Or, take that money and make a donation to a good cause.
Get the various damaged and broken stuff lying around the house repaired instead of replacing.
Decluttter.  Get rid of the stuff you really don't use.  Donate or recycle as much as possible.
Use a sink or pan full of water to rinse dishes when handwashing instead of running the tap.
If it's brown, flush it down.  If it's yellow, let it mellow.  (To be honest, this one totally grosses me out.)
Recycle wrapping paper.
Switch to fair trade chocolate and flowers (I'm thinking Valentine's Day) and coffee.
Join Green America for more ideas.
Stop using plastic grocery bags.  Get one of those thin cloth bags and carry it everywhere.

I'm working up my own list of ten tens for the coming year.  I hope to post it tomorrow.