I’ve compiled a by no means complete list of big and small things you can do to minimize you and your families impact on the environment. Look for blog posts in the future with more information on these tasks. Please feel free to add more in the comments section. I will be continuously adding new things to this list as I think of them.
1. Take short showers.
2. Use rechargeable batteries.
3. If you use disposable batteries, recycle them.
4. Recycle. Don’t forget e-waste and grease recycling too.
6. Bring reusable bags with you when you shop.
7. Buy products made from recycled materials, with high percentages of post consumer content.
8. Do all your wash with cold water.
9. Eat only sustainable seafood. Find out what seafood is sustainable here. Download a free seafood watch app. Ask your favorite restaurants and grocery stores to do the same.
10. Buy recyclable toothbrushes from Trader Joe’s.
11. Use biodegradable soaps and detergents that contain no sulfates or phosphates.
12. Buy organic products.
13. Contribute to the many organizations working to protect land or wildlife.
14. Stop your junk mail. They can help.
15. Wrap your water heater in a thermal blanket. Set it to a lower temperature.
16. Get your car washed at a car wash, avoid doing it yourself in your drive way.
17. Reuse plastic baggies, and only use them sparingly.
18. Rotate your tires.
19. Don’t litter. This includes cigarettes butts.
20. Use your car less.
21. Get a fuel efficient vehicle.
22. Call the professionals if you come across injured or problem animals.
23. Have an energy audit conducted in your house.
24. Buy energy efficient appliances.
25. Have solar panels installed on your house.
26. Plant a tree. Or a plant.
27. Use compact fluorescent bulbs. Recycle these when done.
28. Turn off lights and appliances when not in use.
29. Unplug appliances when not in use.
30. Eat less meat.
31. Don’t use pesticides in your garden.
32. Don’t eat frog legs.
33. Get and use a reusable water bottle.
34. Turn off the faucet when washing your hands or brushing your teeth.
35. Use water left over after boiling vegetables and the water that pours while you’re waiting to get warm water from your faucet to water plants.
35. Don’t introduce non-native species.
36. Don’t get pets that were taken from the wild.
37. Don’t have a front lawn. Decorate the front of your house with native plants that won’t need to be watered much.
38. If you do have a lawn, don’t mow it.
39. Build an owl box.
40. Don’t use antibacterial soaps.
41. Put a cover on your pool.
42. Eat less frozen meals.
43. Buy local food when possible.
44. Flushing? If it’s yellow, leave it mellow, if it’s brown flush it down.
45. Check faucets and pipes for leaks.
46. Install water saving shower heads.
47. Only wash full loads of laundry and put full loads in your dishwasher.
48. Use mulch around your trees and plants to slow water evaporation. Water your plants early in the morning.
49. Consider not having children, or having fewer children.
50. Support environmentally friendly legislation.
51. Try to avoid products that contain palm oil.
52. Plant a living roof.
53. Use tampons with cardboard applicator instead of plastic. Or better yet, if you can bring yourself to do it, get reusable menstrual pads. They even come in Pokemon.
54. Take the train instead of a plane if you’re traveling less than 150 miles.
55. Buy/build wood products made from wood types that renew quickly, such as bamboo.