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green ideas * 50 September 29, 2007

terra @ 8:59 am

Here are 50 things you can do to reduce your impact on the planet.

1. Lower your thermostat. Buy a programmable thermostat.

2. Reuse your water bottle. Avoid buying bottled water. In fact, reuse everything at least once, especially plastics.

3. Check out your bathroom. Use low-flow faucets, showerheads, and toilets.

4. Start a compost in your back yard or on your rooftop.

5. Buy foods locally. Check out Eat Local Challenge and FoodRoutes to get started. Buy locally made products and locally produced services.

6. Buy in season foods.

7. Buy compact fluorescent light bulbs. You’ll find more on energy-efficient products and practices at Energy Star.

8. Turn off lights and electronics when you leave the room. Unplug your cell phone charger from the wall when not using it. Turn off energy strips and surge protectors when not in use (especially overnight).

9. Recycle your newspapers.

10. Car pool. Connect with other commuters at eRideShare.

11. Consider a car sharing service like Zipcar.

12. Ride a bike.

13. Walk, jog, or run.

14. Go to your local library instead of buying new books.

15. At holidays and birthdays, give your family and friends the gift of saving the earth. Donate to their favorite environmental group, foundation, or organization.

16. Get off junk mail lists. GreenDimes can get you started. They’ll even plant a tree for you!

17. Buy products that use recyclable materials whenever possible.

18. If you use plastic grocery bags, recycle them for doggie poop bags or for small trashcan liners.

19. Bring your own bags to the grocery store. Given a choice between plastic and paper, opt for paper.

20. Buy locally. Find farmers’ markets, family farms, and other sources of sustainably grown food near you at LocalHarvest.

21. Consider organic cleaning products like vinegar, borax, and baking soda.

22. If you have a baby, consider using cloth diapers. To sign up for a diaper service to do the dirty work, check out the National Association of Diaper Services.

23. Consider buying a fuel-efficient car or a hybrid.

24. Landscape with native plants. Check out the article on the EPA website.

25. Opt into a clean energy program. Check out the Green Power Network at the US Department of Energy.

26. Go paperless. Consider reading your newspaper and magazine subscriptions online. Switch to electronic banking and credit card payment, too.

27. Teach kids about the environment.

28. Take your batteries to a recycling center. Earth 911 gives you the scoop.

29. Turn your car off if you’re going to be idle for more than one minute.

30. Do full loads of laundry and set the rinse cycle to “cold.”

31. Recycle. If you’re not at home, take the extra steps, (literally), to find that recycling can.

32. Reuse. Plastic food containers make good crayon and marker holders. Use padded envelops more than once. Buy your toddler or preschooler’s clothes from a thrift shop and give away those that don’t fit to friends. Goodwill or the Salvation Army can help.

33. Limit the length of your showers. Even better, take a “navy shower,” shutting off the water while soaping up and shampooing.

34. Don’t run the water when brushing your teeth. Learn about water scarcity.

35. Wash towels after several uses.

36. Purchase one case of water and provide clean water to 24 people (for over twenty years).

37. Give away your goods and find new ones at FreeCycle.

38. Recycle your technology. Dell, Hewlett Packard, Apple, and IBM, among others, offer recycling programs.

39. Go zero! Log on to the Conservation Fund’s Carbon Zero Calculator and in less than five minutes, you can measure and then offset your carbon dioxide emissions by planting trees.

40. Put your money where your mouth is—invest in green investments. Web sites like Co-op America’s National Green Pages™ can help.

41. Learn about threats to ocean life and help Greenpeace take action.

42. Whenever you can, try using green cleaning products. Check out Cheap, Clean, and Green.

43. Find your local watershed and learn how to protect it.

44. Build a greener home.

45. Opt for eco-friendly and holistic health products.

46. Good to the last drop. Switch to fair trade coffee.

47. Go paperless at work. Distribute company information and post company material online.

48. Eliminate junk mail at work. For no fee, the EcoLogical Mail Coalition will eliminate the junk that former employees receive at work.

49. Plant a forest and feed a family while you’re at it.

50. Shop smart. Choose eco-smart products.

-I took this directly from Divine Caroline

51. Charge your cell phone in the car instead of at home. (Your cell phone charger uses power even if you’re not charging, so charge in the car.)


2 Responses to “green ideas * 50”

  1. Hi Terra!

    I just found Terra not Terror and I love it! I’m the Assistant Editor-in-Chief for a new dynamic organization called All Things Healing, and I wonder if you’d be interested in joining forces with us. We’re looking for contributing writers and a Section Editor for our Think Green page. Section Editors are able to promote their own businesses, websites and blogs through us…meaning lots more visibility for you! Here’s the letter I’ve been sending out to folks that I think might be interested:

    Think Green. This is the name of a dynamic on-line activism page that will appear on the new website, All Things Healing, launching with the New Year 2009. We are seeking a Think Green Section Editor, as well as passionate idealists who love to write about their green ideals and passions, and will join us by contributing their thoughts and ideas via articles, interviews, and videos.

    Think Green will become a forum for thinkers, leaders, and activists in the Green Community to communicate with each other, as well as to educate and inform a diverse and international audience about the urgency of cultivating and maintaining solutions to the global environmental crisis. It will also become a forum to promote the Section Editor’s own area of expertise and to further public awareness as to the benefits of global, local and personal green living lifestyles. This is not a paid position, but allows for a great deal of professional visibility, and serves as an outlet for passionate messages. Becoming a Section Editor is not meant to become another job, but an outlet for giving back that will only take a few hours of your time each month. It’s a way to make a difference and to change the world!

    This website is aligned with the All Things Healing Learning Center and Spiritual Retreat being built in Costa Rica where our Section Editors will have the opportunity to share their knowledge with others from around the world.

    A link to our website proto-page is included below. This temporary link is designed to give an overview of the form and function of the website until it is launched.


    If you are interested in contributing to or becoming the Section Editor for Think Green, know someone who might be, or would like further information please don’t hesitate to contact me at michelleg@allthingshealing.com

    What do you think? I’d love to hear from you either way…you seem like someone we’d really like to be connected to. And thanks for all you’re doing for the earth…we’re definitely in need of more folks like you!

    Hope to hear from you soon!

    Michelle Gregg
    Assistant Editor-in-Chief
    All Things Healing

  2. Also, if there’s anyone out there who read the above comment, who is a passionate GREENIE with a burning desire to get out the green message, PLEASE respond as well! We need contributors of all kinds!

    Thanks for posting this Terra! Hope to hear from you soon.

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