10 little thing you can do to help our planet
and yourself too! :)
#1. Buy organic and wild.
One of the largest investments you will make is buying groceries...Think about it, if every individual spends $75/week on groceries that will equate to $288,000 per lifetime...for just one person.
Many people make donations to charities...If you buy organic foods you will be supporting animal welfare, people and the planet every single time you eat! We all have to eat anyway so why not support your health and the health of the environment, farm workers, wildlife and farm animals just by choosing to eat organic foods.
Most importantly, if you eat meat or eggs...Go organic, free-range or wild please...Learn about the torture and unhealthy lives grocery store meat animals have to suffer.
Do you really want to support that type of filth and cruelty? Think again about spending an extra dollar or so for a whole dozen eggs. If you buy free range organic eggs, not only are you buying healthier eggs from healthier chickens, you support happy cage-free animals. What's a little extra for that peace of mind?
#2. Stop smearing yourself with toxic personal care products.
Not only is this unhealthy for your body these products end up washing down drains and back into the environment...If you won't eat it, then don't wear it. Buy quality all natural and organic products and use less of them. Also be sure to read all of the ingredients and don't fall for the green-washing from companies selling you their stuff.
#3. Get reusable dryer sheets.
Not only are standard dryer sheets toxic for you, every time you use them you are poisoning your community with toxic fumes from your dryer vent. The chemicals in fabric softeners persist in the environment affecting air quality. When you wear clothing laundered in fabric softener you are exposing yourself and those around you to a stinking toxic soup of synthetic chemicals.
#4. Ditch the teflon.
Don't buy anything with teflon. Look for alternatives to this nasty chemical. Teflon is not only highly toxic to birds, it is a major human and environmental toxin and can be found in everything from cookware to gortex clothing. It's easy to find teflon-free alternatives.
#5. Reuse whatever you can.
While recycling is good...Re-using or repurposing your stuff is even better. It will save you money and you will be sending less stuff to the landfill...And it's fun and interesting to find new uses for old stuff.
#6. Grow whatever you can and do it organically.
Even if you don't have the time or the space to grow all of your food, everyone can start a small garden or just grow a few food plants in your window ledge. Just look at what you can do with green onions. There is never a need to use toxic synthetic pesticides. Always use natural solutions for your plant health. Healthy plants survive in a healthy environment, not a toxic one.
#7. Build and renovate your home or apartment with green products.
Less toxic solid wood furniture will last longer. Buying zero voc and natural home products will improve the quality of your indoor air. Learn about what is fact and what is fad with "green" home products...Look at light bulbs for instance. Being cautious over the materials you use for exterior renovations is also very important, some materials can leach toxins into the soil and groundwater as is the case with all pressure treated lumber.
#8. Back to basic cleaning.
Using multiple products each with multiple chemicals sort of defeats the purpose of cleaning. Why clean your surroundings with products that will leave toxic residue. Get a good castile soap, some baking soda and vinegar and you'll have everything you need to tackle your cleaning chores. Even cleaning your vehilcle can be a non-toxic experience.
#9. Enjoy nature.
If you don't need to drive then don't, enjoy a walk or a bike ride for exercise and to save on fuel. Get a book on the edible wild plants in your area and have a fun time with the family enjoying the outdoors while picking wild edible berries, plants and mushrooms, you'll save money on groceries while learning to appreciate all that nature has to offer.
#10. Educate & Act.
Learn all that you can about what you are purchasing and the products you use, remember to sift through the green-washing then most importantly - take action. Make sure to only spend your dollars on products which are safe for you, your family, animals & the environment.
Earth Day should be every day.
“Never doubt that a small group of thoughtful, committed citizens can change the world; indeed, it's the only thing that ever has.” -Margaret Mead