Green Habit Campaign - Our Green Habits
No, the sisters aren’t wearing green head gear these days. By green habits, we mean the things sisters, and others who have joined the campaign, are doing to promote sustainable living, i.e. the things they are doing at home or work that reflect care for our planet and each other. Perhaps they may inspire new habits for you?
Conserving Energy Habits:
- Wash laundry in cold water and only use as much water as necessary
- Take short, but effective, showers
- Turn lights off when not in a room
- Volunteer to be a part of the “brown out” program in the summer with your local utility company
- Participate in programs like the We Energies Energy for Tomorrow program
- On occasion, air dry your clothes
- Use a push mower to mow your lawn
- Remove weeds with a weed popper – no chemicals needed.
Reducing Waste Habits:
- Use canvas bags for grocery shopping
- Get off junk mail/catalogue lists
- Recycle at home – Try to end up with more recycling than garbage on pick up days
- Rummage – recycling at its best
- Email instead of sending paper copies
- Simply buy less stuff
- Use cloth napkins instead of paper
- Use cloth rags instead of paper towels
- Bring glassware, dishes, and silverware to picnics and family gatherings.
Eat Sustainably Habits:
- Shop at locally-owned cooperatives to get local products
- Buy CSA (Community Supported Agriculture) shares to support local farmers and to get terrific fresh veggies
- Drink fair trade coffee and buy other fair trade products
- Eat leftovers
- Grow a small vegetable garden
- Go to the farmer’s market when it’s available
Other Creative Habits:
- Share trips whenever possible.
- Bike to places on the weekends
- Drive a small gas efficient car at low speeds
- When running errands, try to do everything in a single route instead of making several trips
- Use rain barrels to collect the rain for use in watering gardens lawn and trees
- Use environmentally-friendly cleaning products
- Write letters supporting the rights of workers and care for our environment
What are your green habits? Can you add to our list?