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I save the planet every day by refusing plastic bags in stores, and I never drive if I can walk. I have a good friend who refuses to use bottled water. And another who recently replaced all the light bulbs in her house with florescents. But there’s so much more we all could do!
So I logged onto Facebook and asked my fellow seniors: What small thing or things do you do every day to save the earth? They shared some great ideas:
Not only do I refuse to use plastic bags, but I guilt trip shopkeepers who offer me plastic bags. It’s not making me popular!
I recycle everything I can.
I’m vegan. It’s by far the best thing any human being can do for the planet.
I take super-quick showers. I once read that Jennifer Aniston does this too. (Go Team Jennifer!)
My hubby and I shower together. (To save water! Honest.)
No paper towels! Ever.
I pay my bills, get my bank statements and pay my taxes online.
I’ve got the brownest lawn on the block because I just can’t justify watering grass every day.
I replaced the grass on my front lawn with rocks!
I turn off the light when leaving rooms and turn the thermostat off when I leave the house.
When it’s cold outside I keep the thermostat at 60 and dress in layers.
I pride myself on using up everything in the fridge. I detest throwing out food. I learned this from my mother, who lived through the Great Depression.
We drive an electric hybrid car.
I use a drying rack or clothes line instead of a dryer.
We never buy packaged food.
I refuse to buy anything that is overly packaged.
I buy things made from recycled materials if I can.
I shut off the water while I’m brushing my teeth.
When it comes to flushing? “If it’s yellow, let it mellow. If it’s brown, flush it down.”
I buy all my clothing (except underwear) from thrift shops. Not only is it good for the earth, but it supports the charities that run the stores
Inspired, I’ve decided to challenge myself to add as many of these strategies as I can to my own routine.
Here’s a challenge for you. Adopt at least one of these habits yourself. Then, if you’re doing something that isn’t on this list, share it with us in the comments section (scroll way down). Finally? Share this post on Facebook or Twitter. Or email it to a friend.
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Roz Warren is the author of “Our Bodies, Our Shelves: a Collection of Library Humor.”