Ideas for More Sustainable Living

Some things we can do immediately with minimal effort...

  • Look for plant-based cleaners.
  • Don't dump your clothes, sell or donate! 
  • Replace incandescent lightbulbs with LED/CFL fluorescent bulbs.
  • Unplug rarely-used appliances.
  • Switch over to re-useable shopping bags.
  • Recycle plastic grocery bags (Find a local drop off location.)
  • Turn lights off when leaving a room.
  • Fix leaky faucets.
  • Use cloth towels instead of paper.
  • Reuse glass jars.
  • Buy rechargeable batteries and learn to recycle old ones at Batterires+ on Youree Dr.
  • Schedule errands back-to-back instead of wasting gas driving around.
  • Make use of your neighborhood compost pile. (Or make a compost bin for your home or neighborhood if one doesn't exist.)
  • Plant and eat out of a community garden, a home garden, or even just a small herb garden.
  • Buy produce that's in season, locally if possible.
  • Clean out your car! Extra weight requires more gas.
  • Get a tune-up! A fully functional car from tires to transmission saves money and gas.
  • Turn your computer off when not in use.
  • Use paper one more time before recycling. (As scratch paper, shopping lists, for writing drafts, note paper, etc.)
  • Don't open the oven if you don't have to, use the oven light and look through the glass.
  • Reduce shower time (even just by 2-minutes).
  • Sleep naked. (Wear less clothes, wash less clothes, buy less clothes...)
  • Water your lawn in the early morning, not in the heat of day.
  • Reduce plastic waste by using matches, not disposable lighters.
  • Stop phone book & newspaper delivery–use the web.