When it comes global warming, I wish we could get past the arguments over whether or not it’s man-generated and instead focus on ways to care for our planet. I certainly haven’t been an earth-mother, granola type in the past, but with the string of warm winters and this unusually warm fall (which I’ve been told is NOT related to global warming per se…whatever!), I’ve begun focusing on my own little carbon footprint and how I can minimize it.
To that end, here’s what I’m doing to help these days:
- We have a nice collection of tote bags (in fact, I even designed a few of them – take a look here) and I take the bags with me whenever I do the food shopping so that we save on paper.
- I compost all of our non-dairy, non-meat food scraps. Since we live in an apartment, I keep the scraps in a bag in the freezer until I can take them to the farmer’s market composting bins. Not only am I doing something good for the earth, but our regular garbage is a lot less smelly.
- I turn off the water when I’m soaping up and shaving in the shower (no earth-mother hairy legs for me, thank you very much!) I figure I save quite a few gallons of water, plus it’s nice to enjoy the sensation of being covered in soap lather.
- We recycle our paper, plastic and metal. In our building, it couldn’t be easier. We just have to walk down the hall to the compost room and put the items in the appropriate bins. Amazingly, there are people in our building who put old clothing into the paper bin, and dead flowers into the metal/plastic bin. I’d love to recycle those neighbors, too, but usually I take the time to resort the items into the appropriate bins. Someone has to do it, and the maintenance men sure deserve a break every once in a while!
- Being New Yorkers, we take public transportation all the time. I love walking, so when I’m away from New York, if I can walk somewhere instead of driving, I’ll opt for that option. It’s better for the environment, it’s healthier and some of my best ideas come to me when I’m outdoors walking!
How about you?
Do you have any green, earth-friendly tips in your routine to share? I’d love to hear!