We’ve probably all said it, or at least thought it . . . . why bother trying to live or work ‘more eco-friendly’? What difference will one little thing I do really make? OR, I can’t afford those eco-friendly products.
Eco-friendly IS the new buzz word and marketers are riding that wave all the way to the bank. It’s going to become BIG BUSINESS. But, what can those of us who live a basic middle class life afford to do to make a difference?
1thingnw http://www.1thingnw.com/portland/ has some great ideas. Little, small, simple steps that anyone can take; that combined with lots of other little steps from average people CAN make a huge difference.
Here in Oregon we are already big on recycling. Michael and I do a lot of rescuing of building materials destined for the landfill to make our products with. And living out in the country and having well water of limited amounts, we are always very frugal with out water usage.
So, here are the ‘new things’ that I have started doing to conserve and preserve:
1) I bought the re-usable shopping bags at Fred Meyer. As soon as I unpack groceries in the house I take the bags right back out to my car so they are always there. And I take them in with to to WHATEVER store I am shopping at.
2) And speaking of shopping. I prefer to run all my errands and get all my grocery shopping done on Mondays. BUT, from where we live it’s a half an hour to anywhere! So, now I do my grocery shopping after work on my way home. I don’t enjoy it as much. I’m tired. Michael is cranky and hungry by the time I get home and I don’t feel like cooking dinner after I’ve put groceries away. But it really does save me a lot of extra driving (and $$$ in the gas tank!) in the long run.
3) If I am cooking something in the oven I’ll try and make the most of it. As long as the oven is hot, I’ll cook a quick batch of cookies (the break and bake kind of course!) And I’ll cook larger portions to allow for leftovers which can be reheated in the microwave.
4) I run the spin cycle on the washer a couple of extra times to get more moisture out of the clothes to cut down on drying time in the clothes dryer. And fold clothes straight out of the dryer to cut down on wrinkles and ironing time.
5) We closed the heat vent and closed the door to the spare bedroom for the winter to conserve heating costs.
What ONE THING can you start doing today to make a difference?