It’s kinda funny, I’m not one for New Year’s resolutions, but for some reason Earth Day seems to bring out the best in me. We do pretty well so far, and to be honest most of it is second-nature now, and at the end of the day it makes me really happy.
More than a piece of trash – Thankfully we have mandatory recycling and composting, so this part is easy.
Landing strip – All of our lamps and electronics are plugged into power strips so that we can turn-off the strip when we’re done in a certain section of the house. Most electronics still pull small currents even when they are not in use, so this adds up when you consider how many things are always plugged in. It’s nice too…I just use my foot to switch of the power; save a little wear-and-tear on the back and knees. A stretch, I know, but this is a good one and I want you to try it!
Twice as nice – I’ve mentioned before that I usually wash all of our produce as soon as I get home. My trusty salad spinner and a large bowl are my staples for the washing process, so instead of streaming water constantly I’ll do a few batches in the bowls and take the dirty water out to the porch to water the plants.
Bag lady no-more – I’ve gotten so good at using my reusable bags that we’re often out of a good paper bag when we need it for random things around the house. Not a bad problem to have though.
Slow food – I can’t help it, I’m a farmer’s market ho! Local and sustainably raised food goes so far in leaving a greener footprint.
Now for the things that I hope to incorporate into my daily routine:
One day off – We usually end up having a vegetarian/vegan day sometime during the week anyway, but adding an official day regularly will go a long way in saving water, grain, livestock/poultry/fish, antibiotics, fuel, soil, and more. A lot accomplished in a single day, once a week, over the course of a year! I’m really excited for this one.
Pull the plug – Somehow my cell phone charger is the one plug (not on a power strip)that I can’t remember to pull when I’m done. I just need to get this to register in my brain; maybe now that I’ve written it down it’ll actually stick.
Beam me up – I’d love to figure out another way to get around instead of always using the car. I’d like to get a bike to run more errands, but the hills and traffic in the city are not great for the casual biker. For now I’ll continue to walk whenever possible.
In and out – Oh how I try to hop in and out of the shower! This one’s tough since I sometimes use a nice hot shower to warm up. (My sweetie’s almost too good at monitoring the heater.)
What about you, do you have any Earth Day resoultions?
[image via NASA. The most detailed image of Earth to date, taken by the Terra satellite orbiting 435 miles above our surface.]
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