Can you do this? Our Sunday School Class came up with 28 Planet Friendly Challenges for Creationtide. Read your book, do your crafts or, even, practice some yoga.
If you have a spotless yard we are absolutely positive there will be some trash somewhere for you to turn your attention to.
This one should be pretty easy - find one thing to recycle and recycle it. Recycling will not cure the world's problems on its own, but it is a step in the right direction.
This should be so easy and yet..... If they are in the car and you forget consider taking things out loose and packing outside. If it's raining, try next time.
Oooh, what will it be? Low hanging fruit - reuse a Ziplock Bag, cut up that old cotton t-shirt and use it as cleaning rags, us the inside of a toilet roll to keep unused electrical cords tidy and, apparently. newspaper wadded up in stinky shoes makes them smell good as new. Someone who has a paper paper can verify that.
You can still compost, even if you do not have a yard. Look up @compostingsollective on Facebook. They give you the bucket and instructions.
shhh, don't tell anyone, but the bin stores and even the thrift stores have really nice bottles at a fraction of the price. If you have a bottle and it has gone gucky at the bottom - try this trick. Put a tablespoon of vinegar and a teaspoon of uncooked plain old rice, put the lid on and shake. Curiously satisfying. Wash it out well. It works with those coffee cups with the valves on top as well.
You can support local farmers in several ways. You can buy local - we have a great Farmer's Market. If that is not for you, perhaps you can look at where the fruits and veggies you buy are coming from. Mostly they will not be quite as local but you can aim to buy from the Southeastern States - supporting our regions economy and reducing pollution in transporting our food.
Did you know that the fashion industry is responsible for 8-10% of global emissions. Disposable fashion is the sort of fashion which switches every few months - it is terrible for the planet. Recycling clothes is an important first step to reducing the carbon footprint caused by what we wear.
If you are an online shopper you may well be saving some emissions because goods are not delivered to stores and you do not drive to get them. But how quickly do you need that pencil? Can you wait until you have a few more things on the order, cutting down on deliveries.
Yep, sorry meat lovers, it is better for you and the planet. Meat production means animals and animals emit methane which is not good for the environment. There are a host of other issues around meat and social justice but lets stick with cow gas and your health.
Easy to understand but harder to get around to.
Think a few days out and plan your driving trips. The price of gas might have done this for you already but you can keep it going for the planet.
This one is hard in Shelby as cycling is kinda dangerous and things are a long way apart. If you are somewhere where you do have the option, consider taking it.
Don't but it unless you need it. Try not buying anything except essentials for a month, or a week. That includes those drive thrus,.
Synthetic fibers are made from plastics which do not biodegrade. Of course, natural fibers are often more expensive so, perhaps, start small. Choose one thing which you would like to own in cotton, wool or another natural fiber and see if you can get there - no hurry.
If you do need new appliances go for energy efficient ones. They often cost a bit more up front but pay for themselves over time. Oh, and, they are better for the planet.
Some of these challenges are about noticing what we are doing. Sure, of you have kids, mud and sports you will not always be able to time your loads perfectly. But, is there anything you can change? How about getting an old fashioned washing pole or line outside for small loads?
We have Fall air and you can wear a sweater again outside. Enjoy!
Look around and see what questions you want answered. As you must have a phone in your hand or a computer in front of you, Google away.
Can you wash some of your dishes by hand so you can save running the dishwasher quite so often.
Can you have a zero tolerance policy for disposable cups and plates? They are difficult to recycle because they have food on them or the plastic coating on some does not break down.
Leaving your grass a bit longer saves energy but also allows it to grow more naturally. If you are feeling very adventurous, allocate a part of your lawn to growing a meadow. Find native seeds to plant and native plants for your borders as these support the local ecosystem.
Houseplants improve indoor air quality. The Washington Post earlier in the year reported that spending even 10 minutes a day in a room with houseplants could improve mood and psychological well being. If you are already maxed out on houseplants, why not gift on to a friend.?
In the summer there are plenty of choices for fresh fruit and veggies and they are usually cheaper than in the dead of winter. Try your hand at canning or, if that is too much, think about freezing a few tubs of seasonal veggies There are plenty of instructions on the internet for this.
Grab a sandwich and get outside. Take a walk in a local park. You don't have to go crazy big, just find somewhere pretty and enjoy it for a bit.
There are plenty of opportunities to make outside space better for everyone. Perhaps you could offer to help in a local garden you know about or you could contact your local master gardeners group and ask where there are gardens which need help. You might just want to gather some friends and go and clean up an area - just check with the landowner.