I love the saying: “Use it up, wear it out, make it do, or do without.” In an effort to minimize my impact on the planet, and to be more ecologically aware, I do all kinds of crazy things to recycle/repurpose/reuse. A few of my efforts:
–devoting time each day to moderate FreecycleIrvine
–using cloth diapers on my kids when they were babies
–maintaining 2 vermicomposting bins on my back porch. Shredding my junkmail and feedng it to the worms.
–buying much of our clothing from goodwill, patagonia, etc.
–recycling cans, packaging, etc
–adopting kitties from the local animal shelter
–buying produce from the famer’s market or organic items from Trader Joe’s
–maintaining a gianormous organic garden (weeding party, anyone?) and serving as the treasurer for the community garden council
–borrowing items instead of buying them. And loaning our stuff to others as needed, too.
–using both sides of printer/copier paper.
–trying not to patronize restaurants that waste food. And, not ordering more than I can/should eat.
–cleaning the house with plant-based products.
–giving gifts of time and love at holidays, instead of ‘stuff.’
–making household objects out of crocheted plastic bags
–bringing my own bags to the grocery store
–taking the train or bus when we travel instead of renting a car.
–wrapping gifts in re-used paper or in old roadmaps.
–making my own soap (laden with garden herbs).
[Note: I have ‘recycled’ this post by slightly modifying it for my ExponentBlog post]