It’d be nice, wouldn’t it? But in the meantime, I’m doing what I can.
Canvas bags at the supermarket.
Farmer’s market in season, rather than the supermarket.
No out-of-season fruits. (I draw the line at green beans and broccoli.)
Organic foods with no chemical fertilizers, as much as I can afford. Reevaluating what “afford” means.
Taking the T more to my doctor’s appointments downtown, instead of driving.
Dishtowels and cloth napkins, instead of paper towels and paper napkins.
Switching from Dawn to biodegradable dishwashing liquid.
Not flushing the toilet if it’s just pee and there’s no company coming over.
Fragrance free laundry detergent.
Fragrance free everything, as much as possible.
Unplugging the cell phone charger when the phone’s not plugged in.
Not buying processed food– I’ve been reading The Omnivore’s Dilemma, and Pollan’s account of the amount of fossil fuels needed to make the nitrogen fertilizer to grown the corn to be processed into additives to be packaged into cardboard and plastic made from petroleum to be shipped by semi-truck to the supermarket, is truly horrifying.
Hats in bed at night in the winter, instead of leaving the heat up.
No heat before Nov. 1.
No heat over 70F, ever. Our (ok, my) sweatshirts get a real workout all winter.
The dryer on sturdy permanent press, the middle heat setting. A little dampness never killed anyone.
Cold water washes.
Walks within walking distance, not driving. (I admit this is the one I am most likely to fail.)
Making my lunch rather than buying it and throwing away the packaging.
Not buying coffee, but just making it at work into my brought-from-home-mug.
Shade grown coffee.
Using my mug and my water glass at work, instead of paper cups.
Same thing with a plate, bowl, knife, and fork at lunchtime.
Recycling my dry cleaning hangers– most cleaners will take them back, and if not, ask your recycling guy during the next pickup. Boston recycles the metal and paper hangers, though not the plastic covers.
Reuse the plastic bags from the supermarket for your CSA share veggies.
Recycle your plastic supermarket bags if your town accepts them, or take them back to the store for re-use or placement in their recycling bins.
More water from the Brita filter, less soda.
Please add your tips and tricks in comments, if you are so moved.
Duh, I forgot to add Compact Flourescent Lightbulbs. Thanks, Magpie, for the reminder. We are about half-compliant– as our old regular bulbs die, we put in the CFLs. I do, however, keep a few task lamps with full spectrum bulbs in them.