Things You Can Do

  • When you eat:
    • Choose chicken over beef, eat meat-free
    • Buy organic and local, grow your own
    • Ask for no straws, bring your own stainless straw
    • Use a reusable bottle instead of plastic single-use bottles
    • Buy foods in bulk with your own containers, use your own shopping bag
    • Bring your own container to restaurants so you can skip the Styrofoam
    • Don’t waste food – food waste that decomposes in landfills releases methane, a greenhouse gas that is 28 times more potent than carbon dioxide!
      • Compost your kitchen scraps (no meat or oils), newspaper, tea bags, and dried leaves (aim for a roughly ½ green, ½ brown mix… green=produce scraps, brown=dried leaves, newspaper, tea bags/coffee) 
      • Give your plants used coffee grinds, bury banana peels next to fruit trees
  • Use vinegar (white or apple cider):
    • Instead of weed killer, use diluted white vinegar or boil water and pour on the pesky weeds  
    • Use vinegar and water with old newspapers to clean windows and mirrors
    • Use vinegar instead of bleach in your laundry
    • Use vinegar to wash your produce
    • Do a 20 minute daily foot bath of ½ vinegar, ½ water to cure athletes foot
  • Use energy wisely: 
    • Change to LED light bulbs
    • Unplug electronics when not in use (power strips are very handy for this!)
    • Wash clothes in cold or warm (not hot) water and hang dry clothes
    • Use a programmable thermostat
    • Look for Energy Star label when buying new appliances
    • Get solar – no $ down lease options, California rebates if own
  • Consume less, waste less
    • Turn off the water while you are brushing your teeth
    • Put a bucket in your kitchen sink then use water to water plants (they love the pieces of food scraps!).  Have a pitcher ready for water when you turn on the tap and are waiting for the hot water.
    • Reduce and reuse, give useful items away instead of placing in the trash
    • Before recycling, rinse items of food debris (the recycle facility may reject recyclables if they are covered in food)
    • Buy bamboo/recycled products when available
  • Green your commute: 
    • Use public transportation or ride-share
    • Get exercise - walk or ride a bike
    • Switch to an electric/hybrid vehicle
    • Fly less (or purchase carbon offsets for travel)