Baby steps to living green
Being more environmentally friendly doesn't have to be hard or expensive. Probably, if your grandmother did it 50 years ago, it is green and frugal. Just look through this list and see what you can do now. Don't try to do it all at once. Don't go and throw out all of your other products unless they are a health concern. It is better to just use up what you have now, and buy the greener products when you run out. This is just a very concise list. I will be going over it in detail at the Green Talk on Saturday, July 4, 2010.
vinegar baking soda
put bubble wrap on windows to insulate them link buy an insulating blaket for water heater
wear clothes more than once (within reason!) use cold water to wash clothes buy a drying rack link
reuse cooking water to water plants
Plumbing (clogged drains)
baking soda followed by boiling water baking soda followed by vinegar
reuse shopping bags as packing material. use several to wrap up breakables.
Use local vegetable oil based soaps, no plastic
Baking soda and hydrogen peroxide
Oil cleansing method link
Virgin Coconut oil
Menstrual cup link
Olive Oil, Coconut Oil (not to be used with latex)
Biodegradable litter (Corn or wheat cat litter)
shredded paper for small critters (or as packing material)
recycle boxes for small pets
borax catnip hedgeapples
bay leaves lavendar
Drive less than or equal to the speed limit. DON'T SPEED! Saves gas, less pollution.
Buy food in bulk and bring your own containers
You can do this at Earth Fare. Take your containers to customer service for them to weigh it first, so they don't charge you
Buy local, farmers markets
Compost leftovers. Do not compost meat or dairy. Eggshells are fine.
Eat less meat. Eat sustainably.
List of essential supplies
apple cider vinegar
extra virgin olive oil
virgin coconut oil
not refined, bleached, deodorized, or hydrogenated
buy used whenever possible!
Safety guide to cosmetics and personal care products cosmeticsdatabase.com
Natural Insect Pest Control eartheasy.com
Buy used craigslist.org