Vegetarian diet, with the exception of Salmon once in a while.
NO MORE plastic bags… EVER! I don’t even use those produce bags. I bring my own bags from bread loafs and cereal boxes. They work JUST AS WELL!
NO paper cups… EVER!
NO bottled water… EVER!
I simply refuse to by those stupid “convenience” food items that are wrapped in plastic and then wrapped in cardboard. Why does everything have to come in layers of packages???
I use a menstrual cup during my cycle. I bought it a year ago and I can’t imagine going back to disposable cotton products. It’s sooooo much cheaper too!
NO disposable diapers for my son. He uses about 4-5 a month when he goes to Grandma’s… that’s it.
I turn off the water when brushing my teeth. This goal was hard to complete because I hated the sound of brushing so the water helped. What a DUMB reason to leave the water running!!!
I use baking soda, borax, vinegar and Oxyclean to clean my apartment.
I recycle 95% of my paper and all my #1 and #2 plastics, and of course glass and metal too. I hate finding plastic that has a non-recyclable code on them.
Goals I am working on but not yet completed:
Taking shorter showers. I am down to about 8 or 9 minutes but even if I can’t shorten them any further I could at least turn the water off for a couple of minutes each time.
I have to phase out my stupid junk mail. I do recycle it, but that’s not good enough. I have to prevent the crap from getting to my mailbox in the first place! I did it before and I didn’t get junk mail for about 2 years. I need to make that phone call again :)
Turning the lights off and unplugging appliances. I’ve gotten MUCH better but I still slip up once in a while. I never unplug my cell phone or computer charger either, and I SHOULD!!!
I don’t always buy locally. Until at least November, I should be hitting the Farmers’ Markets more often.
I still use paper towels. Although I re-use them a lot by rinsing them out, the fact that I use them instead of rags is not a good choice at all.
Long term goals include buying a house with:
Energy efficient appliances, like clothes washer, fridge and dishwasher.
Dual-flush toilet that I already looked into and got prices on.
CLOTHES LINE!!! I would LOVE to hang out my clothes to dry :)
Veggie garden, so I don’t have to drive the the store as much. It also reduces oil use via transporting the produce.
Compost bin with worms so they can go poop in my garden :P
Finally, to raise my son with a sense of environmental awareness. One of the best things I can do is to not glorify consumerism and fast food, including OVER PACKAGED stuff like Lunchables. I HATE those single serving items with a passion! It’s usually half landfill-cluttering trash, half food.