Tips and Tricks to Live More Sustainably
10 Wonderful suggestions from Paula
1. When picking out produce at the grocery store don’t use the thin plastic bags they have available on a roll. Just put it in your cart.
2. If you know someone that has chickens save your egg cartons for them. They may reward you in eggs every so often. You also could bring them to farmers at farmers markets. The same holds true for little berry boxes and containers that small tomatoes come in. Or you can reuse those small containers to organize drawers or a desk.
3. Many types of food come in packages that have a zip lock on them. After the food has been used save those packages for leftovers or to take food for lunch while at work. They can be used over and over again.
4. Store leftovers in glass covered baking dishes or reusable plastic.
5. Donate used toys, clothes and household items to a local thrift store.
6. Many times there are reasonably intact items put at the curb for trash pick-up. These items still have a lot of life in them. Putting items at the curb a day or two before trash pick-up with a “free” sign attached encourages others to take items and use them without them being wasted in a land fill. This could really be a blessing for those in need.
7. If you know someone that composts work out what types of things they put into their pile. You can contribute your grass clippings and food peels to help them. They will probably share some of their compost with you as well.
8. Allow a portion or all of your grass to grow wild. Make a pretty sign that says, “These are not weeds, we are feeding the bees!” Then protect those insects by not spraying any chemicals .
9. Instead of sharing cookies at Christmastime or in addition to, as a family project, build mason bee houses or birdhouses to give to neighbors, friends and family. It is a gift that gives over and over again. Plans for easy projects can be obtained from the internet.
10. Check to see if your area has an organization that teaches people bicycle maintenance and rewards them with a bike of their own. They accept old bicycles and parts to use in their program. When a bike is no longer needed or broken beyond repair you can bless someone that doesn’t have a bike by donating to this type of organization.
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