SUSTAINABLE PRACTICES FOR THE HOME & OFFICE
The road to integrating sustainable or “green” changes into your life begins with the first step. Once you are ready and begin to put intentions, questions, and actions into motion, shifts in awareness and habit will naturally begin to happen. One by one, step by step, bite by bite, decision by decision. You have already started the process by arriving on this page…
• Choose the path of less packaging. Be mindful of packaging, and when possible, choose items that generate the least amount of waste that might end up in the landfill.
• Reuse bags. Bring bags from your stockpile at home for reuse whenever you go shopping. This includes ALL shopping excursions whether for groceries, clothing, office products, or even books.
• Support your local farmers. Know where your food comes from. Buy local, and when possible, organic. If you can, get to know your farmers. (They’re really cool people!)
• Consolidate errands made by car. With a little pre-planning, you can save precious time, gas, and money by scheduling errands more effectively.
• Use recycled paper. When it’s time to restock the paper products in your home or office – copy paper, tissues, toilet paper, etc. – purchase those with a high percentage of post-consumer recycled content.
• Change to CFLs. Install CFLs (compact fluorescent lamps) in your most frequently used light fixtures. Then, as the rest of your standard bulbs go out, replace them with CFLs. And when your CFLs need replacing nine years from now, check with your local waste management department for information about how to dispose of them properly.
• Choose low toxic and/or biodegradable cleaning products. In addition to being gentle to the environment, they are also gentle on you and your family.
• Dispose of universal waste properly. In the most simple terms, keep batteries out of the landfill and avoid pouring expired medication down the drain! Contact your municipal waste management facility to find where and how to dispose of toxins – otherwise known as those things that make you pause before and after dropping them into the waste basket.
• Invest in a reusable mug. If you regularly purchase coffee or tea on your way to, fro, and between places, acquire a reusable mug and remember to carry it around with you. You know, just like you remember to carry your wallet and your keys and your cellphone…
• Use cloth instead of paper. Cloth napkins and towels can be used and washed over and over and over…
• Choose quality over quantity. When making purchases (be they new or used items), try to be mindful of the choices you make. Consider opting for those that are well-made in styles that are versatile and can last a long time.
• Eliminate unwanted junk mail. In addition to preventing unwanted paper that can lead to clutter into your home, reducing mail leaves you more time for other things!
• Use rechargeable batteries. Among other household tools and gadgets, digital cameras exhaust batteries. In the long run, rechargeable batteries are a cost-effective and eco-wise solution over single-use disposables.
• Reduce, reuse, refuse (as in just say “no”), recycle…and rot (as in compost). As a general practice, be mindful of your consuming and disposing ways. Try to divert as much from landfill as possible so as a planet, we can avoid reaching “landfull”.