Every now and then, it’s good to zoom out and look at the big picture. Quit focusing on the details of every day and take a few moments to analyze where you’ve come from, how far you’ve come or how you’ve done. It’s empowering to affect more change, if you desire it.
I decided to look at the 40,000 miles above earth view and remember the things that I do to live out my mission — “In Honor of Planet Earth”. Admittedly, I still struggle with my plastic-holic habits and remembering to unplug small appliances, but most of these shades, i.e., choices, have become a welcome way of life. The last one is the most important!
Here’s a list of my 50 shades –the green kind. They represent more sustainable choices in my environmental quest, and I welcome you to do the same if you aren’t already:
» Cut off my engine in car line.
» Flush less — I don’t like this one, but we do try to let “yellow be.”
» Don’t run the water when I’m brushing my teeth (old habits die hard).
» Unplug small appliances to avoid phantom electricity use.
» Take quick showers and turn off the water when shaving.
» Use no pesticides in my yard.
» Use glass storage for leftovers.
» Use less plastic in general.
» Avoid harsh cleaning products.
» Use linen napkins.
» Drink from reusable water bottles, not plastic water bottles.
» Use toothpaste with no fluoride.
» Drink high pH level water.
» Petition against my hometown water department to remove fluoride.
» Support local green initiatives as well as global issues.
» Use cotton and linen rather than manmade fabrics.
» Enjoy my bamboo towels, sheets and ceiling fan.
» Recycle everything possible.
» Collect batteries for hazardous waste day.
» Collect electronics for hazardous waste day.
» Donate to thrift shops or consignment stores (reuse).
» Use personal care products free from parabens and formaldehyde.
» Use 100 percent pure essential oils medicinally before trying prescriptions and over-the-counter meds.
» Eat organic when possible.
» Shop at local farmers market.
» Never litter.
» Pick up other peoples litter on occasion.
» Walk in the rain.
» Keep healthy houseplants to help our home’s indoor air quality.
» Change HVAC filters quarterly.
» Invest in renewable energy.
» Feed the birds.
» Don’t smoke.
» Literally hug a tree.
» Visit landmark trees when traveling.
» Turn off lights.
» Save and eat leftovers.
» Use only soy candles.
» Use wall dryer balls with essential oils in lieu of toxic dryer sheets.
» Don’t buy it unless I really need it or love it.
» Limit TV to about an hour or so a day (except Panther game days).
» Open the windows and let the fresh air in.
» Talk it up! Share research, tips that help me can help others.
» Use no aerosol spray cans.
» Make my own hairspray with natural products.
» Buy more products Made in the USA.
» Embrace nature each day and catch every sunrise or sunset possible.
» Teach children to do 1-49.
~ Verde Mom