Tips for a Greener Lifestyle
Changing your lifestyle to be more sustainable can seem daunting without helpful tips, advice, and support. Sustainability is a way of life that considers the health and longevity of our environment, society and economy. Altering our lifestyles to become more environmentally conscious helps to build stronger communities, save money, and improve the longevity of our limited resources.
Fun and innovative ideas for living life a little more sustainably.
- Kick the plastic addiction:
Single-serve items - bottled water, food storage containers, and plastic bags - are all easily eliminated plastic items
- Unjunk your mail box:
Opt out of credit card offers, cancel your weekly shopping flyer, cancel cataloges
- Grow your own herbs:
Store-bought herbs are often individually packaged in plastic. Added bonus: grow them organically.
- Reduce vehicle idling:
10 seconds of idling wastes more fuel than restarting. 2 minutes of idling = 1 mile of driving
- Love your tap water:
Plastic water bottles often end up as landfill waste. Carry a reusable bottle
- Reevaluate waste:
The 3Rs and you - Reduce, Reuse, Recycle, and Upcycle your waste
- Shoes, Wheels, or wings:
Your travel style matters. Learn about alternative transportation options available to you.
- Eat local food:
Support your local community with your purchasing power.
- Make your waste work for you:
Compost your food scraps. Added bonus: use worms!
- Think outside of the gift-wrapped box:
Give meaningful rather than material gifts. e.g. Go to a concert together, give to charity, try a "buy nothing" holiday season.
Footprint CalculatorsYour "footprint" refers to the damaging impact you have on the environment around you. Here are some online tools to help you determine your footprint and strategize ways to minimize it. To learn more about what
- How many planets does your lifestyle require? Learn about your ecological impact.
- How much carbon does your household produce? Learn about carbon and consider offsetting your impact.
- How many workers does it take to support your lifestyle? Learn more about social sustainability.