Embrace your inner caveman and avoid delivery pizza: Make a true effort to engage in the process of preparing and eating meals. Leave your car in the garage and cook seasonally1 and simply at home. Buy locally—–and buy in bulk, if possible, to help eliminate packaging waste.
As a goal, limit yourself to one trash bag a week for your household.2 Between comprehensive recycling and composting, you can get there.
Take a hard look at your kitchen. If your appliances are over the hill, replace them with Energy Star appliances.3
Still drinking bottled water?
Shame on you, Earth-hater. Install an undersink or faucet-mounted water filtration system and drink up.
- Avoid roasting a pig in August, for instance.
- While we’re talking about bags, be sure to get reusable shopping bags. When a cashier asks if you want paper or plastic, look at them quizzically.
- And, by the way, do you really need an in-sink garbage disposal? Really? Even the word sounds unsustainable. Try composting the food waste instead.