Day 42 of Becoming an Asset to Our Planet
Every day is a new chance to make sure supplies and natural resources will be maintained for our kids, for the future. There are so many small things to do every day to do a little bit better. In Environmental Science for Dummies there are tips on how to live more sustainable and today I will make an effort to do one extra thing to follow these.
- Reduce household energy use.
Today I will not use the drier for the laundry. I’ll use our outdoor laundry line. If I do the laundry in the morning everything will be dry by the evening anyway instead of trying to do it all in a few hours at night. Less stressful too, win-win!
- Eat locally.
This is not a hard one really but it takes some thinking. Since I do most of my shopping online, I get a little annoyed that I cannot select local goods easily. Today I bought eggs and strawberries from a local farmer.
- Dispose with disposables.
Disposables in the form of paper napkins is what I’ll tackle today. Now they are replaced by cloth at home. The cloth napkins I had for ages, they came from my grandmother. Feels great to start using them as they are supposed to be used.
- Plant seeds.
Some of the herbs we need for all year will be planted today and then put into the freezer. I’ve been thinking of this for so long but never got around to it.
I’ve been to the recycle station this morning with paper, plastic, metal, and glass. I need to do this every other week. Even though I try to cut down on our packaging of foods this is what we still create. Less than before, but way too much.
- Resell and donate items.
The clothes too small for the kids were donated today to charity.
- Drink from the tap.
We only drink tap water. But when I was asked to bring soft drinks to a midsummer party next weekend I got a bit stuck. How could I do this without buying drinks? I found the perfect solution! I’ve made elderflower lemonade from our elderflower in the garden. Then we add tap water and ice to it when we get to the party.
- Save water.
We have water saving taps and toilets in our house. The thing we need to do is to adopt our garden to a drier climate. We have plants not tolerating the dry summers we have now. We need to have other plants that can thrive without us watering so much. Today I’ll start the change in our garden.
- Rely less on your car.
This is a tricky one. We do not live as convenient as we could have. We need to use the car for the kids’ activities and to get to our jobs. Today I have at least replaned my meetings to reduce a little bit of driving.
- Purchase fair-trade products.
I haven’t considered fair-trade as something working particularly for the environment. When seeing this tip I read a little bit more about the fair-trade marking we have here in Sweden. Environmental concern is one part of their requirements. Today I chose coffee after the Fairtrade mark. Turns out we’ve been buying fair-trade coffee for some time without thinking about it. Great!
It is so easy to get caught up in everything we are not doing. I think it is important to feel great about the efforts we have done today! This turned out to be a great day even if my family doesn’t have those solar panels I’d like to have yet!
I hope we continue this journey to become an asset to the planet together! I look forward to see your comment on this blog!
Take care of yourself, each other and our planet.
About the ”To Become an Asset to Our Planet” blog
I’m sure you already are all too aware of the state of our planet today. If you are like me you are tired of excuses both from politicians not taking the necessary actions and from yourself taking the road of least resistance. We have the knowledge of our destructive behavior and the tools to change this.
In my family we done small alterations over the years but nothing drastic. This all changed when I started this blog. I think we have all the solutions we need available right in front of us. I started using the solutions and concepts available to create a lifestyle where my family and I become an asset to this planet. We started out with the great concept of zero waste and ban plastic, important things all of us can start with today. Now I’d like to know where to find good options for everyday life. Innovative companies that I can use as my new suppliers of the things we need as a family every day!
If you would like to follow our journey from the very first day this is the first blog post on this journey:
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