I’m not your stereotypical “save the earth” kind of girl. You may not be either. In fact, I bet that most of my friends and family don’t even realize that I have an interest in eco-friendly and green items, let alone enough passion to blog about them.
But here we are on Earth Day. Now, without the help of my trusty Google, I’m going to confess that I have no bloody idea what Earth Day means, or why today is any different than any other day (and my curiosity will cause me to look that up later!). At least it’s an opportunity to raise awareness of the steps we can take to set ourselves on a better path than what we’re on.
So I thought I would do my part. After all, it’s my belief that by being healthier, we are already taking a positive step towards greening our lives.
First of all, we can all take steps to green our lives. Evolution, not revolution people (and anyone who’s ever worked with me has probably heard me say this a lot!). A bunch of little steps can sure add up, and are much easier to implement in our everyday lives than huge changes. Of course, some things have more impact than others…..but I’m not going there today. Remember, my job is to help you make it easier.
Here are my suggestions for some simple steps you can take today.
- Only buy what you need. Sounds easy, right? Not so much. Think about how much food you throw out in a week, and how that adds up over time. The easiest way to only buy what you need is to plan your meals, make your list, and shop to your list. I haven’t thrown out any food in over 3 weeks (and my veggies were ALWAYS going bad)!
- Reduce your use of pre-packaged and processed foods. Packaging and processing takes energy – eating whole foods still takes energy, but has less waste and less processing. For example, instead of buying pre-packaged lettuce (which always goes bad before I can eat it), buy a head of lettuce, spend 10 minutes putting it through a salad spinner and store in a plastic container in the fridge. You’ll have salad for a week, and I guarantee it will last longer than the pre-packaged stuff. And after the report of what’s in those bags, just looking at them grosses me out! Seriously, if you want to stop buying them, click on the link. Blech.
- Buy local when you can. I love the idea of the 100 mile diet but that sounds time consuming! At least buy local when you can and include a seasonal fruit and vegetable in your weekly meal plan. Here’s a list of what’s in season in Ontario.
- Visit farmer’s markets. It’s almost that time! I love the farmer’s market, and there are a couple of really great ones near me. The food tastes so much better when it’s fresh from the farm! Here’s a list of the local Toronto farmer’s markets.
- We use a toaster oven instead of the oven quite frequently for smaller dishes. A toaster oven takes less energy, so you save.
- BBQ. Summer is almost here, and you can cook a whole meal, complete with veggies on the BBQ. I’m going to have to get busy and explore some new BBQ recipes!
- Walk more. When you can, leave the car at home and use your feet. Plus it’s great exercise!
- Let’s face it, there are days where you don’t have time to cook. Why not visit your local restaurant for take-out rather than getting delivery? Many restaurants offer discounts on take-out, and charge delivery fees. So it’s cheaper too! Walk there and get even more benefit!
- Those produce bags at the grocery store seem like such a waste to me. I always throw them out as soon as we get home as I find food spoils in them easily. These Credo mesh bags are reusable, so no more plastic bags. Yes, they do cost money, but this is one place where I don’t mind.
I’m just about to go out to Pure + Simple to buy my skin cream. Everything there is all natural, and I have been using their products for over a year. They have a promo on today – if you get to their store in an eco-friendly way (walk, bike, TTC), you get 25% off their products. I’ve been out of moisturizer and waiting for over a week to go!
Then I’m going to add a post on how to green your dog (not literally).
What did you do today for the planet?