I've always recycled and tried not to create too much garbage. Here in the country however I am finding that I want to do an even better job. We have to take our garbage to the dump personally, so laziness does play a role here. Let's be honest....more than one trip to the dump a month is just not going to happen. So....Here are things that I am doing to help the environment and our budget.
Some things I have done for a long time....some I am just starting.
Cloth Diapers ( Huge savings in the end)
Cloth Napkins ( I made some pretty cool ones)
Cloth Baby Wipes with a homemade soap solution
Cloth Boob Pads
Cloth Maxi Pads ( I know...but I'm doing laundy anyway.)
Oh...and I'm using natural Borax Bleach and Vinegars in my wash.
We compost all our organics and recycle everything we can. Especially fine paper
We reuse all our bags. Even milk bags.
I try not to buy products that contain too much packaging
I keep two bins and two cloth bags in our car for shopping.
I refuse bags at the store
I refuse those little bank receipts from the ATM
I use only enviro friendly dish soaps, and laundry soap. This is more expensive but since we are on a well I would rather watch what goes down my drain.
We use Ethanol Gas when we can and try to limit our trips to town
When we are in a drive through OR stopped at a stop light we turn off our ignition!!!!! Did you know that turning on your engine is equal to idling for 10secs?? So..if you are stopped for a minute turn off your engine!!!
We don't have an air conditioner.
In the winter we keep our home at 18C and wear sweaters.soon we are putting in an efficient wood burning stove.
We unplug everything when not in use. eg...computer screen, coffee maker. You would be surprised at the number of things with little lights that stay on when 'turned off'
We buy only energy efficient light bulbs. We bought a night light that lasts 100 000 hrs!!! That is 10 years! For 5 bucks that is a pretty good investment.
We try not to buy stuff that is mass produced in huge factories. Eg. Meat and plastic toys.
Any home improvements we try to do with environmentally friendly products or made from recycled materials. Again this one is not so good on the budget but worth it in the end.
Things I would do if we had the money
Run our home off Solar or Wind power
Own a Hybrid or Car that runs on vegetable oil
That's it. I'm sure I could come up with more. What are YOU doing for the environment and/or your budget?? Let me know!!