30 Ways in 30 Days: Read the Introduction
Day 1. - Evaluate Your Life...All Eyes on You! Set aside some time to evaluate how you are currently living and what type of footprint these decisions make...Tread Lightly.
Day 2. - Reduce...Just use less! Living more simply while purchasing and using less of everything will simplify your life.
Day 3. - Reuse...Give it another go!
Almost any product can be used for something else when the first use is complete so planning to use something afterwards helps make that happen.
Day 4. - Recycle...Turn it into another product! It is usually not convenient to recycle, but landfills are filling up and the environmental cost to replace the loss of a recyclable product is higher in the long-run.
Day 5. - Conserve Energy...Turn it off! We use more energy than we need; turning off electrical items when not in use and buying the highest efficiency units sold will help reduce energy use.
Day 6. - Transportation...Go Greener! Using your car less by walking, biking and taking carpools & public transportation more often creates less pollution.
Day 7. - Conserve Water....Use less at every opportunity! Try using lower water pressure, fix all pipe leaks, faucet drips, and running toilets while capturing your runoff & excess in the sink whenever possible.
Day 8. - Your Food...Choose more wisely! Eat less meat and choose more organic & locally grown food items, which will improve your health while lowering fat as it also helps the environment.
Day 9. - Green Thy Home...Lights & Insulation first! Check through each room of your dwelling to evaluate lights, windows and all electric items...especially water heaters.
Day 10. - Clothing...Organic & Hemp! When you buy new clothing, opt for organic options of cotton or the more durable hemp versions.
Day 11. - Fighting the Egregious Companies...Power of the Pocketbook!
Boycotting by not purchasing products or services from companies that have shown unscrupulous practices will change their practices.
Day 12. - Buy from Green Companies...Global Green! It is popular for companies to say they are green, but be sure to check that your purchases are from companies with proactive environmental programs not just great advertisements (termed greenwashing).
Day 13. - Green Car Switch...Go Diesel! Be sure to opt to drive higher mileage vehicles (no less than 30 mpg) and choose or seek out diesel versions when possible.
Day 14. - Cleaning & Skin Products...No Chemicals! Healthier natural cleaning products for the house & body perform as well or better than chemical based products and are now on retail shelves across the globe.
Day 15. - Drinking Water...No More Little Bottles! Begin to wean yourself away from the individual, daily-used plastic water bottles, and look for ways to limit plastic bottled beverages altogether.
Day 16. - Don't Pollute...It Travels! When out & about, if some packaging can't be held for recycling, be sure to keep it until it can be properly disposed of in a designated container. Pollution often ends up in our eco-system eventually.
Day 17. - Shopping Bags...Bring Your Own! Find a couple of heavy duty carry bags that you can bring to the store or take with you when you go shopping.
Day 18. - Junk Mail...Stop the Madness! Sign-up for a service to stop junk mail and contact your bank, insurance companies and all other regular bulk mailers asking them to stop.
Day 19. - Bulk Purchasing...Less waste! Minimize trips whenever possible by buying larger quantities of the most used products, and ask neighbors to coordinate shopping efforts.
Day 20. - Old Phones, Computers & Electronics...Donate or Recycle! Use technology products as long as they are useful, and donate or e-cycle them when you finally must replace them.
Day 21. - Hazardous Waste...Household & motor oil! If you use household/garage chemical products or change your own oil, be sure to properly store and dispose of these wastes as they are recyclable.
Day 22. - Your Work Place...Green Theme! All of the green home practices apply, but more importantly all businesses must take environmentally sound practices seriously.
Day 23. - Solar Power...Alternative Energy! Install solar panels wherever appropriate and encourage your community power generators to increase solar/wind energy capturing.
Day 24. - Vote Environmentally...Be Heard, Make a Difference! Doing your part is the most important first step, but working within the political system to push these concepts into logical legislation requires educated voting.
Day 25. - Recreation...Good Clean Fun! Outdoor activities often unnecessarily include motorized power that can be uncompromisingly replaced by eco-adrenaline enthusiasts through the power of nature itself!
Day 26. - Nature Calls...Concrete Jungle Escape! On as regular a schedule as possible, get out of the traffic, smog and concrete to enjoy some quality time around trees, blue skies, mountains, fields, water and fresh air.
Day 27. - Garden...As Fresh as it Gets! Home gardening allows you to enjoy the best tasting fruits/vegetables all year round in every regional setting.
Day 28. - Green Pet...Be Responsible! With the growing number of pets in the US alone, cat and dog owners must take ownership responsibly to include minimizing your pets' environmental impact. This applies whether or not you have a pet since you probably know someone who does.
Day 29. - Green Building & Teardowns...Before you Build! No matter how large or small the project, build it to be as efficient as possible and tear it down with parts intact.
Day 30 - Talk it Up...Live Proactively! Live as environmentally proactively as possible, and whenever afforded the opportunity, let those around you know what you are doing and why. This will help promote your efforts and minimize the number of people counteracting your admirable and noteworthy challenge.
YOU have the POWER!™