What are your neighbors doing to care for the environment?
We asked you to tell us what you're doing to care for the planet. Here are some of your great responses:
From Sara H. in Titusville, NJ
I pick up other people's recyclables when I am at an event. I take as many as I can out of trashcans and on the floor and take them home to recycle. People look at me funny but I don't care. When I take a walk/run in the park near me, I also so the same thing. I sometimes remember to bring a bag with me so I can collect more.
I just started asking restaurants for a piece of paper or foil to take home my leftovers in. They try to push their styrofoam boxes, of course, to make it easier on them, but I tell them no thanks because those boxes are not good for the earth and are not yet recyclable. Some waiters look at me funny and aren't helpful, but most are impressed that I care. I have put a tupperware container in the back of my car now so that I can just bring that in to the restaurant if I need to bring leftovers home.
When I am eating out anywhere, if I do buy a juice in a bottle, or other item, I ask them if they recycle their bottles. If they say no, I either take it with me or choose something else.
The other easy thing I do is keep 6 re-usuable bags in the trunk, so that when I grocery shop I use them. Two of the bags are the stretchy net kind, so they're good to hold lighter and bulky things like cereal boxes, and stuff like that. The other four fold up very small and do not take any room up in my trunk.
In September I switched from a SUV to a very small car called a Yaris which gets 39 mpg. I also plan my trips and errands as wisely as possible so that if I am in an area one day in a given week, I think what else I may accomplish in that area that day instead of going back and forth several times.
I do many other things, but I'll just include one more. I try to save water as much as possible. I turn the water off when brushing my teeth and that alone saves a bunch of water.
Educating others in a gentle way and continuing to learn more about earth saving ideas myself is probably the most important thing to do.
From Ruth S. in Needham, MA
Hello there at Pure Pro!
I love this planet in oh so many ways. The latest thing I did was purchase at Shaklee Get Clean starter kit. There products are super concentrated and the consumer adds their own water. It cuts down on packaging waste in landfills, saves the consumer money, and the company plant is green which helps eliminated greenhouse gas emissions.
Also, I don't use stores bags when I shop, I bring my own reusable ones and I recycle anything that can be recycled.
Great topic and it was great to meet you at AMTA annual meeting. Great presentation!
Much Light, Ruth
From Christine S. in Bend, OR
1. I participate in community supported agriculture thru my local farmers market
2. I bring re usable containers to my local health food store to stock up on bulk items, everything from oats, to Dr. Bronner's soap.
3. For the month of April I am giving a $10 discount on all massages to clients who use alternative transportation to their appointment
From Mary R. in Carrboro, NC
What I've been doing here in Carrboro, North Carolina...where we've been experiencing severe drought conditions since last summer, is the following:
I keep a large bucket in my bathtub, and before I take a shower as I wait for the water to get hot, I collect the cold water in the bucket. By dumping just half the bucket into the toilet bowl from about 3 feet above, I can flush the toilet.
Of course I can also use the water for the plants outside.
From Kim B. in Duvall, WA
I don't know how unique you will find these ideas, but here they are.
I only use all natural products in my massage practice. Synthetics are so 90's.
All of our food scraps and yard waste are passed onto the chickens and goats. Their "scraps" make great fertilizer for our garden. Plus we get tasty eggs and a four-legged weed whacker to boot!
We also make our own cleaning products for the house out of edible/ingestible items already in the pantry.
Next month my car gets mothballed and I will start to bike to work several days a week.
Small changes, but healthy for all of us!
From Donna M. in Knoxville, TN
On Sunday, April 20, I will be walking "an extra mile for the planet". You walk one mile for yourself and one mile for the planet, meditating good things for mother earth. It's being held in a neighborhood park and we hope lots of people join us.
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