Since I have become kind of obsessed with composting, it seems appropriate to acknowledge Earth Day. I’m glad that it is becoming hip again to celebrate it. In the Dark Ages (a.k.a. the Bush Years) interest in saving the planet seemed to wane.
Now in the Age of Enlightenment (a.k.a. the Obama Era), people seem to more engaged in doing something about protecting the only home we have. I’m glad to see that reusable bags are becoming the norm at most stores and that recycling is common place.
Here are a few of the things I do to help lower my carbon footprint. (Or as Dave would say, my cabron footprint.)
Dave and I have two vehicles. We mostly drive our Mazda 3 hatchback and we carpool 99% of the time. We work at the same place, so that makes it easy.
Okay, we just started composting this week, but I’m thrilled that we’ll be creating less waste and methane.
We sort our trash into compost, recycle and trash
- Cloth napkins
We have a stack of cloth napkins that we use instead of paper.
- Energy Saving Appliances
We always buy Energy Saving Appliances. We’ve had a front load washer for more than a decade.
- Vegetarian Diet
We’ve been vegetarians for almost 20 years. Not eating meat has a huge environmental impact. It benefits the planet, the animals and your health. It’s win-win-win!
- Reusable grocery bags
I have a collection of bags including some ultra-thin bags from Envirosax and Flip and Tumble which are easy to carry around.
- Compact Fluorescent Light Bulbs
We use these wherever possible. I replaced our first one a few months ago. It lasted 6 years!
There is an elegant Carbon Footprint Calculator that can help you determine how you are doing and gives you tip on what you can do better. Can I do better? You betcha! My Carbon Footprint is 19 and the national average is 53. However, I’m still a bit off from the World Average of 11. (This is based on a two person household.)
We are so fortunate to live on such a beautiful planet. We need to remember that we are just visiting and we need to leave it in the same or better state for future generations.