- Change all your bills to paperless statements and pay them online.
- Recycle. Some people don't, it's very weird.
- Public transport is king (yes, ugh, but cheaper and stuff) or get a bike or 'carpool'.
- Buy food and clothing with as little packaging as possible - you don't need a plastic bag for two apples, or to get your flowers wrapped in paper and plastic, or to have your new knickers wrapped in tissue and then put in a paper bag, pretty as it might be. And vintage clothes...
- Buy local and in-season food. Berryfruit flown in from Chile isn't in season in winter. That's why a packet of blueberries costs $9. You're not meant to eat them then.
- Turn your lights off when you're not in the room, and use eco-bulbs.
- Turn your computer off when you're not using it, and don't use the drier. It's summer.
- Buy the Big Idea. Way more interesting than Grazia and the same price. And you know, wouldn't you rather you were feeding someone than lining the ACP coffers?
- Eat more vegetarian meals. Healthy, cheaper and better for the planet.
- Try replacing some environmentally friendly products, like skincare, cleaning products and clothing. We like Dr Hauschka, Jurlique, Living Nature, Evolu, MOP haircare, B.E.E cleaning products.
- No-one likes a preachy bitch - these are just suggestions and even just incorporating one is helping!
January 15, 2009
It's pretty depressing that as soon as shitty economic times hit, we tend to ditch all the niceties. By that I mean that donations to charities drop, and people stop thinking about how much they value organic foods, or buying recycled paper over the cheaper kind. I thought that we'd got to the point where being environmentally conscious was just kind of normal, but it seems not.