My friend Beth over at Coming Up For Air is having a contest for a free book from ECOBRAIN - go check it out! Meanwhile, here is what we are doing as a family to help mother earth.
I was green before it was cool, you can ask my husband. I was dragging reusable bags to the stores a long time before the stores started selling them. Drove him crazy. Still does, but we have learned to compromise over the years.
We are fortunate to have curbside pickup for our recycling. But I have noticed a huge reduction in our garbage since we can almost recycle everything now. Mainly because if it can't be recycled, I try not to buy it.
We buy less. We buy less harmful cleaning products. Less packaging, less chemicals = easy choice. We buy more concentrated earth friendly cleaners or make our own. But overall, we buy less and we buy more natural things when we do buy. Everything from our clothing to our bedding and furniture have consequences on the environment.
At the office we are printing less and recycling more. Additionally, we have minimized our use of paper towels by placing towel hooks near the sinks and bringing in our own towels.
I have also cancelled my magazine subscriptions and try (IN VAIN) to get off the mailing lists for catalogs.