50 Ways to take care for Creation

November 22, 2019

Vinnie's Green Team

  1. Avoid single use products such as plastic or Styrofoam cups, bottles, cutlery, straws.
  2. Use reusable bags for shopping. Recycle plastic ones at most grocery stores.
  3. Refill a reusable water container instead of buying bottled water.
  4. Ride a bike or walk instead of driving.
  5. Buy fair trade products that are ethically and sustainably sourced.
  6. Turn off the car engine if sitting idle for more than 10 seconds.
  7. Use washable napkins at meal times.
  8. Bring your own coffee mug to the local café. Some even give discounts.
  9. Take part in a community garden. Save unused water for plants.
  10. Carpool with a group to an event.
  11. Buy only what you need. Buy local. Buy ethical. Buy organic.
  12. Organize a neighborhood clean-up on your street or community park.
  13. Choose energy-certified appliances and products.
  14. Go to the library instead of buying books, DVDs and CDs.
  15. Start a compost bin in your backyard. It’s easier than you think.
  16. Buy produce/goods with little or no packaging.
  17. Rent a boat without a motor: a kayak, row boat, canoe and get some exercise.
  18. Reduce junk mail by opting out. Go paperless and subscribe online.
  19. Pick up litter when you see it.
  20. Donate unwanted blankets, towels, pillows or stuffed toys to an animal shelter.
  21. Water your grass at cooler times of the day, such as morning or evening.
  22. Minimize water use when brushing teeth, cleaning and washing dishes.
  23. Be mindful of animals and their habitats when exploring the outdoors. Do not touch or remove them.
  24. Ban Styrofoam. It contains a known carcinogen. Use plant-based products.
  25. Plan a volunteer or ecologically-focused vacation.
  1. Buy wood products, cards and paper FSC certified or responsibly sourced.
  2. Buy fresh, local, unpackaged food with real ingredients and no chemicals.
  3. Take unwanted clothing and other items to a donation center.
  4. Recycle used electronics and video games at Best Buy. Bestbuy.com/recycle.
  5. Have a picnic with reusable plateware and utensils and cloth napkins.
  6. If you can’t recycle it, don’t buy it.
  7. Avoid gas spills, yard chemicals and other street run off that goes into storm drains and ultimately into lakes and rivers.
  8. Donate unwanted furniture to a refugee center or Restore. Habitat.org/restores.
  9. Dispose of hazardous cleaning agents, oils and paint at Hazardous Drop Off or Recycle Center.
  10. Repurpose used hand wipes for house cleaning chores.
  11. Buy from companies with eco-friendly, sustainable and ethical practices.
  12. Buy free-range eggs or local farm eggs, meat and even milk. Check out local delivery options from local farms.
  13. Donate unused paint to a school or charity project. Dispose of properly, not in sinks or drains.
  14. For Halloween and costume parties, make your own with vintage or borrowed items.
  15. Supply a recycle bin at your next community event.
  16. Use natural wrap, reusable fabric or recycled material for wrapping gifts. Avoid metallic décor paper; it’s not recyclable.
  17. Frequent restaurants that offer fresh foods from local farms. Visit Eatwell-guide.org.
  18. Try a mixture of vinegar and water with lemon for a fresh biodegradable cleaning agent.
  19. Subscribe to Earth911.com for the latest news on recycling.
  20. Recycle or dispose of batteries properly; they may have toxic contents.
  21. Buy plates, cups and utensils made from earth-friendly, sustainable or plant-based materials.
  22. Recycle old appliances, vacuum cleaners, answering machines and more at your electric retailer.
  23. Take baths less frequently and shorten your shower time.
  24. Calculate your ecological footprint on the planet at earthday.org/footprint-calculator.

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