Your mission, if you choose to accept, is to reflect on what you do to save the earth – and pinpoint the top 3 eco-friendly habits you have.
Level of Commitment: Baby Steps
Two weeks ago, we shared our top 3 frugal tips to help save others’ pocketbooks, last week we tackled the top 3 real food tips to make healthy eating possible and save sanity, and this week, we’re going to help save the earth.
Just like the other Monday Missions this month, the real mission is to share the love – so type out your top 3 and then share in the comments on this post or with your own community:
If you’re on Facebook, you could type, “Katie at Kitchen Stewardship told me to share my top 3 eco-friendly tips, so here goes: …” and tag the KS page.
You could also share in the KS Connect Facebook group, an open group for all readers, post on Twitter, send an email to 5 friends or just bring up good stewardship of the earth at your next Bible study or Moms’ group.
This month of “fresh starts” is a great time to prioritize your own “must-do” lists and help others out in their journey.
If you are at the beginning of the "green" journey yourself, you might enjoy Emily McClements’ Green Your Life challenge in February – she’ll include email challenges, PDF printables, videos and more to help you baby step your way to better stewardship. Membership in the challenge is a free bonus if you buy the eBook this month, and the eBook costs much less than the challenge! More here.
What are my Top 3?
This "top 3" is the hardest one for me yet. I do so many little things to help protect the environment, like using cloth napkins and saving our egg cartons, but it has been hard to pinpoint three major habits I have.
I suppose it’s cheating to say the top 3 eco-friendly tips are "reduce, reuse, recycle?" Okay, okay, I know – totally cheating.
Number One: Avoid Parabens
Parabens are nasty little hormone disrupting chemicals that are added to many, may personal products. You can read more about them here, but once you start choosing to avoid them, you’ll probably have to learn to make or purchase many green personal products. Just take one baby step at a time!
Number Two: Avoid Triclosan
I get pretty worked up about triclosan, the chemical in many antibacterial soaps and products – probably because it’s both so ineffective and so horribly harmful.
Here’s an early Monday Mission on antibacterials, and here is a little info on hand sanitizers and how all that works. Ultimately, you’ll need some baby steps in the green cleaners category to accomplish this one, but mostly you can find even conventional products that do NOT contain triclosan for every product you end up finding in your house that does. (Check toothpaste, antiperspirant, dishsoap, and especially handsoap.)
Number Three: don’t waste food
Did you know 25% of all food purchased in American homes is tossed out? That’s insane! I’m sure there are many other strategies that could be the no. 3 green tip, but food waste is a pet peeve of mine, so it makes my list.
Some ways I avoid wasting food include:
- homemade bread crumbs
- tater skin crispies (from Healthy Snacks to Go)
- meal planning! That’s key to using everything up!
- freezing what I can’t use right away
- making homemade chicken stock
- using ugly fruit in green smoothies
And of course, trying to buy what I need and use what I buy. It’s as simple (and as complicated) as that.
If you are passionate about wasting less food too, you’ll love Carrie Isaac’s eBook From Garbage to Gourmet – it’s packed with recipes for odds and ends and strategies for not throwing away an ounce of food. You can even cook with cobs of corn (the cobs!), herb stems, and broccoli stems. I just noticed the book is slashed to half price, less than $5 instead of $10. Check out all the happy testimonials and beautiful page layouts here.
What are you top eco-friendly tips? Do share!
Plan Your Lunches!
A bonus tip – you can pack a no-waste lunch for your kids for school with reusable supplies, and you can plan those lunches 6 weeks at a time with 100 Days of Real Food – for this week ONLY, they have an eguide called Real Lunches, Real Easy, and if you buy through my link, I’m offering some bonuses:
1. Printable to help you understand “what to eat, what to avoid, how to compromise” – a chart to guide your real food grocery shopping.
2. Freezer inventory printable to keep track of what you stash away for easy lunches and more.
3. 50% off The Healthy Lunch Box at KS for even more great recipes and tips (the two books are almost nothing alike, except for the granola bar recipe).
To claim the bonuses, just email me your Paypal/ejunkie receipt (katie at kitchenstewardship.com). You must have purchased through my affiliate link. Sometime before the end of the 100 Days sale, I’ll make sure you get your bonuses via email!
If you missed the last Monday Mission, click here.
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