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.
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.
This month of “fresh starts” is a great time to prioritize your own “must-do” lists and help others out in their journey.
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 (no longer available) – 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 (no longer available).
Need More Baby Steps?
Here at Kitchen Stewardship, we’ve always been all about the baby steps. But if you’re just starting your real food and natural living journey, sifting through all that we’ve shared here over the years can be totally overwhelming.
That’s why we took the best 10 rookie “Monday Missions” that used to post once a week and got them all spruced up to send to your inbox – once a week on Mondays, so you can learn to be a kitchen steward one baby step at a time, in a doable sequence.
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