Save the World in 30 Ways

This post was originally published at where I contribute as the Mindful Echo. It’s a great blog for those of you interested in environmental issues of all sorts. Check it out!

IT’S ALMOST MY BIRTHDAY! You guys, I really, REALLY love my birthday. Like, a lot. Having a birthday at the beginning of December is great because it’s already the time of year when the air is rich with holiday spirit, people’s houses are filled with decorations, and everyone is up for eating some delicious treats. I’m big-time into Christmas so it’s fun for me to think about my birthday as kicking off the holiday season. Growing up, my birthday weekend was always when we put up the Christmas tree and started to plan for the rest of the month. It. Was. Great.

This year I’m turning 30. It’s kind of a big deal. I’m still bouncing around a few ideas for how best to celebrate the occasion, but in the meantime, I thought it would be appropriate to give a list of 30 ways we can all save the planet. Because birthdays should be used for good, right?

30 Ways
  1. Opt out of junk mail and flyers
  2. Recycle, Recycle, Recycle
  3. Cold water laundry
  4. Only print when necessary
  5. Use both sides of a piece of paper
  6. Shower shorter
  7. Shop locally
  8. Switch to electronic billing
  9. Take your canvas bags to the supermarket
  10. Save a flush: if it’s pee, let it be!
  11. Save another flush: pee in the shower
  12. Use rechargeable batteries
  13. Turn off the lights when you leave the room
  14. Compost
  15. Turn off your car instead of idling
  16. Buy used
  17. Donate your old clothes/items
  18. Drink tap water (filter if necessary)
  19. Clean naturally and chemical-free
  20. Wear your slippers
  21. Properly insulate your house
  22. Unplug electronics that are seldom in use
  23. Cloth napkins
  24. Take the stairs
  25. Shop mindfully
  26. Fix leaky taps
  27. Plant local trees and plants
  28. Be heat conscious
  29. Stay informed and spread the word
  30. Be hopeful!

I spend a lot of time dwelling on the fact that we are in a bad way when it comes to our environment. It really stresses me out. This birthday is the beginning of a new chapter for me. It’s a new decade of my life and I want to approach it with hope for my future and the future of our planet. If we continue to stay mindful of our earth’s issues, with some hard work, we can make a difference and change things for the better.


One thought on “Save the World in 30 Ways

  1. Great blog post! It gets me thinking about stuff we already do without thinking and how easy it is, but also gave me a couple new ideas.

    I really want to get one of the toilet attachments for the back that is a sink so you can wash your hands when you flush the toilet. I think grey water usage should be a bigger part of our lives.

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