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What simple ways do you live more sustainably? I just opted out of junk mail and credit card offers to reduce my recycling, but wondered what other simple steps people take.<br><br>
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Switched to cloth napkins.<br><br>
Bought a bunch of cheap wash cloths for kitchen messes. We still use paper towels for some things but way less than we used to.<br><br>
I just bought a stack of cheap glass plates and glasses for parties. We have a large house so we usually host the extended family get-togethers. We used to use paper plates/cups but next time we won't have to.
 

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We:<br>
-cut down on meat (3-4 vegetarian days/week at our house...it's a start.)<br>
-eat a diversity of grains<br>
-don't drive every day; DH walks to work, I transit or walk as much as possible.<br>
-recycle<br>
-buy 30-40% organic<br>
-cook from scratch<br>
-cloth diaper<br>
-are trying to grow a veg garden<br>
-will be composting this year<br>
-are becoming active in our local Sierra Club
 

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We bought glass dishes for parties too! Everyone thinks we are crazy, but I would rather do the dishwasher then see all those bags heading out to the curb.<br>
-cloth diapers<br>
-buy frozen juice instead of big bottles<br>
-bring cloth bags to the store, not just grocery, but other stores too!<br>
-choose glass bottles at the store instead of plastic<br>
-use a Brita filter instead of bottled water<br>
-bring a cup to Starbucks (or wherever)<br>
-also trying to not buy as many things, but to use what I have<br>
-go to the library instead of buying books all the time<br><br>
I guess I'm a bottle freak, looking at that list. <img alt="" class="inlineimg" src="http://www.mothering.com/discussions/images/smilies/orngbiggrin.gif" style="border:0px solid;" title="orange big grin">
 

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I do the following:<br><br>
Cloth pads/napkins/towels (for kitchen)/family cloth<br>
*all natural cleaners for house<br>
*natural body wash/lotion/deodorent<br>
*natural hair product<br>
*Natural mineral make-up<br>
*cloth bags for all shopping trips<br>
*got put on the opt out list for junk mail and canceled all magazines/catologs that I was receiving<br>
*try to carpool when possible (that one's hard b/c I live in a neighborhood that's far away from work/church/school and we have very little public transportation in my area).<br>
*buy in bulk as much as possible<br>
*Use glass bottles for food storage<br>
*use cast iron or stainless steel for cooking instead of any nonstick teflon<br>
*recycle (I really don't have much to recycle b/c I've reduced so much of my garbage that I end up with just a few papers to recycle and maybe a few cans now that I stay away from soft drinks).
 

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We are trying to live more sustainably. We have a long way to go, but for now, some of the things we do to work toward that goal:<br><br>
we cloth diaper, cloth napkin, cloth towel, etc.<br>
grow our own fruits and veggies organically<br>
buy locally/organically as much as possible<br>
no meat<br>
whole/raw foods a much as possible<br>
use natural/safe cleaning products and personal care prodcts<br>
cloth shopping bags<br>
recycle<br>
compost<br>
carpool<br>
try to buy alternatives to plastic<br>
buy in bulk (flour, etc.)<br>
live in a small house<br>
drive a small vehicle<br>
watch our energy consumption (light, etc.)<br><b>SUPPORT LOCAL BUSINESS/AGRICULTURE</b><br><br>
This summer we're going to build a coop so we can raise laying hens next year and hopefully fence for sheep/goats. We're also looking into starting to oufit for some solar power. That should be interesting, asour house is 200+ years old and isn't user friendly in any sense of the word...<img alt="" class="inlineimg" src="http://www.mothering.com/discussions/images/smilies/lol.gif" style="border:0px solid;" title="lol">
 

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others have already posted great ideas. one thing that i do that might be already included in the recycle piece:<br><br>
My grandmother always had a box of scrap paper by the phone. She filed it with paper that had been written on the other side. I swear I don't think she ever bought a pad of paper. <img alt="" class="inlineimg" src="http://www.mothering.com/discussions/images/smilies/lol.gif" style="border:0px solid;" title="lol"> . I made an official scrap-paper box that is for artwork. It's accessible to my dd1 for drawing, glueing, etc.<br><br>
I pay my bills online -- saves me $ and saves paper, postage and processing.<br><br>
support local businesses -- we get produce from a local CSA, I support my local hardware as much as possible (heck they have helped me fix countless items), I buy food from the grocery I can walk to, even though it costs me a tad bit more.<br><br>
combine trips when going someplace.
 
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