Change Starts With Me

I am always striving to become a better a person. I know I’m not perfect and there is always room for improvement. I have been concerned about climate change and am looking for ways to do my part to help. I am not a scientist, so I can’t really offer technical help, but there are changes all of us can make that can help reverse or slow down climate change. As the saying goes, “change starts first with me“, or something like that. So,  I made a commitment  to evaluate my daily practices and see where I can make changes that will have a positive impact on our beautiful planet earth.

In the featured picture are cloth napkins I recently bought at a thrift store.  I informed my family that we are going to start using the cloth napkins at all our meals instead of paper. We decided we would use them 1-2 days before they go in the wash. I anticipated getting resistance from my family, but to my surprise and when I explained to them the reason I was doing this, they were all on board. BTW, I think I bought about 40 cloth napkins and the cost was around $8.

Here are a few  commitments I have come up with so far. Some I have already implemented. 

  1. Down-size my car or get a hybrid. I had a Toyota minivan. I loved the van, but it was a gas hog. I had already decided to get a smaller car or a hybrid when the time came to trade in our van. Well, the Universe made that happen sooner than I was ready. My car was totaled. Someone hit me from behind. So, I ended up getting a hybrid after all and I am thrilled with it. I work from home, so I don’t do a lot of driving. I am only refilling my tank every 2 – 3 weeks(my van had to be filled minimum one a week). It’s fabulous!
  2. Buy repurposed, second hand when I can. I guess you could say I’m a bit of a fashionista. I have always loved fashion, but I am good at finding a decent bargain. Some of my favorite places to shop are TJMaxx, Marshalls, Ross…The problem though is our landfills are overflowing with way too much stuff. A dear friend of mine is a big Thrift store and consignment shopper. She has some of the cutest clothes and she gets almost all of them at thrift stores and consignments for a fraction of what I pay at the discounter stores. So I have made a commitment to buy as much as I can from second hand stores. This will not only help the environment, but it will also help my pocket book and impulse buying.
  3. Go Vegan. I am already vegetarian and probably 85-90% Vegan. If you haven’t read “The Veganist” by  Kathy Freston. I highly recommend it. She gives some pretty compelling evidence as to how being Vegan/Vegetarian is probably the number one thing we can do to help with climate change reversal.
  4. Cut down on or eliminate kitchen paper products: napkins and paper towels.
  5. Use refillable cups and bottles instead of disposable ones. I bought a Starbucks refillable cup that I take to Starbucks when I want a cup of coffee. I also get .10 off my purchase for brining my own cup.
  6. Use less water. Water is a precious resource. Many areas have already suffered drought conditions due to climate change. So, I am constantly thinking of ways to conserve water. One way is to not let the water run when I brush my teeth. I have also cut down on the number of showers I take. Since I work from home, I can get away without showering and washing my hair everyday. I’m pretty much an every other day person. A quick sponge bath can usually do the trick. Also, it’s okay to drive around with a dirty car, especially in the winter.
  7. Bring my own bags to the grocery store – I do my grocery shopping mainly at Whole Foods, ALDI and Trader Joe’s. Whole Foods will donate .05 or .10(can’t remember which denomination) to a non-profit organization. ALDI charges for bags if you don’t bring your own. Some states have passed laws that retailers have to charge for bags, so that is another reason to bring your own with you when you shop.

I’m sure there is much more I can do. This is just the beginning. I will keep you posted on my progress and any great thrift store or consignment purchases I find.

We have only one beautiful planet Earth. Let’s do our part to love and protect it.

I would love to hear what changes you are doing to help with the problem of climate changes. Please share your ideas in the comment section. I am open to suggestions. Thank you.

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