It’s important to recognize the things you do every day that you take for granted. Here are some of ours:
- We bike to work most days. I do rely on Juno for a car on extremely cold, snowy, or rainy days, but I try to bike whenever possible. Public transit to my workplace is available, but very slow, hence the use of cars in a pinch. My husband takes the subway when he doesn’t bike.
- We live in a small apartment, in an urban area, allowing us to walk and/or use public transit frequently.
- Neither of us belongs to a gym, so we’re not burning electricity to work off extra calories!
- I buy very few paper books these days, preferring to read on my Kindle while also avoiding unnecessary clutter and avoidable use of paper.
- We buy toilet paper, paper towels, etc. made from recycled paper.
- I avoid extra printing at work by using Google docs for collaboration.
- This list has other suggestions for conserving use of paper. Proud to say we do most of them already! I don’t think we’re going to use family cloth instead of toilet paper, but I plan to experiment with cloth napkins and rags for cleaning.
- We have several reusable water bottles, for ourselves and our daughter. I’m not perfect at carrying mine with me at all times, something I hope to improve, to prevent those “I’m so thirsty!” moments when out and about.
- We have reusable grocery bags, though we aren’t 100% consistent about bringing them with us to the store.