How to Protect the Environment:  51 Easy, Eco-Friendly Ways You Can Help Sustain the Planet Earth

by Susan Yurek
Article Summary: Choose what is comfortable for you and your family from these eco-ideas, and you will have done something important to grow a greener world. It's the little things that count...
 
1. Air dry your laundry.

2. Ask your utility companies for an energy audit.

3. Avoid clothing produced in sweat shops around the world. Women and children deserve fair labor practices.

4. Avoid down and feather products, if allergies are a problem. Replace with organic cotton batting or organic wool.

5. Avoid electric bug zappers.

6. Avoid laundry detergent with phosphates.

7. Avoid plastics in your home.

8. Avoid poultry and meats from animals raised on hormones and steroids.

9. Avoid products from farms that practice inhumane treatment of people and animals.

10. Avoid products tested on animals.

11. Buy locally grown or organic food.

12. Buy organic bedding.

13. Buy organic coffees and teas with the Fair Trade label.

14. Buy organic cotton underwear.

15. Buy organic grains, pastas, herbs, and essential products, in bulk.

16. Buy recycled and biodegradable toiler paper.

17. Buy recycled gift wrap.

18. Compost yard debris and food scraps.

19. Consider giving homemade gifts.

20. Decline drinking straws in the restaurant.

21. Diaper Baby in soft organic cottons.

22. Don't buy a larger home than you need.

23. Don't buy a second home.

24. Don't buy big cars.

25. Don't buy everyone in the family a car. Teach sharing.

26. Donate to your favorite environmental organization.

27. Donate unused clothing and furniture.

28. Eat meatless at least twice a week.

29. Eat more farm stand or organic vegetables and fruits every day.

30. Garden without chemicals and pesticides.

31. Grow your own organic herbs.

32. Hand-wash clothing instead of dry cleaning.

33. Install and use ceiling fans.

34. Lower thermostat in your home to 68 degrees, and 55 degrees when away from home.

35. Lower thermostat on your water heater to 120 degrees.

36. Recycle, recycle, recycle.

37. Reduce disposable products in your home.

38. Reduce watering of your yard and garden.

39. Repair faucet leaks.

40. Replace incandescent bulbs with energy efficient lighting.

41. Sew with organic cotton and natural fabrics.

42. Shorten shower time by 25%.

43. Support environmental legislation. Nag your congressman.

44. Support Fair Trade practices to reduce global poverty and hunger.

45. Support your local farmers market or co-op.

46. Use cloth napkins, or recycled paper napkins.

47. Use organic and herbal soaps, shampoos, and natural cleaning products.

48. Use public transport, or carpool to work, at least once per week.

49. Use recycled paper for writing and printing.

50. Use washable coffee mugs.

51. Walk or bicycle. Leave the car in the garage for awhile.
 
About the author: 
Susan Fullen-Yurek is an e-commerce entrepreneur and owner of Kushtush.com Organics, featuring organic bedding and organic cotton products for home and family, with consumer information on the benefits of "going organic". http://www.kushtush.com