101 Things to do for living ASAP ~ As Sustainably As Possible

101 Things to do for living ASAP ~ As Sustainably As Possible
REDUCE, REUSE, RECYCLE
1. Reduce consumption wherever possible.
2. Buy products that are recycled, recyclable, reliable, repairable, refillable and reusable.
3. When photocopying, copy both sides of paper.
4. Buy products in bulk or with the least amount of packaging.
5. When shopping, bring your own bags.
6. Use Keep Mugs instead of paper cups.
7. Instead of paper napkins, use washable cloth napkins.
8. Mend and repair, rather than discard or replace.
9. For infants use cloth or compostable nappies.
10. Motivate local fast food chains and other businesses to end wasteful packaging procedures.
11. Avoid impulse buying, read labels and research the products that you plan to buy.
12. Borrow or rent items that are infrequently used.
13. Maintain and repair items that you own to ensure longer life.
14. Refuse excess packaging when buying goods for example paper bags.
15. Separate at the source, recyclable and compostable materials.
16. Always dispose of non-recyclable rubbish in the correct way at the tip.
17. Study your community’s waste disposal system and oppose plans to build more landfills.
18. Develop a Sense of Humus for Earth’s soils and hygienically compost your kitchen and garden refuse into increasing numbers of earth worms and humus-rich soil to grow your own food organically.
19. Recycle and compost urine and faeces, Google Joe Jenkins Humanure Handbook for a free pdf download.
 
ENERGY
20. Buy local and recycled goods to cut indirect energy use.
21. Make your home energy efficient. Insulate, double glaze, fix drafts, solar hot water and use renewable energy systems.
22. Close off and do not heat unused rooms. Use shutters or curtains on cold winter nights and hot summer days.
23. Avoid air-conditioning as much as possible.
24. Wear warm clothing in cool weather instead of using heating appliances.
25. Avoid keeping the refrigerator of freezer too cold and be as quick as possible when removing food and keep the doors open minimally.
26. Use the clothes line instead of a dryer as much as possible.
27. In winter, use drying racks in front of your heating appliance instead of a dryer.
28. If you have to use a dryer, keep the lint filter clean.
29. Avoid buying motorised tools or appliances when hand operated ones are adequate for the task.
30. Buy high-efficiency, low energy consumption electrical appliances.
31. Use LED of low watt light bulbs.
32. Plant deciduous shade trees that protect the West windows from the Summer Sun but allow it in during the winter.
33. When building a new home ensure a passive solar design is incorporated.
 
WATER
34. Reduce water consumption as much as possible.
35. Do not let water run when it is not actively in use when showering, shaving, brushing teeth, or washing clothes
36. Diligently repair all leaks and drips as soon as they occur.
37. Install efficient sink tap aerators and shower heads.
38. Install a dual flush or composting toilet.
39. Use grey water from washing and bathing for plants and gardens.
40. Collect rainwater and filter for drinking. 
41. Put house plants outside when it rains.
42. Use phosphate free biodegradable soaps and detergents.
43. Use a filter system for safe drinking water.
44. Another way to save water is to collect your urine in a bucket placed in a toilet. Dilute and pour into a compost bin or distribute at the base of Citrus trees.
 
FOOD
45. Consider how the production of your food effects the environment.
46. Grow sprouts and herbs on a kitchen window sill, balcony or veranda.
47. Eat lower on the food chain, ie fruits, vegetables and grains.
48. Decrease or eliminate consumption of meat and animal products. These are sentient beings also.
49. Learn to prepare vegetarian and vegan foods.
50. Be creative with leftovers, compost what is not edible.
51. Read the labels on packaged foods.
52. Practice the advice taught by Hippocrates, “Let your food be your medicine and your medicine be your food”.
53. Try to only buy foods that are unprocessed.
54. Support laws that ban harmful pesticides and that require disclosure
55. Buy organically grown produce.
56. Acquire good health and immunity efficiency by eating anti-oxidant and enzyme rich foods.
57. Shop at local farmers markets or food co-ops to support local organic growers and produce.
58. Grow a food garden instead of a lawn.
59. Question the health and environmental safety of food irradiation.
60. Draw local attention to feeding local homeless people.
61. Support genetic diversity by growing rare and local species of fruits and vegetables including bush tucker.
62. Support local family and community farming wherever possible.
 
TRANSPORT
63. Live as close to your job and shopping centres as possible.
64. Walk or ride a bicycle as much as possible.
65. Join a car pool for commuting.
66. Use public transport wherever possible.
67. Buy the most fuel efficient hybrid car that you can.
68. Properly maintain your vehicle, check tyre pressure regularly.
69. To save fuel, don’t speed, drive at a moderate pace, slow down and accelerate gradually.
70. Choose the shortest least congested route.
71. Combine shopping trips to minimise unnecessary travel.
72. Use trains and busses rather than cars or planes.
73. Reduce your need to travel, eg, unnecessary holidays overseas.
 
TOXINS and POLLUTANTS
74. Use nonpolluting household products.
75. Use natural pest control products to control insects.
76. Avoid synthetic fibres like nylons and polyesters.
77. When building or renovating use products that are nontoxic, and are made within ecologically sustainable guidelines.
78. Boycott products that contain toxic chemicals.
79. Minimise the use of and check the side effects of prescription drugs before taking.
80. Avoid using wood burning fireplaces and slow combustion heaters as they produce CO2 and sometimes carcinogenic particulates, unless an emission control device such as a Hearth Cat is installed .
 
PRESERVATION of LIFE and the ENVIRONMENT.
81. Achieve zero population growth by averaging two children per couple.
82. Don’t buy endangered plant or animal products from exploited species, eg furs, ivory, tortoise shells.
83. If needing to use timber, source it from sustainable tree farms, boycott rainforest timbers, alternatively try Bamboo.
84.  Practice Permaculture ethics of Earth Care, People Care, and Fair Share.
85. Encourage environmentally sound practices at your workplace.
86. Buy products only from company’s who don’t pollute or damage the environment or test on animals.
87. Join, support and volunteer with organisations working on causes that support the environment.
88. Contact your elected representatives through, letters, emails, calls or visits, clearly communicating your concerns.
89. Use Facebook, Twitter and Instagram for newsworthy stories with an environments impact.
 
PHILOSOPHY
90. Simplify daily tasks and also practice energy efficiency, for example use battery operated tools.
91. Avoid unnecessary novophylia ie love of buying what’s new simply because it’s new when what you have still works.
92. Study and understand ethnic and cultural differences among people, recognise the inter-connectedness of all people and all life.
93. Satisfy your vital needs predominantly, rather the lure of desires.
94. Appreciate all life forms, rather than merely those considered beautiful or useful for humans.
95. Spend time outdoors in nature as much as possible.
96. When there is a conflict between pet animals and wild species protect the latter.
97. Partake in or support nonviolent activism for the Earth and its creatures. 
98. Reduce stress in your life. Make time to relax, slow down, smile, laugh, have fun, be joyful, sing and dance.
99. Spend time doing what you love.
100. Be positively optimistic towards a safer, healthier, more united and peaceful world.
101. Optimistically celebrate and enjoy your latest time as your greatest best time so far in the eternity of all time and in the history of the universe, and know that even better is yet to come, and aim for your last breath to be your best one and every breath and moment between now and then an improvement on the previous. Then have a Green burial and rest in peace.
Comments
  • Ross Delaney
    Reply

    Hi Franklin,

    I hope you, your family, and the mountains are doing well. As I was reading, a few thoughts came to mind. I hope they might be of benefit to someone.

    Hang on to paper for re use if it has only been printed on one side. Can simply put a diagonal line across the not needed printed side and start a pile. I once had no fresh paper but the usual tons of printed on one side stuff awaiting use. My son needed to print his just finished assignment for school which was due that morning. He was almost demanding that I go to the shop immediately to buy a fresh ream of paper for him. I resisted and we used our recycled paper. He was not happy until when his assignment was returned. He’d received extra marks for recycling. Thank you teacher!

    Re-use envelopes too if possible. I’ve found many a stamp which was not marked during it’s postage and is still legally able to be used again. Envelopes are great for using for the shopping list for example as well as for simple budgeting. It’s a great resource often overlooked and wasted.

    Shop at Vinnies, Salvo’s, Anglicare, etc as much as possible. Not only is it cheaper but a fair chunk goes on the supporting of the organisations charity services so it is truly a win win situation.

    I’m not sure about number 81 though there is probably three families with no kids which could be offset against mine?

    Great list Franklin. Keep up the good work.

    Regards,
    Ross Delaney.

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