Sunday, June 29, 2008

The Eco-Newbie Challenge

So, two things to think about today:

The first is the Eco-Newbie challenge, whose event is hosted on facebook. Just thought I'd throw out some ideas for anyone trying to decide what to do. The challenge is to find one little thing to change this week about your life that will make your life healthier, greener, or better in some other way.

If you're just getting started like me, a great thing to do is to pick up a book and read it. There're great recommendations on the right-hand side of the page. One that's not listed there is published, as far as I can tell, only in Canada, and it's called Green For Life by Gillian Deacon. A warning, though: there's a lot of information in that one little book. Don't try to renovate your whole house this week!

I find the biggest part of my eco-journey is gaining knowledge. The more I learn, the more I can make informed decisions.

Another simple thing to do is to test out baking soda as a cleaning product. Try scrubbing your sink with it along with a little water and a stainless-steel scrubber. Then rinse it out, dry it, and shine it with a couple drops of olive oil on a cloth. Your sink will gleam happily at you when you wake up in the morning, and you won't have to worry about any weird chemicals fuming up your kitchen. :)

Here's another idea: drink more water. It's good for you. Or eat more veggies. I like salad with little bites of broccoli and orange pepper and some creamy poppyseed dressing. Yum!

See how simple this is? There are so many little things we can change that will improve our quality of life. So have fun with it!

As for the other thing I was going to talk about, forget it for now. This is a lot. I'll write about vitamins later.

1 comment:

  1. So here's a few things I thought about this week, mostly things I'd already been doing, but still good! I wash my clothes in cold water, and in sensitive skin detergent (because of my excema - but still a good thing for the environment). And this time of year, I try to enjoy the local produce as much as I can! It can be so challenging to eat locally in our climate, we need to make the effort to do it when we can. Thanks for making me think about this Eco-Newbie!