1. Ride your bike –
a. If biking is out of the question for you, then take a walk! Walking is great exercise, doesn’t burn fossil fuels and fun for everyone… especially if you visit one of our beautiful preserves and bird or butterfly watch- ‘tis the season for all sorts of wildlife out and about looking for food, mates and nesting areas. (p.s. info about biking to work will be out soon. We’re participating in Bike to Work week and will have biking buddies, safe route maps and meet up places for group ride-ins. Email me if you’re interested!)
2. Green up your BBQ –
a. When thinking about what to grill or serve, go for organic and/or locally produced foods. And when serving it up, choose reusable, washable dishes and silverware…or at least recyclable and make sure it gets recycled!
3. Clean up…DIY style –
a. Did you see Tommy and Maura make all those wonderful recipes for household cleaners during Earth Week? What a great video! If you missed it we’ll let you know when it’s posted. In the meantime, check the link above for quick recipes that are cheap, safe and effective too!
4. Take out the recycling –
a. I was visiting a class yesterday to talk about sustainability and one student said “some ‘things’ are just not recyclable.” To which I replied, nonsense! Someone either just hasn’t come up with a use/commodity for those “things” or you just haven’t found the spot that does collect it. So, when you are looking at that “thing” that is no longer of use to you, consider it. Is it recyclable? Does someone reclaim it somewhere (ex batteries may not go in your curbside, but you can take them to Staples…same with expired CFL bulbs). If no one takes it, what can you do with it? Make something new, repurpose it, donate it?
5. Pay Tribute –
a. Remember this holiday is to honor those that have fallen so we may live freely! Freely with equality and access to fair civil, social, economic and environmental securities. Remember to honor them in some way this weekend. The link has some neat ideas.
Have a safe, green holiday!