1. Use online banking to receive your statement, bills, and to pay your bills.
2. Send e-cards
3. Bring a mug to your coffee house. Most including Starbucks, will put your coffee in your mug from home, and some places even offer discounts for this.
4. Minimize your use of paper towels by keeping a stack of rags in the kitchen for clean ups.
5. Use cloth napkins. When you get take out, keep the extra napkins and use them at home.
6. Consider alternatives to other paper products you use. You can find an assortment of these at many natural foods stores such as Whole Foods.
7. Copy on both sides of copy paper. Always use recycled copier paper.
8. Read the news online. If you use RSS, you can pick the source and the specific news you are interested in, and it will come to your e-mail. See my post Free and Easy Subscribing to Organic Journey Online for instructions on setting up RSS, or click the RSS link in the sidebar and it will take you right to the post. It only takes about 10 minutes to get it going.
9. Recycle phone books, catalogs, newspapers, and junk mail.
10. Big reader? Donate, share or exchange your books with other readers. Another option is to download books to a Kindle. If you have one, I'd love to hear from you about how you like it.
11. Opt out of junk mail from your credit cards and other accounts.
13. Use handkerchiefs instead of tissues.
14. Select products that use less packaging material or that use recycled paper for packaging.
15. Use toilet paper and paper towels that are made from 100% post consumer waste.
16. Reuse gift bags and avoid gift paper, when possible.
17. Reuse your paper dog and cat food bags for trash bags; most are lined with plastic for a barrier.
18. Collect and use reusable shopping bags. Keep them in your car so you don't forget to bring them along. Keep one small like a Chicobag, in your purse for smaller purchases.
As you can see, this could easily be a very long list, but I promised a short one. Speaking of Chicobags, each comment on a post on this blog will enter you in a drawing for a free one. The drawing will be September 1, so get commenting! The purple COMMENT link is just below this post. Just click. Thanks.
NOTE #1: If you like the Tree Hugger/Planet Lover tote bag in the photo, you can find it, while supplies last, at Target.
NOTE #2: News Flash--I've been invited to post an organic recipe on BlakeBakes which will appear on Saturday. A photo and the recipe for my favorite organic cinnamon raisin swirl bread is featured. I hope you'll drop by and see it.