26 Ecofriendly Habits You Should Incorporate Into Your Weekly Routine

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Image by Carol Norquist, National Garden Clubs, via Flickr Creative Commons
Image by Carol Norquist, National Garden Clubs, via Flickr Creative Commons

Each of us have habits we’ve developed over time, some that hinder us to the point we’d rather do without and others which aid in our survival.  Getting rid of bad habits is not always simple but, lucky for us, forming habits can be done quite easily. Many times a habit is developed with little or no conscious knowledge. If you are looking to develop a few good habits, I recommend the following as 25 ecofriendly habits you should incorporate into your weekly routine.

Each of these habits is fairly simple, yet when done consistently can be quite beneficial over time. You might even be doing some of these already. Take a look and see:

  1. Turn off the water when brushing your teeth to conserve.
  2. Time your showers. Many people are simply unaware how long they are really spending in the shower.
  3. Opt for showers instead of baths.
  4. Use a bucket to collect water while your shower warms up, then use it to water your plants. Grey water can also be used around the home and yard.
  5. Use your washer and dryer only when you have a full load of laundry.
  6. If you are able, let your clothes hang dry in the sun.
  7. Wash dishes in your washing machine, but be sure you have a full load.
  8. If you do wash dishes in the sink, fill up your sink first. Don’t let the water run constantly down the drain.
  9. Set up a recycling bin next to your trash can, so you and your family can recycle as much as possible.
  10. Eliminate one-use items in order to minimize waste.
  11. Avoid pre-packaged items and instead buy/grow natural food sources.
  12. Opt for organic, local and GMO-free foods.
  13. Set up your own herb garden and vegetable garden in order to grow your own. It just makes sense and here’s 6 reasons why you should grow your own food.
  14. Eat what’s on your plate.
  15. Save any leftovers, rather than throwing them away, so you can make another meal later.
  16. Find and incorporate tips on using all of a vegetable from root to stem.
  17. Compost any food waste you have.
  18. Use a proven, patented liquid fuel catalyst to help increase your vehicle’s fuel economy, lower emissions and improve engine power.
  19. Carpool or take public transportation at least one day a week.
  20. Ride your bike or walk while traveling town whenever possible.
  21. Get yourself outdoors at least once a day – connect with nature and soak up a little Vitamin D.
  22. Open your windows to air out your home often, as indoor air pollution can actually be more toxic than the air outside.
  23. Bring plants into your home to help oxygenate it and remove harmful indoor air contaminates.
  24. Avoid using harmful chemicals to “clean” your home.
  25. Make your own DIY cleaners or find green, ecofriendly cleaners that won’t leave a toxic residue.
  26. Program your thermostat to save you money and save on energy.

If you can incorporate these habits into your weekly routine, you’ll be on the way to living a much greener and more ecofriendly life. Of course, when you have the time and money, you’ll probably want to consider getting a more sustainable energy source powering your home. Solar, wind and micro-hydro are all good options.

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