Cut back on your meat intake
Livestock production absorbs 16 pounds of feed for every pound that pound that comes to the table. Meat production is a leading contributor to deforestation, soil erosion and desertification, water scarcity and pollution, loss of biodiversity, depletion of fossil fuels and global warming.
Buy regionally produced foods that are in season
Shop at local Farmer’s Markets. Foods that have to travel hundreds or even thousands of miles to reach you waste precious fossil fuels. Read more about the importance of buying local food from local providers.
Fill a Reusable Bottle Instead of Buying Bottled Water
Every piece of plastic ever made still exists, and less than 25% of single use plastic bottles are recycled. Single use plastics are made from petroleum and most are transported thousands of miles, increasing greenhouse gas emissions. Bottled water costs more than gas for your car; municipal water costs less than one penny for 5 gallons. Bottled water is regulated by the Food and Drug Administration; municipal water is regulated by the EPA and to higher standards. Don't care for the taste? Install a faucet-mounted or countertop water filter. Need hurricane provisions? Fill containers with water at home. If you must purchase water, buy it in gallon bottles, not single-serve. Taking your refillable water bottle is COOL and says something about your values.
Buy fresh food, instead of frozen
Frozen food uses 10 times more energy to produce.
Buy organic food as much as possible
Organic soils capture and store carbon dioxide at much higher levels than soils from conventional farms. If we grew all of our corn and soybeans organically, we’d remove 580 billion pounds of carbon dioxide from the atmosphere!
Avoid heavily packaged products
You can save 1,200 pounds of carbon dioxide if you cut down your garbage by 10%.
Consider organic beer and wine
Look for “biodynamic” wine.
Have a Bar-B-Que
Outdoor grilling takes less energy than an electric stove. Stick with grills that use propane or natural gas as they emit less carbon dioxide into the atmosphere.