~Turn off your porch light to save energy and to avoid interfering with pollinators activities.
~Plant wildflowers to attract pollinators.Added bonus is your garden looks gorgeous.
~Pick weeds in your garden and skip harmful herbicides.
~Get a rain barrel (or two). Can be used to water lawns, beds and trees. Mine were overflowing this past weekend.
~Plan a meatless meal once a week (or more often). Reducing meat consumption conserves fresh water, saves topsoil, and reduces air pollution. Check out the vegetarian meals on our categories sidebar.
~Recycle, reduce, reuse. We have heard it all before, but it's the simple things that add up. City of Austin has recycling pick up twice a month--use it. Return unwanted hangers to dry cleaners. Take dry cleaning bags and most plastic bags to the pick up bins in front of Randall's and HEB. Whole Foods collects corks from wine bottles. Remember your reusable bags when shopping. Donate old clothing to charities like Goodwill. Recycle cell phones and all electronics properly; there are collections that occur at various times during the year at Whole Foods and through the UT Engineering Department. Learn about living a zero waste lifestyle in Austin.
~Walk, bike or ride a bus. 70 million gallons of fuel could be saved each year if more people in the United States eliminated driving on occasion.
~Shop local. It saves on energy (cost of shipping, etc.) and you are supporting your local economy. Go to the Farmers' Market and support your local farmers. Check out Forks Up's local resources page for many local shops.
~Use a reusable water bottle. The amount of plastic (from plastic water bottles and other plastics) collecting in the oceans is staggering.
~Opt out of junk mail.
~Check out this blog called Zero Waste Home. Did you know that by living a zero waste life, you can reduce your cost of living by 40%? Americans toss 4.5 pounds of trash a day.
~Let Austin's Jeff Wilson, a.k.a. Professor Dumpster, inspire you with his ultra-sustainable lifestyle.
~Check out this interesting interview of Chef Dan Barber on Dinner Party Download regarding his transformation of food waste into a gourmet meal.
~Patronize this list of shops and restaurants today which will donate 5% of the day's proceeds to 5 local conservation non-profits. See more events for today and tomorrow here.