1. Stop Buying New Stuff
“99 percent of the stuff we harvest, mine, process, transport… is trashed within 6 months.” – Annie Leonard, “The Story of Stuff”
2. Stop Buying Disposable Products
In 2010, the U.S. produced more than 250 million tons of trash, 4.43 pounds per person per day, according to EPA Municipal Solid Waste Data for 2010.
3. Burn Calories, Not Fossil Fuels
Bike, walk or run when you can. It is better for your body and better for the planet.
4. Eat Locally and Seasonally
Buy as much of your food as possible from your local farms and shop at grocers and bakers who buy from local companies.
5. Reduce Water Use
The average American uses 80-100 gallons of water per day. By changing the way you brush your teeth, water your lawn, or wash your dishes, or switching to more efficient plumbing or appliances, you can reduce your water footprint by 25 percent.
6. Give Back
By giving back, you slow down and appreciate what you have. Volunteer, donate or help a neighbor.
7. Have a Weekly Simple Living Day
Turn off your lights and gadgets and enjoy nature and spending some quality time with friends and family today.