Eat Local & In Season
There are so many reasons why this is important. As far as eco-impact, when you eat locally you cut down on transport miles & fuel usage to get food from one place to the next. Also, small family farms are much more likely to use sustainable practices, preserving farmland and soil health. This keeps our air, water and food sources clean and healthy for all! To find local sources near you check out: Local Harvest
Commit to going Waste-Free
Most of us have a reusable water bottle...but do you still pack things in plastic baggies for to go lunches? How about use paper towels for cleaning or paper napkins for dinner? Choose one disposable product you can't imagine living without...and give the alternative 2 weeks. You'll wonder why you waited so long! Not to mention how nice it feels to completely skip the disposable aisle at the grocery stores!
Buy Less, Buy Used, Buy Quality
Before you buy something new ask yourself these questions: Do I have this item in another form already? If so, Do you need another, or is the one you currently have sufficient? If not, can you buy it used? If you can, check craigslist, consignment & thrift stores, or yard sales first. If you must buy a new item, buy quality that will last, instead of cheap items that are essentially disposable. Just asking yourself these simple questions will lead you to consume less, and buy more thoughfully.
There are so many things I could add to this list, but this is a good start. If you have another, would you please share?! I'd love to hear what commitments you are going to make or renew this Earth Day.