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10 Tips on how to get started on reducing your carbon footprint

1. Refine your incoming advert emails.

Go into your ‘inbox’ and start to ‘unsubscribe’ from all the solicited advertising…places you know you like to shop, yes ladies, I’m talking to you! I am so guilty of falling for these bargains when I see “50% off kids clothing” or “Buy one, get one free”. We all love a bargain, but we DO NOT need more clothing! And, if you do…. Buy second hand.

2. Declutter! Refine what materialistic items you have in your home.

Your closet and the kitchen are a great place to start, as it typically contains less sentimental items. You will feel great donating or selling your items to another home that will enjoy it. With so many Facebook groups, Kijiji, Mom to Mom sales, or even garage sales, there’s many options to lighten your load!

3. Find ‘green’ friendship, support, and a like minded community!

I think this is one of the most important tips! It’s a tough world, and when life give you lemons…. Clean with them, diffuse them, store the juice in a mason jar… ha! Couldn’t resist! It’s a big challenge to be in company with family and friends that just don’t seem to see the world the same way you do. Friends and family that just seem play ignorance to recycling products let alone buying natural or organic products. Your solution… find a community that will support this way of thinking and sense of purpose to live a better, more conscience natural way of living.

4. Look for substitutions.

Silicon muffin cups instead of paper, newspaper in your green bin instead of bags, reusable water bottles instead of plastic bottles, reusable bags instead of plastic…. Stay tuned, we will give you more tips ;)

5. Plan, organize and write lists.

Create meal plans for the week on a white board or even use rotating cue cards. Write a list of what groceries you need for the week and when you are about to purchase, ask yourself, “Do we need this”, “How will I use this”.

6. Buy local….yes, in Canada this is hard!

Still good to stick to more ‘in season’ products so you’re not contributing to the process of long distance travels of produce coming from China, Africa, New Zealand etc. Winter times are great for frozen or canned options and added bonus if you’re canning your own home grown veggies and fruits! Also great when you buy these products when they are in season and put in the deep freezer for future consumption!

7. Turn down freebies.

Yes, they are free and perhaps might even be consumed at some point down the line. However, they are small in product size and often contain LOTS of packaging and unnecessary advert you probably won’t even read.

8. Use your tools!

Majority of us at this point, do have a smartphone…eek! Use it to your advantage. Take pictures instead of taking pamphlets or business cards. Use it to take notes or checklists. Cancel your newspaper or magazine subscription and request the digital version.

9. Borrow, loan, or ask.

Ask to borrow items you’re in need of for a limited time like books, special kid outfits for photos, toys for children like walkers or feeding chairs, sports equipment, or movies/DVDs. Post on your social media groups that you’re “in search of” certain items that are gently used and you would be surprised how much you can find second hand.

10. Upcycle.

Bring your outdoor plants inside and add to your planters the following season. Keep your Christmas cards and use for next years gift tags. Hang on to old clothing and use as material to patch a hole or make a blanket or doll clothing.

11. Bonus Tip Stay motivated!

You are making a positive change for the better good of our beautiful earth! You have made the conscience decision to make changes to your lifestyles that are hard, uncomfortable and time consuming! Keep it up!

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