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earth day 2012 – sigg water bottle

I’m not going to lie – not many things make me cringe more than seeing people loading up on huge cases of bottled water at the store.  Why do that when you could just do this?  Buy a good quality reusable bottle and fill it again and again.  I’ve tried other 100% metal bottles but I couldn’t get past the metallic taste.  Sigg has been the perfect bottle for me, and having it around definitely encourages me to drink more water.

To enter, leave a comment on THIS POST and tell me your best eco-friendly tip or strategy.  

The Rules: One entry per person, U.S. residents only.  Commenting will open Friday, April 20 at 4:45 am EST close on Sunday, April 20 at 10:00 pm EST.  Entries that do not follow the entry requirements will not be considered.  Three winners will be selected at random and contacted via email later this week.  Good luck!

Full disclosure: This giveaway is sponsored by Annie’s Eats.

  • NaDell Ransom

    I love thrifting for things that can both function well and fill a need while saving me money.

  • Kristin Germanceri

    Go paperless! It’ll cut down on the mail you receive at home and bank statements, etc. and, in the meantime, save millions of trees!

  • jessica lynn

    My best strategy is to always have extra reusable bags in your car. I can’t tell you how many times I get to the store and guilt overtakes me for how many bags I have sitting at home. I’ve started putting them all in my car on the weekends so I won’t forget them anymore.

  • Emily

    I have lived in several different apartment complexes that didn’t recycle when I moved in– it was insanely bothersome to me to watch all of my neighbors throw their cans/paper/etc into the trash. In response, I suggested to management a recycling program and they took me up on it and now all 5 buildings that our management owns recycle! Sometimes, all it takes is to ask.

  • Dunlopiii

    Stop using paper napkins and towels! Super simple step!

  • Kel

    I agree. Go paperless is a great suggestion below – I have been working my way to this both at the office and at home.

  • Amandavecchio

    This isn’t the best tip, but it’s the one that began changing my recycling habits. I am a teacher and drink a lot of water while I’m teaching. I used to use plastic bottles, but I’ve begun using a simple reusable water bottle from Target and haven’t looked back!

  • Lori Lindsey

    I have put a empty box next to my office desk to throw any papers in that I no longer need so then I can haul them to one of our local schools to put in their recycling bin.

  • Jamie M

    Carpool!

  • Hezzi-D

    I like to keep my reusable bags in my car so I remember to use them! We also like to go to auctions and yard sales and repurpose things others are throwing away.

  • Lynn

    I buy reusable grocery bags. When I unload them, I put them back in the trunk. I also don’t buy box cake mixes and frosting in a plastic container, I go on your web site and get a recipe from there, much better tasting and better for the environment.

  • Caitlin

    I take a plastic bag with me on my walk each night. If I see a recycle-able bottle or can, I can conveniently pick it up and put it in the recycling bin when I get home.

  • Francesca

    My boyfriend and I use reusable water bottles. Also, we keep scraps from celery, carrots, potatoes, etc. and toss it out in the woods to feed the deer, squirrels, etc. I figure at least all the scraps won’t end up in a land fill trapped in a garbage bag. In the future (when we have a house) we’d like to compost.

  • Rgustin

    My girlfriend and I get all of our clothes from thrift stores. You can always find something good- it’s a great way to recycle and light on our wallets, too!

  • Jenelle

    We support a local farm by buying our meat from there. We buy a larger order a couple of times a year, seal it at home and freeze. We always try to support locally, less packaging and less chemicals, pesticides, etc!

  • Sandy

    I repurpose and recycle things. I try to buy used if I can and give away useable items that I no longer need.

  • Jennifer Crowley

    Reusable water bottle and putting appliances into electric strips that can be turned off, instead of leaving chargers or things that pull energy plugged into the wall when they’re not being used.

  • Kristin

    I’m having trouble coming up with a “best”, but I have a pretty stainless, lidded container on my counter for my composting scraps. I don’t mind having an attractive container sitting out, and it makes me remember to compost.

  • http://highermiles.blogspot.com/ abbi

    I try to re-use as much as possible, bags, paper, everything!

  • Lauren Wrong

    I cannot live without my metal bottle. It’s so well used, it has dings and scratches everywhere and no longer sits up straight!

  • Katie

    Taking public transportation to work instead of driving!

  • Amy

    I always try to look at the containers I’m going to toss in the trash and see if it might have another purpose. Most of the time, if it can’t be recycled, it gets reused. I tend to save things like cottage cheese containers and our wet dog food containers for holidays, so that people can divide and conquer the leftovers.

  • Cory

    We now only use cloth napkins at mealtime. It wastes less, makes our meals feel fancier, and I get to pick out cute linens!

  • Rsinders

    Recycle, recycle, recycle. Re-use glass containers to package up leftovers for my lunches.

  • Yasmine

    I keep a cloth bag in my purse so no matter where I might decide to stop by a store, I have a bag ready to use!

  • Traci F

    Not using as much paper and signing up for paperless statements and thinking twice before I print something. It’s also cut down on a lot of clutter in my life!

  • Rachel Messer

    We reuse all kinds of food containers (yogurt-when I don’t make my own, and any other glass/plastic container than can easily and safely be washed) for food storage in the fridge, pantry, for lunches, etc. as often as possible.

  • http://greenishmonkeys.wordpress.com/ Anne-Marie

    Think about how you can make it convenient to make the changes you want to: shopping/produce bags in the car; big supply of clean cloth napkins and towels on hand; water bottles filled and at the ready for kids to access….

  • Justeen @ Blissful Baking

    Carpooling!

  • Amy

    For me, the biggest thing is to plan ahead! For example, preparing breakfasts and lunches ahead of time, waking up a few minutes earlier to fix my own coffee at home, remembering to bring a water bottle to work…. and on and on.

  • Morriganirene

    My best eco friendly tip is to have the reusable grocery bags hanging by the door so whenever we go to the store they are right there staring us in the face. I am also a huge fan of cloth diapering and using cloth wipes. I feel so much better knowing that I am saving money and not dumping thousands of diapers in the dump.

  • Jean

    When I moved to a new town two years ago, I looked for an apt within walking distance to school. It also happens to be walking distance to the grocery. Most days, my car just sits in the same spot! I had no idea how easy it would be to go mostly car-free, but it was! I know everyone can’t do that (depending on where they live /what city) but I think everyone can look for ways to reduce there car dependency.

  • Cindy

    I realized I collected a lot of plastic bags from stores other than the grocery so I now keep a reusable bag in my purse so that no matter where I am (target, grocery, staples, the mall) I have a bag and I can cut down on my plastic bag collection.

  • Danni

    I always keep my grocery bags in my car, so I don’t have to worry about forgetting them when I go shoppng.

  • Katie Rieffenberger

    Cloth diapers!! Looking forward to starting with Baby #2 in the fall!

  • Lmadden1209

    I never let the water run while brushing my teeth. I only turn it on when it’s time to rinse my brush. I always keep my reusable grocery bags in my trunk. If I do have some plastic grocery bags, I use them to bring my lunch to work.

  • Amelia S.

    I don’t have a “best.” I must keep my reusable bags in the car to get maximum use. And we do recycle and compost. This year I’d like to start growing more veggies, too.

  • Bippy1120

    Sadly but hopeful – I am beginning to practice being eco-friendly and your post is great inspiration. I just recently bought the silicone mats to bake with and that is my start, I will save on my parchment waste tremendously!

  • Melissa Herrmann

    I always recycle every single thing possible, even the toilet paper rolls that most people throw in the trash can. I’ll even take them out and put them in the recycling!

  • dashoff

    Keep a stack of washcloths/rags in a drawer in the kitchen and put the paper towels somewhere inconvenient. You’ll stop reaching for them because it’s easier and use the reusable stuff more often.

  • Laradee1117

    I’m teaching my three young girls to recycle and care about the environment. My oldest (5 years old) is always coming up with new ways to reuse things. She’ll see a jar and say “Mommy maybe we can use this for a vase”. I think the best way to help is by educating everyone. It’s so easy to recycle. I don’t know why everyone doesn’t do it.

  • Jennifer W

    Go paperless as much as possible!

  • Laurahamp

    Resuable bags all the time! And thrifting :)

  • Susan

    We have an electric composter -Nature Mill – no more wasted food after dinner

  • Courtney P

    I’ve learned to clean my house using almost no chemical cleaning products. Norwex makes wonderful cleaning clothes that use only water, and since buying those two years ago I haven’t touched Windex. I use white vinegar and baking soda to clean my sinks and tubs, and a mixture of olive oil and lemon to clean my woodwork.

  • elizabeth

    i haven’t quite kicked my starbucks habit yet, but i try to always take my own mug and get it filled.

  • Anna Snyder

    I bike to work. And in the spring/summer/fall it biking to work doubles as an energy-free way to dry my hair :)

  • Kristina G.

    I always keep my reusable grocery sacks in my truck so I have them whenever I happen to stop some place, not only at the grocery store but I also take them into the home improvement stores, etc.

  • Katie

    I’m a big believer in reusable bags… with grocery stores automatically going to plastic, think about what a difference that makes!

  • Kelley

    Carpooling/reducing the number of cars in your household!

  • Ashleigh

    I store my leftovers, snacks, packed lunches, (etc.) in Pyrex jars with lids as often as possible instead of using dozens and dozens of ziplock bags.

  • Yasee

    I’ve been trying to not use ziploc bags or saran wrap…i use tupperware for mostly everything I need to store or pack lunch…..plus, cookies and chips doesn’t get crushed now for lunches and to go snacks! I’ve also been using canning jars for to go drinks too!

  • Catherine

    I keep reusable grocery bags in both cars, just in case I need something when I’m out and now I’ve started using them in other stores as well.

  • Noelle

    Google! If you want to re-use something – Google it, and I’m sure there’s a website where you can go to find out how to be crafty enough to re-purpose something old. I can’t even begin to talk about the tutorials you can find on Pinterest (but I’m sure most of you know about that!). If you want to find the nearest recycling center, or figure out what can be recycled, or how to build your own compost, or garden your own foods, or YOU NAME IT. I think we give up on these things because we are either too rushed or think that we wouldn’t know where to begin! Knowledge is the beginning of that – and there is a wealth of it out there, available at your fingertips!

  • http://www.simplysweetjustice.com/ Claire

    I always leave a few Nalgene bottles in the fridge so that there is never any excuse to buy bottled water while out!

  • Nicole

    I have switched to reusable bags, which I happen to love! And we started recycling since we now have a recycle bin in our alley. Little things really make a big difference, I think.

  • Mari Baker

    Along the lines of this giveaway, keep a couple reusable bottles filled with water int he fridge so you can just grab and go when you need them.

  • http://twitter.com/fakeginger amanda

    I keep my reusable bags in my purse so I never have an excuse not to use them. Now if only cashiers would stop huffing and puffing when I pull them out.

  • Bree

    A couple of my favorites are clothesline, cloth diapers (the clothes line helps with these!) and cloth napkins. We try to walk to school and bike to work as much as possible, too!

  • Liss

    We started using reusable fabric bags for snacks instead of ziplocs. It’s a start!

  • Mary

    I find using a water bottle helps me remember to drink more water- win/win!!

  • Ceattock

    We don’t really have the space for a garden, but each year my kids and I try to grow some produce for our family — be it lettuce, spinach or green beans.

  • Carrie M.

    Recycling!

  • jinny

    Make being green easy. Have recycling bins right next to the trash can so there’s no excuse not to recycle. Buy reusable bottles like the Sigg so you’re not tempted to grab a throw away plastic bottle, etc~

  • Jen Matzen

    We use cloth napkins now, it’s been an easy change that didn’t require a lot of work, and my kids fold them.

  • Karrie

    I try to ride my bike as much as possible instead of driving

  • Stacy

    I think using the cloth grocery store bags is the easiest and fastest solution that has really reduced the amount of plastic sacks we bring home. Keeping them handy and always in the car has had a major impact on actually using them.

  • Renee

    Try to eat less meat would be a big one – it’s an everyday thing that keeps these ideas at the front of my mind…

  • Susannah Perry

    I have grocery bags that roll up and I keep them in my purse. That helps me remember my grocery bags. We are also making a concerted effort to cut down on our junk mail. We pay as many bills online as we can and subscribe to online versions of our favorite magazines when available.

  • http://www.evabakes.blogspot.com/ Eva @ Eva Bakes

    My husband and I always keep our reusable bags in the car so we bring them whenever we go shopping.

  • http://twitter.com/ambersconfctns Amber’s Confections

    I elect to receive all of my bills by e-mail instead of in the mail to cut down on paper.

  • Megan W.

    I try to be eco-friendly by not wasting food – - this means going really in-depth with my menu planning each week to use what I have! I try to think of ways to use leftover produce, cheese, etc. before they go bad. Lately, I’ve been loving having leftover brown bananas…I’ve perfected my banana bread recipe!

  • Kay

    My best strategy is to use public transportation to get to work – I live about 25 miles from where I work and am lucky there is a commuter bus – it makes me happy to leave my car at home :)

  • Heather Taylor

    I like to use homemade laundry detergent and cleaning supplies so that we don’t have all those harsh chemicals.

  • Cachivach12

    use the reusable grocery bags!

  • http://bethsblueplate.wordpress.com/ Beth

    When the weather permits (which, unfortunately is only about 1/2 the year here in Wisconsin), I hang my laundry outside to dry. Saves energy and $$! (And my sheets smell great afterwards!)

  • Alecia

    Making gift items & crafts ou f cans, glass, plastic & etc that we use! My daughter would love this water botttle for school!

  • Heidi

    We buy our milk in glass containers that we return to the store in exchange for our deposit, and the milk bottles are sterilized and refilled.

  • Joanna

    I try to walk instead of drive.

  • Gina W.

    For kids, use cloth diapers and wash cloths instead of disposable wipes!

  • Caitlin

    We’ve switched to a vegetarian lifestyle and planted a garden that takes care of most of our needs. It’s great! Plus, we live in the suburbs so lots of people stop by, get some tips, and then start their own vegetable gardens.

  • Kate

    Use the leftover water glasses that accumulate next to the bed and around the house to water the lawn.

  • Claire

    I think our best eco-friendly habit is recycling. We are a family of 3, and we only produce 2 bags of trash a week (with a 5 month old in diapers!). We try to be as eco-conscious as possible and hope to improve in the future!

  • shells

    My husband and I drive to work together in the morning instead of separate cars. Depending on schedules, one of us will drop the other off first and then head on our way!

  • Katie

    Make your own household cleaners. My all-purpose cleaner is just vinegar and water. It’s cheap and safe for my family.

  • rm

    living in OR for a few years upped my awareness about recycling. If I do get a plastic drink bottle, I will reuse it many times before putting it in the recycling bin. Otherwise, reusable bags and recycling as much as I can. I’m lucky that my condo building has a good (and easy) recycling system.

  • Laura

    We stopped using paper towels. I really don’t miss them!

  • Malissa W

    taking public transportation instead of driving. Its cheaper, less stressful ( mostly) and gives me a full hour each day to read a good book!

  • Michelle Hilton

    Gardening and then buying what you don’t grow at locally. Our garden is very small, but you would be amazed how much food comes out of it.

  • Proudmommy3

    I leave my reusable shopping bags in the trunk of my car, so I’m ready for those quick stops on the way home.

  • Jessica

    We use glass containers and reusable bags instead of plastic and ziploc. Small things add up!

  • Lori P.

    We keep our cloth bags in our car so whenever we go grocery shopping, we know we have our reusable bags ready to go! Now if we can just cut down on the plastic produce bags… We also recycle.

  • Shanrock120

    We switched to microfiber cloths instead of paper towels.

  • michelle

    I’m trying to reduce using plastic water bottles and trying to get my family to do it too.

  • Courtney McElhaney

    I keep my reusable bags, of various sizes and fabrics, in the car at all times. That way I never have to take a bag from any store, including at the mall!

  • Kim

    My best eco friendly strategy I would say is to walk to nearby places (& reduce car use in the summer) and make as many meals homemade as possible using re-usable containers.

  • Linda

    We try to never buy bottled water. I am the mom with a bag of reusable water bottles to hand out to everyone.

  • Cpower79

    The thing I think adds up more than people realize is refusing bags at the store for things I can carry or put in my purse. My boyfriend, who never really thought about sustainability before, has started to do it, too. The first time I heard him tell a cashier, “I don’t need a bag for this. I can carry it”, I was pretty stoked. :)

  • Anna

    We’ve joined a CSA for the summer! Not only does it support a local business, but also we are eating veggies that have not been trucked across the US! Nice and fresh and local.

  • Ruchita

    Many big box electronic stores offer free recycling for cell phones, printers, old computer parts, etc.

  • Kara D

    I use reusable containers and avoid plastic baggies whenever possible!

  • Kelli B.

    This may be sort of lame, but I bought a fridge a couple of years ago with a water/ice dispenser. Haven’t purchased bottled water since. The few we have grabbed from friends or family, I am currently using in the bottom of my larger garden pots as a filler to use less soil!

  • Melanie S

    We added Meatless Monday to our menues, which helps cut down our carbon footprint. And we’ve found some great vegetarian recipes that we eat on other days besides Monday’s now.

  • Alicia

    One thing we are trying to do is cut down on paper usage. I let my daughter color on and make crafts out of any paper waste (flyers, magazines, newspaper) we have. We also receive and pay bills electronically.

  • Sara

    Use public transit!

  • Liz K.

    I am going to start recycling!

  • UrbanWife

    Cloth bags for grocery shopping, recycling everything, carpooling, e-bills, not buying paper towels or napkins and the list goes on…. :)

  • Theresa S.

    Since we bought our house, we’re planning a compost pile. I’ve very excited to become more Earth-friendly!

  • Megan

    I try to bring reusable bags with me to the grocery store.

  • Laura

    I save up my egg cartons from the grocery store all winter to give to the farmer I buy eggs from at the market in the summer. Or I use some of them to grow seedlings in for my garden.

  • Anne

    Reusable grocery bags, lunch bags, sandwich bags and snack bags!!

  • http://www.facebook.com/profile.php?id=2902709 Kabara D Korth Praskavich

    Join a CSA and support local, organic fare!

  • erin mansfield

    Nursing school means TONS of homework and lectures to print. So, I make sure to print everything double-sided at school.

  • Becky

    I use a reusable bpa free nalgene bottle for drinking water.

  • Julie

    Container gardening!

  • Nicole

    The meat that we eat, is harvested and butchered by us and it is all natural.

  • Jill_R

    We are making an effort to cut down on our junk mail. We pay as many bills online as we can and recycle all our paper.

  • Anne

    My favorite would be walking to school/work, though I realize that isn’t feasible for everybody. More feasible – I don’t get any paper bills anymore. It all gets done via email and online.

    I’m facing a cross-country move late this summer, and if the cost of all that gas weren’t horrifying enough, I’m stumped how to make the move more green (in general, not just in terms of fuel usage). Anybody have suggestions?

  • Kendra

    I use reusable bags for everything. I also buy a lot of dry goods and bulk. Rather than using their provided plastic/paper bags for packaging, I bring my jar or container with me, have the folks weigh it at the front, and fill it from there. Whole Foods does that, and I’m guessing other eco-minded stores would as well.

  • Coldsberg

    Why I love Sigg’s! I don’t buy bottled water. I also use reusable bags at the grocery store.

  • Peggie Shultz

    The best thing I ever did was buy a purse that had a large outside zipper pocket, the width of the purse. I keep MANY reusable bags there and always have one at the store.

  • Stephanie Brocious

    We save all our junk mail, newspapers, etc and recycle them! I want to start using less disposable plastic in the coming year! Also, I love SIGG bottles so much, this is an awesome giveaway!

  • Betsie

    I bring my breakfast oatmeal and coffee with me to work everyday in reusable cups and coffee mugs. It feels great to not throw anything away each morning!

  • Jen

    We NEVER buy bottled water! We have a lot of these bottles and each child has his/her own!

  • Sarah

    I take my lunch every day in a reusable bag.

  • Brea

    Our CSA is local and organic. Cloth diapers are also a great way to cut down on disposable products.

  • Julie Hicks

    We use cloth napkins and have for decades. It doesn’t take any more time to wash/dry these and I feel like we waste so much less than when we used paper. We’ve also cut down our paper towel usage by 80% in the past 3 years with the goal to eliminate those in our home as well.

  • Brittany

    reusable bags…and enough that I can get 2-3 grocery trips from the ones in my car before I have to remember to get them out of my kitchen and back into the car. :)

  • Nicole Plzak

    I like to keep a couple reusable bags in my purse or diaper bag so if the shopping urge hits I am fully prepared to avoid the plastic.

    We also cloth diaper our daughter which when compared to friends who use disposable diapers is a huge difference!

  • Guest

    The water in my town has a bit of a taste to it so I do not like filling water bottles from the tap. Instead I bought a britta which can replace tons of plastic water bottles.

  • Texaswahine

    I always have reusable bags in my trunk and in my front seat. There is no way I can forget to bring the bags into the grocery store.

  • Amyp

    Our city’s composting program (now taking ALL food scraps – even MEAT!) has been the biggest change for us lately. Not only are things better for the environment, but my trash can smells so fresh and clean. ;-)

  • Melanie

    I take the bus to work. Not possible for everyone, I know, but works well for me. Husband walks to school, so we use our car just on the weekend. It’s nice being basically oblivious to the price of gas since we only fill up once every two months or less :)

  • Judy

    I pay my bills online and recycle as much as I can. I also use waste paper from the mail instead of notepads and use the backside of junk mail in my printer (wouldn’t recommend this for school papers or important documents:) but works great for printing directions, drafts, or working out the alignment of printouts.

  • RanyaS

    I love sparkling water but hated all the glass/plastic waste. I found a home carbonator with reusable bottles and have completely eliminated this waste.

  • Barathi Sivasailam

    I used to use brown paper bags to take my lunch in everyday but I just purchased a cute vera bradley lunchbox and use that instead! It is roomy and insulated and plus way prettier than brown paper.

  • Drichards

    ever since i went to Spain and noticed that the grocery stores dont even offer bags (you have to supply your own or buy a reusable one) I always make sure to bring my bags when i shop for groceries as well as clothing. its better for the environment and i dont have to deal with storing/disposing the plastic bags and shopping bags!

  • Shannon

    Using re-useable water bottles, of course.

  • Lauren

    We try to walk to places as much as we can (I’m particularly proud that we walk to the pizza place to get our takeout instead of paying the delivery man to drive to us – bonus: a little bit of a workout before we indulge and we walk the dog too!)

  • Noel

    We’ve started composting. It makes me smile when I put something in the compost pile instead of the trash.

  • Aliciajones80

    We have little girls who LOVE to color. We also have a school that sends home tons of papers every week. The solution was to have folders for scrap paper. Instead of school papers going straight to the recycling bin, they first go the scrap paper folders. The girls use this paper to color on and then it makes its way to the recycling bin.

  • Chatelaine

    right now it’s just the reusable grocery bags. i’ve been getting closer to not buying bottled water but the taste of tap water at our house is bad. i’ve put in the carbon filter but i might do a RO system. Just can’t get over the amount of water it flushes out :(

  • Kalyn

    My best tip is to wash all of your clothes in cold water – it works just as well, and saves money and energy!

  • Stacey

    I use reusable bags every time I go to the grocery store! If I do happen to get a plastic bag, I never throw them away…so many other uses! Additionally, I started composting this winter. I’m not very good at it yet, nor have I been able to use it yet…I need to continue learning!

  • Sara

    Recycle!

  • angie

    i want to use re-usable bags for groceries and increase walking (as opposed to driving) on my errands.

  • Sarahlege

    Reusable water bottles are the way to go.

  • http://www.endlessfrontier.com/ Heidi

    Reusable grocery bags – get in the habit of taking them back out to your car when you’re done putting the groceries away so that you don’t forget them at home!

  • jean

    we have been a one-car family for almost two years now. We have conveniences that are within walking distance since we live in the city and my husband works from home. I love saving money and gas!

  • Cassie E

    reusable grocery bags and recycling

  • Priscilla_W

    I’d love my own Sig. My daughter has one that she bought when she lived in Switzerland. Hope I win.

  • Kim in NashVegas

    I have reusable shopping bags and belong to a CSA.

  • Stephanie C.

    We live in a warm climate so we hang our laundry to dry.

  • Katie

    I take public transportation everywhere, which I hope is making a difference somehow. Also, I know it’s a silly small thing, but I like to think it matters: At work, everyone seems to grab 3 or 4 papertowels every time they dry their hands. I’ve been limiting myself to 1. I’d get rid of that one if I could find a solution that didn’t involve me drying my hands on my work clothes!

  • Edankers

    I’m committed to kicking up my gardening strategy this Spring by adding herbs and more veggies!

  • Megan Nunan

    Carpooling!

  • Kimberly

    We have our “recycling center” set up in our garage so that everything is pre-sorted and bagged for when we’re ready to make a trip to the recycle center. One pre-bagged bin each for: plastic, glass, and aluminum. Makes it easy to recycle items and makes the trips to the actual recycle center MUCH more efficient and speedy!

  • Brittany K

    I’ve been reusing plastic water bottles, gross! I really want to get some of these instead!

  • Leannabowles

    I keep my reusable bags in the car which means that they will always be used.

  • Chris

    We use a lot of gatorade in our house for our daughter who plays on a travel soccer team. Instead of buying the individual bottles, we buy the big containers and then use reusable bottles for each day.

  • Natasha

    I got 3 HUGE re-usable bags that I always take w/ me when I go to Sams Club.

  • Michelle Curtin

    We are using re-usable products for everything possible (shopping bags, lunch containers, water bottles, etc.)

  • Josiekluth

    We have a couple backyard chickens. They eat the bugs, fertilize the lawn, give us with eggs, and provide a great entertainment alternative to watching TV.

  • Leah

    It’s so simple, but I think buying local is hugely eco-friendly.

  • Cobler Sarah

    take your reusable bags everywhere

  • Melanie

    eat vegetarian for dinner once a week, and you’ll probably find you really enjoy it.

  • Dawn

    I stopped buying plastic water bottles. I love my reusable bottles.

  • Jessica Hevner

    I haven’t been as serious about being eco-friendly as I should be, but I always use paper bags at the store when possible, and I always reuse the plastic ones when I receive them. They can be used for so much around the house!

  • Megan C.

    Re-useable bags and containers!

  • Frangsty

    I am trying to purchase the majority of my clothing from consignment shops. If you’re in Indianapolis, I especially love The Toggery on Broad Ripple Avenue. I would really like to take this a step further and create new clothes out of old clothes, but I haven’t gotten there yet.

  • Caroline Newkirk

    I generally refuse to buy plastic cutlery/plates, despite the convenience. I am often tempted with the thought of less dishes to do, but because of the environmental impact I rarely give in.

  • Jessica

    Reuse, reduce, and recycle everything possible. I NEVER buy bottled water. Walk/ride bike where/when you can. Carpool. And I have set a goal to reduce (or stop using altogether) use of grocery store plastic bags. Teach the next generation to do the same!

  • Alyssa Talley

    I’m starting to make my own eco-friendly cleaners for around the house. Who knew vinegar and baking soda would be so effective?

  • Stephanie

    We’ve been working on making sure our cars aren’t idling when just sitting in the parking lot waiting for someone/something. It might be a small change, but I’d like to think that if everyone did this the reduction of CO2 emissions produced by cars would change drastically.

  • Margaret

    Bring your own bowl and cup to work to reduce paper product waste!

  • Gaby

    I make sure to unplug anything I’m not using at the moment, such as lamp and laptop chargers.

  • Megan

    We use reusable containers whenever possible

  • Debra Ackmann

    Our favorite eco-strategy is developing a relationship with a local farmer and being a part of his CSA. It’s my highlight of the year! Would love to try out a SIGG. I’ve heard such good things! Thanks Annie!

  • KryWry

    We always use re-usable bags at the grocery store, Target, or any place like that. We’ve also very rarely drive – only walk and use public transit (but that’s a benefit of living in a city). One thing I’ve recently started doing more is unplugging appliances/electronics when we aren’t using them (from the toaster to the computer to the TV, etc.).

  • Cathy

    I want to start a garden this year. We have never had one because our backyard is a big cement yard with a pool. We are going to use planter boxes! Hopefully it will work great and we will continue!!!

  • Jebks814

    Recycle and reusable grocery bags!

  • Julie {Bananas for Bourbon}

    I’m proud to have completely cut out plastic water bottles. I have a set of dishwasher-safe, BPA free plastic bottles that I take with me everywhere. I fill them at home before I go out anywhere. I have some at work that I fill with a filtered water pitcher on my desk. I take them home on weekends to give them a run-through in the dishwasher. I’ve even got my husband hooked finally. We actually had a whole flat of water bottles from Costco go bad. Who knew they could? The water just tasted nasty.

  • Leslie G

    I’ve got to admit, we buy water bottles every trip to Sam’s. I’ve never really thought much about it- but this water bottle seems great and I could get my husband on board, no doubt. We use micro-fiber rags for dusting, wiping counters and mopping (instead of paper towels or pre-moistened sheets).

  • Kate

    Keep the reusable shopping bags in the car, and ask your 3-year-old to ALWAYS remind you before entering the grocery store (or mall) to bring them along!! :-)

  • Lucremii

    My best eco-friendly tip is getting all of your bills paperless. I did it starting last year and not only is it eco-friendly and saves some trees, but feels like a huge weight off my plate. Not having a bunch of those papers looming around saves me time and energy.

  • lindsay

    My best eco friendly tip is to pack my kids lunches in reuseable containers so they have no waste each day.

  • Kirsten Hasdal

    We try to buy local as much as possible.

  • Cara

    Riding my bike or walking whenever possible!

  • http://twitter.com/amiablelyons Amy Bresslour

    I love my flip & tumble grocery bags. In addition, I buy local if at all possible.

  • Jennie

    I’m a beginner as far as being eco-friendly goes, but I do my best to fill our gigantic recycle bin (thank you, Oregon!) each week.

  • AD

    Drying towel laundry in the sun helps me conserve energy because it doesn’t matter if they’re a bit crinkly!

  • Kristy

    The two biggest here are growing our own veggies and herbs and make most things from scratch.

  • Julie

    We use cloth napkins!

  • Hannah Horecka

    Unplugging everything before you go to bed or leave for the day (tv, power strips, stereos) really reduces the amount of electricity you use. Eco friendly and wallet friendly.

  • Webmailaddress2

    Bring your own shopping bags when going to the grocery store.

  • Jenbulpitt

    Reusable containers and microfiber towels. All lunches and leftovers go straight into reusable containers and my last purchase of paper towels has lasted me almost three years simply because I use them so infrequently.

  • http://twitter.com/kbeware Cookies! by Kristin

    No plastic baggies, we use tupperware and re-usable glassware for toting kids lunches and snacks around. And if you do buy something with extra packaging, like the Sara Lee lunch meats or baby puffs, save the continers to be resued until you just can’t use them anymore, then recycle. Also Coffee-Mate Liquid creamer bottles make awesome containers for cheerios and goldfish!

  • Lydia

    I have been using reusable shopping bags, which I can’t even believe how much it saves on those darn plastic bags! They are always in the car so they can never be forgotten when I am rushing out the door.

  • Willa Mcneill

    Not sure I have a real tip. We try to compost all that we can even without a veggie garden–not enough sun. We try to recycle. Need to do more about having less to recycle!

  • Joann

    Shut down your computer before leaving the office- re-boot while filling up your coffee! :)

  • Laura J. Latham

    I just try to remember the old philosophy “Use it up; wear it out. Make do or do without.”

  • Lacey McC

    I don’t have any tips, but I do try to be eco-friendly. I have a small vegetable garden and a small raised bed herb garden, a compost bin, and I faithfully recycle. We live on the Gulf Coast and like to fish, and we always make sure not to litter or let fishing line and other debris get into the water.

  • BeckyR

    We have made cloth napkins so we aren’t purchasing paper napkins anymore (except for large groups).

  • Erin

    I try to buy as much from my local sources as possible. The farmers market starts in a few weeks and I’m so excited! We also signed up for a CSA this year.

  • Skilakezurich5

    Please stop buying and using water in plastic bottles!

  • Jennifer Horn

    Buy local!

  • Jackie

    Been composting for almost a year and am amazed of how much you can keep adding to the pile leaves/produce scraps and it all breaks down to make great food for our garden.

  • Amanda

    I keep gallon plastic bags in the freezer for veggie scraps, another one for chicken bones, etc and make my own stock. Because I buy all locally grown/raised products, my stocks are all good for the environment and community! Not to to mention, FREE!

    My next step is to buy a composter so I can then throw the scraps from making stocks in there and tryly have no waste. I live in an apartment with very little growing room right now, but I know a lot of people that would benefit from the compost!

  • Aharrer

    Boston actually has such a terrific public water source that it is used by companies who sell bottled water!

    Getting my 3 year old daughter involved with being eco-friendly has been really important to me. I grew up with “if its yellow let it mellow…” but she has to flush after everytime she goes. I’m trying to instill a sense of water frugality when it comes to the toilet…

  • Tara_Bean

    Recycling as much as we can has dramatically decreased the amount that goes in the trash can.

  • Ella

    We always use reusable bags when we grocery shop!

  • Maya

    i also try to bring my lunch and am testing out my black thumb with some vegetable gardening.

  • Jenny

    My best earth saving strategy – teaching my children how to save the earth. They are only 3 and 1 and know what goes in the recycling bins, and we tend to our garden and “check” it daily. :)

  • Morgan

    RECYCLE.

  • Heather

    Bulk buying, farmer’s market, local farmer/butcher, cloth diapers, grow what you can yourself…when you eat from where you live it makes a lot of sense for so many reasons!

  • Emily pence

    My most eco-friendly tip is to plan ahead and be prepared. There’s nothing worse than buying reusable bags or reusable water bottles and then leaving them at home!

  • Kelly

    Reusable grocery bags!

  • Sally

    We drink a lot of tea at home so instead of buying premade tea in disposable plastic containers, we make our own at home.

  • Johurst31

    I’ve been trying hard to use reusable containers for our lunches.

  • JMposti4

    My tip is to educate!! Start with one member of the family then tell them to pass it on!

  • Ashley

    Diva Cup! Love mine.

  • kelley stone

    For us, cloth diapering and a large garden that produces almost all of the vegetables we consume are the best ways we can conserve resources.

  • Margaret Pavithran

    Have lots of small rubbermaid containers available to eliminate plastic baggy use.

  • Christine P.

    Start out small and make little changes as you go…they really start to pay off! We started with re-usable grocery bags last year and will be sending lunches to school in re-usable containers when our son starts kindergarten next year!

  • Soccergal2018

    We use reusable shopping bags for grocery shopping!

  • Fran

    Walk instead of drive if possible. If driving localize and lump errands together.

  • Lmdrury

    Compost! So easy and multiple benefits.

  • Shelby

    I use reusable stuff whenever possible.

  • Julie

    Sodastream! Making my own seltzer water has reduced my plastic bottle output by 100%!

  • pat1645

    I am finding more and more uses for things I used to toss out. We use our used coffee grounds in the garden to keep slugs away from things like lettuce. Egg shells can be used for this also.

  • Jennifer

    I buy everything I can locally – produce, milk, eggs, ice cream, and even beer! :)

  • Meli R

    We use reusable bags and water bottles. But you’re right the metal bottle I have has a metallic taste to it.

  • Katie

    I’ve unsubscribed to every paper catalog that I get. I do most perusing online anyway and it’s amazing how much less paper is in my recycling bin each week.

  • Carolyn Allen

    We don’t buy bottled water anymore. We purchased a water coolers and fill up the large 5 gallon drums every few weeks… then we fill our Nalgene type bottles or Camelbaks when we go hiking or on trips.

  • Jamie

    My husband works for a local farm CSA one morning a week (which he loves!!) and he brings home as much (delicious, local, natural) produce as our family can eat that week. It’s the best!

  • Lisanew412

    I really got away from bottled water. I bought a reusable water “bag” type of thing at our local science center. It is an awesome concept but it doesn’t hold quite enough water for me. I had a metal water bottle and it made the water taste so awful.

  • ChristinaCox

    We try to shop in our neighborhood. We are lucky & can walk to the library, two parks, the grocery store, 2 bars, several restaurants, the bank, the Farmer’s Market and daycare. My husband rides his bike to work most days. On the weekends we take the bus with the kids. Most people that we know in Santa Monica do not take the bus but the kids love it, you can have a drink or two at happy hour & not worry losing rock paper scissors and ending up the DD, and there is no annoying traffic or parking to deal with. That and my 1.5 year old hates car seats & acts like hers is coated in battery acid when you try putting her in it. I even bungee packages to the stroller and jog with the kids to the post office which is 2 miles from home. Try to avoid driving whenever you can!

  • Carla

    Compost! It’s so easy!

  • Brenna J

    I try to reuse packages and containers as much as possible as well as recycle what we can. I am going to increase my gardening this year also and try to preserve home-grown tomatoes and fruit by canning.

  • Jennifer

    Never throw out partially full water bottles! Use the water to give your plants or flowers a drink… and refill the bottles with water to use again OR cut the tops off and use the bottom half of the bottle as a “seed starter pot” or in my house… to hold paint for my kids arts projects. (we also use empty yogurt containers to hold paint too!)

  • Ambermarie77

    Recycling!

  • Linda

    We compost nearly everything possible.

  • Ashley

    I think one of the easiest things to do is to turn the lights off when you leave a room.

  • Jessie M.

    I have drastically cut down the amount of beef I consume! I also do my best to buy local :)

  • Jana

    Not a very exciting tip, but I love reusable grocery bags, they fit so much in them and are easier to carry then the paper or plastic ones.

  • Tyffanie

    Once my husband bought orange juice in a large plastic bottle instead of the frozed kind he usually gets. I had been looking for containers to keep filtered water in so that we have plenty on hand so guess what I did with the bottle?! Now it’s on our counter always filled with filtered water to drink. I also recycled2 of his Absolut vodka bottles to store filtered water in the fridge!

  • kelly s.

    I use only non-toxic products that do not test on animals.

  • Michelle

    I am fortunate enough to live very close to all of the things I need so I save gas and the environment by walking and biking everywhere!

  • Lisa I.

    try to buy local no matter what the item!

  • Liz

    I get paper bags at the grocery store and then turn around and use them for any recyclable paper that passes through our house – even for 2 people it’s a lot!

  • Javahh318

    Reusable grocery bags; the best earth friendly solution!

  • Alyssa

    Have a recycling bin next to every garbage can in your house! It makes it just about impossible to forget to recycle.

  • Amy Salyer Barton

    Reusable bottles, of course! Ditch the plastic single-serves! :)

  • Melinda

    frequenting your local farmer’s market!

  • Mallory Scola

    We are diet coke addicts and used to go through A LOT of cans. We bought a carbinator and get soda mixes. Much less waste and a whole lot cheaper in the long run!

  • Anne

    We only own one car. Kind of a pain sometimes, but it usually works out really well for us.

  • Julie

    We recycle everything we can, and I take public transportation to and from school every day.

  • Joy B.

    I collect save any water that is left over in our cups from the day and use it to water my plants and garden. It may only be a little, but it’s better than being wasted down the sink.

  • Cassandra Flannery

    I keep my reusable grocery sacks in the trunk of my car, so I don’t forget them at home.

  • Nancy Predmore

    When the weather allows for it (and I have time), I hang our clothes out to dry instead of using the dryer. I use a drying rack inside.

  • Lauren

    Cloth bags in the car!

  • Dlstrom

    My goal is to use a refillable water bottle 100% of the time.

  • Megan

    I’m still really starting to get going on being eco-friendly. We are those people you hate to see buying big things of water– but we refill the plastic water bottles over and over from our Brita filter! Which makes it a little better, I think!

  • Casey E Dunne

    Compost! It’s a great way to help your plants and it keeps LOADS of trash out of landfills. It’s a great way to give back to the Earth – the birds, the bugs, and the plants!

  • Marty

    This is actually the change I’ve been best about making this year. I used to be an awful plastic water bottle offender, but I bought a nice glass bottle that I’ve been pretty good about using. It would be great to get another one in rotation!

  • Domap1219

    I’ve been using a metal water bottle for years, what’s the point of wasting so many plastic bottles? Added bonus, metal keeps my water much colder.

  • Darrah Haffner

    I try to minimize food waste: buy less food in a week, then everything I make I either freeze or eat. I measure the quantity of my garbage as a sign of success!

  • ktwist

    Reusable bags and carpooling!

  • Denise

    I like to use and store in glass instead of plastic.

  • http://butyoucancallmecrazy.blogspot.com/ Lynn G

    Join a CSA! (Community Supported Agriculture) We love knowing that what’s good for us is good for our economy, and the farmers we have become friends with through the CSA.

  • Lilly_28

    I like using the water bottles.

  • Nataliekate Webster

    We have two cars but only use one!

  • Carolyn

    recycle grcoery bags, pack lunch…no baggies!!!

  • Kai

    Bags! Bags!bags! I’m a 21st century bag lady!

  • Candersonj

    I make my lunch at home & take to work.

  • Melissa

    We started recycling a few years ago and were amazed by how much we reduced our trash. We’re down to one kitchen trash bag a week.

  • Kjthiel

    We live in a city that just fancies itself very green, and about a two years ago started implementing a city wide ban on plastic grocery bags. Since then we’ve become very accustomed to using our reusable bags and have even gotten our families to start using them too!

  • Sarah Jones

    My best tip is to buy local and recycle!!!

  • Inna

    Growing our own vegetables and herbs and buying local.

  • Michelle

    My daughter always takes reusable containers for her lunch and drink to school, and she always reminds me to take my reusable shopping bags into the market or store when I forget. I guess my best tip is to get the kids involved… once they learn how to be eco-friendly, they won’t ever let you forget!!

  • Elizabeth H.

    My best eco-friendly tip is to buy used! It’s less packaging, local and cheaper.

  • Stephanie

    My best eco-friendly tip is to make things yourself, and cut down on pre packaged waste!

  • Rachel Tilly

    Buying local and reusing!!

  • Maree

    Filter your water and use reusable water bottles. All those plastic water bottles that end up in the landfills (or worse…in the oceans/rivers/meadows/etc) are a waste of resources.

  • Michaela R.

    I’ve been a long time user of a Camelbak water bottle, and since I bought it (which was a few years ago), I haven’t used a plastic water bottle once. Reusable water bottles are game changers!

  • Brooke

    My best tip is to not even have paper towels, paper plates, plastic baggies and such in the house so that I am not tempted to use them. I also cut the kiddos older clothes and make cute napkins for their lunches.

  • Kathleen

    Educate the young!

  • Heather Koziarz

    I love shopping at the local farmers market

  • Heather Koziarz

    I love shopping at the local farmers market

  • sarah

    Recycling!

  • Jennifer Frank

    Compost and recycle. We pay less for garbage and we get the benefit of using our compost to replenish our garden’s soil.

  • Catherine

    Stop using dryer sheets! You don’t need them!

  • Mbb

    reuse tin foil!

  • Ddk9

    Having bags in your car so they are always ready for shopping.

  • Brittany

    My tip is to fill my kids’ reusable lunch boxes with reusable snack containers and sandwich boxes.

  • Ashley

    Use reusable bags and help/encourage others to recycle!

  • Annjconroy

    Before you purchase something, think of whether you really need the item, whether it is earth friendly, and how you can recycle something else you have to have a greater impact on our earth.

  • Kaitlin

    The eco friendly thing I do best is always using my reusable water bottle. I refuse to buy bottled water…it is such a waste of money that is bad for the planet!

  • ms

    make your own laundry detergent!

  • Amy

    This may sound lame, but we recycle SO much more when the bins are extremely accessible. I have recycling bins throughout the house so nothing gets thrown away that shouldn’t be.

  • Jaw Jaf

    Recycle everything!!
    We have a few Siggs for each family member. Just bought a glass water bottle & I love it.

  • http://www.facebook.com/people/Blue-Strong/100001933815908 Blue Strong

    Farmers Market & local food!

  • Alyse

    Easy things like turning of the water when you brush your teeth and using reusable bags!

  • szkent

    We stopped buying bottled water a while ago when we saw how much went into the recycle bin. We try to fill up reusable bottles as much as possible. We stopped our newspaper subscription because we can read it online. And I am able to use a lot of things that would usually end up in the trash or recycle bin for my daughter’s craft projects.

  • Amy

    Recycle all paper and aluminum products and grow my own veggies/herbs in the garden!

  • Megan Shaner

    Start small–even a “tiny” change can make a huge difference…and be a great starting point for bigger changes down the road!

  • Anna

    Compost, recycle, resusable grocery bags, glass containers instead of ziplock bags for food storage, pack our own lunches instead of buying premade things in their own containers. I have gradually been teaching my children (ages 2 and 4) the importance of better nutrition and the importance of making the earth healthier. They won’t let me go to the grocery store now without our reusable grocery bags and now seem to understand why I won’t buy them lumchables or other packaged processed foods!! It has been fun!

  • DanaC

    Reuse! I try to reuse just about anything possible and I have realized how big of an impact it has made not just with me but those around me who are starting to trying and pick up the habits as well.

  • Amy

    My best tip…get the whole family involved! The kids will learn and love it…and their excitement will make it fun for all! Go team!

  • Krystyna

    I pack my lunch for work. It is more economical and great for the environment since I never use plastic baggies or anything I cannot reuse.

  • Stubbes

    my best tip is to share with friends ….recyle (kids clothes – we have a circle of us that just keep passing things to each other! haven’t bought new kids clothes in years) and planting the garden and eating what can and canning the rest for the rest of the year!

  • Mei

    i hang laundry on racks, then out them outdoors in the sun or inside.

  • Margaret Hruschka

    Buying things secondhand. Especially things like clothing are so overproduced that even when you donate them after buying them many are trashed because there are just too many clothes being produced. Garage sales and Goodwills.

  • Christine Nguyen

    Before reusing or recycling, REDUCE!

  • LeGwen

    Remember to turn off the water while brushing your teeth. Unplug all appliances (when not in use) that have a light on them.

  • http://www.facebook.com/profile.php?id=1744591956 Avilene Cueto

    My best eco-friendly tip is using using recycling all bottles I use and taking those reusable grocery bags to the store with me.

  • Idgiescottage

    In my family we are doing our absolute best to live green and use/waste less. We use cloth napkins, shred all clean paper to use as mulch in our garden, use plastic water bottles as drip waterers and mini greenhouses – The list goes on and on. Love new ideas and ways to lessen our impact on the environment. Would LOVE to win one of these Fabulous Water Bottles!
    Thank You For the Opportunity!
    Sincerely,
    Laurie

  • tracy

    We use reuseable bags when shopping and recycle.

  • Renekratz

    I carry a metal water bottle to work every day. i also have one for the gym.

  • Michelle H

    Reusable bags. I hate all of the plastic waste at the grocery store, and reusables hold tons more anyway!

  • Phyllis

    We recycle as much as we can.

  • Katy W.

    We use reusable water bottles, bring our lunches, pack coolers for day trips and try to recycle as much as possible.

  • Jenny

    I think the easiest thing for people to do is to turn things off when they are not in use- power strips, lights…. It is such an ingrained habit for me know that I am guilty of leaving my co-workers in the dark when I leave the room sometimes!

  • Karen

    Unplugging appliances when they are not in use to save energy

  • Amarrano55

    Growing our own veggies and making my own food as much as possible. And being aware of buying seasonally.

  • Rachel Best

    My best tip is to use good quality reusable water bottles, like the ones above. I actually broke 2 in the past few weeks and my supply is running low! Thanks for the recommendation!

  • Jill

    I keep my reusable grocery bags in the car at all times. Then I can’t forget them!

  • Tiffany

    I like to use the reusable bags as much as possible.

  • Dani

    I use a refillable water bottle every day! I also use reusable bags for lunch every day!

  • JennPT06

    I have one of those 32oz Nalgene bottles that I refill… I try to drink 2 of those bottles a day!!

  • Stacey

    I have to go with reusable bottles for water. I have a friend who drinks 5 of those plastic bottles a day at work. Good for her for drinking a lot of water, but I cringe at the waste and the expense!

  • Katiemur

    Keep your recyle boxes handy and close so it is easy to put things in them.

  • Dutton1994

    I use the little bento boxes to pack my son’s lunch. I use a lot less plastic sandwich bags that way!

  • Annas

    I don’t know if it is a “tip” per se, but I always prep my produce (peel/clean/chop – whatever is needed) at once and stock the fridge so it’s easy and convenient to throw together salads for lunch, quick dinners after work, and healthier “at your fingertips” snacks!

  • Pam A

    My tips are to grow as much food/herbs as you can at home. Also recycle as much as you can. And think before you do things that might affect the environment.

  • Tabitha

    My best tip is to keep your shopping bags in your car (instead of constantly stashing them in a closet after using them)–once I started keeping a few in my backseat at all times, the number of plastic or paper bags coming into my home dropped drastically!

  • MommaMary

    Rather than throw away those styrafoam packing peanuts away, I folded a towel in half, sewed the sides, loosely filling with the peanuts and sewing the final seam shut. I then sit my hot dishes nestled into it when taking pot luck. It helps keep the dish hot. I place a second filled towel on top of the dish.

  • Lindsay

    Instead of using post-it notes, I cut up used paper into four pieces and use them instead. Not only do they give me more room to write, it is cost-effective and environment-friendly! They go straight into the recycling bin when I’m finished!

  • Ktorp410

    i too do not buy bottled water. i fill my bottles and use them that way. i would love to win one of these.

  • Lizzie P.

    Our family always washed freezer bags instead of throwing them away and buying more. We also reuse plastic containers from take-out, butter, sour cream, etc.

  • Teresa

    I unplug things that I know I won’t be using for awhile, to conserve the electricity that turned-off appliances pull from the wall.

  • Jillian

    My best Eco-friendly tip is to turn off the water when it is not in direct use ( I.e. brushing your teeth, ect.). It is so easy to waste so much water!

  • Liz N.

    If we dine out and know that there will be letovers I discreetly bring in our own reuseable containers from home. They are small enough to fit in my purse. I used to feel embarrassed but it’s my small way if making a difference.

  • Nicole M.

    My tip is to educate others and lead by example. I am an elementary school teacher and my students and I know the importance of keeping our bodies and our Earth healthy.

  • Jennifer Turner2008

    We try to recycle as much as possible and when the farmer’s market is open, we support our local growers.

  • Dee Parker

    I catch the cold water that comes out of the tap before the hot water in a watering can and use it for my plants.

  • Dianekay

    I reuse disposable plastic bags – I’ve even been known to wash/dry them for reuse.

  • Ingrid

    Try to buy local.

  • Lindsey Vondenstein

    Buy local!

  • Erin Locker

    I pack my own lunches and use glass containers instead of plastic.

  • Ashley

    This may sound silly, but I try not to use the Air Conditioner in my home. I have a great system of opening shaded windows, using special window curtains that block heat/cold and light, and practiced timing. My house stays below 70 most of the spring/summer, and it takes no more than a quick walk around the house a few times a day.

  • donnab

    Produce comes from our garden or the local farmers’ market during the summer, and I freeze as much as possible to carry over through the winter – hope to do more of that this year!

  • Amy

    Until I can get into the practice of making my own yogurt, I try to re-use the containers for paint brush holders in art projects.

  • Cameryn

    I love to carpool!

  • Amy

    we have eliminated bottled water in our home—so wouldn’t this water bottle be perfect :)

  • Jodi

    making extra for dinner so we have leftoevers every day for lunch

  • Msmelanieblair

    My best tip is to but local, recycle and compost! It’s amazing how much ends up in our compost…we hardly have any real garbage!

  • Erika

    Always keep a reusable bag in your purse – you never know when you’ll stop into a store to pick something up. I like the ones that fold up into a little pouch. Just throw the little pouch into the bottom of the reusable bag so you can fold it back up in there when you get home!

  • Esherman10

    Recycle and plant your own garden.

  • Heather

    We recycle everything we possibly can, and use reusable containers for everything we bring for our lunches–no paper bags or plastic baggies or foil or plastic wrap.

  • Elizabeth Smillie

    plan out your driving to combine as many errands into the same trip as possible – gas prices have definitely made this a must for us!

  • http://www.facebook.com/profile.php?id=601131334 Lindsay Conant

    My best eco-friendly tip is to reuse everything. Save paper you’ve printed on only one side of, buy reusable bags, water bottles, etc… anything to cut down on the amount of new packaging and products you are buying new!

  • Megan

    I take the bus to work and errands

  • Jlpaulen

    I agree with Ashley, the Diva cup is amazing!

  • Paula C.

    I try to use reusable cleaning cloths instead of bunches of paper towels. My goal is to teach my husband to do the same.

  • Erica

    I’m a big fan of car-pooling and busing to reduce gas consumption, especially in metropolitan areas. It’s such a practical way to help the earth, and it’s nice for the riders too. Instead of sitting stressed out in traffic, riders get to enjoy the ride, and can spend it reading or doing paper work.

  • tracy

    Live simply and be proud of it!

  • Annie D.

    We have a reverse osmosis water filtering system so we don’t have to buy bottled water.

  • Sburens

    We use reuable containers for 99% of everything and just changed most of it out for glass storage.

  • Leslie

    My best tip is keeping reusable grocery bags in the car so they’re easier to remember- then we can cut down on plastic or paper bags from the store!

  • Alice

    When I replace items in my household, I take a photo of the old item, and send it to family members. Someone always wants the item. This week, I got new patio furniture, and my old set (outgrown) was quickly spoken for. I love seeing everything getting new use!

  • Katie

    I use a couple of reusable water bottles, but they get so much action, they’re beginning to leak/fall apart. A new one would be great! :-)

  • Kimberlee VanGorden

    I’ve just started using glass canning jars for food storage in the pantry and in the fridge. I’m using a lot less ziplock bags and fewer plastic containers now.

  • Theresa H

    Using a re-fillable water bottle is cheaper and better for the environment – plus it’s easy!!

  • kristin taylor

    I turn off all the lights and lower the heat when I leave the house.

  • Jacqueline Pankhurst

    I love recycling!! I freak out at school when I see a kid throw paper away! It’s a well known fact that if you crumple up paper and throw it in my trash can, I will make you dig it out, uncrumple it, and put it in the recycling.

  • Kaitlin

    Cooking at home. Sometimes I just want to go out to dinner, but I feel so much healthier and eco friendly when I use local ingredients and cook myself.

  • Karla Hurley

    If you have to let the water run to wait until it gets hot for whatever reason (we have this in the second story of our house), collect it as it runs into the sink and water your plants with it so you aren’t wasting it!

  • Breezi@NotYourAverageFairytale

    Best eco friendly tip? Um…. I drink from a reusable bottle for my water…. I need a new one. This would be good :)

  • C.J.

    I love shopping at our local farmers market.

  • Ashley C Keating

    A good tip to be eco-friendly is to leave re-usable bags in your car so that every time you go shopping you have a bag to use. This should include all types of shopping not just grocery shopping. I see more and more people bringing re-usable bags to retail stores and it is a great thing!

  • Kathy

    I use reuseable grocery bags and also always turn out lights when I leave a room.

  • Amy B

    We try to conserve the gas in our car by making multiple trips in one outing. Start with the furthest spot out and finish with the one closest to home!

  • Kendra

    Recently I’ve started “shopping” in my pantry before going to the grocery store. I look in the back of the cupboard (and fridge/freezer) for extra food that I haven’t used–or even thought about–in ages. I’m reducing my monthly grocery bill, using up food that might otherwise have gone stale, and challenging myself to be more creative in my cooking.

  • Pat

    I cringe when I see others buying water bottles. I use a nalgene bottle, but heard the Sigg is great too. This size would fit well in my cars cup holder, so I can take it with me on my errands. I will plan my trips better to save on gas. Wish I could ride a bike or walk to the store, but they are to far away.

  • Anita

    I recycle EVERYTHING I can…. Plastic bags make really cool scrapbook paper if you iron them together!! :)

  • Rhea

    Shopping locally and cooking at home.

  • amanda

    The best thing is to use a reusable sandwich bag for packing my daughter’s lunch for school everyday. I couldn’t believe how many ziploc sandwich bags I was going through!!

  • http://www.brittanycooks.com/ Brittany @ Brittany Cooks

    Reusable grocery bags! I use them for groceries of course, but I also use them when shopping for clothes. I carry a larger purse, so if I buy something, I can usually put it in the purse instead of using a bag.

  • Phyllis

    I recycle junk mail into paper to jot down notes on & write grocery list on.

  • Erin G

    Cloth diapers! After a lot of research, we settled on the Flip Diaper system. We had our first baby nearly 5 months ago, and haven’t had to buy any more diapers since she was born. It’s really easy, cheap and environmentally friendly!

  • Sylvia Kuck

    We bring home paper from work that’s only been printed on one side for the kids to use for coloring – since our offices don’t recycle, the paper gets used again and then recycled at home.

  • Becky

    Use cloth napkins instead of paper napkins at home.

  • Carolyn

    Ever since we started keeping reusable grocery bags in our cars we hardly ever have to use the grocery stores’ bags. That has saved us so much in garbage & recycling.

  • Cassandra

    We grow some of our own vegetables at home in our garden and it has really taught us that with a little hard work and some love, you can turn a baby plant into a huge, juicy, delicious tomato! We love it!

  • RErickson

    Walking or biking. So easy to do in my town because faster to walk across town then to start up the car and drive.

  • Seth

    I always keep a couple reusable water bottles in the fridge.

  • Jennifer

    I use cloth bags when grocery shopping, and if only buying a few items I carry them in my hands!

  • Tiffany K.

    I always keep my reusable grocery bags in the car, making it much easier when I finally have that spare free moment to do my grocery shopping!

  • http://thesocialeater.org/ Sarah

    Sign up for a CSA! I joined an egg CSA this year. Because I’ve already paid for the eggs, it ensures I go pick them up and don’t resort to a last minute grocery store run (for eggs that have likely sat on the shelves for weeks).

  • http://morselsoflife.com/ CJ @ Morsels of Life

    planning and using things efficiently – for example, combining trips, reusing containers/bags, etc :)

  • stacey

    using a carbonator like a SodaStream to eliminate bottle/can waste at home

  • Morgan

    I think using recycled bags and not buying water bottles would save a lot of plastic.

  • Christinabaack23

    Trying to waste as little food as possible. I am now trying to be much more conscious about halving recipes to reduce waste, making sure I eat leftovers for lunch instead of buying out, and freezing extras to eat at another time. It has saved so much waste AND money!

  • Heather Labbe

    CSA! Although we have to share one because it is way too much produce for two people.

  • Mary Anna

    Compost all kitchen waste that is usable (not animal fats). Not only does it cut way back on trash going out but it makes great soil to use in the garden. The bins take up very little space and are odor free.

  • Veronicabrownheim

    I joined a CSA three years ago and have been buying our beef from a local free-range & organic ranch. For the baby we’ve been cloth-diapering!

  • BarefootBarrista

    I used to work for a cafe. We would sell soda, and part of my job was stocking. The thought of those plastic rings going into a landfill somewhere, and then possibly snagging/choking some sweet animal really freaked me out. My co-workers would always laugh at me, but I would sit and snip each ring, just in case. Still plastic, but at least no longer a choking hazard.

  • Heather

    We cloth diaper our daughter and plan to use the same diapers and reusable wipes for our future children, too. I feel so much better about this method, as opposed to throwing thousands of disposable diapers into the landfill. It is not nearly as bad as many think, and it has been a great decision for our family! Of course, we do a lot of other things as well, but this is the one that I never wouldve imagined myself doing before I got pregnant and started researching.

  • Angela

    Using reusable bags when grocery shopping

  • Jade Crawhorn

    I always try to make enough food so we can either freeze/or have leftovers to cook with the rest of the week. I try to combine to trips out of the house into one big trip( this helps with the kiddos as well). I also avoid harsh chemicals that can be bad for the environment and for my kiddos.

  • cluttercafe

    I don’t really have any, except that my kids use recyclable lunch bags and water bottles and I use my reuseable grocery bags and I recycle my bottles and have switched to more ecofriendly cleaning products

  • Lily

    compost in the kitchen.

  • Renae

    I bought one of the glasses with a straw and use my own filtered water to drink – not bottled water.

  • Emdorphin

    We bought a soda stream a few years back and have reduced our plastic bottle waste by 95%. Soda stream may not be the most cost effective but it is so worth the reduction in waste.

  • Jennie

    Meal planning–saves extra trips to the store, eliminates waste, and cuts out processed foods!

  • BrendaB.

    Making sure my reusable shopping bags are in my car!

  • Robin

    Reusable bags all the way!

  • Anne

    We live about 15 miles from the nearest town, so I’ve learned to adapt my shopping and cooking strategies so that we only have to go to the store once a week, thus saving a lot of unnecessary travel (we don’t commute, so we’re not going anywhere anyway).

  • Annie B

    We have all of our main electronics plugged into power strips and then we can just unplug the whole strip when we’re not using it to save electricity.

  • Ann Lindquist

    I love making my own laundry soap. Not only does it save me some serious money, but then I don’t pitch/recycle bottle after bottle.

  • http://www.brighteyedbaker.com/ brighteyedbaker

    This water bottle is a great idea, because that metal taste that some give off really isn’t good! We try to re-use plastic bag for garbage, and we pack all our shopping into one day, so as to avoid frequent little trips to the store.

  • Allison Coe

    Install rain barrels and catch your gutter water so you can use that to water your gardens and lawn.

  • Mestebla

    The biggest thing I do is bring reusable grocery bags with me to the store. I feel like I make the most difference doing that.

  • Jack’s Mom

    Having lots of these reusable water bottles around for my son and I to use! They’re often left at school or sports, or temporarily misplaced (car, bedroom, locker, etc.) so extras are a must.

  • Jenpleake

    Every couple of months, I try to incorporate one more eco-friendly things into my daily life. Whether it be from using re-usable bags at the grocery store, planning my errands to save on gas, to making some of my own household cleaner, are some of the things that I try to do to be more eco-friendly.

  • http://profile.yahoo.com/HIYDKC2ZNSS6IB5HGTHJD5KHSI Erin

    I use a water bottle everyday…the same one, all the time. I never buy plastic water bottle anymore.

  • Eszelestey

    My best tip is buy local. Food is fresher and taste so much better.

  • Kanke

    I use cloth diapers and have been going strong with them for over two years now.

  • Lynn

    Waste pretty much no food. Every recipe is planned so that every bit of each ingredient is used. I find ways to recycle as much as I can – from cans to my old running shoes. I also love Sigg bottles!

  • Megan

    I use rags instead of paper towels as much as possible. Doing laundry anyway, may as well throw some rags in there too! :)

  • Lori Russo

    I am starting to compost with suitable scraps from my kitchen.

  • Nlskinner4

    We try to always print on both sides of the printer paper.