I am sharing a few suggestions to lighten our foot-print, only a few because there are so many things we can do. Please fill fee to add your ideas or comments.
Re-cycle and Re-use ------- Use it up
Wear it out.
Make it do,
Or do with-out.
Support or donate to your local charity or thrift store.
My favorite past-time ever----YARD SALE !
Re-purpose an item when it's original task is complete. I have used rake heads for years. (broken rakes are a part of gardening ). Hang them on the fence in the yard to hang your small gardening tools on. Put one in the tool shed to hang box-end wrenches, hammers and other tools. Place one by the back door to hang your keys on. I have used them in the kitchen to hold cooking pots, or for drying bundles of herbs. My fancy blue vintage glass-ware looks especially nice displayed this way.
I have always had one of these hanging in my bedroom to hang all my farm-girl bling on. Also use it for men's ties or your smaller purses. If you don't like the rusty look, just spray paint it in pretty colors.
Who needs new when the well worn look is soft and inviting. I have collected someone else's cast-offs my whole married life. There is something rewarding about rescuing an item, re-vamping it and incorporating it into your home.
nothing new here
COOK FROM SCRATCH------ lets get rid of the box.
Use your home grown vegetables or veges from our CSA for the bulk of your cooking, but when you need other options try these mixes for breakfast or supper. Cooking from scratch can cut down on the trips to the store and the packaging.
Many petroleum by-products are used in the packages, and only contain a small amount of food. Buy in bulk to minimize the use of plastic, and it saves you money.
Here are a few of the basic Breakfast mixes we use. Store in an airtight container.
9 C. unbleached flour
9 C. whole wheat flour
2C. whole grain of choice (oatmeal, ground flax seed etc.)
2/3 c. baking powder ( I don't use baking powder so I substitute with 1/4c. + 2 tbs. soda)
3 C. powdered milk
To make: 2 cups mix, 1 tbs. sugar or agave nectar, 1 C. water or milk, and 1 egg.
BASIC MUFFIN MIX
10 C. flour
1 C. sugar
4 tbs. baking powder
1/2 tbs. salt
To make: 2C. mix, 1 egg, 1tbs. oil mix until just blended. Bake 375-400 for 15 to 20 mins.
I always add one of the following to the mix.
- add chopped onions, minced garlic and ground spice of choice
- add crumbled cooked bacon or sausage
- add 2/3c. grated cheese and 2 tbs. melted butter instead of the oil.
- add 1/2c/ creamed corn and reduce the liquid to 1/2c.
- add 1c. diced apple and cinnamon
- add 2 mashed banana and nutmeg- may need to reduce the liquid-
- add 1/2c. berries of choice (blueberries, raspberries, currants etc.)
- for an up-side down muffin, add fruit of choice and chopped walnuts to the bottom of the tin, sprinkle with sweetener and melted butter, add mix over top.
RAISE A GARDEN even a few pots on the terrace if you don't have a yard
One day I received a call from my daughter Meadow. She was away at college, and had to throw away a cantaloupe rind in the garbage. She called expressing her helplessness and the feeling of guilt about not being able to compost it or feed it to the chickens. She is married now and I hope the concept will last through her life, and that she will raise a whole pile of little composters.
WALK, RIDE A BIKE, OR TAKE THE BUS TO WORK
JOIN A CSA
Your food travels an average of 1500 miles to get to your plate, by then the nutritional value has decreased. Generally, most CSA's apply organic principles in their farming practices which are better for the environment.
TURN OFF THE LIGHTS, EAT A CANDLE LIGHT DINNER
HANG THE LAUNDRY OUTSIDE
AND OF COURSE LET'S ALL PLANT SOME TREES !
Here are just a few ideas. Let's all do and little and together we can do a lot.