- Set a reasonable standard for cleanliness and pare cleaning and beauty products to the basics. I think that phrase "reasonable standard" is rather humorous--I'm sure that looks quite different for all of us! I would say I am more neat than clean, but I do have a basic weekly cleaning schedule. With cleaning supplies, I'm making a slow switch to non-toxic and want to try homemade cleaners using vinegar, Borax, etc. As for paring down beauty products, I'm planning to adopt Megan's approach: purchase environmentally-friendly products when my current ones run out. I'd also like to try to use fewer products than I am currently.
- Purchase fewer products and materials which are nonrenewable or not biodegradable. This point deserves more of my consideration. I recently attended a workshop on environmental stewardship in which one panelist encouraged us to really think before we buy anything. She said she asks herself if the product can be reduced, reused and/or recycled. If not, she re-considers the purchase.
- Recycle glass, paper and aluminum. Compost organic materials from the yard and kitchen. We do recycle paper and aluminum but I still need to be proactive in finding where we can recycle glass and cardboard locally. I have never tried composting--this is something I need to learn more about.
- Save energy by doing some chores the slow way rather than buying more machines. A fascinating concept for the times in which we live--there are machines for everything! Little example: my husband and I recently noted that a department store was selling "quesadilla makers!" It truly is something to consider as we make lists of gifts to give or receive.
Living More with Less is a very insightful book and I am enjoying sharing various sections with you. Thanks for reading!