75 ways to live more sustainable in 2013

A friend posted this item on living sustainably from Sustainable Kentucky blog on Facebook with the caveat that she wouldn’t consider step #55, so of course, I had to see what #55 was.

I’m not doing that either.


Some of the ideas are basic: Start reading labels, adjust your thermostat, stop using plastic bags and bottles, change to CFL light bulbs and the three Rs, of course.

Others are more interesting:

  • #3 Chart your chemical intake for one day; literally write down everything chemical you put in or on your body. Then start eliminating them, one at a time.
  • #27 Plant a garden and #12 compost. The two go hand in hand.
  • Then learn to #43 can, freeze, seal or dry the harvest from your garden.
  • #52 Learn to sew. #8 Buy second-hand clothing from consignment shops, and other places to find used clothes.
  • Here’s a painful one for lots of folks: #65 quit eating out. Cook at home. You’ll save a bundle and be healthier for it.
  • #67Avoid things packaged in Styrofoam and plastic.
  • #72 Eat seasonally and get to know your #75 local farmers.
  • A great one, if you can find such people: #68 Vote for candidates with good environmental records.

Oh, and #55?

“Become a nudist. Less clothes purchased from sweatshops, less energy and water wasted on laundry, less chemical exposure on your body, and more vitamin D, too.”

Check the list out and see what you can do. Have more ideas? Post a comment here or send me an email.

— Linda J.