Thursday, October 15, 2009

Blog Action Day - Supporting the environment without spending a dime.

Today is the day that bloggers concerned about climate change have been asked to write about climate change in some way. The Blog Action Day sponsors offered tips and more tips to break through any writer's block. They also gave us plenty of lead time, despite which I'm writing this at the last minute.

In my first mention of Blog Action Day, on October 1, I mentioned how we are saving money and the environment by getting our electricity from 100% wind. For us, because we live in North Texas, that's a possibility. It may not be where you live, but there might be other ways that you can save money and save the environment at the same time. Since the economy is in the crapper worldwide, I decided to include just a few ways to spend NOTHING and help the environment at the same time.

Use your library instead of spending money and wasting resources on something you might only use once. They’ve got books, CDs, DVDs, magazines and newspapers lined up for you to borrow for free. If there’s something you want that they haven’t got, ask a librarian - they can get it in for you from other libraries, or put it on a purchases list.

On your way to collect your library "purchases", do all the errands you can in that part of town. If you're driving, drive INTENTIONALLY; make each trip as petrol-effective as possible.

Find ways to support environmental causes that don't cost you anything. For instance, for every E-card you send through Care2, you preserve one square foot of rainforest.

If you know of other ways to spend NOTHING and help the environment at the same time or know more organizations that provide you a service for no charge while supporting the environment, please include the information in the comments.

1 comment:

Casey said...

Don't know how I missed this post and I know I'm late to the party, but with two boys we always have outgrown clothes that are simply too trashed to donate to Goodwill.

I cut 'em into small squares and toss them into our rag basket. As long as we don't use anything flammable on them, they can be washed and reused. Apart from the odd camping-trip purchase, I haven't bought paper towels in years.