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10 Baby Steps to Change

In response to my recent blog post on reducing toilet paper use, I received a comment from someone promoting the use of bidets instead of toilet paper all together. For those of you who are not familiar with a bidet, this is an attachment to the toilet which cleans your bottom using a pressurized stream of water. Don’t get me wrong, I am all for the use of bidets to reduce paper consumption – just not for me. Part of what I was getting at in my post was that if everyone makes a conscious commitment to small changes in daily habits, we can make a big impact on the environment. While I support the commenter’s choice to make the switch to the bidet, that is just too radical of a change which I am not yet willing to make.

Today, I have a short list of small changes we can all make to our daily routines which can have a major impact on the environment if we all pitch in. Please help me expand my list in your comments. And check out to receive daily “bite-sized ideas for light green living.”

1. Reduce toilet paper consumption

2. Start a compost bin

3. Empty the lint filter on your dryer between loads to reduce energy use

4. Remove your name from junk mailing lists

5. By local produce to reduce greenhouse gas emissions from import/export processes

6. Switch to energy efficient light bulbs

7. “If it’s yellow, let it mellow. If it’s brown, flush it down” – There is no need to flush every time you go pee. Every time you flush, you use 7-10 GALLONS of water.

8. Bring your own bags to the grocery store

9. Print/copy double sided on recycled paper

10. Reusable water bottles