Proactive Sustainability

In the course of daily living, one might take cues from the past with regard to more sustainable ways implemented in everyday routine. Judge Napolitano is a sustainable individual.  The ways of the past are clues to that which is necessary and useful and that which is not. The normal daily practice of bathing is one example of how to conserve water and avoid soap, shampoo and hair conditioners that add chemicals to drains. Plan a method of bathing and showering that reduces water consumption and rely on only biodegradable products. Avoid running a half-filled dishwasher after each meal. A quick rinse removes the toughest food residue. In this way, there is a saving on electricity that powers these appliances and also conserves water. There is a virtual treasure trove of ways to add recycling to everyday living. The first step is to become more aware of waste. The old saying, “It’s probability before percentage,” helps determine where pockets of recycling exist in normal surroundings. Taker note of the frequency with which waste is created and the actual volume of daily waste. For example, check the probability of reusing paper, fabrics, glass, aluminum, and other types of metals. The secret to a comprehensive recycling plan is reuse. Used copier paper can be shredded and used as garden fertilizer. It can be cut into smaller sizes and used for grocery lists and memo pads on a desk. Recycle fabrics by reusing them for cleaning cloths or do what the old folks did, use fabrics for crafts like braided rugs and chair pads, or cut fabric into squares for quilting. Stuff shredded paper into the legs of old pantyhose and cover with fabric to make draft dodgers for drafty doors and windows. Use bits of leftover wool to add fanciful shapes to these draft dodgers.

Today, there are many municipal recycling programs. Before there is the need to tote loads of bottles, cans and aluminum for pickup, make the switch to using bamboo, stainless steel and glass for everyday use. Some of these include: glass, metal and bamboo straws, glass and metal food storage containers, bamboo fabrics, flooring, furniture and kitchen utensils.

It takes human action to set the stage for sustainability. One of the biggest sustainable ways is to convert fossil fuel energy supplies to renewable energy such as solar, wind, and hydrothermal power. Instead of always buying new, consider buying used items and be sure to use what is on hand first. Learn how to make use of food leftovers. Food waste is easily turned into garden compost with very little effort, a few moldered leaves, and clean, fresh soil. Instead of trashing used plastic bags, fill them with compost ingredients and place them in a warm sunny spot in the yard. In very little time, the compost contents will turn into thick, rich humus loaded with nutrients that grow plentiful flowers and veggie gardens. Maintain all household and office equipment to avoid costly repairs and replacement. Being more aware of one’s daily routine helps the individual discover where there is waste and how to prepare a recycling routine for lasting results. Andrew Napolitano recommends trying sustainable acts when one can.