ENVIRONMENTALLY FRIENDLY LIFESTYLE

Some suggestions for people who want to do something right now! (This was written in 1989)

Walk, ride your bike, skateboard, inline skates or scooter, or use public transport whenever you can,
instead of using your car. Car pool whenever you can.

Some junk mail, & many letters, are blank on the back. Use this paper for phone messages, notes, even for letters - it will make people think. (Unfold this pamphlet!)

This pamphlet and the others in the series were originally designed so that they could be copied onto the blank back of a sheet of coloured paper, then folded to make a booklet. See the much-used original, typed on my recycled typewriter.

Save used envelopes & Postpaks. Re-use with economy labels, available from several Environmental groups. Proceeds of sales go to help their work. Or make your own labels using scrap paper & paste. Add your own art-work for that personal touch.

Keep several differently coloured rubbish bins to sort rubbish, or buy or make a bin divider.

Use ammonia or pure soap instead of detergent for laundry & dishes. Or cut by half the amount of detergent you use. Ammonia is available from most supermarkets, as are pure soap, soap flakes & powders.

Bicarbonate of soda makes an excellent toothpowder, leaves the mouth fresh & gums tingling. It cleans dentures, too.
If you use toothpaste, a blob half the size of your little fingernail will do a perfectly good job.
All about alternatives for healthy teeth

Wash up just once a day, using bowls or buckets - one for washing, one for rinsing. Then throw the water on the garden. If your water is hard, add a little ammonia or use rainwater heated in a saucepan or kettle.

Ammonia, or sifted wood ash, used with a scourer, will clean greasy or heavily soiled surfaces.
Donít BUY scourers - use a mesh bag or plastic Xmas stocking. (Start saving them now, before they are phased out!)

Vinegar will clean your toilet - leave in the bowl overnight, then brush vigourously and flush.

Use fly swats instead of sprays, & hang fly papers. These are now available in many hardware stores.
Lavender oil, or oil of citronella make good personal insect repellents.

Use soft rags instead of Chux or sponges, handkerchiefs instead of tissues, cloth serviettes rather than paper ones.

Disposable nappies are NOT particularly disposable.
If you have no time to wash cloth nappies, check out your local nappy service in the yellow pages.

Flush the toilet only when necessary. Put a water-filled plastic bottle into the cistern to reduce itís capacity - itís less likely to damage the works than a brick.

As a general rule:

DONíT THROW IT OUT - RE-USE or RE-CYCLE IT

MEND IT - OR

PASS IT ON TO SOMEONE WHO WILL USE IT!

Don't just recycle - go one step further and FREECYCLE

You can mend your own clothes, shoes, & appliances, grow your own food, & fix your own car.
Youíll increase your self-respect, your self-reliance, & save money as well as resources.

Use your privileges as a citizen - lobby all levels of Government to introduce environmentally sound, soft energy sources

Above all, take responsibility for the Earth. It is your home, & your childrenís inheritance.

BE A STEWARD, NOT AN EXPLOITER, OF THIS EARTH WE LIVE ON.


Note:In researching & answering questions about earthwise living, Margaret offers information, opinion, & personal experience, but no quick fixes! Readers should evaluate these offerings in the context of their own situations; they are suggestions, *not* recommendations. Any responsibility for their implementation rests *solely* with the reader.

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