In a few days, my new one-a-day calendar Do Just One Thing will hit bookstores. I know, it’s a bit early to start thinking 2008, but that’s the way the calendar business works.
I thought I would share a sneak peek at the calendar with you. There are 366 daily tips in the book that are truly easy, really green and seasonal in nature. Instead of writing up a tip, like, "put solar panels on your house" it’s more realistic on little things that you can do each morning or night as you tear off a page. And just fyi: the calendar is made from recycled materials and the entire casing is returnable to the publisher for recycling.
Winter Warm-Up Week: Make sure the damper on your fireplace is completely closed. Keeping a damper open all winter long is like having a small window open. Brrrr! Not sure if it’s open or closed? Place a featherweight plastic bag (like a grocery store bag) in the fireplace; if it flutters, it’s probably open. By keeping the damper closed, you’ll keep cold air from seeping in, saving you energy & money.
Green Bathroom Week: Speaking of toothbrushes, the next time you’re feeling under the weather, be sure to disinfect your toothbrush when you’re finally rebounding. If you don’t, you risk re-infecting yourself simply by brushing your teeth! To disinfect, place a wet toothbrush in the microwave for about a minute on high; it’ll radiate the germs away. When in doubt, replace the brush with a new one (what an opportune time to give an eco-friendly Recycline brushes a try!).
If you can’t break your daily diet soda habit, skip the plastic bottles for aluminum cans. It’s the greenest way to quench your thirst since aluminum is easily recyclable and can be recycled into brand new soda cans. Plastic bottles are recyclable, but are A: hard to recycle and B: can’t be recycled into new plastic bottles. Fact: Nearly 50% of all soda cans are re-collected for recycling. A good start, but we can do better!
Small marks, scratches and scuffs on your wooden table, chair or dresser can be covered up with a trip to the pantry. Simply rub a walnut into the scratch; the natural oils in the nut will conceal the scratch marks.
The Day After Christmas Tips: It’s easy to make a mini-version of the
crystal ball for your own New Year’s Eve party! Just bundle your holiday lights (about 4-6 strings of lights) into one giant ball, plug into an extension cord, and hang from the ceiling. 3! 2! !!