The Eco Tips from Susan Vogt, a member of our Education/Lifestyles Working Group, inspires us to take on simple to tough challenges that will keep you engaged in living mindfully, caring for our environment, and reducing our carbon footprint. 

58. Mar. 6: PLASTIC
EASY: Newspapers often come wrapped in plastic bags. If you don’t have a dog or other use for the bag, most grocery stores have recycling bins for such plastic film since it can’t go in curbside recycling.
CHALLENGING: If your local grocery store still uses plastic bags, join or start a plastic bag free movement in your area. Past Plastics-Cincinnati Coalition ( is an example.
EASY: Take public transportation or carpool when possible.
CHALLENGING: Reduce air travel. Online meetings have helped with decreasing air travel but consider that optional car travel (like vacations) might have a beneficial side effect of exploring the land and communities along the way.
CHALLENGING: Commit to reading the whole document (72 pages) over the next 6 months. Perhaps ask a friend to accompany you in this reading. I’ll give you some tips over the next few months.
61. Mar. 27: CLOTHING
EASY: Clothing, particularly petroleum based garments, are often treated with flame retardant chemicals (PFAS). Learn ways to “greenify” your closet here(
CHALLENGING: Get involved in your local fibershed community! (
54. Feb.6: FINANCIAL
EASY: Research an environmental organization such as Sierra ClubClimate Reality ProjectPachamama AllianceGreenpeaceCitizens Climate LobbyProject Drawdown… and make a donation.

CHALLENGING: Become involved in one of the above environmental groups. Bonus: Support it through investing in stocks and bonds.


55. Feb.13: WATER
EASY: Wash dishes and laundry on a full load.

CHALLENGING: Install a system at your home to capture and store rainwater.


56. Feb.20: EDUCATE
EASY: Tell a neighbor, friend, or co-worker about a green practice you’ve been doing.
CHALLENGING: Write articles/stories for newsletters or your local paper to help others get in touch with possible actions they can take to further environmental sustainability.
57. Feb.27: ENERGY
EASY: When possible, use a microwave, toaster oven, or slow cooker rather than an oven/range to save energy.
CHALLENGING: If you’ve already calculated your carbon footprint and are ready to reduce it further, consider a professional energy audit of your home to improve energy efficiency. For info click here. (

Week of January 2
Read the short reduce section of Global Stewards’ Green Eco Tips for Sustainable Living (

Week of January 9
Pray for vulnerable peoples and species, those affected by the climate emergency and biodiversity crisis. Act on your prayer. Advocate for environmentally friendly policies in your community, place of worship, the world. This usually means attending meetings, signing petitions, getting political.

Week of January 16

Use the cold water setting when using a washing machine. Use dryer balls. Be aware that clothing marked as stain-resistant or waterproof is often treated with toxic chemicals. Avoid buying these.

Week of January 23
Instead of paper towels, use reusable cloth towels or old rags when possible.

Week of January 30
Recycle glass, tin cans, newsprint, paper, cardboard, and plastic at home. Most curbside recycling programs take these.