June 22nd – Refrain from buying anything with plastic, today.

This could be a tough one as so many things are packaged in plastic, let alone, made of it.  Today, make an effort to avoid buying anything with plastic.  It helps remind us how prevalent it is in our culture… and the efforts we may want to make to lessen our dependency on it.

June 21st – Share or donate your magazines, today. Consider starting a magazine/book swap group.

More than 2 billion books, 350 million magazines, and 24 billion newspapers are published each year, according to the EPA.   There is inconceivable importance for the transmittal of information and stories and the need to have this industry survive, but in keeping sustainability in mind, printed paper is unquestionably taxing on our environment.

Find a few friends or group to which you may belong and consider swapping your magazines and books (i.e. friends, neighbors, school parents, book clubs, etc).  The library is also always a great alternative to obtain and reuse printed material.

June 18th – If you charge your cell phone at night, today, charge it before bedtime, unplug the phone/outlet and turn your phone off overnight.

I can’t even imagine how many people plug in their cell phones just before turning in to bed, to leave it to charge overnight (including me, ugh!).  Imagine the energy saved in the world if everyone unplugged their cell phone as soon as it is charged, take the charger out of the electric socket, and then turned your cell phone off overnight.  Seems somewhat small for one person, but multiply that by even a fraction of the 300+ million mobile phone subscribers in the US alone, and a difference it could make.

June 16th – Give props to any special dads you know, today. Among many things, they are important role models for our kids.

Having a dad/step dad/primary-male-figure fully engaged in a child’s life is invaluable.  Men bring a different perspective to kid’s lives …not just that ice cream is okay for dinner perspective (and don’t pretend like we don’t know all know that, ha)…, but in all facets – emotional, mental and physical.  Give props to the special dads you know, today, they are helping to shape our future.

Happy Father’s Day to my hubby, arguably the best dad in the world! 😉

June 13th – Stay below 60 mph while driving today to save gas.

Great tid bit I found from Real Simple… according to Chris Grundler of the National Vehicle and Fuel Emissions Laboratory in Ann Arbor, MI, “Fuel economy suffers at speeds higher than 60 and drops like a stone above 70.”   Richard Beard, an associate professor at Utah State University who researches fuel efficiency added “Slowing from 70 to 55 can increase your miles per gallon by 15 percent.”