20 Steps to a More Natural Life
Adapted from The Druidry Handbook, by John Michael Greer (Red Wheel/Weiser, 2006).
1. If you can, grow your own food.
2. Buy organic, recycled, and other Earth-friendly products.
3. Set the heat ten degrees cooler and the air conditioning ten degrees warmer.
4. Improve your home’s heat efficiency by adding insulation.
5. Put flow restrictors on your faucets and showerhead to save water.
6. Never buy anything on impulse.
7. Plant trees whenever and wherever you can, and tend and water them.
8. Take a hard look at the electric or gas-powered devices you won.
9. Contact your local water, electricity, and heating fuel utilities to find out what conservation programs they offer.
10. Shop at a local farmers’ market or join a community-supported agriculture program.
11. Learn how to entertain yourself and your family and friends instead of letting an energy-wasting machine do it for you.
12. Instead of a grass law, landscape with plant species native to your area.
13. Whenever you possibly can, walk, bicycle, carpoo, or take public transit instead of driving a car.
14. Replace chemical cleansers, laundry detergents, and garden compounds with natural or biodegradable equivalents.
15. Take care of as much of your everyday health-care needs as you can using natural methods.
16. Live as close as possible to work or school so that you minimize the time and energy wasted in commuting.
17. If you’re building a home, include as many Earth-friendly elements in its design and construction as you can.
18. Compost all your yard waste and vegetable kitchen scraps in a composter or worn bin, and return the compost to the soil.
19. Recycle everything you possibly can. If your area has curbside recycling, use it. If not, find out what recycling services are available and use them.
20. Donate old clothes, housewares, and appliances to charity, or find other uses for them instead of throwing them away.
By Annie B. Bond, the best-selling and award-winning author of five healthy/green living books, including Better Basics for the Home (Three Rivers Press, 1999), Home Enlightenment, Clean & Green (1990), and most recently True Food (National Geographic, 2010 and winner of Gourmand Awards Best Health and Nutrition Cookbook in the World). She has authored literally thousands of articles and was named “the foremost expert on green living” by Body & Soul magazine (2009).