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Eco-Action Guides

50 Ways to Take Eco-Action

Eco-action = taking action to help our planet by adopting more sustainable individual habits, supporting our communities, and/or creating systemic changes.

It’s important for all of us to take action for a more sustainable planet and future. Here are 50 ways to take eco-action and make a difference. Challenge yourself to try something new every week or every month.

  • Become more knowledge on one major climate-related topic. Topic ideas: zero waste, Green New Deal, sustainable fashion, recycling, native plants, sustainable coffee.
  • Join a CSA.
  • Take a train or bus rather than fly.
  • Buy from a sustainable fashion company with your next clothing purchase.
  • Try a bar soap or refillable hand soap for your bathroom sink.
  • Make veggie broth from scratch (extra points for broth made from food scraps).
  • Visit your library and borrow a book. Or renew your card if you haven’t gone in ages.
  • Find a community garden in your area and visit.
  • Rent or test drive an electric vehicle.
  • Make your own yogurt.
  • Do something nice for a stranger.
  • Tour your city’s recycling facility.
  • Sign up for an intro to woodworking class.
  • Make your own nut milk.
  • Organize a cleanup with friends and family.
  • Go vegan for a week.
  • Get a product to capture plastic microfibers in your laundry.
  • Read a climate action book.
  • Visit the ocean.
  • Ride public transit to work rather than take a car.
  • Buy local honey.
  • Visit a local nursery and get an herb plant for your windowsill.
  • Adopt a drain in your neighborhood.
  • Find a Terracycle box in your area to drop off items that can be recycled rather than thrown away at home. Examples: coffee bag recycling, deodorant container recycling, disposable pen recycling.
  • Utilize a part of your fruits or veggies that you don’t normally use (i.e radish greens, orange peels, potato skins).
  • Start a vermicompost bin.
  • Buy a refillable pen.
  • Plant a tree at a tree planting event.
  • Put a bucket in the shower to capture water and use in your landscape.
  • Buy coffee from a local coffee roaster rather than a big chain.
  • Let clothes air dry to reduce energy use and help your clothing last longer.
  • Sprout seeds to enjoy on top of salads or in sandwiches.
  • Save used paper or envelopes to use as scratch paper.
  • Take a composting workshop.
  • Use a rag rather than a plastic loofah in the shower.
  • Go for a hike.
  • Walk or bike to run your errands.
  • Batch your errands when driving to use less fuel and reduce carbon emissions.
  • Join a climate march or climate strike (or both!).
  • Visit a thrift store.
  • Make your own body lotion.
  • Get bulk flour rather than buying from a brand name.
  • Listen to a climate action podcast.
  • Learn what can and cannot be recycled in curbside recycling.
  • Bring your own cup to takeout restaurants for soda or drinks.
  • Find out your ecological footprint with this simple quiz.
  • Donate and borrow books from a Little Free Library.
  • Make sun tea.
  • Stop buying fast fashion.
  • Sign up for a cleanup.

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