All Food Related

Reduce waste-by eating your leftovers, composting and recycling

Eat a mostly plant based diet, avoid red meat

Support local farmers and fisheries

Plant a garden, or a tree

Bring your own mug to coffee shop

Eliminate straws that aren’t reusable

Store food in glass containers

Consider ordering  from Imperfect Foods or Misfits Market

Buy in bulk to reduce packaging, especially plastic

Bring reusable bags to the grocery

Pack lunches in reusable containers

Inside Your Home

Wash clothes in cold water

Recycle   (Curbside #1,2,5 plastics, metal, glass)

 Recycle flexible plastics- (plastic film around toilet paper,bread sacks,grocery bags, produce bags, Amazon plastic mailing envelopes and zip lock bags at Hennepin County Waste Management facilities)

Avoid wish cycling- which is recycling things that can’t be recycled right now, like black plastic trays (in Hennepin County)

Upgrade lightbulbs to LED

Turn home a/c thermostat up, heat down

Create a more energy efficient home ( Recommended hot water heater setting is 120 degrees)

Go low flow with your shower nozzles and shower fewer minutes

Wrap your old water heater in a “blanket”

Unplug “phantom” electricity items like cell phone chargers

Use a power strip for multiple electronics. Can turn them off with one switch.

Rediscover bars of soap (and now bars of shampoo and conditioner) Check out HiBAR products and their company.

Take quick showers

Replace insulation

Replace harsh chemical cleaning products with vinegar or baking soda

Beware of greenwashing. Companies that make environmental claims that are false to get consumers to buy their products.  Check the Federal Trade Commission’s Green Guides.

Outside Your Home

Drive an electric vehicle or hybrid

Carpool or use public transportation


Support solar and other renewables in your region

Make sure your investments are not in fossil fuels

Combine small errands into one big trip

Make more thoughtful online purchases, combine purchases

Dial back the climate control in your car

Be idle-free, many new cars already have this

Vacation closer to home

Reduce plastic use.

 (Buy Bar shampoo/conditioner, laundry detergent sheets,

reusable bags/glass containers)

Seek out climate solutions at your workplace

Turn away from fast fashion

Know when your city’s recycling drop off day is

Sell old things on face book marketplace or Craig’s List

 Buy used things.

Invest in solar panels

Reusable water bottle

Keep your devices longer

Adopt a storm drain

Seek climate solutions for your kids’ schools

Be a savvy consumer

Attend swap meets , fix it clinics (visit

Car pool

Animal Humane Society can use your newspapers

 for animal bedding

Buy only organic or natural ingredient personal care products

Find out what your city’s policies are on recycling

Give bamboo a try

Replace old large appliances with energy saving ones

 like high efficiency heat pumps, Smart thermostats

Reduce flying

Dispose properly of  your household hazardous waste

Buy battery operated tools for gardening and lawn


What it is- Composting is the natural process of recycling organic matter, such as food scraps, into a valuable fertilizer that can enrich soil and plants.


What to do- buy BPI certified compostable bags to collect your food scraps, tissues, napkins, toothpicks, dog hair, plant cuttings, bones, etc.


 If your trash hauler doesn’t provide a composting service, you can take your organics  to multiple sites around the city.

Suburbs or trash haulers that do it-  all trash haulers or cities will be offering it soon if they don’t already. Plymouth and Hopkins pick up organics through their cities and charge you on your utility bill.


Why? Composting your food scraps greatly reduces the volume of materials that go to the landfill. When food does go to the landfill it gets trapped underground (so not aerated) and produces methane, a powerful air pollutant. When it’s made into compost,  it is re-sold for gardens and enriches the soil.


What is really recyclable?  That’s a very confusing topic for a variety of reasons. One common problem is different municipalities recycle different things. Best case scenario is to find ways to use less.

What should I do if I’m not sure something is recyclable? First, check your city’s recycling guidelines. If the item isn’t listed, put it in your garbage can. That might sound wrong—shouldn’t it at least have a chance to be recycled?—but the truth is, it’ll end up in the landfill anyway if it doesn’t belong in your recycling bin, and it’ll cause problems on the way.

City and county websites- (green disposal guide)