I save the environment and money in many ways just by being lazy:
- Shower less often (remember, they almost never bathed during the middle ages, and look how well that turned out!)
- Bathe your kids less often (I bathed my first baby every single night, but my second baby is lucky to bathe once a week -- this is due more to lack of time than my desire to conserve water. Until babies are mobile, how dirty are they really getting anyway?)
- Wash your own clothes less often -- we don't wash unless it is noticeably dirty or smells
- Wash your kids' clothes less often -- my infant definitely wore the same clothes several days in a row until she started eating solid foods and playing on the floor more often
- Clean your house less often (save money on cleaners!)
- Use the same plate, cup and silverware more than once in the same day
- Wash more in the dishwasher, less by hand (almost always saves water)
- Use and reuse cloth napkins (leave them on the table between meals)
- Don't flush the toilet for #1 (if it's yellow, let it mellow)
- Water your lawn less or, even better, plant a wild low-water ground cover plant like clover that needs little water and almost no maintenance (or a rock garden)
- Stay home instead of going out to eat or to a movie
- Send e-cards instead of real cards (although, who doesn't love a snail mail card?)
These ideas mostly seem related to a lack of hygiene and cleanliness. You may not want to admit you do these things to your mother-in-law (I definitely don't). But it's good to know that even if you are a bit slothful, at least that makes you somewhat virtuous in another respect.
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Any other ideas?