Did you know that if you bring your own reusable travel mug to Starbucks, your drink will cost 10 cents less, and you can help to help save many paper cups from being tossed in the trash? I don’t often frequent Starbucks, but know that many people love their particular coffee. Ask your local coffee shop if they have a similar program — they may surprise you, or you may give them a great idea for an incentive they can offer their customers. Ten cents doesn’t seem like that much, but it adds up: if you purchase your coffee even just 5 days a week, that’s $26 bucks a year. I’m sure you could think of something to use 26 extra dollars for.

If you love your paper coffee cup, why not try a coffee cup cozy instead of the disposable ones? If you’re crafty, you could even make your own. I’ve read that 1.1 billion cardboard/paper coffee sleeves are thrown away every year.


A simple way to keep junk and ingredients with names you can’t pronounce out of your food is, simply, to make your own.

To start? Girl Scout cookies. I can’t wait to try to make these!

There is an interesting article at The Daily Green explaining the cost benefits of growing your own garden (plus, you can grow organic without market cost especially if you add compost to your garden). The Daily Green also has a section with gardening tips, and my favorite find was Hip Chick Dig’s newspaper seed-starting pots:

And I have yet to try this method, but 2-liter soda bottle “greenhouses” seem like a pretty nifty seed-starting idea, too — as long as you recycle them when you’re finished! ☮