Think, Then Do

How many times have you heard someone say (or said yourself), “I just didn’t think about it”?

So much of the time the little choices we make each day are based on habit rather than decisive action. If we all took a few minutes to examine our habits and committed to making conscious decisions, imagine what we could accomplish.

Some examples:

1. What if we all thought about where we throw our trash? If everyone thought about what they were throwing away, and decided to recycle everything they could, how much trash would be diverted from out landfills?

2. What if we thought about how we brush our teeth? If every person consciously turned off the water while brushing (or used less water while washing dishes, or took shorter showers, or ran the dishwasher only when full), how much water could we save?

3. If everyone purchased a reusable bottle and never bought plastic water bottles again, what impact would that have on our health (no BPA) and on our environment?

4. If we all became less free with the use of paper towels and napkins, and all other disposable dinner ware, how much plastic could we wipe out?

5. If we all took reusable bags when shopping and never again needed to answer the question, “Paper or Plastic?” how many trees and how much wildlife could we save?

These are just a few examples of choices that are driven by habit. Take a moment today and think about how you can help the planet (and your wallet) by simply thinking. Then do.


  1. It really is amazing how much of a difference a little bit of conscientiousness can make. This also applies to unnecessary trips in the car, buying things we don’t need, etc. The list goes on and on. In general, I think we all need to be more thoughtful of how all of our actions affect the environment.