30 Days to a Greener Lifestyle

SparkPeople's calendar feature will help you focus on one healthy habit each month. For April, that means reducing your impact on the environment. Find out just how easy it is to be green!

Here are 30 daily tips that will each help you develop more eco-friendly habits.

Click here to download and print your April calendar. (You need Adobe Acrobat Reader to download this PDF.)

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Good article. Report
Great tips, Coach Nicole! Thank you! Report
Just read the article and it is September I will definitely try this. Report
I hope this is still a good way to start. I am late to it but better late than never :) Report
Love the calendar. 30 days to a greener lifestyle! Report
For anyone else who's looking for the Happiness Calendar it's here:

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Where's the 30 days to Greater Happiness Calendar? Report
An alternative to recycling ink cartridges at an office supply store is to recycle them through Petsmart. You pick up a mailer in the store, put 4-6 cartridges in it, and mail it back. For every cartridge you send, $3 goes to feeding, caring for, and rehoming homeless pets. You can help the environment and homeless pets at the same time. Report
Lots of comments here. Regarding using leather - when i was in high school (many years ago) we had zippered notebooks made from leather. And, they lasted the 4 years we were in hight school. No need to buy a new one every year - they lasted!! Report
Rather than print this out, I set it up as an icon monthly and look at it daily - good for the environment and trees not using the paper. Report
I usually don't comment on articles but I was disappointed to see that leather was listed as a better fabric to use to save resources. It seems contradictory to list going meatless as a bonus for the environment and then promote the use of the leather which still requires the animal to be raised. It takes 16 pounds of grains to make one pound of meat, where do you think the leather comes from? Report
This would not open/download using Firefox, I had to use Internet Explorer. So if anyone else is having trouble, try doing that! Report
Some of these tips are very helpful. Some less so.

As an author, I really hate to see people being discouraged to own books and other media. :) I love the library, but, hey, there is certainly a place for owning and cherishing books and movies and CDs.

And I always shake my head at the "eat local, eat seasonal" advice. I'd have beriberi and scurvy if I only ate what grows in Minnesota in the winter! Certainly I am not going to buy asparagus in September or sweet corn in February. But I refuse to give up citrus fruit forever (ever see a grapefruit tree on the Great Plains?), and I'm not going without fresh broccoli or green beans all winter! My local farmers' market is open from early June to mid October. What am I supposed to eat the rest of the year? Eat local and seasonal is good advice as far as it goes ... but I'm afraid that is not very far! Report
I loved this. I am emailing it to the parents at my school. The children tend to be quite passionate about living a greener life and this will give them support. In our community we have no recycling (it is considered too expensive, as we live on an island) but newspapers can be given to the Animal Shelter. Do you have suggestions on where we could get reusable bottles for our school? Report
Ok people quite nit picking the calander. Everyone of these options has its ups and downs. Even recyling produces bad chemicals into the enviroment. As for the reason leather was suggested, because it lasts a long time. You don't need to by a new leather jacket every year, same with leather shoes. Anyways they are just suggestions for helping the planet not commands, do them or don't, it is up to you. Report


About The Author

Nicole Nichols
Nicole Nichols
A certified personal trainer and fitness instructor with a bachelor's degree in health education, Nicole loves living a healthy and fit lifestyle and helping others do the same. Nicole was formerly SparkPeople's fitness expert and editor-in-chief, known on the site as "Coach Nicole." Make sure to explore more of her articles and blog posts.