They are such:
1. Burn less plastic
2. Don't buy it if I don't need it
3. Buy second hand when possible
I live on a farm where we burn our garbage, since someone in a loud truck does not make a weekly appearnce to tote away our rubbish. Burning plastic bothers me, even though I don't really know the effect it has on the ozone or my health (though I hear rumours of it affecting the nervous system -sounds bad). Anyways, I've been making an effort to not only purchase products that use less plastic, but to also wash any used plastic and seperate it for recycling.
As for goals 2 and 3, there is a lot of crap being made in our world, a lot of which loses it's usefulness pretty quickly. What can I do about it? Repurpose old things around the house or purchase second hand as much as I can. It's harder than it seems (it's often a lot easier to buy stuff at WalMart or Dollarama), but I'm trying!
We recently renovated our kitchen cupboards (I still get excited over these new ones with doors that actually CLOSE!). The old pale yellow curtains lacked contrast against the new maple cupboards (not to mention the fact that the cloth was completely bleached out from the sun). It was time for something new, and RED. I have to admit that I did look at WalMart first -it's cheap, easily accessible...but the red curtains they had were a horrific burgundy. Not what I had in mind. I looked in the Sears catalogue too -no dice. Any red that I came close to liking would have costed close to a hundred dollars to get in a custom size. I was almost ready to give up and go for brown curtains (choice #2), but then I was in Regina last weekend and was able to convince my husband to stop by Value Village. Lo and behold, I found not two red panel curtains, but three! All for a most reasonable price of $9.99, and in a shade of red I find truly attractive. I was able to create use two panels for the big kitchen window, and cut two valances out of the third, one to match the panels, and one to bedeck the smaller window above the sink. Hurrah for second hand stores!