Keep your eyes peeled and ASK!
5. Buy Fair Trade
I buy fair trade chocolate. I figure chocolate is something I don't NEED. It's a luxury. If it's a luxury I can step up and make sure children aren't picking my cocoa beans. So when buying chocolate I've been on the hunt for the perfect fair trade organic fix. You could pick coffee, clothing, bananas...again, start somewhere. You'll be surprised how it can inspire you!
6. Buy Quality
Can't find what you are looking for in organic or fair trade? Buy good quality. It will last, and when you're done you'll be able to pass it on. We in the U.S. have become accustomed to buying everything in quantity. We can take a page out of the Europeans' book and attempt to retrain our sense of value and buy fewer, higher quality items, moving away from our culture's more, more, more frame of mind. Look for items that are made in your country too, supporting your own economy.
7. When You're Done with Something - Pass It On!
When you are done with something, find a new home for it. We had a rug that our dogs had scratched. I listed it on Craigslist with pictures of the damage, within 30 minutes I had ten people who wanted it. When we were renovating I listed mirrors, sinks, hardware, whatever I thought someone else might find useful – and they came. These items had been destined for the landfill, but with not too much effort were taken away and used by others.
That said, this is one of my areas of weakness. I have a hard time saying goodbye to my stuff. I'm sure it comes from growing up really poor.
8. Use Reusable Water Bottles
If you don't have a reusable water bottle and a way to filter your water, get one and start using it.
Get in the habit of taking your bottles and the children's bottles ALL THE TIME, and in particular to parties, sporting events, and school. Eventually if hosts and hostesses start seeing guests arriving equipped with their own beverage containers they won't feel the need to buy bottled water for their parties. We put out iced tea and water with glasses.