Tough Eco-Choices: Make Them Easier

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We asked about the most difficult lifestyle choices to go green and you answered! According to our latest poll, the four toughest ways to live a more eco-friendly lifestyle are: living without a car (33.2% chose this as the most difficult), living without plastic (23.4%), composting (16.6%) and going “locavore” (15.3%). (The other four ways were cloth diapers – 5.8%, none – 0.4%, eating more greens – 0.2%, and “other” – 5.1%). But they don’t have to be as difficult as they seem! Check out these tips to make those green decisions a little easier!

No Car, No Problem

Living without a car is a life changing choice. Where you live and how you live are all affected by owning a vehicle or not. If you choose to live without a car, it can have a big, positive impact on the environment. But there are many factors involved. What if you chose to live without a car most days? Or even just on weekends? It would still have a big impact without having to make drastic life alterations. Consider these quick tips.

  • Driving part of the way to your destination and taking public transporation such as a train for the remainder of your trip is a great way to conserve energy and give yourself some relaxation time before arriving at your destination.
  • Living without a car doesn’t mean you’ll never drive again. It’s becoming easier to rent a car for a few hours or even a few days when you really need it. And because it’s shared, the energy and materials that went into the car are spread out over further usage, minimizing environmental impact.
  • It’s time to face the truth about your community. Do you love where you live and embrace your role as a member of the community? Find events you can walk or bike to, spend time with your closest neighbors, and look for other ways of investing your time and energy into your own close community instead of traveling long distances to see people and places. If your community doesn’t work that way for you, consider moving into one that does!
  • Don’t miss these great resources: Steadfast Finances’ list of carless lifestyle benefits and MNN’s tips for families going carless

Living La Vida Locavore!

Going locavore doesn’t have to be a chore! It should be fun – shopping at farmer’s markets, finding CSA treasures at your doorstep, checking out restaurants that feature local fare, finding a farm nearby to visit, and learning how to can and preserve the seasonal bounty for the long stretch of winter ahead! Here’s a list of resources to help you get started. The most important thing to remember? Going locavore isn’t an all-or-nothing venture! Every small step has a big impact!

Purging Plastic

It’s everywhere, so it seems futile to try avoiding it… Plastic! Though it’s difficult to steer completely clear of plastic, every time that one of us chooses to avoid using it counts. It all adds up and makes a big difference! Check out these great resources for inspiration!

Composting 101

A huge pile of rotting scraps in your backyard might sound like a daunting prospect. But have no fear! Composting can be scaled down to a level you’re comfortable with. Have you checked out home and garden supply stores for their composting tools? The right tools can make even the most challenging project a cinch! Here are a few other quick tips to get you started.

  • Never use animal products to compost at home, except crushed egg shells to aerate the soil (never meat, bones or dairy).
  • If at first you don’t succeed, don’t give up. Compost is a process of nature and nature doesn’t work in nice, neat systems. It can be unpredictable and is always messy. Keep that in mind!
  • The smallest compost pile or bin is just as useful as a large collection!
  • Even those with no outdoor space can try composting. With an indoors-intended worm bin available at many stores, you can safely compost indoors – then add your mix to potted plants and indoor container garden!
  • Want more composting info? Check it out: Planet Green says it’s easy and doesn’t have to be smelly! and The Composting For Dummies Cheat Sheet is ideal for beginners

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