Necessities have always been more important to me than excessive luxuries. I love saving money and reducing my carbon footprint whenever possible. I prefer to shop at second-hand stores, department store clearance and garage sales. Lately, I've wondered if I'm doing enough...
A few years ago I started to think more about planting a garden (instead of just "talking" about it). Recycling more, buying more local produce, and even making my own laundry detergent became everyday possibilities. I would rather not be 100% dependent on big corporation's for things I can learn to do myself with a bit of work, sacrifice and dedication. I started to rethink what the important things are, and how I want the next half of my life to be. This "earth conscious" transition has been a challenge so far and I want to do more. Naturally, I have a heap of questions:
- Is "Green Living" logical and possible in today's dependent society?
- Can I make my own shampoo...that REALLY works?
- What kind of energy alternatives are available to me?
- Can I live without my monthly cell phone plan? Is there a less expensive alternative?
- How can I reduce waste?
- Cloth Diapers? Ummmmm...
- Where do I start?
In this quest to live more simply I happened upon a documentary about a family that chose to nearly eliminate negative impact on our environment.
Learn more about Colin Beavan and his project here.
These are some things they did to start:
- Reduce waste.
- No elevators, cars, or taxi's.
- Incorporate sustainable earth friendly energy alternatives...use only what they need.
- Buy used stuff, borrow or rent. *there are some exceptions to this rule
- No toxic chemicals for cleaning. Only natural homemade cleansers for EVERYTHING.
No Impact Mans website outlines a range of steps I am willing to take to live a more earth friendly, healthy, happier life. I think his project is brave notion of accepting responsibility for this planet, our health and that of future generations.
More from Colin about green living and healthy lifestyle alternatives here.