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Day 68: Reduce your food scraps

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Drying dates in Egpyt. Source: Yann Arthus-Bertrand

Being ecological is sometimes synonymous with being economic. Turning off appliances when you’re not using them, using less water and heat, and walking instead of driving are all actions that favor both your wallet and the environment. Finding a use for food scraps is one of those cases where you can cut corners on spending and also reduce your total waste.  Continue reading

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Day 53: Don’t throw away food

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Gardens in Mali. Source: Yann Arthus-Bertrand

Not throwing away food is another simple lesson that is often disregarded. Unfortunately, we frequently take our food for granted, to the point where we’re even throwing it away. But that wasn’t always the case, and it’s another case where looking at the past can help us determine how we should act in the future. Also, like many eco-actions, not throwing food away not only is good for the environment, but it’s socially sustainable. Continue reading

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Day 31: Don’t fall into the consumerist trap

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A 1944 advertisement by Lee Rubber and Tire Corporation and Republic Rubber Youngstown, Ohio. Source: envisioningamericandream.com

The American society is structured around the American Dream. We all want the house with the white picket fence, an apple pie in the oven, a perfect day job and 2.5 children. Those commodities translate stability, comfort, love, and wealth – who doesn’t want that? Unfortunately, our desires have been warped by industries and media so that we are constantly in a state of “want” and we never acheive satisfation. This is good if you are selling goods. This is not so good if you are constantly wanting things and never feel content with what you have or where you are.

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Day 30: Buy used!

To reduce consumerism and save the world by putting less trash and stuff out there, you should first ask yourself “Do I really need this, or could I live my life perfectly fine without it?”. If the answer is yes, you absolutely need it for your life to be complete (be honest!), then the next step is to see if you can buy the item you need used. There are a number of items out there that are pefectly acceptable in used condition, and sometimes the only difference from a shiny new one and an older one is the one you create in your mind. Continue reading

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Day 25: Replacing flimsy plastic produce bags

You know those reusable grocery bags supermarkets always sell? I hope you’re already using them! This article is for those folks that want to take the no-plastic ban one step further to replace those flimsy plastic produce bags you see in supermarkets with sustainable options. Continue reading

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