To many, living a greener life is understood to be needing to take drastic measures in one's life to make a difference. As Americans and the top consumers in the world, we waste and over-consume so much that the options available to us to improve our environmental impact are virtually limitless. Even the smallest behavioral changes we make as a society will have a positive effect on a greener world. For those uncomfortable giving up the beloved SUV or carpooling to work, there are literally thousands of more "comfortable" ways to reduce your footprint on the world. The key is to start somewhere...anywhere.
CNN.com hosts a great 'mini-site' to buying (and living) a greener life - suitable for all those "maybe gonna do it"s out there. A handy primer I found insightful is entitled Disposable Culture. It lists in a very digestible manner, the top ways our culture of convenience and disposal is impacting the environment.
My favorite pointers derived from this piece:
- Reduce your junk mail by registering at the National Do Not Mail Registry (who wants this stuff anyway?)
- Buy rechargeable batteries and recycle old batteries when they're done
- Use your municiple recycling service
- Read the news online
Got any favorite tips of your own? Share them with us - we'd love to hear them.