Wednesday, April 22, 2009

Happy Earth Day!

El Pescador State Beach in Malibu, CA

I've also been a recycling addict. My co-workers used to tease me for carting boxes of discarded paper from the office to home just so I could recycle them. In addition to recycling, there are plenty of things you can do. The list below was provided by my brother, my official resource management/ environmentalist connoisseur.
  • buy organic, but also buy local; if you live n NYC and you buy some organic strawberries from CA, it might be good for your body, but remember the fuel required to get those berries to you. Barbara Kingsolver writes in her book, "Animal, Vegetable, Miracle: A Year of Food Life" that the transportation of 1 calorie worth of perishable fruit from CA to NY requires ~87 calories in fuel
  • buy what's in season, or better yet garden, and freeze/dehydrate/can excess
  • if you're a meat-eater, eat vegetarian a couple times a week
  • replace incandescent bulbs w/ CFL's or LED's
  • it's impossible to completely rid your life of plastics, but at least cut their use down (buy in bulk avoiding excessive packaging, use your own tote bags when shopping, etc.). many plastics are proving to be bad for your health, are a petroleum product, and they don't break down well/at all, etc.
  • compost; many municipalities offer free or greatly reduced in price, compact and easy to use composters; or build your own (not that hard to do)
  • apply "eco-mindset" to purchases; not just relating to the products/manufacturers/country-of-origin themselves, but the companies distributing/selling them (it's not fair to blast China for their lax regulations while also buying their products on the cheap)
  • walk/bike/carpool

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