Being Green: staying local, reducing waste and recycling.
March 5, 2013
A Philosophy; choose a starting point and move forward.
Some years ago a woman with whom I was working on a local non-profit project gave me some interesting advice. The project was intended to aid our community and I was responsible for making reminder calls to those who were participating. One woman fluffed off her participation and I found myself frustrated after being unable to persuade her to reconsider. My co-worker said 'We all learn things in our own time. You can only help those who understand and are ready to make a change.' It was good advice.
Living Green; our daily efforts
Living Green is a mindset that is as unique to each person as their fingerprints. We all can develop things that are important to us and achievable. The best approach to starting a green lifestyle is to start small, with one or two things that really touch you. Every person can make a difference, and it doesn't matter if it seems small. There are other people who are making their own efforts. If we all understand the problems, and make some simple changes, we can collectively have a positive impact on our space.
Eating Local Foods; what is a locavore?
The definition is somewhat general, and very specific to each individual who cares to be part of this experience. Here's a link to a definition, but to simplify, a locavore is one who chooses local foods instead of those grown outside the community. Two of the ways you can do this is to grow some of your own food, and to shop at local farmers markets.
Backyard Gardens; the most local you can get!
Growing edible foods in your garden space is a wonderful and economical way to have fresh, local food. Of course, summertime is a common time of year to grow edible foods in your garden, but there are things you can grow year round. Click here to learn more...
Eating Wild; you might be surprised...
what's edible in your own garden. Do you try to eradicate those dandelions? Do you have wild greens in your garden? Click here for some ideas of wild foods easily found.
Recycling & Reuse; it isn't just about putting out the paper and plastics.
A friend from San Francisco was telling me about how in SF, people put things they no longer want out on the sidewalks and others pick them up and take them home. That's recycling!
Reducing Waste; some easy ideas
We advocate the concept of having the things we believe make our lives enjoyable and help us feel we've achieved success. We also know that it is possible to have such a lifestyle without having a large impact (footprint) on our planet. Our decision to address a small part of this and work to make a difference is what led to Imelda's Closet.
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