My mission is primarily about self-improvement and lifestyle design, but I’ve been getting a lot of questions lately about sustainability in general. And they’re good questions. Sometimes I forget how little good information there really is for people who are just getting started with sustainability. So, I’ve decided to put together a little primer–what it means, and the things you can do in your daily life to be sustainable.
Do you have specific questions that you’d like to see answered? Let me know!
And, until I get that publication completed and up online, here are a few of the most helpful links I’ve run across , to get you started.
A good initial checklist:
Then, get on the Sierra Club’s “Green Life” mailing list:
A few thoughts I’ve posted recently:
- Effectiveness vs efficiency
- Create a personal sustainability plan
- Sustainable travel
- Ban plastic bags?
- What is permaculture
- Cycling can save money
And of course, the big three: Reduce, Reuse, Recycle
http://www.instructables.com/ – Next time you have something that you don’t know what to do with, run a search on Instructables.com. There are a whole lot of ideas on there for ways to reuse things that would otherwise end up in the trash.
If you can’t find a use for something you’re done with, someone else might be able to! Post it up on one of the sites below:
Likewise, if you are looking to acquire something, always consider pre-owned. Hit up those same sites, or check out your local thrift stores and consignment shops.
http://www2.epa.gov/recycle has a great overview of what is and isn’t recyclable.
Be sure to check your local garbage/recycling collection service’s publications for details on what can and cannot be recycled in your area!
And, please, remember that recycling is a last resort option. It’s important to keep in mind that, for most materials, recycling is actually downcycling. Most plastic, for instance, can only be recycled once or twice before it becomes essentially worthless.
That’s it for now.
Again, let me know if there’s something in particular that you’re looking for!
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