Picture this: farmer plows and plants
seeds, waters, protects, and harvests plants. And more, I’m sure. The harvest
gets shipped to a grocery store. You buy fruit/veggies/meat/cheese and take it
home. Time goes by. Food rots in fridge. You throw it away. Sanitation worker
takes it to landfill.
How to change the end of this sad
story? Buy less every week and commit to eating what you have. What could be easier? For those of us who
aren’t perfect, make the compost bin plan
you can’t go cold turkey and never use another plastic bag, reduce when you
can. Keep a couple of reusable shopping bags in the car so you’re always ready.
Think you’re the
only one packing your stuff? Look around at the checkout counter- you could be
pleasantly surprised. Or be the trailblazer in your community. If others see
you doing it, they might too!
Plastic bags never. Break. Down. They get
infinitely smaller, and we ingest the micro-pieces. If the 126 million households
in the US used ONE less bag a week, we’d use 6.5 billion fewer plastic bags a
year. End to end, they would wrap around the Earth over 7 times. Stuff that in
your kitchen drawer.
Do your books runneth over? Donate them to your local library, find a Little Free Library nearby, sell them to a used-book shop or give them to a local nursing home or homeless shelter. For old textbooks and outdated books, just give that cover a rip and recycle the pages.
Why buy and store that chainsaw/steam cleaner/rototiller you use once a year? I know, it is nice to be prepared. That’s what I tell myself when I look at the 15-year old generator that’s still wrapped in plastic in my garage. On the other hand, if you borrow a neighbor’s power washer and accidentally set it on fire, you should replace it. Just saying.
And if you’re the one with the garage full of tools and stuff, thanks for sharing with the rest of us!
Owners will privately admit it: the minivan is the Car You Hate to Love. Believe me, I was not an initial fan. But we have lots of family members to transport. Kids to carpool. Stuff to haul. When we had a little ole pontoon boat, we’d hitch it right up. The minivan does it all, and with better gas mileage than most SUVs.
Here’s the secret to saving gas: commit to driving more often than your non-van friends and family. Because you can. And you’ll take 1-3 cars off the road every time you do! If for some reason you feel super-uncool, just tell people it’s a loaner or your grandpa’s car as everyone piles in for the office lunch/football game/guy’s weekend. It ‘s the most comfortable party car around.
Dead set against owning a minivan? When you buy your next car, give priority to those with higher gas mileage. And carpool whenever you can. I’m happy to give you a ride.