I have successfully converted to using cloth bags at the grocery store and I stopped disposing of my disposable plasticware at work after lunch–I wash it and reuse it. I know I could do so much more to lessen my impact on the planet, but it’s so easy to think changes are too inconvenient. (Good grief, I can’t believe I gave up meat before I started using cloth bags! Reusable bags are not hard at all!) I still have to keep reminding myself to change one little thing at a time so it’s not so daunting, but I need regular inspiration just for a little change here and there.
Thanks to alert commenter Mymsie on KNH’s post about her carpool, I found a great new blog: No Impact Guy lives in Manhattan and is trying to make no environmental impact by turning off his electricity, composting, riding a bike, going without a freezer, and all that. In NYC. Awesome!
I found his posts (and his commenters) inspiring. “I can do that!” At least a little of it.
Check out No Impact Man!
His posts on happiness not coming from material possessions are thoughts I need to hear more often. I totally agree that simplifying the clutter in my house, not buying something I don’t really want or need, and just kicking back and doing less make me more content than driving all over town doing errands and spending money on crap I just have to find a place to stash. I have improved in these areas lately, but there’s so much room to be simpler.
Oh, and you can email your congressperson to pass higher fuel efficiency standards, too! I did and it was really easy. Don’t let Detroit sucker us out of cars that use less fuel!
And completely unrelated to all this, I just found out there’s going to be a new X-Files movie!