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29 May, 2008

How To-6: "How to Live a More Environmentally Friendly Lifestyle"

How to Live a More Environmentally Friendly Lifestyle

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Here are some low-budget, easy tips (beyond the ordinary) on how to decrease your ecological footprint. Also included are how these steps will help you, the environment, and those of us who need to live in it.


  1. Consider decreasing your meat consumption. More land has to be put into agricultural production to produce meat than to produce plant products. This means less "nature" for us to play in and wildlife to live in and more
  2. (Women) Use a menstrual cup or cloth pads. This will really decrease the amount of waste you put into landfills each month. Menstrual cups are easy to use and very portable. Cloth pads take a little more effort, but less than you might think. And, while reusable products are a little expensive at first, in the long run they save you money. ( (
  3. Don't take notes in notebooks. Use a three ring binder and take notes on the back of paper that needs to be recycled. Recycle after it has writing on both sides. This will save energy that goes into recycling and slow global warming.
  4. Buy some canvas bags and use them at the grocery store. Keep them in your car so you don't forget to bring them. Alternatively use the plastic grocery bags as trash bags for small cans.
  5. Buy food from the bulk bins at your local health food store. Most food in those stores is more expensive but the bulk bins and bulk spices are often cheaper than grocery store equivalents and use less packaging. Bulk pollution from agriculture.
  6. Be particular about the fish you eat. Many fish are over harvested or their capture has negative impacts on ocean ecosystems. You can download a regional seafood guide from the Monterrey Bay Aquarium at bins are a great place to begin exploring meat-free options such as textured vegetable protein.
  7. Reuse things when they break. Reusing things instead of throwing them away will result in less garbage in landfills and less resource consumption.

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