Living with Less
We are in the beginning of making the transition towards living lighter through buying less. What that looks like for us may be different from what it looks like for you, but we feel like it is a necessary change. The Compact was one of the original groups to actually challenge lasting change. Here is a quote from their site.
1) TO GO BEYOND RECYCLING IN TRYING TO COUNTERACT THE NEGATIVE GLOBAL ENVIRONMENTAL AND SOCIOECONOMIC IMPACTS OF U.S. CONSUMER CULTURE, TO RESIST GLOBAL CORPORATISM, AND TO SUPPORT LOCAL BUSINESSES, FARMS, ETC; 2) TO REDUCE CLUTTER AND WASTE IN OUR HOMES (AS IN TRASH COMPACT-ER); 3) TO SIMPLIFY OUR LIVES (AS IN CALM-PACT)
What started as thriftiness has evolved into stewardship.
After reading this book I began to question where my stuff came from, who made it, why I bought it and if I really needed it to begin with.
The library is a great way to borrow things and then give them back.
Re-thinking our food is another way to live lighter (possibly literally). Not only is a large amount of the food we purchase wasted and even thrown in the trash but it is often covered in tons of paper and plastic. Then we wrap it in more paper and plastic to take it home.
Buy Fresh-The more processed a food item is the more waste goes into producing and packaging that item.
Upcycle-You can do this yourself by creating something new from your trash (the kids and I are working on a large play house made from recycled items) or visit Terracycle for ways others can re-use your trash.
Re-usable Bags-you can get these everywhere now and they make a huge difference.
Gifts-See if you can find others to trade with you (it may be easier than you think), learn a craft and make something rather than buying something new.
Cloth Diapers-There are so many reasons to use cloth diapers. Besides the multitude of envionmental reasons you can also trade or sell your diapers for other things.
There is so much stuff out there that we are hoping to trade or give away.
As you begin to evaluate your stuff you realize how much you have and how much others need. You begin to realize what is really important in life: family, friends, our world. Here are some great organizations to give your stuff to.
Please leave a comment with your links and tips to living lighter.