So far we have tackled medicine cabinet seasonal supplies, Car Kits, and Emergency Home Kits. Today we are leaping into how to make a lower impact in your life and to the earth.
I am in no way a leading expert in this area, nor am I trying to heave my ideals onto another group. I have recently told you of a part of my lifestyle choices, and I don't think that there is any harm in encouraging others to make a good impact on our earth. Excuse the hippie-dippieness of this, but I do think we should cherish the environment in which we are blessed to have.
There are some very easy ways to introduce low/no impact living into your life.
- Start recycling at home! Kansas City offers a recycle bin to add to the curb with your weekly trash. I know most cities offer something like it. Check out what your local city offers. If not a recycle bin, find where donations of paper and glass can be recycled. This saves on a lot of waste!
- Start shopping with reusable bags. Most marts and shops have these for sale, and some even offer a discount with each bag that you use. At a local grocery in KC, you get 5 cents off your bill for each bag that you use. That might not seem like a lot, but it is something, plus you don't leave with a plethora of plastic.
- Stop buying bottled water. My dear friend Amy, talked me up and down one day about the detriment of the earth because of bottled water. I try very hard to keep a reusable cup or Water Bottle (Nalgene) with me.
- This biggest one for me is shopping local. If I can buy something that was grown in Missouri, I am going to buy it. For one, it supports community, and for two, it is probably going to taste a whole lot better because it is in season and didn't have to travel far to get to my plate!
A great new website, that I stumbled upon, is No Impact Man. I am not quite as extreme as some of his ideas suggest, but I like his thought process. I think if everyone just started making small changes in their own impact to life, we would see beautiful things come about!
Let me know of some of your no/low impact ideas! The more you know, right?!?!