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Friday, July 13, 2007

It's Easy Being "Green"

With all this talk of “being green” and all of that lately, we have all heard at least a thousand “little” things we can do to cut down on our emissions, make our “eco-footprint” smaller, and on and on - and many of these are great ideas and not that hard to implement - but there is one I have not heard repeated often enough.

Reusing your coffee filters is a pretty good idea, sure. Recycling your cans simply by rinsing them out (cuts down on bugs and stench) and separating them from the rest of the trash - simple, quick, easy. Turning off your lights and other appliances when they are not in use - something we all should have always been doing anyway, just to save the money if nothing else. Wait until you have an actual load of dishes to do them, instead of washing every few dishes you dirty.

These are all great, simple ideas that require little more than (in most cases) a simple change of habit or behavior. But the one thing that seems to make more sense to me than all of these is probably the easiest and least mentioned (that I’ve heard):

Eliminate paper and transportation waste by buying online.

And no, this is not a pitch to buy our patronage our sponsors - not even if they provide you with great sportswear you can use while enjoying the outdoors like any good eco-friendly cat (that’s totally tongue-in-cheek; this really isn’t a plug) - I’m being quite serious.

When you shop online, you don’t burn fossil fuels in transportation, you don’t need paper or plastic, you don’t use up paper with receipts - the list goes on and on. And if you use standard delivery, it comes right through the mail like any other package, so delivery companies don’t have to make the extra trip, saving even more fossil emissions.

Think global, shop global.

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