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Sew on a new zipper, instead of throwing out the jacket. Cotton, polyester, and most other fabrics require significant energy outlay to produce. Further, many developing countries are sacrificing human and ecosystem rights for economic development in the production of new material. Decreasing the market for "new stuff" may change the demand for energy in, for example, China, who currently build one coal-fired plant per week.
Composting is your friend
Start a compost pile in your back yard, of all non-meat refuse, and never use your In-Sink-er-Ator garbage disposal. Your garden will love you for it the next season. The amount of compostable material is amazing, once you pay attention: egg shells, coffee grounds, onion ends, carrot tops, uneaten vegetables. Avoiding your Dispose-All decreases the need for water treatment, and also results in a great resource for nutrients for your garden. Honest, if you do it sanely, it doesn't smell!
*Way* outside the consumer realm
Become a nearly plastic-free household. Exceedingly hard, given the habits and push of our culture. This requires every-second consciousness, when shopping, buying, and living -- and for example requires educating nearly everywhere you shop.
When the bean crop comes up locally, a Web tool has harvested the 85 self-identifying recipients who are willing to pay N dollars per pound for local beans, and who know that on August 18, there'll be brought to a distribution center (to minimize fuel costs), and every recipient will can 20, 30, or 40 pounds of bean soup (and, in other months, other commodities). Local farmers benefit, citizens benefit, as does the overall environment.
Balms for the Spirit:|
Van Morrison: Moondance
a joyous, engaging flight of pleasure in the living of life.
Commerce as a vehicle
From factory-farmed chicken to old-growth lumber to gas-guzzling cars, many of the things we buy support destructive industries. But businesses, governments, and concerned citizens can harness this same purchasing power to build markets for less-hazardous products, including fair-traded foods, green power, and fuel-cell vehicles.
-- Worldwatch Institute "State of the World 2004" report
Addressing the Great Pacific Garbage Patch: Algalita.org
The Algalita Marine Research Foundation is dedicated to the protection of the marine environment and its watersheds through research, education, and restoration.
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