Thursday, May 29, 2008

Make a Choice, Change the World

Last week, I blogged about the online series entitled, Extreme Consumerism. In the final part of the series, the author offers some Consumer tips for making a difference. I thought I'd share with you a few highlights and maybe you'll find a new way to make a difference that you hadn't tried before:
  • Cook food in a more energy-efficient microwave or toaster oven, instead of your conventional oven, to reduce energy use and your bills.

  • Swap out red meat for eggs or chicken one day a week to reduce your carbon footprint and save some money. Why stop there...give up red meat entirely...or give up meat all together...or become a vegan!

  • Go to and request that your name be removed from catalog mailing lists. You’ll save trees and reduce your temptation to pull out the credit card.

  • Instead of heading to the mall the next time you need an item of clothing, look online to see if there is an American-made equivalent for a reasonable price.

  • Save money and the planet by visiting local thrift stores or consignment shops instead of the mall.

  • Go through your own attic or basement – or those of your parents or grandparents – and see if you can find dishware, pots and pans, silverware or other items before buying new ones. That free item may also be made domestically.

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