Reduce your consumption: buy less stuff. Such a simple notion, yet so powerful. The less you buy, the less money you spend. When you buy less, youre also reducing your environmental impact. Buying fewer things means a little more money in your pocket, and a little less pollution in the world.
# Reuse the things you have. Before you buy a new bicycle, consider taking your old bike in for a tune-up instead. If you currently buy disposable diapers, disposable razors, or paper towels, consider switching to re-usable alternatives.
# Recycle the Stuff you no longer want or need. If you replace your 1996-era 19" Sony television with a new widescreen model, dont set the old TV out in the trash. Find another home for it. Put it on Craigslist. Set it outside with a free sign on it. If you really want to save money, place yourself on the other side of the equation: look for Stuff that people are getting rid of. You can find nearly everything you need for much less than youd pay new. You just need to know where to look!
# Embrace imperfection. We like the things we buy to be perfect. But that perfection comes at a price, both financially and environmentally. Learn to look beyond the surface.
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