I’m not referring to height, weight or the size of body parts here.
What I am referring to, however, is the notion of living a smaller lifestyle and it’s impact on our level of personal happiness.
I’d love to have the time to duck down to the local market every morning, but it’s just not as practical as a weekly shop. My parents were big on frozen veg and packaged foods, so I’m breaking new ground with my fresh focus and along the way I’ve learnt a thing or two about how to get the most out of my goods pre-expiry.
Fresh, clean, pure- these are adjectives used to describe bottled water. But is it really?
Commercials are used to sell people wants. Cars, clothes, even love (eHarmony, anyone?) But more and more we’re seeing commercials for a basic human need: Water. Portable, plastic-cased, mass produced water.
There are times in life when the world seems like it is spinning a bit too fast and we’re gradually being left far behind, and for some reason things stop making the proper sense and start dancing a strange out-of-step dance. That’s quite normal, since everyone passes through troubling moments sometimes, but the way each one of us manages to take things back under control is the main point of living a lovely and excitingly free life.
By Cliff Barre
Tags; Travel, Eco-living, Environment
Traveling with an environmental conscience is very easy to do. Cutting your carbon footprint and not wasting resources not only helps the environment, it can also put money in your pocket. Try these simple tips to help you travel green.
Before You Head Out
Turning off everything powered by electricity means better fire safety and less energy usage. Remember, unplugging anything with a standby mode isn't enough. Most coffee makers, televisions, microwaves and chargers need to be completely unplugged. If it's an instant on, pull the plug! Doing this will ultimately save you lots of money as well.
Less is better. Packing lighter can save your back and our atmosphere. Heavy luggage requires more gas to move in cars and much more jet fuel in aircraft. A plane packed with heavy luggage needs to carry thousands of pounds of extra fuel to carry it. You benefit by not being one of those people lugging armfuls of luggage everywhere.
While You're Away
Thinking local wherever you are has benefits on multiple levels. Shopping, buying, and eating with local businesses contributes to the local economy and helps cut overall emissions. You get the benefit of local food and area farmers have outlets for what they grow. Recycle on the road with the same vigor you do at home. If hotels don't make recycling easy, ask them why not. Reuse as much as you can. Those thick and luxurious towels don't have to be dropped to the floor after each shower.
Upstate New York
While many will not not think of upstate New York as a vacation destination, I can assure you that it has much to offer. First, rent a cabin on the Finger Lakes and enjoy beautiful scenery with several outdoor activities to participate in. Go boating, hiking, or fishing all while knowing you’re not doing any harm or damage to the environment. Wine connoisseur? Check out the Finger Lakes wineries holding hundreds of wines for the tasting. The wineries also practice and follow green initiatives to better our environment. If you need a break from the outdoors travel towards the heart of upstate New York to Syracuse. Syracuse is home to the worlds largest green shopping mall in the world.
Known as “America's greenest city” Portland, Oregon is a city with an exploding foodie scene, incredible scenery, and a culture that strives for sustainability. The most bike-friendly city in the country invites you to explore with pedal power. With light rail service in the airport, it's possible to take vacation to Portland and never get in an automobile. The Portland Zoo, Oregon Museum of Science and Industry, The Lan Su Chinese Garden, and the hip scene of the Pearl District are easy to reach.
It only takes a little planning to travel to wonderful destinations in a way that is good for the environment.
Cliff Barre, of Vermont, lives with wife Tiffany and son Steven. He would like to think of himself as an eco-friendly, responsible traveler who supports all things green. He says its never to late in the game to go green and hopes that this blog posts and the help of other bloggers can spread the news about green initiatives we can all get involved with!
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Wild berries are everywhere and a person just has to go out and look for them. Every year there are a host of berries that grow outside of the farming industry that taxes our natural resources until they end up in the produce section of a grocery store, or frozen in a plastic bag. In fact, there are some wild berries that never end up in our grocery stores because they are too difficult to cultivate in the farming industry.
Across the planet, roughly half (yes half) of the world’s forest and trees have been cut down by humans. Even with new laws in some countries, which enforce re-planting of trees, many countries have no such protection or regrowth laws. Trees are vital to the planet, humans and all life. They are home to many animals and insects and supply food for many of them as well. Trees supply oxygen, are windbreakers, provide shade, support soil erosion, slows water runoff and is used by humans in many facets of our lives. Trees are so important that if the planet were to continue losing them at the current rate, life on Earth will continue to change and be dramatically different in the future. As trees vanish, so does the life living among them and relying on them to survive.