eco-friendliness & other faves
Forty believes in green. Not just recycling but extreme green. I know we've all seen the environmental movement grow in our lifetime, but I think we can do better! We'll share ideas with you here.
The Forty Year Old Freegan
Maybe you haven't yet heard the term 'freegan'. You won't find it in the Mirriam-Webster's Dictionary. However I did find a definition on Wikipedia:
"Freeganism is an anti-consumerist lifestyle whereby people employ alternative living strategies based on limited participation in the conventional economy and minimal consumption of resources.  Freeganism involves choosing to salvage discarded, unspoiled food from supermarket dumpsters, known as 'dumpster diving'.The word "freegan" is a portmanteau of "free" and "vegan"  ; freegans are not actually vegetarian, the "egan" comes from vegans who cite ethical rather than health reasons for not eating or using animal products. Freeganism started in the mid 1960s, out of theantiglobalization and environmentalist movements."
I care about the environment. I recycle, I compost and I'm growing my own basil! But I also have a lot of habits that I don't feel good about. I shop at H & M a lot. I love IKEA. And sometimes on my lunch breaks just to get out of the office I wander over to stores and just "look" around, and inevitable I purchase something that I didn't know I needed. I'm a typical consumer. I want THINGS that will make my life easier or that are just plain cool.
I'm not particularly political, but I do believe the consumerist system is failing us. Also, I want to make a difference in the way I view my footprint on the earth. Inspired by the freegan's of today, I thought I'd attempt a 'freegan light' lifestyle. You likely won't find me dumpster diving (okay maybe I'll try it at the gourmet grocery store by my house). And I won't be moving in to a cave like this guy. However, this city dweller aims to do the following:
1.) Buy nothing new for at least a month except food grown locally and the necessary personal products (this may need a definition)
2.) Avoid food that's heavily packaged (especially in plastic)
3.) Purchase locally grown produce and meat
4.) Use a free network like Freecycle or Craigslist to get pre-owned household goods, etc.
5.) Eliminate corporate debt (I have 2 credit cards)
6.) Reuse (when I absolutely need some retail therapy I'll thrift, flee market or yard sale)
7.) Socially responsible advertising here on this site (I'm working on it).
To be continued...
Other 40-Something's I Follow
Sayulita Tequila Journal
Moneyless World by Freegan DavidSuelo
For the 40-Something Moms
My Work Butterfly
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