Back To The Basics

By: Jill Cordes
By: Jill Cordes

It seems with so much information flying around about going green and dire environmental forecasts, many of us are overwhelmed and don't know where to start. Well, let's get back to some more basics for being a little more eco-friendly.

Remember, small steps are the key to long term success. Maybe you can walk, bike or use public transit a few days a week. Or better yet, see if your boss will let you work from home, or if not, at least carpool with a friend.

When it comes to food, there are four ways to be more ecologically friendly through sustainable food systems: eat local, eat seasonal, eat organic, and eat less meat. Meat is requires huge amounts of resources to produce including water, grain and land.

Your furniture and décor say a lot about your personality. Visit a local flea market for a great buy on used furniture.

Around your house, turn off lights in areas not being used, install water-saving shower heads. A month-to-month breakdown on your bill will help you track your improvements as you use less and save more. is happy to provide a forum for commenting and discussion. Please respect and abide by the house rules:

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