I normally try to avoid being a hippie, mostly because I associate hippies with weird smells, strange religions and Boulder. Ok, I’m totally mean… but for the last year or so, I’ve been trying to reduce the impact I have on the planet. Part of this philosophy is Micro Living, and I realized how closely Micro Living coincides with reducing our footprint on the planet. Carbon or otherwise, we leave a pretty darned big footprint, and I’d like to do all I can to make that a little smaller.
I’ve kind of been obsessed with Sara Snow for awhile. She is a “Green Living” expert, host of her own shows on both CNN and Fit TV, and has been a green expert since she was little. Her dad founded Eden foods and created the first mass distributed soy milk in the country. I guess I give her more credibility from most “hippies” because she knows when to compromise. She DID compost her dad when he passed away, but for the most part, she has cute clothes, nice, clean hair, and lives in a nice house with good food and a pretty cool husband. What’s there not to love? You put any hippie in a pretty package and I’m interested.
She recently wrote the book “Sara Snow’s Fresh Living.” Since it was in hardback first, I waited until it was in softcover and then got it at the library. Talk about reducing your footprint… The library is a good place to start, instead of the bookstore.
She gives some interesting and practical advice… and some totally strange advice, but all in all, she encourages people to just START thinking about our environmental impact and to make little changes.
Some easy changes she suggests?
Change lightbulbs to compact fluorescents as they burn out, instead of changing them all at once.
Use vinegar, baking soda, lemon juice, water, etc. for cleaning products. You can find recipes for natural cleaning products online. Not only does this save money, but it’s good for a house with children. My cousin started using these products instead of mass-produced cleaning chemicals when she got pregnant with her first baby and swears by them.
Eat one meal a week vegetarian. Sure, going 100% vegetarian helps with food cost, methane production from cows, reduction in factory farming, lessening transportation costs of beef, etc., but it’s healthy for you too. I like the advice to try just one day a week. Lots of people would feel comfortable with that, instead of making a drastic change.
Those are just some of her suggestions, and I liked the format of the book and how it suggests changes gradually and without judgment of the reader. I’m sort of loathe to return the book to the library! As a reference, I’m considering buying the book myself, but when dollars are short and space is limited, I’m reconsidering. Just as a note from me, when you think about buying another book for your home library… could you do without it and get it from the library? Do you really need all the books you have? Would your books be better served donated to jail reading ministries or donated to the library for all to enjoy? Do you really have the space to house new books? If you plan on moving, do you really want to lug them around with you? What starts as one or two books, blossoms into two full bookshelves, as I’m looking at my bookshelves now.
I need to prune more of my books and start going to the library more. That way, when we finally find a permanent home, we don’t have to worry about moving all of them! Hmmm… Can I get it down to one bookshelf? I’ll keep you updated…
And while you’re at the library, pick up “Fresh Living” for a fun and interesting read!