April 22, 2008

Happy Earth Day

There are so many small things you can do to improve the condition of the planet, many of which will improve your immediate environment, as well.

Maybe the easiest way to save energy and resources is to stop buying things you don’t really need. By not bringing more things in to your home, you avoid disposing of materials and adding to your clutter at the same time. Many people think their lives will get better when they have a bigger house, a better car, more hobbies. In The Not So Big Life, author Sarah Susanka maintains that “…a high-quality life often has more to do with what we remove.” Think about what you already have that can serve the purpose before you go out and buy something new.

You can also conserve resources and reduce the time you spend shuffling through paper by reducing the amount of paper that comes into your home or office. is a big challenge for a lot of people. Here are a few easy things you can do to prevent paper pileup.
catalogchoice.org, to cancel catalogs you no longer wish to receive.
* Instead of adding your name to mailing lists for up for newsletters or event calendars, see if you can find the information you need on the Internet
*To reduce junk mail, visit
proquo.com, 41pounds.org, or GreenDimes

While you’re clearing out your clutter, think about recycling computers and electronic equipment. Costco has a program, as do many municipalities, or check
to find out about safely disposing of electronics.

Finally, to find out how you can save money while you reduce, reuse and recycle, visit epa.gov.

Organized by Marcie: Getting you organized so you have time to do what you love to do!

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