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Striving for a Low-Impact Lifestyle

Because simply living in this world has an impact to the planet we live in, I have decided to live life with as little impact as I can manage.  (Note that I said “…as I can manage”.) I want to be able to produce less carbon footprint, because I realize that merely recycling will not make a dent in the problems we humans are creating.  It helps, of course, but we need to do more.

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Someone’s idea of recyclable gift wrapper, which I got this Christmas. Not pretty, but I’ll take it.

However, the longer I think about it, the more challenging I am beginning to see this plan of mine.  I had tried to do this one week in the past, and I did find that conscious selection of what we eat, use or do will lessen waste products.  So why am I finding it difficult now?

 

To start off, I think one of the biggest contributors for my carbon footprint is my car, for obvious reasons.  But I can’t not use it.  Even if I leave it at home, I will just call for an Uber, and it’s going to be the same thing.  Maybe more expensive for me, but same. Definitely not sustainable.

So scratch that.

I will have to focus on food products, which is the second biggest contributor to my waste management woes, and maybe cleaning products?  Hmm…that’s something I have to plan out more.

Anyway, I want to be able to start, officially, on Monday, but I have started by buying only fresh produce from the small market near our house, using less packaging, and hopefully, buying local (because I don’t know where they got their wares, but I only got the local veggies, so I’m sure they didn’t have to travel very, very far to get here).  And also, I cooked dinner instead of buying or eating out.  Forced my daughter to eat all vegetables in the process, too.

Living a low impact lifestyle means having less material things.  And, honestly, I don’t think I’m ready for that.  It will take a lot of will power to stop buying things, but I think the results will be worth it.

Let’s see how long I can sustain this.

By supernormalgirl

Single, 40-ish mom, travelling this world as any normal, girl-next-door would. Is both positive and negative, yin and yang, good and bad. A forever 'tween. Has a love-hate relationship with food, and food wins most of the time. From Manila, Philippines.

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