Simple Sustainability

7 08 2009

A California Academy of Sciences takeaway: we may not all be able to live or work under a living roof, but little steps count too. Upon leaving the Academy of Sciences, guests are offered miniature pamphlets titled “Sustainability Made Simple,” chock full of pointers that make going green easy in all aspects of daily life. Some of my favorites:

  • When you go shopping, bring your own reusable bags: a pretty common one, but such an easy (and fun) one to carry out. Reusable bags are everywhere, and they are often cheap and attractive. You can even get shopping sets. I’m a fan of Baggu Bags, for their fun colors and their little saks that make them easy to toss in the purse.
  • Choose local restaurants over chains. Not only does this make life (and meals) more interesting, it generally means that the meal is sourced close to home, which means fresher food and less strain on the environment.
  • Take the train or bus instead of flying or driving. This may not always be possible, but when it is, it’s better on the environment, and tends to be more scenic and enjoyable as well. Sometimes travel is in the journey as much as it is in the destination.

For more tips, well, visit the Academy of Sciences. I guarantee you’ll take away a lot more than a pamphlet.

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