Thursday, March 13, 2014

"Inch Pebbles" and Facing Green Challenges

March 2014

With all the buzz around utility bills and energy efficiency, it can be easy to lose sight of all the benefits of a greener lifestyle. Maybe you're already living a bit greener? Don't make the latest FOMO (Fear of Missing Out) be linked to an overmelmed feeling about sustainability. Sure, there's a lot out there, but you can tackle challenges one at a time.
Spring is a great time to reassess the sustainable goals in your family. Maybe you're hoping to grow most of your own vegetables and herbs this year. Or perhaps your've opted to cut back on energy in the summer by hanging laundry on a clothes line. Even cleaning with more natural cleaners like lemon juice and vinegar is a good start. All of these are excellent, small steps to take. One sustainability expert named these little moves (such as choosing to stop buying bottled water) "inch pebbles." Basically, repositioning a larger goal into a series of small steps makes it much less daunting. It also makes it far easier - and more fun - for a family or neighborhood to become a part of the greater goal and accomplish it together.
Spring into summer is a great time of year to think about what you or your community is already doing in respect to greener choices. And if you think there's still work to be done, now's a great time to start planning it out. But what would you do if you face challenges or naysayers? To look at some common challenges and solutions for those living a greener lifestyle, click here.