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|Wed, 11-04-2009 - 10:48am|
Could you be a "sustainable consumer"?
I just finished the book No Impact Man by Colin Beavan. It was a very good read and very thought-provoking. He also has a blog that was started during his "experiment". Has anyone read this book?
Part of his year-long experiment was sustainable consumption. You can read the whole blog post here. The "rules".........
"Here are No Impact's adapted "sustainable consumption" rules as I envisage them before Michelle and I talk tonight (don't tell Michelle so they will be a surprise tonight):
- Don't buy new products (including, worst of all, books).
- Borrow, rent or buy used (except underwear and socks).
- Buy only sustainably produced underwear and socks (or anything else that ends up excepted).
- Cancel magazine subscriptions and read online (the trees! the trash!).
- No movies or other forms of mass entertainment.*
- Find replacements for everything that is still throwaway or comes in throwaway packaging in our house: cosmetics and skin care products, soap, shampoo, cleaning products, paper towel, menstrual pads, disposable pens, disposable razors, toilet paper.
- Did anyone notice that toilet paper was at the end of that long list?
On the positive side, to replace these things, we can:
- Have fun with Craig's List, Freecycle and other second hand sources.
- Read all we want online.
- Putter around antiques stores and flea markets.
- Go to more live entertainment.
- Socialize more.
- Have people over more."
So, my question to you this week is---could you be a sustainable consumer according to Beavan's "rules"? Are there things you already try to do? What could you NOT do? Do you agree or disagree that this type of lifestyle goes hand-in-hand with being frugal?