If you've been swept up in the conveniences of modern technology, get back to the basics for a simpler life that is more environmentally friendly.
- Step 1: Skip buying the stuff you don't need. Focus on purchasing what you can use on a daily basis and stick to the basics, like one pair of shoes, one pair of jeans, a few shirts or dresses, and one purse.
- TIP: Don't use money and possessions to try to create happiness or alleviate stress.
- Step 2: Wash your clothes in biodegradable soap in cold water and air-dry them outside on an old-fashioned clothesline. Take simple steps to experience a better way of living and to achieve fulfillment.
- FACT: The Amish first arrived in America in the 1700s and are known for their simple way of life that eschews electricity, automobiles, and other modern conveniences.
- Step 3: Combine family errands or carpool to save gas. Ride your bike whenever you can, and attach a basket to bring home groceries and other items.
- Step 4: Sort recyclable materials, such as plastic bottles, cans, and newspapers, into separate bins. Donate unused clothes, books, furniture, and other items to nursing homes, libraries, and schools.
- Step 5: Plant a garden that yields fresh vegetables. Enjoy your bounty all summer long and appreciate the time spent outdoors in the fresh air.
- TIP: Tomatoes, bush beans, and leaf lettuces can be grown in pots on your porch or patio.
- Step 6: Be thankful for what you have. Rediscover a favorite possession, such as a book, record, or other keepsake so as not feel you must compete with your neighbors.
- Step 7: Commit to cooking a family meal together, and then sit down and enjoy the company of your family. Avoid pre-packaged foods and stick to homemade items as much as possible.