Green and happy

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Enjoy Being Green

Make your green choices ones you enjoy. Green choices that you enjoy are the choices that you will stick with and that will make you happier. Don’t make choices that you don’t enjoy - unless you happen to have the personality that enjoys penance. You will probably find that you don’t stick with choices you find onerous. Worse, you will associate green choices with discomfort and may avoid trying other green choices.

Some Compromise is better that no action. For example, if your favourite drink is imported and you want reduce the food miles and carbon footprint of your diet, don’t tell yourself you can never have it. Instead find a compromise that works for you - such as two times out of three I will buy a local product, but on the third time I’ll treat myself to the imported product. You may stay loyal to your imported choice or you might find your loyalty shifts to the local product, but this way you’ve cut the carbon footprint of your choice two times out of three rather than not at all.

So many options! There are thousands of green things to do so there are bound to be some that you find appealing, just go with what works for you.

Here are a few options to consider:

Saving money

A recession favourite.  This involves on cutting back on what you use and buying less expensive products.  You can find lots of green things to do here!  Turning off electrical items at the switch when not in use, wearing warmer clothes and turning on the heater less often and at a lower temperature.  Op shopping and going to fetes and markets to look for clothes and household items.  Using the local library (it is free - just make sure you have a location for borrowed items and a system for ensureing you return items on time!).  Using your own green cleaning kit - bicarb and vinegar are cheap!....

Shopping for New Things We do like a bit of novelty. New tastes, new fashions... There are new green products and stores and it is fun to see what they have on offer.

Walking the Talk If you are going to get active on green issues you will feel more comfortable if your own house is in order! At least in so far as you can afford. Can you afford solar panels, hot water or green power? Can you afford a water tank or 3? There are many green options that are actually cheaper, similar cost or not a great deal more expensive. Read and find out more.

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