Almost 2 years after its release date, the documentary film, An Inconvenient Truth, which put one of the biggest spotlights on the detrimental effects of our careless lifestyles on the environment, conveys important information and carries a message that must be heard on an ongoing basis.

On An Inconvenient Truth’s website,, it states: There is no doubt we can solve this problem. In fact, we have a moral obligation to do so. Small changes to your daily routine can add up to big differences in helping to stop global warming. The time to come together to solve this problem is now – TAKE ACTION goes on to state that the average American generates about 15,000 pounds of carbon dioxide every year from personal transportation, home energy use and from the energy used to produce all of the products and services we consume. (the site provides a tool to CALCULATE YOUR PERSONAL IMPACT to see how much CO2 you produce each year.)

Taking action is what most of say we are going to do, and fundamentally we are concerned about environment for many reasons but as life gets in the way, some of us find ourselves still wasting precious resources and living in excess.

Here are some simple Eco-Tips from

Simplify your life as much as possible. Only keep belongings that you use/enjoy on a regular basis. By making the effort to reduce what you own, you will naturally purchase less/create less waste in the future.

Reduce Purchases by thinking before you buy any product – do you really need it? How did the production of this product impact the environment and what further impacts will there be with the disposal of the product (and associated packaging materials)?

Avoid Creating Trash wherever possible: when ordering food, avoid receiving any unnecessary plastic utensils, straws, etc. (ask in advance), buy ice cream in a cone instead of a cup, don’t accept “free” promotional products, buy products with the least amount of packaging, etc.

Shopping Bags: If you only buy a few products skip the shopping bag. For larger purchases, bring your own. If you do decide on using a shopping bag, opt out of the double-bagging.

Reusables: Switch from disposable to reusable products: food and beverage containers, cups, plates, writing pens, razors, diapers, towels, shopping bags, etc.

For more tips, read’s Green Living Guide. Incorporate one of their tips into your life each day to begin your commitment to the environment and to your quality of life.

How do you contribute to a sustainable environment?

Tiffany Houser

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