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Prune Your Expenses and Turn Green

Only very few people will be ready to go for eco-friendly items at any cost. For many, the cost factor, especially the prohibitive cost of eco-friendly items, is a sure deterrent. How to overcome this bottle-neck? The answer is simple and definitive: Limit your green purchases.

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Folks at Pontiacdailyleader quoted Francine Jay, author of “The Joy of Less, A Minimalist Living Guide as saying, “Limiting our purchases to the essentials is the most effective way to curb the impact of our consumption.”

She points out that every single thing we buy uses up some of the earth’s resources. Its production and distribution require energy, and it must, of course, be disposed of when its useful life is over. “Therefore, the best way to be eco-friendly is simply to buy less.”

She recommends buying used goods — shopping secondhand markets like eBay, Craigslist, Freecycle and thrift stores for furniture, appliances, electronics, clothes and books.

You can also borrow. Your local library has books, music and movies. The movie selection won’t be as vast as it would be from a DVD rental service you pay for. But you might end up broadening your horizons by watching documentaries or classic films.

Jay points out that many communities offer tool share and car share programs as well. And don’t forget your friends and family! Most will be happy to lend you a cocktail dress, video camera, or other seldom-used item if the need arises, Jay says. “Just remember to be equally generous with your own stuff!”

Committing to spending less can make us more resourceful and creative; you may find you actually enjoy the challenge of living on less and making do with what you already have. Do you agree?

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