Hey everyone. Welcome to the first ever video post at Frugally Green. I’ve answered a few of the questions that readers asked in the recent survey. Hope you all enjoy. If for some reason you can’t watch the video, I’ve highlighted the important points below.
“How do I convince myself that in fact, I do not need as much as I have?”
Eliminate unnecessary clutter. Look at the things you already have and ask yourself, “When was the last time I used that?” If it’s been awhile think about getting rid of it.
Determine long term value. When you buy something new are you just filling an immediate desire or are you buying something that will give you lasting joy and value? Check out this post for more.
“What would be a good way to start up a community recycling center?”
This will be tough to do on your own. Get together with some good neighborhood friends if you can. Maybe a ‘traveling’ center is the way to go at first. Share the responsibility weekly or monthly. Keep it small and manageable until you’ve got a real handle on it.
Get involved with your city council. Go to meetings and let them know what you want as a resident. Enlist the help of your friends. The more people you can get involved, the faster you can effect change.
Check out this guide I found (downloadable pdf) with real, solid info about starting a community recycling initiative.
“How do I continually find new ways to be green and stick to them?”
Focus on the things that are already important to you. How can you improve them?
Put a microscope to the things you’re already doing. Don’t look for something new without a reason why.
“Is it possible to find a way to make sustainability something that most people can be bothered getting behind?”
I think it’s possible, but has more to do with focusing on yourself than others. Do what you love – you’ll exude an energy that is contagious. When people see you improving your life without making it look like work, they’ll be more inspired to try it themselves.
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