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Q: 5. Does reducing the size of our footprint necessarily mean reducing our quality of life?
A: Many folks can't afford solar panels or a new hybrid car — and newly produced items like those can actually add to a personal carbon footprint, because of the energy and resources needed to make them. But there are simple, [ constructive ways to reduce your carbon shoe size without the big price tag. Lisa Wise, executive director of the Center for a New American Dream, says everyday choices and
actions can make a huge difference: 1. Buy organic and local. 2. Pay attention to packaging. 3. Ditch bottled water. 4. Energy-proof your home. 5. Switch water heaters to vacation mode. •The Three Rs: Reduce, Reuse, Recycle. It seems like something from a kid's sing-a-long, but sometimes we lose sight of just how much we buy. Try buying less, and reusing and fixing things when you can instead of buying new. And for a lot of people, recycling is as easy as rolling the trash bin to the curb. Just remember to do it at work, too. ]
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