5. Does reducing the size of our footprint necessarily mean reducing our quality of life?
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:
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.
There are no new answers.