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Dear Friends and Followers,

Have you ever wondered how “green” is your lifestyle? (the impact it has on the environment?) I certainly did! It actually is on my mind quite often, especially in the context of changing cities, jobs, countries.

How and where can I recycle? how expensive are the organic products and where can I find better deals? how about the farms and farmer’s markets? this and lots of other questions have been on my mind many, many times.

What I have learned so far is that if you do get to move around (travel, live in different places), you are more bound to that place and its regulations than you realize! the food you consume, the clothes you wear, the origins of the produce in the supermarkets, the water that you drink, etc. is already chosen for you in more ways than you realize! especially in the Western World.

Do not despair however! With a little bit of work and research, you can take better eco-friendly decisions (like choosing to go eat at a locally owned restaurant instead of a fast-food chain; giving second-hand shops a try (Goodwill, Salvation Army, second-hand shops anyone?), looking for the farmer’s market, buying less but better quality products and produce, etc).

Therefore, here are some great articles on how to have a better and greener lifestyle 🙂

But before that, try the footprint calculator from National Geographic. Just so you know where you stand and what needs to be addressed! 😉

Stay green!

Eco Steps Team

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Is the story of all of us! 🙂

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Botanical Apartments in Phuket, Thailand

Source for the photo found here (Facebook, A room with a view Page) 🙂

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No trash, no left overs, no garbage!

Here’s how the people of Kamikatsu, Japan do it! 🙂

To help you out even more – an extensive article on how to recycle everything, here! 😉

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… Here’s some really beautiful and creative ways in which you can reuse them!

I collected these photos from the web: Pinterest, House of Turquoise Blog, “Room with a view” and “Some more inspiration, please” Facebook pages. If you recognize them to be yours and you want me to take them down, let me know 😉 I just wanted to share their creativity and inspiration with the rest of us 🙂

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Now, when playing and working with the kiddies, I knew that toilet paper rolls could come in handy and were used quite often, usually to give life to paper characters.

But after reading THIS article, I realized that I have yet to learn about being truly creative in reusing the toilet paper rolls to their utmost capacity! (did you see the kid’s wig????… now I know what I”ll be next Halloween! 😀 )

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World cleanup 2012 is here! 🙂

85 countries are scheduled to do major cleanups between March and September 2012. Romania is scheduled for the 12th of May as well as Turkey, Bulgaria and Republic of Moldova. If you want to participate, check the link above. If you have never done it and you cannot participate to the actual official event in your home town and country, do not lose hope!

Cleanups can be easily organized if you:

  • discover a place that needs to be cleaned,
  • talk with the city council,
  • set out a date and a time in advance,
  • put up an announcement at your local school, institution, public library or cafeteria (the more the better and it can be a very simple notice with the date, the time, the place and the reasons why; you might also need permission from the owners so check with them first before placing the notice),
  • buy heavy duty garbage bags and gloves (check your local supermarkets for sponsorship)
  • and last, but not the least, find fellow enthusiasts!

There’s plenty of resources and support online (if you cannot find it in your own community). Find inspiration in others’ activities and photos if you’ve never done it before (you can also check our photos from our cleaning sessions in Cluj-Napoca!)

The idea is to DO something about it!

We live in a world in which the power to consume has grown exponentially with every day in the past decades and with that, the issue of disposing the leftovers (electronics, plastic, glass, food…).

HOW we do it is of major consequence for the health of our environment, the planet….of ourselves.

I have always found the garbage and the trash on the streets, in nature, next to riverbanks, incomprehensible! Even now, after 6 years of studying psychology (and basically learning how to get and accept people for who they, what they think and what they do), getting involved in community projects, doing my best to have and spread eco-friendly behaviors, I am still amazed and shocked to see people throwing stuff on the streets, not realizing that the need to recycle is not a luxury or a fancy hobby but a MUST! Is it lack of care, lack of education, lack of access to recycling centers?… I always wonder!

Have you ever looked around and watched people, in supermarkets, buying their daily/weekly groceries? carts filled with food and things most of them ALL packaged! what will happen with the packages, where will they go? what will happen to them afterwards? in a day, a year, 2/3…

Now, think of all the people, out there, that are buying stuff in the cities nearby yours, then in all the other states or counties, then in the other countries, right now, in just ONE DAY! Then imagine them doing that every day, every week, every year, from now on. Isn’t that a bit scary? so much stuff, most of them getting in the trash dumps, at the outskirts of the city, that will keep growing and growing, polluting the Earth, then the waters!

Having that in mind, becoming aware of all the things we buy and pondering if we REALLY need them, managing waste in an environmentally friendly way or learning to become creative with the things that we already have so that we do not buy senselessly becomes, I believe, a necessary attitude to acquire (seriously now, do you really need that extra big TV when your old one works perfectly fine, or that iphone just because it’s “cool”, new, and everyone has them right now? …and it goes the same for food and clothes!)

Think about it!

Eco Steps Team

p.s: Romania is gathering her forces here! 😉

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