In his post, Darren asked "what is your big eco-sin?" Like most of his commenters, I try to be good to the environment:
- I don't own a car - I take the bus to work and for most of my transportation around the city, and I joined the car co-op for getting to hockey games
- even when I do take a co-op car, I usually try to do multiple things on a given trip (such as go to the grocery store after my hockey game) in order to minimize the number of car trips I take
- I'm a vegetarian and I don't wear leather
- I use a travel mug1 to avoid using paper cups and I bring my own Tupperwear container to the cafeteria to avoid using Styrofoam containers
- I bring my own bag to the grocery store so I don't have to take plastic ones
- I recycle anything that can be recycled2
- I turn the lights out in the bathroom, the kitchen and the photocopy room at work when I leave them3
- I use the back of old printouts as note paper before I recycle them
- I don't buy anything new if I can get it used instead and buy almost all of my clothes in consignment & thrift stores
- I rarely fly anywhere4
On a related note: why, since the librarians have been on strike for four months, were all the lights on in the local library branch when I walked by there tonight?
1A friend of mine said that he feels if he can't have his act together enough to bring his travel mug with him, then he feels that he doesn't deserve a coffee. I think this is a good philosophy
2and in light of the 4 month garbage strike that has, mercifully, just ended, this is a real sacrifice as I can barely fit in my kitchen because I have so much recycling piled up in there!
3and have noticed that some of my co-workers have started following my example
4Although, truth be told, this has more to do with my lack of money (thanks, $70,000 of student loans!) than with a conscience choice to fly less