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Simpler and Greener: Why It’s Good to Make Life a Little Inconvenient

Posted By Ginny Figlar Colón On September 18, 2009 @ 2:40 pm In Green Living | No Comments

My foray into the world of being crafty was much appreciated by our four-legged family member.

My foray into the world of being crafty was much appreciated by our four-legged family member.

Having lived most of my life in metropolitan areas — with just about every mega chain store in easy reach — I had never made anything for myself and almost never bought anything used.

That was before moving to a tiny town in Sweden four years ago. Now we live 45 minutes away from the nearest bigger town, where there are a limited number of stores for electronics, toys, kids’ clothes, home improvement supplies and good coffee beans. But the only time we’ll spew carbon dioxide [1] and spend the money on gas to get there (it’s $7/gallon here) is if we have more than one reason to go. It’s about the only time we ever drive the car.

As a result, I’ve learned to become much more resourceful when it comes to consumption. I made the dog a new bed [2] as my first-ever sewing project (it was super easy!). I regularly buy used clothes for myself and my daughter on Sweden’s version of eBay, and I recently bought a fixer-upper dollhouse at the flea market down the road.

Don’t get me wrong, I would absolutely love to buy the Plan Toys Eco Home [3] for my 19-month-old. And if we lived within Oompa Toys’ domestic shipping range, I’d probably already have it. But I’m banking on the huge feeling of satisfaction I’ll get when I turn the two-story eyesore into a stylie little Swedish doll-pad — and when I hear my daughter years from now telling her friends that “my mom made this for me.” And when you look at it that way, living simpler and greener [4] really isn’t a sacrifice at all.

I hope this inconvenient way of thinking stays with me even when we’re an easy drive away from PetsMart and Target.

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URLs in this post:

[1] spew carbon dioxide: http://life.gaiam.com/gaiam/p/Eco-Travel-Transportation.html

[2] I made the dog a new bed: http://life.gaiam.com/gaiam/p/10-Ways-to-Green-Your-Pet.html

[3] Plan Toys Eco Home: http://www.oompa.com/baby-toys/item/PL6229/Plan-Toys-Eco-Home.html?oompaItem=Plan%20Toys_Eco%20Home

[4] living simpler and greener: http://life.gaiam.com/gaiam/p/id/CAT00004

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