This concept, though not new, is certainly catching momentum as more evidence is made apparent - of how we,the human species, have trashed our world. For me, it has been a relatively easy transition & we are still working on giving up paper towels/plates. But there are some people that have difficulty making this transition.
Side note & personal observation: Japan uses ALOT of green energy to sustain life around here. Bicycles out number cars (and probably people) and they all have reusable bags/lunch boxes/water bottles. In addition to this, they eat seasonal food from local farmers. Many menus make changes due to whats available during that season.
Here are some of the things I do around here to make my footprint on this planet much greener:
I ride my bike
places everywhere. I bought a Japanese bicycle with a basket in the front & back. I go to the grocery store, the post office, the library, work, and the gym... I always feel good after a bike ride. Bonus: The Hubby and I have saved money on gas and I've lost weight!
I bought this basket @ The Christmas Tree Shop (which may be a northeastern thing..)But, I've seen them at Micheal's - TJMax too!
I'm in love with this basket. I use it mostly for fresh fruits and veggies that I buy more frequently - but I also use it for the library, the craft stores, and carrying things (wine, cookies, chips and dip) to a party.
These are the products that I buy, faithfully. I did a lot of trial and error with products. And, it didn't take me long to find what I liked. Most of the Method products I use make my house smell like a spa. They all really do as well as their chemical & non-green (a.k.a. death in a spray bottle) counterparts.
From Seventh Generation.
From Simple Green Naturals.
I also use these commissary bags. They are awesome, but if I had to find something wrong with them.... I think they smell funky at first...
I bought about 10 of them. They hold A LOT of stuf (promise!)!
I hope that these are things you are trying to integrate into your lives. If not, I hope this sparks some interest...
"When we are no longer able to change a situation, we are challenged to change ourselves."