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Our Sunday Sermon…

  1. Smarter buying habits, as in, Do I really need this? – Don’t fall victim to advertising and marketing campaigns that tell you you’re a schmuck if you don’t have the latest phone or MP3 player – you may be a schmuck but the latest gadget or gizmo isn’t going to change that situation.  Full disclosure – I’m still getting plenty of listening miles out of my 4 year old iPod Mini…and no I’m not groovin’ to Barry Manilow.
  2. Food – Get over to your local farmers market or farm stand and get produce and protein that hasn’t been frozen for a week while it makes its way to you from the other side of the country or the planet.  Buy wild fish – the farm raised stocks contain higher levels of harmful chemicals and eat the same old chow everyday, same thing with chicken, beef and dairy – free range, pesticide-free and synthetic hormone-free is better for you, the animals and the planet.
  3. Fashion – Squeeze out the last few miles on your shoes, clothing and accessories.  There’s nothing wrong with being an individual and not looking like some “flavor of the week” anorexic mannequin from Gossip Girl.  Don’t be afraid to hit the dark end of your closet once in awhile, you might find some gold.
  4. Reuse, Recycle – Make an effort to reuse and recycle food containers, utensils and bottles.  Donate old cell phones, electronics and just about anything still useful through local charitable orgs and outfits like Freecycle.  Better yet, don’t buy everything prepackaged in disposable containers or produce bags – start bringing your own reusable containers and bags – every little bit helps.  If your community doesn’t pick up recyclables there is probably a local transfer station where you can drop stuff off, so get over there.
  5. Product Lifecycle – Think before you buy.  Many products, frozen foods and and tons of consumer electronics come in plastic packaging that requires burning fossil fuels to create all that plastic…not good.  Evaluate how a product is made, where it comes from and what makes up its component parts – greener versions of phones, computers, food, cars and many everyday items now exist, so look at product labels and make more earth-friendly buying decisions.