In "Shift Your Habit," writer Elizabeth Rogers explains how you can make small, affordable choices in your everyday life that will have a big impact on the planet.
Rogers says these choices will not only save you money and improve your lifestyle.
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Shift Your Habit highlights the personal value that comes from living mindfully. Shifting toward a more environmentally conscious lifestyle will not only help the planet but also save you money and time, and even improve your quality of life.
Given the fiscal roller coaster we've experienced over the past few years, many of us are probably more concerned with saving money than with saving the planet. But why does it have to be either/or? Why not do both simultaneously? It turns out that the two can easily go hand in hand.
In my own experience, I've noticed that becoming greener has made my life richer and healthier and, paradoxically, less expensive. This was a revelation. Like most people, I thought going green would put a serious strain on my finances. But I found, in reality, there's no need to compromise ecological principles in order to save cash. And, perhaps surprisingly, you don't need to give up comfort, convenience, or style in order to tread more lightly on the earth.
When I wrote The Green Book a few years ago, I decided to focus on the scale of positive change that was possible if each person were to make a few simple lifestyle changes. Seeing how much we are capable of when we're all in it together has motivated a lot of people to think differently about their own impacts.
Now I'd like to look at these shifts from a different vantage point, and show you how they not only help the planet but also add up for you and your family as well.
Shift Your Habit is a comprehensive guide to performing everyday tasks in a smarter way. I want to spread the word that those who can benefit most from going green are people like me— people with tight budgets and busy schedules, people who want to sacrifice nothing when it comes to the health and well- being of their families.
Yet despite the glut of green books and TV programs, no one seems to be speaking directly to these concerns, or in a language that resonates with mainstream America.
Shift Your Habit is for . . .
• The mom shopping at a discount store who mistakenly thinks that making environmentally responsible purchases necessarily means spending more
• The college student who, despite working two part- time jobs and belonging to his school's green coalition, thinks he can't afford to practice what he preaches
• The retired couple who live efficiently without even thinking about it— and want to continue to subsist responsibly on a fixed income
• The small-business owner who wants to cut costs and go green but doesn't know where to start • The passionate cook who can no longer afford the ingredients he craves and wants to be able to get them locally or from his own backyard
• The single parent who is busy working and keeping the household together but still wants nothing but the best for her children