Feeling frazzled? Wondering how to sort the important from the trivial from the non-recycable? 'Tis the season. Umbra's Consumption Manifesto is the perfect guide to slowing down, consuming wisely, and taking stock of what matters -- and what really isn't worth worrying so much about. It's too lovely to not republish in its entirety:
Reduce, Reuse, Recycle. This brilliant triad says it all. Reduce: Avoid buying what you don’t need -- and when you do get that dishwasher/lawnmower/toilet, spend the money up front for an efficient model. Reuse: Buy used stuff, and wring the last drop of usefulness out of most everything you own. Recycle: Do it, but know that it’s the last and least effective leg of the triad. (Ultimately, recycling simply results in the manufacture of more things.)
Stay close to home. Work close to home to shorten your commute; eat food grown nearby; patronize local businesses; join local organizations. All of these will improve the look, shape, smell, and feel of your community.
Internal combustion engines are polluting and their use should be minimized. Period.