The Fourth “R” of Living Lightly?
We’ve all heard of the three “r’s” for living lightly on the earth, but a fourth? Try refuse. A sweet new book, Wearing Smaller Shoes, by Chip Haynes, advises just saying no to over-consumption. Haynes notes that the phrase “plastic pumpkins” was invented to describe the many, many (too many) things that we all buy that none of us need. He and his wife managed to wear smaller shoes in suburban Florida, and one way they did this was by learning to refuse the lure of “the buy.” Eco-Win.
By Annie B. Bond, the best-selling and award-winning author of five healthy/green living books, including Better Basics for the Home (Three Rivers Press, 1999), Home Enlightenment, Clean & Green (1990), and most recently True Food (National Geographic, 2010 and winner of Gourmand Awards Best Health and Nutrition Cookbook in the World). She has authored literally thousands of articles and was named “the foremost expert on green living” by Body & Soul magazine (2009).