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Ways to Live a More Compassionate Lifestyle
(last updated 9/3/09)
1 – RECYCLE (if
you don’t have a blue bin or are “skeptical” you can
take it to a drop off site http://www.recyclingcenters.org/Illinois/Chicago_60652_recycling_centers.php
and Compost if you have a garden or access to donating compost to one.
Computers, cell phones, PDAs can be donated for reuse. Whole Food takes
cell phones and inkjet cartridges. For more information on what you can
and cannot recycle visit: http://www.obviously.com/recycle/
2 – CREATE LESS WASTE Use Cloth rags/towels instead of
paper towels to wipe hands and clean up household messes. Use cloth napkins
instead of paper when dining. Cut up scrap paper or the back of junk mail
for notepads/scratch paper, reuse newspapers for wrapping paper, and reuse
glass jars for candleholders, food storage, and spices.
3 – BRING YOUR OWN CUP use a Togo coffee/tea cup when getting
hot drinks on the go and a Togo water cup for all cold drinks on the go,
bring your own grocery bag when you go shopping for food, clothes, ECT,
and bring a cloth towel or rag with you to wipe hands.
4- EAT A VEGAN DIET. It saves lives, is the only 100% nonviolent
way to eat, it is the diet solution to help end world hunger, and it is
the diet that causes the least amount of environmental impact. You can
start by going animal-free one day a week. Or start by eliminating meat
only then gradually dairy and eggs, and eventually all animal products.
Make it fun there are many great Vegan Cookbooks out on the market with
yummy recipes! (Many of the websites listed on the second sheet list suggested
cookbooks and I have a few of my favorites on my website)
5-BUY ORGANIC/LOCAL GMO free food whenever possible support the
local farmers who grow organic. Visit your local neighborhood farmer’s
6-DONATE your time or money to one of your favorite compassionate
charities or one listed on the second page of this handout.
7-BUY USED STUFF or trade items of clothes, furniture, ECT from
your friends and neighbors and from thrift stores. Host a clothing, book,
or cd/dvd exchange party at your apartment. Yard Sales, Craigs list, eBay,
are also all good resources to buy, sell, and trade your stuff in an eco-friendly
8-RIDE YOUR BIKE or take the train, bus, carpool, or walk whenever
possible You can start with at least one day a week leaving your car parked.
9-PURCHASE bath and body products that are not tested on animals.
Peta has a list of products that were made without harming any species:
10-ADOPT or Foster an animal in need
YOGA so you feel more peacful then you will want to be more kind and peacful
Some Suggested Organizations that support compassionate living:
(please email me your suggestions to add to this list Jessica@smileyogachicago.com)
Peta People for the Ethical Treatment of Animals
WWF World Wildlife Foundation
The Vegetarian Site.com
Humane Society of the United States
Rush Philanthropic Arts Foundation
Compassionate Lifestyle guide
Written by Jessica Aiken 2009
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