- Due to high gas prices, people are driving and flying less, therefore creating fewer CO2 emissions
- People try to condense their car usage into fewer trips, or simply walk or bicycle to their destinations
- Families on tight budgets look for free activities, like hiking, playing in parks, and bicycling, instead of leisure shopping or
- Rather than spending income on new clothes, people mend or repurpose old ones, or just keep wearing older trends
- Frugality in general thrives in a bad economy as people need to live on less. It encourages creativity in cooking (to stretch their groceries), cleaning (making your own cheaper, eco-friendly cleaning supplies) and recycling of objects that would otherwise be throw in the trash.
- The tendency to buy disposable products, like plates, pre-packaged convenience meals, and diapers, is often replaced with reusable options like cloth diapers and home-cooked meals.
- When it comes to heating and cooling your home, people may set their thermostats a little lower and higher, respectively, and save some energy in the process.
September 25, 2008
Eco-Benefits of a Bad Economy
I've been thinking lately how a recession or at least a sinking national economy can actually be a good thing for the environment. Think back a few years to our booming economy and all of the unnecessary products that were both created and purchased (ie. Big Mouth Billy Bass). I know people still buy stuff like that, but overall, I think that Americans aren't spending money on trivial things that will ultimately (and quickly) end up in landfills. Here are a few other thoughts on the topic: