One of my sisters is thinking of starting a new business designed to help educate the average American (and their friends and family if they want) about living a more green way of life. I am so excited for her about this possibility and hopes that she makes it happen! So many of us WANT to make the changes, but aren't sure where to start or even put it off thinking it will involve too much effort, or we are afraid of the unknown.
One great way to start making a huge contribution to a greener lifestyle is to buy locally! Do a little research about the places you shop at now and find out where their products are made...China, Japan, Indonesia? Take a few more minutes (you can spare them, I know you can) and find local merchants who sell similar products and start frequenting their shops and supporting them!
A friend of mine sent this to me earlier- it's hysterical!:
"This year, taxpayers will receive an Economic Stimulus Payment. This is a very exciting new program that I will explain using the Q and A format:
Q. What is an Economic Stimulus Payment?
A. It is money that the federal government will send to taxpayers.
Q. Where will the government get this money?
A. From taxpayers.
Q. So the government is giving me back my own money?
A. Only a smidgen.
Q. What is the purpose of this payment?
A. The plan is that you will use the money to purchase a high-definition TV set, thus stimulating the economy.
Q. But isn't that stimulating the economy of China ?
A. Shut up.
Below is some helpful advice on how to best help the US economy by spending your stimulus check wisely:
If you spend that money at Wal-Mart, all the money will go to China.
If you spend it on gasoline it will go to the Arabs.
If you purchase a computer it will go to India.
If you purchase fruit and vegetables it will go to Mexico, Honduras, and Guatemala (unless you buy organic).
If you buy a car it will go to Japan. If you purchase useless crap it will go to Taiwan. And none of it will help the American economy.
We need to keep that money here in America. You can keep the money in America by spending it at yard sales, going to a baseball game, or spend it on prostitutes, beer and wine (domestic ONLY), or tattoos, since those are the only businesses still in the US.
Really funny, right? But it made me start thinking about the fact that there are so many small businesses (more than just the baseball vendors and beer companies) here that would love your support- let's start showing them!