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In June 2014, my family joined the 12 percent of U.S. households that do not own a car. (The statistic comes from the Pedestrian and Bicycle Information Center, citing a 2009 National Household Travel Survey.) We commute by bicycle to in-town destinations and rely on public transportation when taking longer trips.
In a spin-off blog, “Librarian on a Bicycle,” I explore alternatives to auto-dependent traveling (including library outreach by bicycle).
Another crucial decision was to cease purchasing single-serving bottled water. Instead, my family refills stainless steel water bottles from the tap.
One of the most dynamic and creative ways to reduce your impact on the world is through repurposing used items. Second-hand garments, acquired at a thrift store or found in a community box, become unique, one-of-a-kind creations through T-shirt refashioning. Bandannas become drawstring pouches for supermarket bulk-good purchases. Worn pillowcases gain new life as “upcycled” market bags.
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