Live like you’re camping, even when you’re not

ridin2I just returned from 11 days of camping in Northern Michigan.

It’s a great feeling to leave home behind, along with the computer, e-mail, cell phone and chores.

As I sat by a campfire one morning, warming up with a cup of coffee, I thought about why I like camping.

It harkens back to a simpler time, when neighbors talked and children could run free with a lot less worry (from their parents).

And so I began working on a list (in my head) about ways that camping is green, and tips you can use at home to simplify and eco-fy your everyday life:

1. Conserve energy. Open the windows when there’s a breeze outside. Take advantage of the shade instead of the air conditioning.

2. Conserve water. Only run the H2O when you need it. Fill the sink for dishes, instead of just letting the water run. Air dry. Take shorter showers.

3. Turn off. Take the time to enjoy the outdoors. Take a hike. Or just relax on a chair and soak up some Earth. No need for TV.

4. Walk, or bike. Give the car a rest. It’s good exercise, and you might just come across a frog. Always a plus.

Before I was able to finish, my kids wanted to go fishing. That makes five. Skip the supermarket for a day.

I’ll admit. I’m not perfect. I’m not an environmental superhero.

But I think we can all learn from the pioneers when it comes to pioneering ways to consume less by living the simple life.

3 Responses to “Live like you’re camping, even when you’re not”

  1. Brilliant post. I want to add: Reuse the packages. For instance, our serving tray when we camp is a cardboard box from Ramen Noodles that is the perfect size to carry condemints in. And we use the cheese spread containers to store leftovers.

  2. So true. It’s amazing how many things that “we can’t live without” we in fact can (and very easily). Paper plates, television, the microwave… the list goes on and on.

  3. Nice list. I didn’t know anyone washed dishes with the water just running until I got married. In my entire life, we had never done anything but fill the sink - so I guess we were green all along and didn’t even know it!

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