"Is it possible to make a living by simply watching light? Monet did. Vermeer
did. I believe Vincent did too. They painted light in order to witness the dance
between revelation and concealment, exposure and darkness. " - Terry Tempest Williams
An interesting 'green' alternative to shopping is the 'Swap don't Shop' movement. I heard about it through The Nature Conservancy and find it inspiring. This kind of movement is happening all around the country in all kinds of communities. Swapping is a sustainable idea that will help our planet. All kinds of things can be swapped, clothes are probably the most common (the average American throws 68lbs of clothing and textiles into the land fill EVERY YEAR!) but garden surplus, eggs, milk, art, dishes, tools, and many other items could be swapped.
So many of the choices we make have a major impact on the planet. This means that there are Eco-friendly changes that we can make everyday that can have a lasting healthy effect.
Hosting a 'Swap don't Shop' party is one way to be an everyday environmentalist.