How retro-progressive are you?

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Back to the Sustainable Future:
Taking Two Steps Back to Jump Ten Steps Forward
by Mickey Z.
When you point out urgent green issues, you're often faced with the knee-jerk retort: "If everything is as bad as you say, what's your solution?"
 
Well, one of the silver linings in any desperate situation can be the sudden emergence of new ideas...or perhaps, a new/old idea. Harking back to simpler times is nothing new--consider how yoga, meditation, and Tai Chi are often filed under "New Age"--and doing so with the accumulated knowledge of today is downright retro-progressive.
 
Yep, new problems can often spawn new language and the term "retro-progressive" effectively captures the backward-forward thinking mode we just might need when faced with a culture that often seems oblivious to the natural flow of things.
 
"This cradle to grave flow relies on brute force (including fossil fuels and large amounts of powerful chemicals)," says green architect and designer, William McDonough. "It seeks universal design solutions ('one size fits all'), overwhelming and ignoring natural and cultural diversity. And it produces massive amounts of waste--something that in nature does not even exist."

 
[For complete article reference links, please see source at Planet Green here.]



6 Basic Ways to Go With the Flow and Get Retro-Progressive



1. Hanky

A handkerchief is cheaper over time, softer, much stronger than a tissue, and of course: not disposable.

2. Clothesline

Ditching the dryer and going old school cut your residential energy costs by 5%.

3. Soap Nuts

Your clothes can be cleaned without commercial detergents. In fact, they can be cleaned without detergent. Two words: soap nuts.

4. Whole, Unprocessed Foods

Say no to factory farming, processing, additives, GMOs, hormones, antibiotics, etc. In 2009, what could be more retro-progressive than consuming a meal that consists of whole, plant-based foods?

5. Grow Your Own

If you want organic produce that is truly locally grown, do it yourself. If you have the space, create your own garden. If not, find the nearest community garden and or create one.

6. Walk and Talk

Turn off the cell phone. Get out of the car. Take a walk and give yourself a chance to interact with your friends without the necessity of e-mail, IM, or texts. You may be surprised how many good ideas are created during face-to-face interactions.  
 
 

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