Oil Dependence: Ways to Reduce the Need

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Even though there always seems to be a lot of talk about it, it is about time that we really settle down and take a look at the different ways we can reduce our dependency on oil.  But really, it is more than just a dependency that we are fighting; it is an addiction and a costly one at that.  The best thing you can do to make a change for the better is to start with changing your addiction to oil in your own life.  Take small steps or big leaps, it doesn’t matter.  All that matters is that we are each doing whatever we can to say that we have had enough oil.

Instead of leaving all of your yard to be cut with the lawnmower every week, try planting trees and flower gardens to take up some of that space.  When you do have to mow the grass, make sure that you are using a lawn mower that is a full push mower.  These mowers also help to encourage more calories burning as well.  Skip the mowers that help push themselves forward.

Whenever possible, you should skip the car ride and take public transportation or use a bike or you could even walk.  The exercise would do you some good.  Another thing that you can do is to stop using petroleum-based inks for printing.  Instead, you will want to purchase and use soy based inks.

Did you know that there are many perfumes out there that are made with nasty petrochemicals?  Instead of purchasing these, you should take a little extra time and look for a lovely scent that is made with essential oils.  Why would you want petrochemicals on your skin anyways?  That does not sound elegant at all.

For the cuts and scrapes that you and your loved ones get every so often, you will want to treat them with antiseptics from natural plants instead of oil.  Stick with tea tree oil, eucalyptus, or even St. John’s Wart.

Use wood products whenever possible because plastic products are made using oil.  Even your contact lenses are worse for the environment and our dependency on oil that wearing eyeglasses.

As you can see, there are many changes that you could begin to make right away.  You do not have to go cold turkey when it comes to cutting back on certain products or services.  Each time you make an effort to change the world through your actions, you are one step closer to actually getting it done.  You might not think that what you alone are doing is enough, but when thousands or hopefully millions of people are doing the same thing as you, a big difference is made.

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