Wednesday, February 26th 2020, 5:30 am - Participating in Lent? Here are some suggestions.
Lent. It's a Christian event in preparation for Easter and it is officially underway.
Typically, people are asked to give up something -- or fast -- during the 40-day period.
Some will use the opportunity to phase out their guilty pleasures -- like chocolate or chips.
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But over the past few years, a new trend is emerging with more and more people looking to benefit the environment.
Here are some eco-friendly fasts you can try at home.
A plastic fast. Consider giving up plastic straws, replacing your shopping bags with canvas, and bringing cutlery to work or school.
A purchase fast. Buying new can create a lot of packaging. If you need something, see if you can borrow from someone before heading to the store.
A trash fast. Lent is a good time to look at the waste generated in your home and see if there are any ways to reduce it.
A takeout fast. Challenge yourself to eat at home and use up everything that's in your fridge before buying new groceries.
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An energy fast. If it's comfortable to do so, try turning down your thermostat by a degree, and a little lower than that when you aren't home or are sleeping. This isn't just good for the environment -- if you keep it up, it could also save you money.
A water fast. Consider taking shorter showers to cut back on water waste.
A car fast. Try to take public transportation. If your destination is close by, consider walking.
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