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Page 4D n~URE ~HM~ Hays Free Press December 1,2010 + + "any people just sur- vived Black Friday and are loaded with new gadgets after waiting in line during the wee hours after Thanksgiving. Sadly, less than 1 percent of all those new gadgets bought and sold during the holiday season will be in use six months from now, according to An- nie Leonard in "The Story of Stuff," a short film produced by Free Range Films and available free online at www. storyofstuff.com. "The Story of Stuff" chronicles the life of con- sumer goods from the "cradle to the grave," and offers an alternative vision to our consumerist culture. Leonard points out that we have lost our identities as "mothers, farmers, firemen, teachers, and become consumers." Indeed, we are defined by what we consume, and are targeted demographically by stuff-peddlers from infancy to old age. In our culture, we feel awkward if we don't have "the right stuff" -- fashionable clothes, flashy "bling" and the newest techno-gadget. What we don't often see is the consequences of our national addiction to stuff. We see more advertise- SUSTAJNABLE UVING merits in one year than our grandparents did in their whole lifetimes. We consume twice as much as they did as a result. Our houses are twice as big, our waistlines are big- ger, and our savings accounts are considerably smaller. The U.S. has 5 percent of the world's population but consumes 30 percent of the world's resources and creates 30 percent of the world's waste, according to "The Story of Stuff." We have already used one-third of the world's natural resources, and are quickly chewing our way through the rest. A few suggestions for sur- viving the holidays with less stuff: Develop habits of zero waste; use both sides of the paper, carry your own mugs and shopping bags, get print- er cartridges refilled instead of replaced, compost food scraps, and avoid bottled wa- ter and other over-packaged products. "The average person in the ff.S. watches'IV for more than four hours a day," notes "The Story of Stuff." "Four hours each day f-died are with messages about stuffwe should buy. Those are four hours that could be spent with family, friends and in our community." Recycling saves energy and reduces both waste and the pressure to use more resources. Unfortunately, many cities still don't have adequate recycling systems and need public pressure at the local government level to get put into place. Start Precycling - buy the least amount of packaging, or skip buying it at all! Shopping is not the solu- tion to personal or environ- mental problems. The real changes we need just aren't for sale in even the green- est shop. Learn to live more simply so that others may simply live. Shawn Dell ]oyce is an award-winning columnist and founder of the Wallkill River School in Orange County, N. Y COPYRIGHT2010 CRE- ATORS.COM "For Low Prices and Great Service" 512-353-FORD(3673) Seguin and Uvalde $ | JEWELR V ?Se IRON MORE 12} am St eet. Do*w ;own Buda 295-9444 . Open Everyday 295-6008 ~~~u~~~~~~~E: Play 1 of 16 different - win up to a Sl,O00 games on Cash Prize: video screens = - Relax with our friendly staff and enjoy free drinks and snacks. = = Monday-Thursday, 10arn-10pm *Must be 18 years of age or older. - and Friday-Saturday, 10am-11 pm *No alcohol permitted. = 121 Hall Professional Center Kyle, Texas 78640 - (across from Plum Creek subdivision) = 512-608-8824 = Benefiting Skyward Bound Ranch Foundation .111111111111111111111111111111111111111111111111111111~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~ NCUA + Commercial Real Estate 5 Year Fixed Rate Home Equity Loans O~ o 5 Year Fixed Rate < 10 Year Fixed Rate Money [] ), $75,000 Jumbo Market Account [] to $124,999 Certificate of [] [] 12 Months (Minimum Deposit of $95,000) 24 Months $125,000 and Above (Minimum Deposit of $95,000) *Annual Percentage Rate. All rates are expressed "as low as". Actual rate may vary depending on credit qualifxations. O *'*Rate applies to 1st lien commercial real estate loans with a loan to value of 80 )/o or less; construction/development loan rotes/terns may be different. No prepayment penalty. ***Annual Percentage Yield. Penalties for early withdrawal may apply. Rates and terms are subject to change without notice. This credit union is federally insured to at least $250,000 par member by Ihe National Credit Union Administration. + i