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The Green Movement in Hampton Roads - Sustainable Living

Published: May 13, 2010

Sustainable living involves practices which help make the best possible use of limited resources.The following list includes simple ways to live more sustainably:

* Visit Hampton Roads farmer's markets to find locally sourced fruits, vegetables, baked goods and other foods.

* Utilize kitchen scraps as compost. Coffee grounds, tea bags, fruit and vegetable trimmings and peelings, stale bread and egg shells can all be composted and added to garden soils.

* Seek out and buy local sustainable seafood where available. Hampton Roads vendors offer fish, shrimp, clams, oysters and other seafood.

* Learn to utilize more of the foods we buy. Scraps can be used to make broths and stocks which in turn are a low cost way to flavor vegetables, soups and chowders. The tender remains from stock making can feed pets or be composted.

* Brew your own drinks. Making coffee, tea, lemonade and other drinks is not only simple to do, but saves wasteful packaging.

* Always pack for trips. Bring ice, a reusable container of water or other drinks and snacks.