Less is More (Except When It Isn't)
So, we can all agree that less is more [www.sundance.tv], right? It is — we’ve got some more high-level examples below — except, when it isn’t. What?
1) Okay, first of all, we’d encourage you to keep this in mind [www.treehugger.com]: “The key to sustainability is simply to use less, and the key to happily using less is to design things better.” Example? The notebook computer did not develop as a green replacement for a desktop, yet there is no question that it has a smaller physical and ecological footprint — it is greener by design, and now customers are demanding greener manufacture.
2) Given this info, we decided that when it comes to cars for TreeHuggers, less is definitely more [www.treehugger.com].
3) When it comes to melon-scratchers, here’s a honey of a doodle: which is better — a hybrid vs. a small, compact, super-efficient conventional car. You might be surprised at which less is more [www.treehugger.com] in the Toyota Prius hybrid vs. Toyota Yaris smackdown.
4) TreeHugger is fond of using the networking power of the internet to help people connect and share their stuff; Switchplanet [www.treehugger.com] is
a good example of this model. It’s fast, easy, cheaper than buying and more sustainable than collecting huge amounts of stuff that only gets used once in a blue moon.
5) For homes, we turn again to our pals at Apartment Therapy, who completed a 250 square-foot apartment renovation in preparation for a baby and blogged the whole thing. Believe us; 250 square feet never looked so good [www.treehugger.com], so livable and so TreeHugger, down to the bamboo kitchen and rope insulation.
6) We opined that participating in Buy Nothing Day — a TreeHugger’s version of “Black Friday,” right after Thanksgiving — doesn’t have to mean living with less [www.treehugger.com].
7) There are occasions when more is better than less. An example: the glut of alternative energy-powered web-hosting [www.treehugger.com] options out there.
8) Another good example: more hybrid taxis [www.treehugger.com] are on their way to New York City; in fact, the city’s taxis will be 100% hybrid by 2012.