Thanks to a GreenExpo365.com tweet, I saw this great piece on Paris using the heat put off from commuters and trains in the subway to heat the public housing above (Reuters.com article), and it made me stop and think that there has to be great, no brainer ways for us to save energy. I've read the "Story of Stuff" book and I've worked to reduce my usage where I can. But ideas like this subway-body heat one encourages me stop and ask more questions.
What if every manufacturer stopped and found one piece of their product could be done differently? Maybe found that if they wrapped the product once versus twice or used the steam from one machine to run another, how much energy could that save? It might cost a little more up front, but the energy and resource savings might make a difference.
It is thinking like this that we have to dig deep to find. It's more than ridding your bike to work or sorting your cans and bottles. It's opening our eyes and minds to the possibilities.
I applaud the those who are looking for a new way. Tres bien, Paris!