December 16, 2013

Sub-Size Me Monday

Super-sized vs. Sub-sized - smaller is usually always better for the planet.

sub·size adjective \ˈsəb+¦-\

Definition of SUBSIZE

:  using less than a usual, standard, or normal size

Our lifestyles have become super-sized. Everything from burgers and fries to cars, houses, and vacations have been made larger under the consumer magnifying glass. Now that same glass is burning us like ants on the sidewalk.

We have come to love huge because we have been told our whole lives that "bigger is better".

The marketers that told us that, lied - smaller is usually always better. Better for the planet, and better for us as well. 

Super-sizing kills.
Just ask Morgan Spurlock who found out the hard way after eating super-sized fast food meals repeatedly, then documenting the pig-out on film.

The era of "Super-size Me" is over. It is time for the sequel "Sub-size Me". 

We need to sub-size our lifestyles and start using less of just about everything.

Sub-sizing things is less taxing on the environment. Super-sizing uses more resources and energy, and creates more waste during manufacture, use, and disposal.

Sub-sizing your life is almost always better for the planet and for you - it costs less for purchase and use, requires less maintenance, and is a more energy efficient and healthy way to live.

Super-sized Facts

- From 1970 to 2004 the average house size in North America increased more than 50% from 1,500 to 2,350 square feet. At the same time the number of people per household dropped 17%.
- 1 in 5 U.S. homes is larger than 3,000 sq. ft.
- A wide-screen TV can use more electricity than your fridge.
- If every American lost one pound it would save 39 million gallons of fuel per year.
- During Morgan Spurlock's 30 day fast food experiment for the documentary "Super-size Me" he gained 24½ lbs. (11.1 kg), a 13% body mass increase, a cholesterol level of 230, and experienced mood swings, sexual dysfunction, and fat accumulation in his liver.

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