From acting to zip lining to being a docent at a museum, there is a huge diversity of hobbies out there. Some hobbies provide great opportunities for socializing and some provide a healthy escape from the pressures of everyday life. There are numerous industries that cater to the needs of hobbyists. So, for health, social and economic reasons, we need to recognize the importance of people having hobbies.
Consider the environmental impacts of your hobbies, though. Buy what you will realistically use for your hobby. Consider buying locally sourced supplies and/or supplies from environmentally conscious businesses. For example, if you are a woodworker, your impact could range from beneficial, if you find local sources of wood that would otherwise be discarded, to detrimental, if you acquire large quantities of exotic species without ensuring that sustainable forestry practices are being used.
Of course, the amount and type of travel involved in your hobby has a huge impact on how sustainable it is. So, balance the impact of the fuel you will burn with the benefit of each trip.
If you’d like to contribute information about sustainability practices for specific hobbies, please contact us. We could add links and more pages in the future.
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