Ahimsa, Asteya and CatalogChoice.org

Ahimsa and asteya are two yamas listed in the Yoga Sutras.  In some ways, they overlap.  Ahimsa means non-violence.  Asteya means non-stealing.  Both invite us not to harm or steal from others as well as ourselves.

“Others” is an elusive term.  It’s natural for us to think of “others” as only meaning human beings but others can also include animals, the environment and objects.  Consider the harm being done to the planet by all the unwanted catalogs received in the mail daily…we’re robbing the environment of energy, trees and water.  Look at these facts posted on catalogchoice.org regarding the 19 billion catalogs mailed annually to American consumers:

  • Number of trees used – 53 million trees
  • Pounds of paper used – 3.6 million tons of paper
  • Energy used to produce this volume of paper – 38 trillion BTUs, enough to power 1.2 million homes per year
  • Contribution to global warming – 5.2 million tons of carbon dioxide emissions, equal to the annual emissions of two million cars
  • Waste water discharges from this volume of paper – 53 billion gallons of water, enough to fill 81,000 Olympic-sized swimming pools

How many catalogs do you get in the mail weekly that go straight to the recyclying bin?  Personally, I probably get at least 20-25 a week.  What if you could eliminate them all together?

Catalogchoice.org is a great, easy and FREE way to help you make a difference.  It allows you to block catalogs you don’t want by keeping clutter (at least some of it) out of your mailbox.  In return, you’re helping to cut down on waste and benefiting our environment.  Consider catalogchoice.org as an invitation to practice asteya and ahimsa.   

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