Bows over Firearms: Sustainability through Hunting


Hunting has been around since the time our ancestors first learned how to make use of fire. From a being a primordial source of food, it became a necessity for the survival of human race.

Fast forward, hunting is now more of a recreational sport that relieves the past cultures and traditions of men. Unfortunately, there has been a noticeable decline of big games because of unbridled hunting activities worsened by use of deadlier and potentially harmful mediums in hunting.

For hunting to continuously flourish and the environment with its wild to have a chance of surviving, it is definitely the time to encourage practicing bowhunting over the use of firearms in hunting. Still not convinced? Here are more reasons for you to ponder.

  1. The bowhunter becomes more in tuned with the environment.

In developing the skills necessary to approach and hunt the quarry at ranges much closer than the animal’s normal reaction/escape distance, bowhunters choose a deeper natural experience that requires more time to harvest quarry. This brings up a more challenging way to hunt and in turn making them committed and ethical outdoor enthusiasts.

  1. Bowhunting is a silent, non-disturbing, and safe hunting method.

This makes bowhunting a possible activity in areas that are in closer proximity to developed and urbanized areas. Successful urban bowhunting programs show the potential of these wildlife management programs.

  1. Bowhunting minimizes exploitation of resources.

Bowhunting expenditure is not made against nature but contributes to its better management. Bowhunting doesn’t correspond to the exploitation of an inexhaustible natural resource but to a clever management of the countryside (faun, land, forests, urban parks, nature reserves), not as easily possible with traditional hunting.

These arguments prove that bowhunting manages to resolve differences between hunting and ecology. Since the way of bowhunting promotes a hunting that is equitable, viable and livable making it well-matched with the notion of sustainability.

So what are you waiting for? Choose now from a variety of adult and kids compound bow for the beginners, or recurve bow for a more traditional approach. Encourage your family and friends for a chance to commune and be one with the environment.

Reducing Foodprint with These Easy Steps

Reducing carbon footprint also means taking a look at my food choices. I’m not a vegetarian and I’m not sure if I’m ready to make that level of commitment yet. But I’m gradually weaning myself off too much meat. I prefer taking a slow and steady approach on this. I have a better chance of making this work for me if I don’t feel like being rushed through the process. Here are some things I find helpful as I take on this challenge:


Buying only what’s needed

I find planning meals quite helpful in minimizing food waste. It also made it easier for me to buy only what I need when at the supermarket. With a shopping list in hand, I’m able to avoid buying unnecessary items that often end up in the trash.

Committing to a meat-free day

For someone who loves meat, committing to one meat-free day every week is a big step. It was a huge challenge for me in the beginning. It was quite tempting to cheat when the craving starts. But it got easier in the long run. I could even do this twice a week now. I’m still not prepared to take that leap towards a vegetarian lifestyle. But I’m working on eating less meat now.

Checking use-by-dates

I used to throw items that have reached their use-by dates. But I’ve learned that some foods are still safe to eat even after past the indicated date. I’ve also learned that the best way to avoid letting a lot of food go to waste is to check their use-by dates before I buy them. As for fresh produce, I make sure that I just buy the right amount I need.

Paying attention to portion sizes when dining out

I’ve inadvertently wasted food when dining out in the past. This was back when I didn’t pay much attention to portion sizes. Now I’ve made it a habit to go for the smaller portions. Or simply ordering whatever’s on the menu that I know I can finish on my own.

Taking out what’s left

One simple way to avoid wasting food when eating out is to bring home what’s left. I’ve been doing this more lately. This is one of the things that may not seem like much in the greater scheme of things. But I like the thought that I’ve reduced my foodprint even just a little by doing it.

Saving on Gas through Smarter Driving


Even with cheaper gas prices, the weaning off gasoline personal challenge continues. So apart from committing to car free days I’ve also been following sage advice on how to make it more fuel efficient. Surprisingly, it wasn’t as hard as I thought. It was mostly a matter of driving smarter and paying more attention to the small things that can actually rack up fuel costs.

1. Keeping an eye on maintenance

Proper maintenance not only improves the car’s efficiency. The reduced emissions likewise makes it more eco-friendly. A win-win situation from where I’m standing. With a well-maintained engine, the car guzzles up less gasoline. Keeping the tires properly inflated and checking for dirt in air filters are also among the little things that add up to the vehicle’s overall performance.

2. Taking out unnecessary stuff

I’ve made it a habit to take out unnecessary items in the car. Apart from the essentials, I try to keep the car as stuff-free as possible. And when I do need to bring along heavy items with me, I make sure that I remove them from the car as soon as I’m done with them. I used to just leave things in the trunk, especially the ones I use from time to time. Now I take them out then just put them back again when I need them.

3. Avoid the rush hour

This is a no-brainer for most people. Who would want to deal with the stress of driving during rush hour, right? But there’s more to avoiding traffic jams than keeping the stress at bay. The frequent stop and go cycle that happens during travel use up more fuel. So unless there’s an absolutely good reason for me to travel during rush hour, I’d rather wait it out.

4. Don’t let it idle

And idling car wastes ends up wasting more gas. I’m guilty of doing this frequently in the past. It wasn’t something I really gave much thought to before. Now I’m more conscious about avoiding this.

5. Drive in a steady pace

Driving in a steady pace isn’t only safe. It also helps in saving gas. I don’t have a habit of overspeeding so this advice really works for me. One trick I learned though is to choose routes with fewer traffic lights.

6. Plan your trips

This is a fairly simple rule to follow. Planning trips could minimize unnecessary drives. Organize trips together with family members who may need to go on errands. This makes everything more efficient and cost-effective.

Car Free Day – The Perks of Driving Less


Taking on a personal challenge to save gasoline not only meant following the advices I’ve read about fine-tuning my car to make it more efficient. I also decided to commit to a car free day at least twice a month, at least in the beginning, to see how it works for me. It wasn’t an easy decision to make since I’m used to driving myself around. It’s always been more convenient for me, especially if I need to rush. Here’s how this car free day have been working out for me. One thing I can say, it has indeed resulted to some savings on my part.


I took a two-pronged approach to this carpooling idea. I enlisted the help of my family and started sending feelers at the office to people who live near me. Luckily, both strategies worked. I was able to rely on both during my initial twice a month car free days. I immediately saw the advantages of the arrangement. All of us who carpooled were able to save on driving costs. While I’m used to driving, I have to say that it was nice to just ride in the car from time to time. Another perk was that it gave me the chance to catch up with my family and friends from work. It was far from the often quiet trips I make to the office on my own.

Public transportation

Taking the bus and subway took some adjustments on my part. I was initially worried about getting late. I’ve experienced being delayed in the past because of unforeseen problems on the road not to mention the unexpected traffic. The only solution was for me to leave earlier than usual. But despite the occasional annoyances and inconveniences, I’m beginning to appreciate the advantages of going for this option. And it wasn’t as stressful as I thought it would be.

Bike to work

I haven’t done this yet although I’ve seen some people at work doing this. I don’t think that I’m ready to make this kind of commitment. But I do see the advantages. One of the biggest draws of this idea is that I’d be getting the exercise I normally have trouble squeezing in my regular schedule. If this works for me, I’d probably be driving less than I still do now.


I may not be walking my way to the office given how far it is from home. But I’ve been doing a lot more walking lately since I started using public transportation. On car free days, I have to walk at least one block from the bus stop. I have to say this whole taking the bus or subway thing has been keeping me fit.