How a zombie apocalypse can make you more eco-savvy

At my house we’re kind of into zombies. Zombieland is a house favorite and we also like zombie books and The Walking Dead. Zombies aren’t great if you have a houseful of young kids but they are spooky fun for older kids and adults.

What’s weird is that the more zombie stuff I watch, the more I think about conservation and eco-practices. I know that seems weird, but we always get into these HUGE oddball debates at my house about how one might correctly and incorrectly handle a zombie apocalypse. Everyone has an opinion and everyone thinks they’d know just what to do if a zombie plague hit.

As for me, while I can’t visually see myself whacking zombies around, those debates stick in my brain and when I’m doing little tasks around the house, I start thinking, “What if there was a zombie apocalypse?” This thinking often helps me conserve more resources and consider other eco-acts I should be trying.

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Think about it. Zombies hit and what happens? You’ve got WAY fewer resources. It’s just pretend, but it makes me think…

  • Don’t waste food! What if all the grocery stores closed down or were infested! It’s better to save those leftovers and learn to cook less at one time.
  • I need to turn off the lights – because frankly, during a zombie apocalypse, I’m betting you’re running stuff on generators, not the grid.
  • During an apocalypse, traveling light is an asset. It’s always useful to think purchases through and only buy what you really need.
  • Knowing how to repair what you own is eco-friendly, and probably utterly useful in a zombie apocalypse. With this in mind, don’t toss appliances, fix them. Learn some basic sewing techniques, learn how to fix a bike and figure out how to make items last longer.
  • Forget about meat. If flesh-eating-zombies don’t turn you off meat, maybe the fact that you’ll now have to hunt your own will. Learn to eat more vegetarian and vegan meals.
  • In a zombie apocalypse I bet the first thing to get looted will be the hospitals and drugstores. No more easy-access medications. Stay healthy by exercising, eating better and learning to use natural methods like herbs.

Do you ever think crazy stuff like this? Or is it just me?

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Plants vs. Zombies

Oh and if you’re looking for some zombie-appropriate fun for the little ones, Plants Vs. Zombies is a good bet. This game is adorable and fun for the whole family. My son and my adult friends all loved it.

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  1. Erin says

    I love that you guys talk about this! My fiance and I talk about it from time to time too. We love The Walking Dead and are pretty sure we’d do just fine! Mainly bc we live on a river (easy access to water) and we have space to grow our own food. It isn’t likely that we’ll have to really worry about a zombie apocalypse (fingers crossed), but it’s nice that this way of thinking brings self sustainability to the forefront.

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