Natural Life Editor Wendy Priesnitz talks to Award-winning natural food retailer Don Smith by ProQuest

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Don: I have always been thrifty in my personal life and do not like to see waste. This contributes to financial efficiencies, of course, and has a by-product of having less environmental impact. Today's talk of turning off lights when not in use or turning down heat sources when not required seems almost foreign to me because it's so logical, people should be doing it intrinsically. But we've grown into a wasteful, more affluent society with inexpensive sources of energy and consumer goods in general. In other words, we can afford to be wasteful but it's starting to catch up with us on an environmental level.Don: I truly have enjoyed having this business and feel very appreciative and lucky, so I haven't been in any rush to get out of it. We've inherently made it stimulating and challenging and that's another reason why I think we've continued to enjoy it."Today's talk of turning off lights when not in use or turning down heat sources when not required seems almost foreign to me because if s so logical, people should be doing it intrinsically. But we've grown into a wasteful, more affluent society with inexpensive sources of energy and consumer goods in general. I'm an avid camper and I like to use the camper's credo that states always leave your route and campsite as good as or better than when you found it. If we all used this rule as much as we could in our everyday lives we wouldn't have the environmental mess that we have today."

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