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Old 02-17-2009, 4:29 PM
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Default Everyday Green!

I don't think I'm being overly NOT green, but I feel like there are definitely things that I'm not thinking of re: being green!

Right now, I recycle, I bring my own bags to the grocery store (one of my stores even gives you a raffle ticket every time you bring your own bags - great idea!), and I've made sure all my lightbulbs are the energy saving ones.

But after that, I'm at a loss!

I'm looking for some everyday things that I can do to be more green. What do you and your family do?
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Old 08-05-2009, 5:54 PM
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Hello. I'm new here, but I was very excited by your question, so I decided to chime in.

Here's what we do to try to be good stewards of Mother Earth:

recycle,
turn off electricity when not in use,
keep AC no lower than 70 and heat no higher than 68,
cover windows to keep solar heat out,
use ceiling fans to cool room I'm in,
CFL light bulbs,
bring cloth bags everywhere,
bring our own to-go containers for leftovers from restaurants,
reuse until you can't reuse anymore,
use cold water for laundry (except for whites),
use dryer balls and lavendar packets instead of dryer sheets,
use a "pooper scooper" and flush doggie waste in the toilet,
combine errands whenever possible (I'm working on starting to bike to work... it's still in the works) and never idle the car,
we started composting several months ago - we'll see how that works out,
reuse gift bags and don't use gift wrap (or reuse whenever possible),
print on both sides of paper and insist my students do the same,
don't purchase stuff we don't need,
use recycled TP,
use recycled other products whenever possible,
use low-flush toilets and shower heads,
use cloth (reusable) feminine hygiene products (not as gross as it sounds!),
use cloth diapers (don't have kids yet, but diapers have already been prewashed and ready to go),
line dry select items (I'm working on going full-speed ahead with line drying here soon),
when buying stuff I consider the packaging as well as the product and avoid unnecessary use of resources when possible,
oh, and I've stopped eating meat as of February (cattle raising uses a TON of natural resources that cannot be replenished, not to mention that I don't like eating what has a face lol)

I think that covers most of it. I'm always in search of new, cheap ways to be more green. Our budget doesn't allow for a hybrid vehicle or solar electric panels, so we do what we can with what we have. And I "preach" to my brownish friends to encourage them to be more green as well! lol

Hope this has been helpful. Good for you for taking the initiative and recognizing that one person CAN and DOES make a difference!

Karolina
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