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#91 Old 09-15-2005, 11:55 AM
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these have probably already been mentioned but..





-i walk or bike everywhere



-turn off lights when you don't need them



-i bought some of those energy saver bulbs (the spiraly lookin ones) and put them in all my lamps, so i'll shut off the big overhead lights and just use those (i only use overhead lights for getting up and down the stairs at night and if i need light in the hallway for doing stuff like cleaning etc so not very often cause i'm lazy )



-don't leave things like tv's running when you're not using them. i leave my computer on overnight but i shut off the monitor when i'm not using it.



-recycle recycle recycle: this is easy for us to remember to do now because our town makes us buy tags for each garbage bag we put on the curb, more garbage=more expensive. recycling is free.



-don't litter:this is pretty basic but i'm amazed at how many people still do it.



-try to use less harmful products for cleaning, laundry etc. think about what you're putting down the drain.



-keep your car tuned up and use higher quality gas, it'll create less exhaust



-oh and i always use cold water for doing laundry, it'll make your clothes last longer anyways and use less hydro/gas and i hang dry 80% of my laundry (hard to do with no yard, i just drape them over various railings and doors around the house lol

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#92 Old 09-15-2005, 11:58 AM
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I'll echo the laundry remarks.



Eliminating phosphates from what we put down the drain is imo the single easiest and greatest environmental impact we can make.
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#93 Old 09-15-2005, 02:01 PM
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I'll echo the laundry remarks.



Eliminating phosphates from what we put down the drain is imo the single easiest and greatest environmental impact we can make.



I thought most (all?) detergents are now phosphate free? (Please excuse my ignorance on this topic)
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#94 Old 09-15-2005, 10:31 PM
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pretty much the things i do have been mentioned except maybe:



when i go to the bathroom i turn on the night light instead of the regular light switch. the light switch obviously turns on a bigger, more energy consuming light bulb as well as the fan. i use energy efficient bulbs, btw.
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#95 Old 09-16-2005, 08:08 AM
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These are all great tips. I have also written and emailed companies to tell them to cut down on their packaging. It's amazing, for instance, how large some frozen food boxes are when the contents are actually small. I have gotten some very good replies from some companies. I don't know if it has helped, but if more people said they wouldn't buy their products unless they cut down on packaging some would probably make changes.
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#96 Old 10-08-2005, 12:06 AM
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I do a few things, and would like to do a lot more as well! Currently I:



~am vegan

~do not have my driver's license and refuse to get it

~will never own a car

~walk whereever I can

~take public transportation most of the time

~turn lights off in other rooms

~close the fridge unless I am taking something out

~turn the taps off when I am brushing my teeth

~compost

~recycle

~don't buy styrofoam and similar products

~do not waste paper (and when I do "waste" it, I recycle it or use it for scraps)

~wear a sweater to warm up

~refuse to shop at any new stores, drive down any new roads, or live/move/go into any new house that was created on recently deforested land
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#97 Old 10-08-2005, 03:21 PM
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I hope this hasn't been said already, but it's a long thread and I only read half of it, but here it goes:

look into getting your workplace environmentally friendly. Sounds like everyone is at least trying at home, so what about your workplace? regardless of your position, whether you have the power to make decisions or not, you can always make suggestions. I'm currently faced with making a budget for the first time and believe me, stuff like saving electricity means a lot of money down the line. So even if your boss is not interested in the environment, he/she IS interested in saving money. Remember too that budgets are made for at least a year at a time, so initial investments like energy saving bulbs really pay off. And this means an impact far larger than the one you can have by making your own home environmentally friendly.
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#98 Old 10-28-2005, 07:00 PM
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-Don't get little things bagged at stores

-refill water bottles

-recycle

-try to get foods with little packaging

-plant trees

-turn off lights if not entirely necessary

-I have to use paper/notecards (I'm a student), so I always buy recycled

-take short showers
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#99 Old 10-29-2005, 05:55 AM
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Another one that saves money so you can convince other people to do it:



Get your heating system serviced! At work we have two large boilers or cauldrons or whatever you call them heating three buildings. A yearly service can cut gas consumption by 10% because it improves the efficiancy.
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- became a vegetarian

- eat organic whole foods, when possible

- learn to reuse/fix what I already own for other purposes

- bring my own bags/baskets to the store when shopping

- replaced all lightbulbs with energy efficient ones

- turn off lights/appliances when not in room or in use

- run dishwasher/washing machine at odd hours

- recycle plastic bottles, cans, paper and cardboard and anything else our local center will take.

- maintain my car to run like new (recently got 40 mpg with my 6 year old car)

- use natural, non-chemical (and when possible organic) dishwasher detergent, shampoo, laundry detergent, soap and personal products (toothpaste, deodorant, etc).

- use natural, reusable "women's products" instead of the chemical disposable ones

- don't use paper/styrofoam products (napkins, plates, cups, etc)

- cut down on dishes by using the same mug/glass for a day

- I don't turn the heat on in the winter (I live in southern Louisiana so winters are mild (30-40 degrees) and we just layer clothes and blankets)

- shop local resale stores for clothes when possible

- bundle my errands (library, bank, post office, etc) so I don't spend lot's of time or gas running back and forth

- bundle my cooking/baking so I don't constantly turn the oven on and off

- when my children were younger - breastfeeding and cloth diapers

- homeschool my kids - this saves tons of money, resources and reduces stress related illnesses

- before we moved to the city (for job purposes) we had our own garden and composted too



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Last time I was at an office supply store to buy paper, I noticed that they had a lot of nonrecycled paper, a little bit of 30% post-consumer paper, and one small stack of 100% post-consumer paper. So if you just look a little harder and are willing to pay a bit more, you can get the 100% post-consumer stuff.
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#102 Old 11-04-2005, 09:56 AM
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MnVeggie, that's a good tip. Lots of people say that they recycle, but putting the stuff into curbside bins doesn't mean much if we don't actively seek out recycled products when we shop. Ya done good.
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Actually, try and get ANY paper product made from recycled paper.

Especially toilet paper and kitchen towels.
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#104 Old 12-02-2005, 06:49 AM
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we recycle, bicycle, and DIY as much as possible!
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#105 Old 12-02-2005, 10:46 AM
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Actually, try and get ANY paper product made from recycled paper.

Especially toilet paper and kitchen towels.

oops. A little late with this reply, but where I live it's not difficult to get recycled paper towels and toilet paper. I get both from Whole Foods (Seventh Generation brands), and I think Trader Joe's has recycled paper stuff also. I don't get out to regular supermarkets much, but many years ago I used to buy "Green Forest" recycled paper products from Albertson's.
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Use sponges and reusable cloths instead of paper towels
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Excellent advice, ilovemydragon! We use mostly cloth towels around our house, to save both money and natural resources. Besides, they clean up most messes SOOO much better than paper towels.
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well...my family recycles, uses reusable cloth bags, uses compact flourescent bulbs, turns off lights whenever possible, washes clothes in larger loads, cleans with biodegradable cleaners (most of them), uses reusable cloth to wipe up spills, etc. ...the list goes on. my suggestion is to wear an outfit 2 times so long as it isn't dirty, doesn't smell bad etc. I mean...most of us shower a lot, so it's not like we're unhealthily dirty, etc. another thing to do is use water diligently. I like the idea of collecting rain water, but I dont have that option yet, so I can't. Little things like turning off water while shaving/scrubbing, brushing teeth can add up. That's the key to remember--lots of little things add up.
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I walk or ride my bike whenever possible

I reuse yogurt tubs etc. We don't own any Tupperware.

I buy things in bulk to reduce packaging.

I use the diva cup for my menstrual cycle. www dot diva cup dot com

I recycle everything I possibly can at work and at home.

I instuted a full recycling program at work that has really caught on.

I donate proceeds from my recycling endeavors to my local animal shelter.

I use cloth bags when shopping.

The kids have a timer when in the shower. Boy 5 minutes, girl 8 minutes

Instituted punishments for the children wasting water, electricity, not recycling, etc.

If we are just peeing in the toilet then we wait until the next person uses it to flush (use your good judgment here)

Installed switch offs on the shower so we can turn off the water when soaping up.

The kids are good about bringing home all paper from school to recycle.

Re-landscaped yard with Southern California native and drought tolerant plants.

Rarely wash my car. When I do it is on the small patch of lawn.

Never turn on the heat in the winter (I mean never) and rarely run the A/C.

Use a chemical free salt water system for our pool that is energy efficient.

Installed a solar heater for the pool/Jacuzzi that allows the house to use excess generation or puts it back in the grid.

Bought a push non electric, non gas lawnmower (tough work but lawn looks better)

Dry clothes outside when possible.

My next car will be electric or hybrid.



Educate my step children about the earth and environmental causes. This is the most important thing I can do. Education breeds conservation.



Since I moved in the water bill has gone down $20 per month and the electric bill has gone down $35 per month!
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Eat out of dumpsters. Live in abandoned buildings. Travel by freight. Don't shower too often.
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The kids have a timer when in the shower. Boy 5 minutes, girl 8 minutes

Sexist.
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is that how u live judas's carrot? out of dumpsters and in abondoned buildings ? or is that just what u are suggesting??? if u live in abandoned bldgs where do u get your internet access? do u go to public places to get online ? im just curious... .



and u cant say she is sexist w/out knowing the facts....maybe there is a reason the girls get longer other than the simple fact of just being girls - maybe its b/c they have longer hair or something.....or maybe b/c the girls are older and they are getting more time based on age - which would be agist not sexist.....
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is that how u live judas's carrot? out of dumpsters and in abondoned buildings ? or is that just what u are suggesting??? if u live in abandoned bldgs where do u get your internet access? do u go to public places to get online ? im just curious...

It's just what I'm suggesting. I haven't lived like that in a few years.



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and u cant say she is sexist w/out knowing the facts....maybe there is a reason the girls get longer other than the simple fact of just being girls - maybe its b/c they have longer hair or something.....or maybe b/c the girls are older and they are getting more time based on age - which would be agist not sexist.....

I was being facetious.
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[QUOTE=Judas's Carrot]. I haven't lived like that in a few years.



and how do u live now ?
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and how do u live now ?

I pay rent. I have a job. I drive a car. I buy food.
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#116 Old 12-06-2005, 10:16 PM
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but what do u do for the environment?
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#117 Old 12-07-2005, 12:12 AM
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Hey, y'all. Haven't been on for months, but I just read this, and really did agree with it. It's written by a professor from University of Wisonsin, and he's pretty good at summing it up, in my opinion. Y'all should check it out!



http://history.wisc.edu/cronon/Troub...ness_Main.html



Be forewarned, it's long, but worth it!
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but what do u do for the environment?

Nothing.
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#119 Old 12-07-2005, 07:27 PM
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wow sheik i started to read that article but it was just too long

do u think u could give a summary of it or something ?
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I don't shave, razors are wasteful
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