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My family:<br><br>
* two adults, one child <b>one</b> vehicle (I hardly ever drive)<br><br>
* I walk or ride (with doodlebug trailer) on bicycle most every place I need/care to go<br><br>
*travel mass transit (Amtrak/bus) or carpool<br><br>
*plant based (vegan) family (soon to be household when the roomie moves out)<br><br>
*cloth diapers/wipes<br><br>
*x-mas gift to ourselves- FINALLY shop for our high effinency washing machine (been screaming about this one for years)<br><br>
*use the Keeper (femmine non disposable product)<br><br>
*cloth grocery bags when shopping (in fact gave them out as gifts this year)<br><br>
*if its yellow let it mellow... if it's brown flush it down (water savings)<br><br>
*homebirth with daughter (my midwives may have had to drive a few miles to our place but it doesn't compare to what that hospital uses)<br><br>
*flourescent lights... just bought a condo still coming up with ways of greening it up<br><br>
*reuse, reuse, reuse... <b>then</b> recycle<br><br>
*get most of my greens, carrots, squash, loofas for cleaning, peppers, etc. from the community organic gardender (cheap, local and pesticide free<br><br><br><br>
i'm sure there are more.. what are yours?

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I do a lot of the above but also:<br><br><br><br>
*freecycle to get rid of things I don't need so they can be re-used<br><br>
*bulk shopping trips. Rarely go to supermarkets, but most things in bulk online and buy veg locally from farmers markets<br><br>
*Don't buy imported exotic herbs flown in from around the world.<br><br>
*Grow my own food in an allotment as well as grow sprouts and herbs in the house.

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*two adults, two cats, no car<br><br>
*recycle, of course<br><br>
*made provisions in my will to be buried chemical-free in an untreated wooden coffin<br><br><br><br>
No kids, but that's not a choice I made to lessen global impact. It's more of a coincidence.

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<div class="quote-container"><span>Quote:</span>
<div class="quote-block">Originally Posted by <strong>Ludi</strong> <a href="/forum/post/0"><img alt="View Post" class="inlineimg" src="/img/forum/go_quote.gif" style=""></a><br><br><b>Not having children.</b><br><br><br></div>
she says in bold. <img alt="" class="inlineimg" src="/images/smilies/laugh.gif" style="border:0px solid;" title=":lol:"><br><br><br><br>
I'm working on buying more locally-made food and other items, and doing my own canning and freezing to cut down on packaging and shipping waste.<br><br><br><br>
More sweaters and more thermostat control.

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I'm trying to do more things, little by little. I just bought a book recently on "living green." I'm finding myself caring much more about the Earth than I ever have before. Here's a little on-going list:<br><br><br><br>
*being vegan, transitioning to raw vegan<br><br>
*eating local and organic<br><br>
*bringing my own canvas grocery bags (I'd like to get some new hemp ones, these are wearing down quite a bit)<br><br>
*recycling and using more recycled products<br><br>
*not driving often, use public transportation whenever possible (in Feb., that will be my form of transportation 99% of the time)<br><br>
*when I move into my new apartment in Feb., I will be conservative with the thermostat (didn't have control of it in previous apt.)<br><br>
*using DivaCup<br><br>
*using recycled razors (the handles, not the blades. <img alt="" class="inlineimg" src="/images/smilies/tongue3.gif" style="border:0px solid;" title=":p">)<br><br>
*I don't use a clothes dryer.<br><br><br><br>
I'm open to more ideas, so I hope more people post. I think this is a great idea for a thread, echowarrior! <img alt="" class="inlineimg" src="/images/smilies/smiley.gif" style="border:0px solid;" title=":)"><br><br><br><br>
ETA: Looking at that list, I feel like it's not that much. *sigh*

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*I try to use mass transit (not because of GW though).<br><br><br><br>
And if not having children counts, then<br><br>
*keeping my hypothetical kids hypothetical (sorry Ka'zamar <img alt="" class="inlineimg" src="/images/smilies/sad.gif" style="border:0px solid;" title=":(">)

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1. Our family of 4 lives in an 845 sq ft, 2 bedroom apartment. The apartment building is so well insulated that we don't turn on our heat - and it's December.<br><br><br><br>
2. We recently moved just blocks away from my husband's work (I stay home with the kids). He now walks to/from work every day. We are also in walking distance to 3 grocery stores, a drug store, and a used book store. I probably use the car maybe twice per week.<br><br><br><br>
3. Cloth diapers/cloth wipes.<br><br><br><br>
4. Natural/environmentally friendly detergents, soaps, etc.<br><br><br><br>
5. Cloth grocery bags.<br><br><br><br>
6. Re-use and recycle.<br><br><br><br>
7. We buy used stuff more than new. We shop at thrift stores, consignment shops, used book stores, etc. quite a bit. This Christmas we set the goal of buying only used gifts for people, and we stuck to it. It was like a fun treasure hunt. <img alt="" class="inlineimg" src="/images/smilies/smiley.gif" style="border:0px solid;" title=":)"><br><br><br><br>
8. Organic produce, locally grown and in season as much as possible. Cooking from scratch rather than using pre-packaged foods (i.e. soaking, cooking beans rather than canned, etc).<br><br><br><br>
9. ...and last but not least! All 4 of us are vegan! <img alt="" class="inlineimg" src="/images/smilies/broccoli.gif" style="border:0px solid;" title=":bobo:">

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Here's an inspiring website I love:<br><br><br><br><a href="" target="_blank"></a>

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<b>What I Do</b><br><br>
We use fluroescent light bulbs.<br><br>
We use cloth grocery bags.<br><br>
I reduce, reuse, recycle as much as possible.<br><br>
I'm vegetarian.<br><br>
We don't have an airconditioner and rarely use the fan.<br><br>
Use clotheslines instead of the dryer (I don't know if we even have one lol).<br><br>
Wash dishes by hand.<br><br>
Starting to buy more fresh foods than forzen and packaged.<br><br>
I walk or take public transport wherever possible.<br><br>
My car is otherwise small and resonably economic. My partner and I travel together in my car whenever possible as opposed to seperate or with him.<br><br>
I keep my car tuned up.<br><br>
I keep my tires properly inflated.<br><br><br><br><b>What I Would Like to Do</b><br><br>
Stop using as much heat in winter.<br><br>
Get better at turning off and unplugging unused appliances.<br><br>
Buy and use and energy effiecient fridge.

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Earth Day Footprint Quiz<br><br><a href="" target="_blank"></a><br><br><br><br>
Heres mine..eek:<br><br><br><br>
TOTAL FOOTPRINT 2.5<br><br><br><br>

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I don't use my car when I'm at school<br><br>
I bring my own bags when shopping<br><br>
I buy at the local co-op<br><br>
I'm vegan and try to eat local and organic<br><br>
I try to reduce, reuse, recycle<br><br>
I buy everything I can in bulk<br><br>
I use earth-friendly cleaning products<br><br>
I just gave my parents green tags for christmas<br><br>
I try to buy sustainable clothing (second hand or organic, natural fiber, etc.)<br><br><br><br>
One thing I really suck at is saving water (except that at school we have low-flow showers and toilets).

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-i'm vegan<br><br>
-not using the heat as much<br><br>
-getting my family to stop buying water bottles/paper cups and using glasses instead, teaching my little brothers about things like not having to keep the water on while brushing their teeth<br><br><br><br>
i'm only 16, and i don't do much, but i try. some of these posts are very inspiring

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Well, most of our vehicles don't work at the same time, and we fill up the recycle bin with bottles each fortnight.<br><br><br><br>
EDIT: that weird site gave me a 7, as opposed to 7.6 which is normal. Hurrah?

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Grow loads of our own veg.<br><br>
Use the bus when I can<br><br>
Compost, reuse, freecycle, recycle (I also try and do this with stuff other people don't want).<br><br>
Energy efficient everything, florescent lights and huge double glazed windows.<br><br>
The car we do have gets at lest 60 miles to the gallon.<br><br>
We've turned about an acre of land covered in rubbish and scrap metal into green space, and about half of that into a wildlife zone, (lots of wildflowers and nettles and stuff).<br><br>
Any veg I do buy we buy loose to reduce packaging, and we try our best to buy local.<br><br>
We store a lot of the things that might have to be chilled outside in the garden shed, (Veg and stuff,) that way we don't have to use the freezer.<br><br>
We live in a flat, which we converted from un used office space that would still have been here not being used had we not.<br><br>
Work to convert the industrial waste from the local trading estate, instead of just skipping it we try to freecycle and recycle.<br><br>
Lots of little things like rechargable batteries, charged with a solar panel, only put the amout of water needed in the kettle, insulate everything etc etc.<br><br><br><br>
My foot print was 1.9 so not bad, not far to go and I'll have some spare footprint to go round. Make up for other members of my family.

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* low power computer.<br><br>
* Fluorescent bulbs, whole house.<br><br>
* compartmentalized heating/cooling in house.<br><br><br><br>
I wanted to mention, utlitiy companies in some areas will subsidize energy efficient upgrades. For example, fluorescent bulbs cost me $1 ea. The gas and electric company kicks back x-dollars for energy efficient appliances. I believe there are moneys available for home insulation as well. Check around, you might be surprised.

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I keep the thermostat down and wear more layers or use more blankets.<br><br>
I'm replacing the lightbulbs in my apartment with the efficient ones as these ones die.<br><br>
I always wash my clothes by hand, and hang dry as much as I can.<br><br>
I never take baths anymore, even though I love them.<br><br>
I try to shower only every other day, and keep it short.<br><br>
I try to keep the lights out in rooms I'm not using.<br><br>
I make sure everyone in the office turns off everything when they leave, including printers and monitors.<br><br>
I recycle paper, cans, bottles and some plastic, but my city doesn't have the best facilitiies unfortunately.<br><br>
I try to buy organic, vegan products only, and local when possible.<br><br>
Using reusable cloth bags instead of plastic.<br><br>
I try to carpool, walk or bike.<br><br>
I wash my dishes by hand using as little water as humanly possible.<br><br>
I use natural cleaning products.<br><br><br><br>
Things I am working on:<br><br><br><br>
Turning my computer off at night.<br><br>
Driving less.<br><br>
Using my travel mugs more often.

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I haven't had a car in, whoa, many years. I rent one a couple of times a year.<br><br><br><br>
Grocery shop with a backpack - primarily buy fresh ingredients.<br><br><br><br>
No kids indeed - and the profusion of idiots is indeed part of why we don't.<br><br><br><br>
Haven't had the heat on in the apartment yet this winter - although our building is pretty well insulated.<br><br><br><br>
Actually DO turn appliances and lights off when not in use.<br><br><br><br>
NOT Veg - but I don't buy industrial quality meats or anything with a long or weird ingredients list.<br><br><br><br>
I've generally travelled pretty light through life - I don't own a LOT of stuff. (Although the installation of a sound isolation booth this year challanges that attitude a bit - the silly thing weighs 600 pounds.)<br><br><br><br><br><br>
No aerosols, we recycle, positive, optomistic attitude. (Gloom erodes everything it touches...)

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1. Went veg.<br><br><br><br>
2. Two two kids with me. <img alt="" class="inlineimg" src="/images/smilies/laugh.gif" style="border:0px solid;" title=":lol:"><br><br><br><br>
3. 90% of the produce I buy is now organic.<br><br><br><br>
4. Buying more and more organic cotton, hemp and earth-friendly dyed appearal.<br><br><br><br>
5. Switched to paper bags at the grocery.<br><br><br><br>
6. I own a business and fly a lot, but I have been purchasing "carbon credits" to help offset the damage done by my air travel.<br><br><br><br>
7. Not to get too intimate, but I switched to "The Keeper" for my mothly "lady needs" rather than using disposables.<br><br><br><br>
8. Switched all the candles in my house to soy.<br><br><br><br>
9. Adjusted our thermostat to use less energy.<br><br><br><br>
10. I recycle paper, aluminum, plastics and glass.<br><br><br><br>
11. At my company, we freeycle all our vegetable oils drums (we make natural beauty products) rather than sending them to the dump. And we flatten all cardboard and send it on to the recycling center as well.<br><br><br><br>
12. I buy lots of recycled goods as well- paper products, etc.<br><br><br><br>
I do drive an SUV (please, no one hit me), but will be replacing that with a hybrid this year. Woohoo! It's very cool to see what everyone else is doing to make a diference...<br><br><br><br><div class="quote-container"><span>Quote:</span>
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TOTAL FOOTPRINT 18<br><br><br><br>
I am glad to see that I am bout 30% below "average", but that's still not so good. I think the lack of public transit here and my travel hurt those numbers. *sigh*

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I can sympathize with no public transportation. We have buses and one train system but you still need to drive to them(the nearest station is 15 inutes away in a car) and its so horribly designed and not exactly safe. And there is NOTHING close enough to walk to. Biking on these streets is just asking for it. <img alt="" class="inlineimg" src="/images/smilies/thumbsdown.gif" style="border:0px solid;" title=":down:"> But i'll be getting a hybrid(or the most efficent car if they come out with something better) when/if i do get a car.<br><br><br><br>
I try my best to do what i can ,but alot of what i get is from my parents and they have refused alot of things(ex: my mom won't let me switch to cotton pads. <img alt="" class="inlineimg" src="/images/smilies/sad.gif" style="border:0px solid;" title=":("> ). My mom needs to really get with things. She's the kind of person who ignores it and doesn't care(she calls what i do ridiculous along with other things).<br><br><br><br>
But my dad bought recycled paper towels recently, so maybe there's a start??<br><br><br><br>
I try to do my laundry in loads with as little soap and water as possible rather than waste water for one pair of clothing. And i re-ware what i can. I try not to put it in the wash unless it's obviously dirty. Usually though i'm a very clean person so it's never noticibly dirty.<br><br><br><br>
I use as many organic/earth friendly products as i can.<br><br><br><br>
I try to take as short of a shower as i can with warm water rather than hot.<br><br><br><br>
No aresoles for me.<br><br>
though my ashtma medicine is an aresole.. but they're discountinueing it for the good of the enviroment(they actually sent out a letter warning us and why). It made me a bit annoyed because its not a medicine you should exactly discountinue as many people's lives rely on it ,but made me happy that there is somekind of change ,and i'll happily make the change.<br><br><br><br>
I reuse what i can.<br><br><br><br>
I try and use sponges or kitchen towels rather than paper towels.<br><br><br><br>
I don't use paper towels to dry my hands anymore.<br><br><br><br>
I do more ,but those are the biggest things right now.<br><br><br><br>
I got 4.7 planets.<br><br><br><br>
Sorry about the long post. I need to learn to shorten it.
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