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10/22/09 12:25 P

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I have been working on this a long time. My kids tease me that I was taking canvas bags to stores before it became popular. Thankfully they are using them now also. We compost everything for our organic gardens, wash in cold water and hang out laundry to dry, recycle everything that is recycable, drive a prius, use CFL bulbs, have a tankless hot water tank. Use rechargable batteries for electronics and use a rechargable lawn mower for the fenced in parts of the yard. Hearing what everyone else does is giving me ideas of what more I can do, thanks to everyone for more ideas.

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10/21/09 7:42 P

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Well, I work as an environmental scientist cleaning up contaminated sites. I don't use plastic bags, plastic bottles or disposable cups.

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Well, I work as an environmental scientist cleaning up contaminated sites. I don't use plastic bags, plastic bottles or disposable cups.

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10/20/09 1:27 P

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I use a stainless steel water bottle.

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10/18/09 10:57 P

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Hi I'm new to "blogging" and don't consider myself an environmentalist, just someone who loves this earth GOD gave us to use and who wants to take care of it the way He intended. I'm not a "vegan" or a "vegetarian" I do occasionally eat meat, but I LOVE my veggies!!! MMM!!! :) Unfortunately, I love chocolate almost as much! LOL ;) Here are a few little things I do to "do my part" and keep my "carbon footprint" small as possible: 1)I only take 5 minute showers and rinse only in cool-to-cold water (this is great for the skin as well). 2)I walk everywhere but places too far to walk. 3)I turn OFF the water while washing dishes or brushing my teeth, etc. 4)I only use flourescent bulbs at home. 5) I turn off lights if not used for 5 minutes or more. (You can't turn off and on these kinds of bulbs the way ya do traditional incandescents). 6)I plug all my electronics into a high-joule surge protector & turn it off when not in use. 7)I unplug fans, heaters etc when not in use. 8)I seal up holes & cracks to avoid extra usage of electricity. 9)I get only e-bills & pay them online whenever possible. I also get e-statements from banks etc... 10)I recycle or reuse my plastic bags & baggies & aluminum cans. Also my plastic water & Gatorade bottles. 11) I use natural cleaners like baking soda & vinegar & no-phosphate laundry products. 12)I bought a high-efficiency monitor which uses less electricity than tube models. 13) I use a laundromat & carwash & air dry delicates. 14)I use the microwave for under 10 minute jobs but the stove for larger jobs. 15) I own a low-amp high-efficiency vacuum & microwave. 16) I only run the air or heat when necessary & put on or take off clothing before I change the thermostat. These are just a few things I can think of off the top of my head..hope this gives ya'll some ideas of your own to "do your part" like using canvas bags for small quick purchases! ;)

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10/7/09 4:28 P

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For years I've used long-life light bulbs, since my son was born 18 years ago! They work out cheaper and save the hassle of having to replace the light bulbs, one by one as they 'go', every winter. I put a jumper on before the heating, and in the kitchen do things like put lids on saucepans, fill the kettle with just the water I need. The great thing about caring about the environment is that it is a win-win, you save money while saving the planet!



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10/7/09 5:26 A

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naw, its not a contest! I'm not the one who set most of these things up - I'm just lucky to live around other eco friendly persons who are eager to help. Not having a car isn't hard for me. I get car sick! :)

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10/6/09 7:30 P

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You win.. Wow you are dedicated to the environment, I envy your inner strength.


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10/6/09 8:32 A

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hello my dear environmentalists!
I'm going to peruse this thread when I have time - great inspiration :) As for me I cycle everywhere and won't ever own or drive a car, so its that or occasionally public transport. I'm a vegan. I recycle everything I use and grow as much of my own food as I can. everything I buy is organic. I never even go inside supermarkets. I don't have a fridge or freezer and although only a small amount of my energy comes from wind/solar power, I don't use much electricity or gas. I turn old fridges into slow cookers, which saves on fuel. I really live as low impact a life as I can, and almost everything I own is second-hand or recycled or handmade. I'm lucky to know lots of other eco-minded folks so we help each other out a lot!

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10/2/09 4:43 P

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Today I pulled up the vegetable garden all 25 square feet of it and that is a workout. Before the weekend is over I will empty the composter into a hole and bury it until spring when it will be perfect.

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10/1/09 10:55 A

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Hi, I'm new to the group and SparkPeople but not new to loving the environment. I'm 15 but I'm a complete eco-nerd. ^_^
I recycle everything, I'm vegetarian (reducing my carbon footprint), I don't keep lights on in my room more then 5 hours a day (natural light or just going to another room), I use alot of eco-friendly products and such, I'm quite an activist for eco-things and best of all, I just want to make a difference and love being an environmentalist (which is why I wanna be an environmental scientist when I'm older too). =)

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9/30/09 7:10 P

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Hi!

I turn of electronics that remain on standby when they arent in use. I also have those compact flourescent bulbs. I recycle lots of paper, cans, bottles, plastics, and other items even when I dont get the cash deposit. I pick up recyclables on the street when I have room to carry them, and if i dont I put them where I know other collectors can find them (lots of people do that these days, I used to be homeless and it seemed like we were the only ones who did it- now you see about everyone doing it- times are tough!)
Its good to be on this team. I also invested in rechargable batteries. I am also mindful of proper disposal of things like those flourescent compact bulbs and regular batteries. Its funny because a lot of the cost of pricey organics can be offset by some of the environmentally friendly things I mentioned here. I was just realizing that. I am always considering this stuff because Im on a tight budget.
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9/30/09 1:41 P

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Wow great team, I am glad I found you. What do I do to be green. First I am an organic gardener who composts everything she can. I clean with green chemicals including using an ActiveIon unit that ionizes water to clean and sanitize. This unit is wonderful for families with small children who crawl around the floors as nobody wants chemical residue to be ingested by your children. We also use launderable cloth for cleaning and work hard to keep our paper usage to a minimum. I could keep going on and on but will pace myself.

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Hello fellow green sparkers! I have just began being more green in 2009. I am an avid recycler. By the end of the week, my garage is usually full of things I need to take to the recycling center. My 6 year old daughter always goes with me. It's our special Sunday ritual. I feel good knowing that I am teaching her to be good to the Earth. I've also started a recycling bin at work. I'm getting my co-workers involved and I have to say it's really amazing how much stuff used to just get thrown away that is now being recycled. I've also started taking shorter showers and I don't leave the water running when I brush my teeth. Finally, I'm starting to swap out my old light bulbs with clf bulbs as they burn out.

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9/29/09 3:38 P

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The things I do that are eco-friendly: I wash in cold water, I recently added a low-flow toilet tank that uses 1/3 the water my previous (and leaky) toilet tank used, recycle, get clothing from used clothing stores (economical too!).

Following the Wind to places unknown...

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Recycle, drive a Prius (Ruby Red NOT powder blue), compost, wash clothes in cold water. We bought an energy efficient no tank hot water heater that I love! All summer been drying clotes outside on a line, gosh they smell soooo goood! emoticon emoticon emoticon



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SIRIRADHA's Photo SIRIRADHA Posts: 15,470
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Today's major environmental effort was turning the compost! We have a big uncontained (resting on the ground) compost pile that is going to be added into our lasagna garden as soon as all this year's veggies are done producing. I spent an hour shoveling and stirring, thus burning off beaucoup des calories. It looks like an earthworm population explosion in there!

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9/20/09 6:25 P

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I'm Karen from Baltimore. What I do that's eco-friendly:
1. recycle
2. reuse
3. wash clothes in cold water
4. energy saving light bulbs
5. drive a gas efficient car
6. turn off anything not in use
7. have a high efficiency washer/dryer
8. only run the dishwasher when I have a full load
9. use reusable shopping bags(when I remember but I'm getting better at it)
10. don't use artificial fertilizers or pesticides



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9/14/09 5:29 P

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I do not have a yard so I plant lettuce and a few kinds of sprouts indoors.

I store food in empty glass jars whenever possible.
I carry an old fashioned home made thermos - a glass jar with my cold drink and ice, I wrap it with aluminum foil and place it in a paper bag.
When it is very hot outside, I use 2 paper bags
for extra insullation.

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9/11/09 10:53 A

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Hi, popping in to introduce myself since I'm pretty new on SparkPeople.

We are a R/R/R family - recycle twice-3x as much as gets thrown away. We cloth diaper at home (daycare won't allow it... bleh). No paper plates or paper towels, re-usable cloth grocery bags, "green" soaps, detergents etc. Only wash on cold, only partially dry some things, line-dry others. We try to buy local/organic what we can, we live less than half a mile from the Saturday Farmers Market which is awesome!
Short trips we try to bike or walk, we walk to the library probably 3-4 times a week. Cars are the difficult thing for us, public transportation (we have a great train setup in Portland) doesn't have any stops near baby's daycare or hubby's work, so for the time being we're stuck driving. I'm trying to work out logistics to stop that ASAP.

I also eat vegetarian and try to support the NRDC and PETA in letter-writing/email campaigns etc. (Hubby still is a devout meat-eater but only 2 nights a week or so, and he cooks it himself.)

There's so much more we could be doing I'm sure but I feel like we're making a good start!

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9/6/09 11:16 A

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Hi everyone,
My name is Sarah. Me, my husband, and my two young sons live in northern CA. We try to do as much as possible to be green-we use CFLs, use home-made cleaning products or green ones, compost all food waste, recycle everything we can, buy most food local and organic and are in the process of switching to natural cat litter, biodegradable garbage bags, reusable sandwich bags. Our biggest problem is our cars-we are not in a position to use public or alternate means of transportation due to our location and having two kids in car seats.
I look forward to learning about what other people do and losing weight!

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8/17/09 12:50 A

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We use only green detergents, cleaning products, soaps, shampoos, etc. We always do laundry in cold water, I hang some loads to dry.

We eat almost all organics. Eggs, meats, milk is absolutely always organic. We belong to our local food co-op which brings together local producers once a month. We put in our order online and can then pick up local and organic meats, cheeses, breads, etc.

I don't eat meat (my family does). But we have a lot of vegetarian meals. Meat is usually served only a couple times a week.

Hopefully next year we have a big organic garden of our own and chickens!

We recycle and compost and never use paper plates and as few disposable products as possible.

We our certainly doing our part to degrade the environment as well :( . We each drive 40 minutes a day to work. Our cars are somewhat environmentally friendly, but we can't drive anything that isn't going to stay on the road in the winter in Michigan. We both think about our driving a lot, we feel horrible. But we work high paying professional jobs...unfortunately they are in opposite direction of each other...we live in the middle.

Love and compassion are necessities, not luxuries. Without them humanity cannot survive.-Dalai Lama


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I'm getting chickens! I can't wait! They're going to be spoiled rotten even after they quit giving me nice fresh eggs.

I'm waiting for my eglu to arrive, so I'm trying to practice being patient. This is not easy for me! Today, I rode my bike over to visit them, talk chicken talk with the man who raised them, and sit and cuddle with them. I can see how people can get hooked into getting whole thundering herds of the things. They are lovely!

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MISSSARAH16's Photo MISSSARAH16 Posts: 10
8/11/09 10:47 P

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hi, i'm new, but i love to do whatever i can to be "green." I love reading all that other people do. Sometimes I forget that some of the things I have done naturaly forever is very green. I am lucky enough to live in a city that has one of the leading recycle centers. We recycle 2-3 times as much as we trash. I am also a composter...I compost EVERYTHING that can be. We buy only recycled paper materials...school notebooks and printer paper. Compostable paper and plastic cups and plates. We don't use paper towels. I am a Senior in college and have a lot of papers due each semister, so even though it costs me on my grades, I print on both sides of paper.

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IRONLIBRARIAN's Photo IRONLIBRARIAN Posts: 530
8/5/09 8:57 P

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By product with little or no packaging whenever possible.
Avoid any single use plastic containers.

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FRENDLY Posts: 84
7/28/09 7:25 P

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Recycle, reuse, and reduce--no more paper towls, I but recycled tissues all the time, and recycled tiolet paper whenever I can. I am vegan--that uses less of the enviromental resources, way less. Walk when I can. Use only cruelty free, biodegradable soaps and shampoos, and dishcleaner, everthing I use is, all my toiletries. No plastic bags ever, I have plenty of my own totes, buy organic and local, not just food, me sheets and towls are organic, even my undies--most. Reusable water bottle, stainless steel not plastic.

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MARNIE37's Photo MARNIE37 Posts: 958
7/25/09 11:09 P

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1. Just installed today a grey water collection barrel for our reverse osmosis waste water. Had no idea how much water that stupid things was wasting. (Made it ourselves too)
2. Cloth shopping bags.
3. CFL's
4. Reduce, reuse, recycle, rethink.
5. Freecycle.
6. Biodegradeable laundry soap and dishwasher soap and make my own household cleaners.
7. Line dry my clothes.
8. Sigg water bottles. No more plastic!
9. Gave up paper plates, cups, silverware and napkins.

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VEGGIEMA's Photo VEGGIEMA Posts: 183
7/24/09 6:47 P

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1. Stop buying unnecessary stuff
2. I eat a Vegan diet
3. Shop at Farmers' Market purchase Organic & from local farms.
4. Carry my Sigg containers wherever I go, and even some places offer discounts for using your own container.
5. Carry travel ware when attending potlucks/picnics
6. Use canvas bags
7. Use animal/earth friendly hair/body/skin products
8. Use Ecos laundry detergent & use home made products. Vinegar works like a charm.
9. Use cloth napkins at home as much as possible
10.Recycle
11. Free-cycle in your area, gently used clothes & toys goes to children in our mommy groups.
12. Walk whenever possible
13. Enjoy simple entertainment, board games, hiking etc
14. We use our cell phones as alarms instead of the real thing.
15. Shop in my pantry before heading out to re-stock
16. Cook more at home
17. Shorter showers
18. Bulbs
19. Unplug whatever is not in use, toaster, coffee-maker etc.

Edited by: VEGGIEMA at: 7/25/2009 (00:55)
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7/21/09 10:57 A

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I take my own reusable cloth bags to the supermarket.
I recycle both at home and at the office.
I use public transportation to go to work (I must admit that's mostly due to financial issues because I don't own a car and my budget says I might not have one soon...I'll look for an efficient/small one though).
I take cold showers.
Our house has efficient light bulbs.
I'm starting to grow some organic produce in my yard.
I lowered my animal protein consumption.
At work we use re-usable mugs, plates, and glasses. We also use metal forks and knives.
I use an organic, biodegradable face soap and shaving cream.

That's all I can think of at the time.


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ONTARIOGIRL123 Posts: 29
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1.I use public transportation to go to and from work.
2. My two girls and I walk to the mall and library whenever possible.
3. I use reusable bags for grocery shopping.
4. We use refillable water bottles and I use a thermos to take coffee to work.
5. We take a bag on our walks and pick up recyclables.

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We are already in the middle of July and the air conditioner has not been used. We have had a somewhat strange summer in Southern Ontario, with a lot of cool air despite high temperatures. There have been a few days when the complaining in the household was at a high, but the rewards of knowing that we managed to handle the heat "naturally" also gave us a natural "High".
Good luck to all those out there who are trying to make a small change in their lives towards conservation. I do believe that if we start with small changes, we can eventually make a significant dent in the monsters we have created!!

Tomorrow we are part of a committee that is having a "green picnic". As far as we know we are the first in the area to attempt such a feat. We expect approximately 500 adults to attend. The members are all past students of an out of town school.
Our intent is to eliminate garbage at the site. Although the picnic is catered, all attendees are required to bring their own re-usable plates/cups/cutlery. Any garbage an individual creates must be taken home, so that they are aware of the amount of garbage they have created.
We are providing water stations so that the use of disposable water bottles and plastic cups can be eliminated, and only re-usable containers are used.
Wet waste will be collected by the committee and disposed of accordingly.
It is a real challenge for the committee, but we were all extremely committed to this goal, and although we are a little apprehensive as to how the day will go tomorrow....we are also extremely excited over this mission.
I will keep you posted on the outcome of this project.

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I'm planting mostly native plants in my yard.
Nell

Wherever you are going, that is where you will end up.


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LISSA26143's Photo LISSA26143 Posts: 845
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We recently adopted a puppy and I was able to find bio poopy bags! Recently, that's the new thing to my list!

"A conservative is a man with two perfectly good legs who, however, has never learned how to walk forward."
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"Common looking people are the best in the world: that is the reason the Lord makes so many of them."
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Be kind, for everyone is battling some kind of struggle.

If you can dream it, you can do it!


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MARIA_S's Photo MARIA_S Posts: 362
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I got rid of my vehicle and started taking public transit or walking. I use cloth bags when grocery shopping. I shop from local producers as much as possible. I buy products that have limit packaging. The less the better. I compost and garden. Hopefully someday I can keep my own laying hens. I think that would be fun.

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I'm trying to protect the new porcelain tiles on my covered patio by keeping water off the grout as much as possible. The biggest problem is when I water the hanging baskets on one side. I got the idea of using the plastic tubs that dishwashing powder comes in underneath the baskets when I water. Not only does it keep water off the patio but I reuse the run-off water on other pots and baskets. I've also got saucers under the plants actually on the patio. The plants with saucers will wick water back into the soil from the saucer so this saves water and also gives extra moisture on these 100-degree days.

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Make your words sweet; you may have to eat them!

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I am so thankful for the library!



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I use canvas bags
clothes lines,
recycle,
turning off lights,
buying organic and local when possible,
grow my own veggies,
clean with natural items most of the time
donate and buy from goodwill,
drink out of reusable bottles.
I haven't gotten totally rid of paper plates yet but never use styrofoam.
I stopped using paper towels and paper napkins over a year ago and my family doesn't even think about it anymore.
That is all I can think of for now. It's nice to see others actions. There are lots I never thought of!

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6/28/09 11:07 A

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It's great to see this forum here! I don't have any other eco-friendly people in my life, so most of my environmentalist friendships come online, unfortunately! Here are the ways I am "green":

Use cloth diapers almost all of the time (reserving sposies for babysitters and long vacations)
Use eco-friendly cleaners in the home as much as possible (can't find good enough replacements for laundry detergent and fabric softener)
Use the clothesline in the backyard for about half of our laundry
Use cloths and rags for cleaning instead of disposables
Recycle cans and newspaper
Buy organic when possible (using the Dirty Dozen list as a guide)
Buy from local farmer's market when possible
Breastfed exclusively (and still going at 21 months)
Try to use the whole foods approach when planning family meals (but not very good at it!)
Use CFL bulbs throughout the entire house
Use cloth bags for all store purchases
Buy bulk food and household goods
Reuse food packaging for storage
Go to the library, Blockbuster, and get downloads for most media, only buying books when library doesn't have what I need

That's all I can think of right now...I'll add to the list if I think of more or make a new change!

ETA:

Use all-natural, earth-friendly bath products made by a local work-at-home-family
Use Aveda hair products when they can be afforded
Use stainless steel water bottles for the whole family

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Hi, I use canvas bags, recycle cans, plastic,and cardboard. We have no recycle truck that picks up stuff so have to save it up and when I have enough stuff I take it to a pick up site that is 15 miles away. I also compost and grow some veggies. Oh yeah, we just had digital thermostats installed and I wash cloths in cold water and hang up on hangers alot of it.

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6/23/09 5:36 P

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I use my own canvas bags for groceries, and, should DH forget the bags, I reuse the plastic bags from the store as trash can liners, kitty litter holders and anything else I can think of. I grow lots of my own produce and fruits...apples, cherries, peaches, a few berries, lettuce, onions, tomatoes, spinach, peppers, cukes, squash, zucchini, herbs, plus lots of flowers. Coffee grinds and tea leaves go for composting and mulch. We conserve water, only do a full load of laundry, recycle water to the plants, reuse boxes for all kinds of things, even re-gift. lol. I am ready to get a programmable thermostat in the next couple of weeks, which should help even more.

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My husband and I share one car by making use of our fledgling public buses and sporadic sidewalks. We have organic cotton bags that we use, and we try to reduce, reuse, and recycle (in that order) everything else. All of our food waste is composted. We both take less than ten minute showers. The clothes get washed on cold/cold, and most everything hangs up on the line to dry (unless the weather doesn't cooperate). In the summer we don't have air conditioning, and in the winter the thermostat stays on 64F. We shop at our local food coop, which carries mostly all organic food with a priority to local products. I eat vegetarian ninety percent of the time, and a few of our meals each week are vegan.



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6/16/09 11:55 A

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I use canvas bags, drink filtered tap water, give the gerbils my TP rolls, mulch the pine bedding from my chinchillas, reuse the 50lb chinchilla feed bags as trash bags (no plastic Hefty's that way), use only 4Ft. Florescent Tubes (in the Chin Barn) and CFL bulbs (in the house).

My Hubbie mows the lawn (about 5 acres of it) with the tractor once a month, and I do about 2 acres each week with the Reel Mower. We are on 20 acres, and most of it stays undisturbed...except when I go hunting for asparagus and berries. We don't rake or bag the grass, either. And I pull up the dandelions by hand and give the greens to the chinchillas.

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I do my best to buy stuff with a good ranking on www.goodguide.com.
I use my backpacks from college when I shop for groceries.
Also, my RSS feeds about the environment are shared on twitter through google reader.
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I love the bag idea :) I just do mundane things like unplugging stuff I am not using and not turning on lights unless I really need them and then turning them off when I am done or leave a room. I reuse all my plastic containers and try to buy my food( tofu, rice milk etc) in recyclable paper. Keep on greening sparkies :)

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I save my boxes, like boxes my tea bags come in, rice boxes, etc., and take them to the Atlanta Zoo. They fill them with treats for the animals and pack boxes within boxes and let the animals forage for their treats. It keeps the natural instincts alive for the animals and recycles the boxes at the same time. emoticon

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Whenever I find those plastic soda rings in the street I pick them up and pull them apart so no animal gets stuck in one.
I dont use the plastic bags provided in the produce dept of the supermarket. I like to let my produce mingle, thanks.
Gosh there's a million little things I do, I'll come back to toot my horn some more later. :-)

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I like to use my own grocery bags at the store!



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That is very cool. I don't own the house I live in, which makes retro - fitting a non-option.

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Recycle water, the drought is in it's 10th year here. I wear clothes until they are quite finished, have a vegie ptach, compost and worm farm. I always hang my clothes on the line and put an extra jumper instead of the heater - and we have a blanket on the couch for the same reason - it's friendlier too.

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summer's here!!! Get a clothes line and hang your clothes out - they smell soooooo gooood!

Buy post consumer whenever possible. (eg car, kids' pedal bikes, retro furniture etc).

and use consumer POWER - just like our diets - read the labels!

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