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6/30/09 3:45 P

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Yeah, I don't think we're going to agree, because I'm in the germs that don't kill me give my immune system exercise camp, and I don't think she is.

On the shower heads I totally agree. We're moving, and we just got possession of the place yesterday. I was thrilled to see that the shower head had the switch where you can stop the water while you lather up.

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6/29/09 2:19 A

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LOL on the napkin debate, not getting into that one. I hope you checked on your shower head. If not, make sure it is green. I just changed mine a few weeks ago. I love it, even better than the old water hog that was here when we moved in. Might check your thermostat, too. Need a programmable one, esp. for when you're at the bank. No need to use that energy if no one is home. Congrats on the first home. What a thrill.

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6/23/09 3:29 P

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it is not equivalent. the napkin is being used to wipe a mouth not an elbow or a wrist. it is also going near the nose. and the nose is germ storage central.

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SARAHGMD Posts: 834
6/23/09 12:24 P

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It does require skin contact, but if your positioning it with a bare hand or leaning back on it with a tank top it would be equivalent.

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6/22/09 4:49 P

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that would only be true if you sit naked in the chair.

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SARAHGMD Posts: 834
6/22/09 1:38 P

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I agree that not using napkins is better, but I don't think you need to wash a napkin every time you use it. Obviously if there're food chunks on it you'd need to at least rinse it off, but otherwise you should be able to use them for several meals.

The bacteria won't be any more of an issue than not scrubbing your chair every time you sit in it.

So cloth napkins only when needed. Preferably second hand or made out of clothes that don't work as clothes anymore.

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6/22/09 11:48 A

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you must use a clean napkin. think of bacteria, ants, roaches, and flies. it also takes a lot of energy to make a cloth napkin. just because it seems green, doesn't mean that it truly makes any difference. what would be best is do not use a napkin. that would be the only true change to your carbon foot print.

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Congratulations on your new home! I use products that are developed and manfactured by an international wellness company. Their products are better, safer & healthier than what you can buy in the stores. Save money, the environment and your health ..and you can order online and they are delivered to your front door. email me at info@DiVarner.com and I will tell you more.

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6/21/09 7:43 P

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Umm, unless you're washing big piles of cloth napkins in separate loads, I don't see how you can avoid reduce your carbon footprint by using them.

One thing to keep in mind is that you don't have to use a fresh clean napkin at every meal. Also, I often find that if I'm eating something really messy like barbecue, I'll often go through a stack of paper napkins, but if I'm using cloth, I can get away with one because it doesn't turn into a useless little wad in short order.

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Congrats LITTLEMUGGLE on your new home! I've lived in my first house since march of '07 and have used many of the ideas other people have already listed. I try to reuse as much as possible also - plastic containers with lids, glass jars with lids, etc are all good to reuse for storage. Thanks to everyone for giving all of us some great info on being more eco/human/animal friendly!

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6/15/09 1:36 P

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I'm just throwing this out there...this is a website that helps homeowners build/renovate for green homes:
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6/12/09 2:45 A

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I just moved into my own place, and I'm trying to do the same thing.

One resource that I LOVE is the better world shopper guide (http://www.betterworldshopper.com/). They rank products on a variety of factors (so not just eco-friendly, but products that respect human and animal rights). I'm a human rights' advocate (as a career), and so that is just as important to me as living eco-friendly. Common products are graded (A, B, C, D, and F) based on 5 factors (human rights, eco-friendly, animal protection, community involvement, and social justice). It takes a lot of the guess work out of buying products, and it is extremely well researched.

Every dollar you spend is a vote for what you believe in, the more you buy the A products, the more big industry sees what you as a consumer care about.

I hope this helps everyone out.

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4/28/09 1:22 A

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emoticon emoticon One habit that is really eco-friendly is to find an all-natural healthfood place to shop.. They offer many items in bulk which can be purchased in small portions and the packaging is minimal!! I love my healthfood store!! I use my shower rod to hang clothes to dry overnight on hangers!! You can fit quite a few and everything is usually dry the next day. I give and recieve used items from family friends and neighbors instead of throwing anything out. Sometimes someone else can fix something that you would think is trash!! I yardsale for almost everything I need. If your in a condo now, maybe you can use your vehicle less by putting out a ridebuddy notice. Just be careful for the odd and strange!! emoticon Happy new home! emoticon emoticon

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congrats! it's always a nice feeling to say it's mine (and the banks). i use the dryer balls, and they work well, but you need 2 - 4 of them. recycled, UNBLEACHED paper products are best. if you wash cloth napkins, you really don't change your carbon foot print. your washing machine is the 2nd largest power consuming appliance. the rechargeable batteries are good. about the composting. in a condo that has to be hard. but if they do have a compost area, do not put meat scraps in it. it will attract undesirable critters. and as everybody else said white vinegar. it is a very powerful cleaner. i used it when i installed bathrooms to prep the tile and tub for caulking. and even it i was just re caulking, it really cut the soap scum.

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4/27/09 4:43 P

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And don't forget that when you go shopping to stock your new place to take along your reusable shopping bags.

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LittleMuggle, how neat your first home. Congrats and way to go. It sounds like your off to a good start. I think Coach Nicole has the right idea about grown your own produce. Also composting would be good too and for your vegetables. You can also recycle your gray water for the garden.



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4/27/09 3:35 P

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LittleMuggle, congratulations on your new home!

I wanted to get to the Toronto Green Living show this weekend, but stuff came up.

Make sure you buy toilet paper and paper towels made from 100% recycled material. In the Toronto area, the toilet paper choices I have found so far are: bio*life brand from Shoppers Drug Mart; Cascades from Walmart; PC Green from Loblaws/No Frills, and I *think* Canadian Tire might have Seventh Generation.

Since you and I are both in the Toronto area, you might be interested in my blog as it has an Ontario slant to it and I sometimes do product reviews and what stores, what prices.

strugglingtobegreen.com/

What kind of recycling facilities does your building have?

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How exciting! Congratulations!

I've been in my first home for almost 2 years now, too, and it's been fun living as green as possible. I'd also recommend starting a small garden, even if all you have space for are some pots outside. Check out your condo rules about clotheslines, too. I have a retractable one in my backyard and it rocks--it retracts out of the way when not in use, which may "pass" your condo guidelines if they say clotheslines aren't allowed. I bought mine at gaiam.com.

Other than that, I think the greenest thing is to always buy secondhand first and foremost and use what you have rather than buying something new that's eco-friendly. Get some cloth napkins and rags. I've completely replaced paper products in my home with washable versions, most of which I made out of old t-shirts and clothing that were too worn out to be used as clothing any longer. You could also look into some Smart power strips that only use energy when the appliance/electronic plugged into them are really on. Green cleaning products. Maybe look into composting your food waste, too!

How exciting!

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It was already mentioned, but white vinegar for cleaning, so many uses. I also use baking soda to clean lots of stuff.

Composting is a great way to use up those kitchen scraps.

Recycling

Unplugging what's not in use.

clothe napkins

Anything that you need for the place, try to pick up from Freecycle instead of buying new.

Enjoy your new home...

oh and if you're going to paint, they have some eco friendlt ones now, I forget what they're called though.

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4/27/09 2:46 P

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Thanks so much for the well-wishes! And yes I got a killer deal on it and being a banker, I was sure to get a top-notch rate. ;)

I just realized I didn't say any of the things I did pick up for the condo which I hope will help me be more eco-friendly.

- I bought a bulk pack of CFL lights
- I bought a bunch of rechargeable batteries to replace all of the wasteful ones I have been using ( I heard one rechargeable battery can replace 1000 non -rechargeable ones during its lifetime
- I bought the funky blue dryer balls which will supposedly allow for me to not use fabric softener and will dry my clothes 10 mins faster
- I bought the "shamwow" shammies to use instead of paper towels. I heard you can also cut them down and use them as replaceable swiffer sweeper replacements because they are machine washable.

Those are a few things I've got so far. Any one else other things I could do?

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Congratulations! Hope you got a good deal on it and are at a fixed rate for the loan. I would look up the uses of vinegar as a cleaning agent because it is eco-friendly and inexpensive to buy. Great for cleaning and for getting rid of little pests like ants! Good luck with your condo!

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Hi Everyone,

I'm moving in my first condo in 10 days ( yay freedom!) and I really want to use this opportunity to get myself into eco-friendly habits right from day one. I have just got back from the Toronto Green Expo and picked up some great eco-friendly ideas but I thought I'd create a post to see if there are any eco-friendly products/habits I should think about while I embark on this new life journey. All suggestions are very welcome!

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Edited by: LITTLEMUGGLE at: 4/27/2009 (14:24)
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