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What are some 'unconventional' ways you try to be 'GREEN'?


Asked by KTurner4 at 8:57 PM on Apr. 17, 2011 in Home & Garden

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  • I don't know if this is considered unconventional ... we don't use a lot of lights... we depend more on the 23+ windows in
    our home for most of our day light/ early evening light...
    I don't buy paper products much, such as paper plates/napkins/silverware, I use my dishes
    and I don't mind the clean up...I usually cut up all old ragged clothing for rags, shop at thrift stores
    a lot, buy in bulk when possible, recycle toys, clothes, furniture, appliances on top of our regular items
    we recycle...
    I use more home made cleaners such as vinegar and water and baking soda.. I use newspaper instead
    of paper towel when doing windows and glass...
    We have cut back on things to use, such as only 1 vehicle, no cable tv, only cell phones and
    internet, all our light bulbs are energy efficient, only cold water wash, hang dry all summer and Fall
    (when possible)...
    It is such the norm around here I can't think of anything else...LOL..

    Answer by gmasboy at 10:21 PM on Apr. 17, 2011

  • cloth napkins. buying second hand.

    Answer by bloomsr at 8:58 PM on Apr. 17, 2011

  • We buy second hand a lot, or repurpose things as often as we can. I am always trying to find ways to "make due" with what I have on hand versus going out to buy something new. I am a freecycler since I have stuff I do need to get rid of. My LP is excellent at repairs and can fix almost anything, so it is rare that we have to buy something new. We also try to reduce our energy consumption by doing things like attaching our TV/VCR/DVD/Wii to a switch that we can flick off, turning the heat/air down, using cold water in the washing machine, and turning down the temp on our water heater.

    LOL I don't know if any of that is truly "unconventional" though!

    Answer by Mom-2-3-Girlz at 9:32 PM on Apr. 17, 2011

  • buy second hand, use wal mart bags as trash bags (money saver too) reuse bags, keep water in the fridge in reusable containers, use cloth napkins, use liquid fabric softner (less paper products), diva cup, and i plan to clothe diaper

    Answer by angevil53 at 12:51 AM on Apr. 18, 2011

  • We recycle, use resuable containers, reuse bags from the grocery store, wash in cold water

    Answer by sstepph at 8:14 AM on Apr. 18, 2011

  • We recycle, donate, buy some gently used things, clean with natural products

    Answer by KTMOM at 11:08 AM on Apr. 18, 2011

  • The less popular ways include buying second-hand, not buying things you don't need, and making things at home.

    Answer by FelipesMom at 11:36 AM on Apr. 19, 2011