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Tips for going green- what do you do?

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Ladies,

         Some of us are veterans to green living and others are new and looking for great advice on how to become greener. I would like to give everyone an opportunity to share recipes and suggestions on becoming green.

   

by on Mar. 14, 2008 at 10:34 PM
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scooby27
by New Member on Apr. 9, 2008 at 5:31 PM
Recycle the plastic bags from the grocery store
Burn wood for heating our kitchen and family room
Heat down to 60 during day in bedrooms and 57 at night
compost all vegetable matter, coffee grounds and egg shells
grow a huge vegetable garden
Run errands one day a week and plan them out
bring lunch to work rather than driving out for food (fast food in plastic containers)
recycle all plastics 1 and 2, metal, glass and newspaper
Check packaging on items for the ability to recycle
turn off lights and tv in rooms we aren't in
replaced old windows with new energy efficient ones
reuse lots of items for my son's school projects.  Store things in craft box in attic
We have well water, don't buy any bottled water anymore
started using organic products on grass and garden
Donate a lot of things to goodwill
Find local charity organizations that can use gently used items such as kids toys to daycares, and kitchen utensils and appliances to womens shelters
Signed up to discontinue all junk mail, it's slowly starting to be reduced, takes up to six months.
Shred junk mail to use as fire starter for wood stove.

that's all I can think of now :)
DJLadyK
by on Apr. 11, 2008 at 12:35 PM
Do you need some inspiration? Give some of these ideas a try. They're all steps we're taking at Body+Soul to green up our act on the job.

1. Place a box or bin beneath your desk -- and beside the printer -- for recycling paper.

2. Hang reusable bags in the office kitchen and encourage your coworkers to use them when running errands at lunch. Do you want more of a challenge? Read one writer's account of breaking her plastic-bag habit.

3. Bring home the office coffee grounds to enrich the soil in your garden.

4. Swap your desk lamp's lightbulb for an eco-friendly one.

5. Shut down your computer every night.

6. Turn off the conference-room lights after meetings and switch off your office lights as you leave.

7. Skip the elevator and take the stairs whenever you can.

8. Use eco-friendly office products.

 

 

  WoW Moms


mamafish73
by on Apr. 30, 2008 at 7:35 PM
I've heard a lot of people say that its hard to go green when you'r e on a budget, but I have yet to find truth in that.  I've found that most things eco-friendly are also cost effective even if not in the beginning. My green list includes:
-Cloth diapers
-Walking
-limiting dryer use
-recycling
-Cloth grocery bags
-Buying products with minimal packaging
alani0228
by on May. 1, 2008 at 3:28 PM
i used to work in our local college and what they did is they would save all paper that might have been printed on one side (not with student info or important info) and then cut them into small pieces and use the unused side as a Post-it.  We never ran out of paper to write notes.
Quoting DJLadyK:

Do you need some inspiration? Give some of these ideas a try. They're all steps we're taking at Body+Soul to green up our act on the job.

1. Place a box or bin beneath your desk -- and beside the printer -- for recycling paper.

2. Hang reusable bags in the office kitchen and encourage your coworkers to use them when running errands at lunch. Do you want more of a challenge? Read one writer's account of breaking her plastic-bag habit.

3. Bring home the office coffee grounds to enrich the soil in your garden.

4. Swap your desk lamp's lightbulb for an eco-friendly one.

5. Shut down your computer every night.

6. Turn off the conference-room lights after meetings and switch off your office lights as you leave.

7. Skip the elevator and take the stairs whenever you can.

8. Use eco-friendly office products.
alani0228
by on May. 1, 2008 at 3:30 PM
I wish I would have used cloth diapers.  A few of my friends use them.  They are expensive at first, but think of how much you save in the long run by not having to buy diapers weekly.  I think that it would be better for any family to buy cloth diapers when they can get extra money (maybe with the incentive check coming through now).
Quoting mamafish73:

I've heard a lot of people say that its hard to go green when you'r e on a budget, but I have yet to find truth in that.  I've found that most things eco-friendly are also cost effective even if not in the beginning. My green list includes:
-Cloth diapers
-Walking
-limiting dryer use
-recycling
-Cloth grocery bags
-Buying products with minimal packaging
MaysonsMommy805
by on May. 1, 2008 at 3:46 PM
Wow ladies- I am impressed!   Kudos to all of you!
Here's what I do:
-use canvas bags
-recycle the plastic bags (when I forget my canvas bags)
-recycle everything I can
-use cloths for cleaning
-use eco-friendly cleaning products
-use energy efficient lighting
-hang clothes outside to dry when I can
-I'm borrowing my mom's ford escort to drive to work instead of my SUV b/c of gas prices (I'd love a hybrid though!)
-freecycle unused items
-donate old clothes
-buy alot of my daughters clothes from yard sales
-recycle batteries & office paper
-most important is that I try to influence others to do the same

On a larger scale, I work as an Environmental Scientist, so I get to help clean up contaminated sites and work on other environmental projects in my area.

This is a great post - I can see where I'm lacking!!
Jillblue
by New Member on May. 8, 2008 at 1:18 AM
Please check out my web site for a fabulous work at home business or even  if you just want to be a preferred customer:

http://www.getwithitgogreen.com


Jill
Moms Delivering Wellness
eerye70
by on May. 11, 2008 at 10:45 PM
Started out like so many with recycling. It is funny how that will inspire you to keep going. I looked at all the things we put in the trash and tried to reduce what went in the trash. We started composted food waste, and gave up all forms of throw away items like paper towels and plates and silverware. We then started to make the concience decision to base some of our purchasing choices based on the amount of packaging . Less in the trash, less in the landfil. Next came all liquid detergents, which was painless.  We installed low flow heads on the shower and when one toilet died, we replaced it with the newer ones that use less water. Installed fleurescent lite bulbs every where we could, and we are all more mindful of turning off the lights. My 14 son volunteered to go without showers indefinitely, but we felt the damage to the ozone was too great and insisted he shower. But we are all trying to get in and get out and also not let the water run. We just ended a drought here, so that was in all our minds.  We went organic before fall last year and i try to get anything organic that we can. The reusable cloth grocery bags are our friends, i love that they hold more, are sturdy and do not allow my stuff to spill out in the car. Unexpected bonus, of holding more, fewer bags to carry in, fewer trips to car and quicker to load car esp when raining. I shop locally for produce whenever possible to support food that does not take the long drive here. Hubby and i both have to drive a good ways to get to work, so we try to do all errands as we are in town to not have to make a seprate drive back in to town. The most important thing i do for the environment, or rather the next to most imp, is eliminate meat from diet as much as possible. The most imp thing is to raise two kids who are aware of the environment and treasure it.
WorkLessLiveGre
by on May. 15, 2008 at 1:14 AM

I recenlty converted my home to eco-friendly products, I resuse grocery bags, turn things off when not in use, recycle, and drive as little as possible.  I know I could do more, and that's what I'm here to do - learn!!!

If you'd like more information about working at home (lose the commute and the emmissions) and/or getting "green" products, let me know!  I'd love to chat with you about what I do!  You can also visit my website at http://www.WorkLessLiveGreen.com

Have a great night!

JMCSMAMA
by on May. 15, 2008 at 1:33 AM
MOST of my ideas were already mentioned but definately a few that I needed to know. Also, in my home we use power strips to plug things into so we can pull one cord to avoid the electricity leaking out that really adds up in a month. I also learned the other day that it takes as much energy to have your cell phone charger just plugged into the wall as it does when its actually charging! Awesome post ladies
Tania (Loving mother of 4)
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