I think we're a pretty average household Green-wise. We recycle bottles and cans (usually at charity drops) We recycle newspapers about 1/3rd of the time (sometimes they get trashed or burned) and we have CFL bulbs in most of our lights (including we found some dimable ones for our fixtures on dimmers). Our commutes are really quite short, and since we live in a semi-rural neighborhood we're hoping to have a pretty big garden this year to grow a good amount of our fresh produce. (If it stops flipping SNOWING!!!)
Because of Earth Day this week, I gathered up all the extra plastic bags around the house and dumped them off at a recycle drop and bought a bunch of re-usable grocery sacks. I'm not sure if I'll manage to use them consistantly (remembering to bring the sacks back out to the car might not work so well) but I'll give it a shot, because I'm sick of the clutter of plastic sacks, and even if I just reduce the number of plastic sacks that come into the house it will be worth it. We'll also be planting a couple trees this week that we've been meaning to get in the ground.
We carpool and take public transit as much as possible. Last year, I sold my SUV and we're down to our one car and a Vespa motorscooter (greatest purchase I've ever made). The Vespa gets 50+ MPH (and free downtown parking!) - although the weather is not cooperating, so I can't use it for a daily commute quite yet. Soon, though.
We are within walking distance of two major grocery stores and several decent restaurants, so walking is a big part of our time. We do all of the standard stuff - recycling, replacing light bulbs with CFLs, reusable grocery bags, etc. And my better-half is a vegan (not a stereotypical vegan, either), so she's infinitely more "environmentally friendly" than I on that point alone.
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I'm involved in a program called Freecycle: anything that I don't want in my apartment, I'll post on a message board, and if someone wants it, they can contact me for pick up. It's awesome and keeps things out of the landfills.
I walk where I can, and bus everywhere else. I don't own a car, either. Starting next month, I'll be cycling everywhere, too.
Lisa and I re-use shopping bags. We'll take a bunch when we go shopping, or use those we've accumulated for disposal.
We also have potted plants in almost every room of the house. I don't know if that really helps with anything, but it really brightens up the environment, and plants help filter the air.
We'd also like to start composting, but living in an apartment complex...it may not work out too well on our balcony.
$120 seems a bit high... especially since I can buy lots of battery powerd LED lamps and stick ups for really cheap. I've never had to change the batteries in my little reading lights. The LED stick up light in Aaron's closet needs its batteries replaced, but I think that's because it was left on for days and days at a time.
We cut back on doing laundry to once a week. Which is tough to do with two kids. We recycle pretty hard core and we use those swirly light bulbs. I also have a righteous compost heap going on in the back yard.
Bought a couple of canvas bags at the supermarket. They were only a couple bucks each, they hold a lot, and I take them everywhere I go now. The number of plastic bags I use now has become virtually zero.
Originally posted by othertimBought a couple of canvas bags at the supermarket. They were only a couple bucks each, they hold a lot, and I take them everywhere I go now. The number of plastic bags I use now has become virtually zero.
That's a pretty good idea; the only issue I have is that the permanant bags (for lack of a better term) that I've found at varied stores are pretty cheap and die easily.
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