I use a thinner stream of water when washing my hands, deny grocery bags whenever I can (I try to remember to use my canvas ones instead, but usually forget them), recycle whatever I can, and turn off and unplug anything that I’m not using. I could still do more by line drying clothes, taking quicker showers, using less paper products, and more green products. But I’m better than I was and don’t intend to slow down anytime soon!! 4 years ago
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I’ve started being more cautious about leaving the water running. i always shut it off while brushing my teeth now. i also want to buy canvas grocery bags. 5 years ago
i want to do as much as possible to save the environment. if i think globally it is too much for me and i despair. So, if i begin at home, using enviromentally friendly products, hang washing outside, recycle, buy second hand, try not to use the car as much, and educate my five kids about it, It is something. every little bit makes a big bit. 6 years ago
which puts my composter to waste really (haha – I’m making the most awful puns tonight). 6 years ago
...with having bags stacked behind the kitchen door – full of plastic, cardboard, plastic bags, glass and tins.
I got a separate sack for each type of material and pinned each sack to the wall instead. So all sacks are open ready for me to get rid of the waste. 6 years ago
as you can tell…
Really need to buy some more so I can get through this lot! WAH! 6 years ago
been there for a while now.
The only thing is when I open it all these tiny flies come out – ugh.
I have a constant small pile of food waiting in the kitchen to be taken out for dumping in the composter! 6 years ago
I find that I am and have been environmentally conscious for a long time, but that there are always ways each of us can improve and reduce our ecological footprint.
I’ve also just started my own business – another one of my goals on 43things :-) So, in relation to that, I’ve decided that one thing that I don’t have to change personally which can have great effects, is choosing who I want to work for and promote.
I do web work, so I’ve decided to target envrironmental and socially conscious companies.
the most recent site I did was for an eco walking tour company here in Vancouver. I hope there are enough environmental companies in this city to keep me busy! 6 years ago
As for the compost bin – my sis has just been given one that she doesn’t intend to use. So I may get it.
As for FairTrade – I haven’t come across any on my recent food shopping excursions. But I’m using Ecover cleaning stuff now – so it’s one small step.
I found that recycling plant – it’s two turnings away from my workplace. I took my plastic and cardboard there. There’s a space in my living-room at last!!! I have to take the rest out from the garden shed for tomorrow…
I visted the HoneyFarm over the weekend. I now have a large pot of the best Welsh honey.
I buy all my fruit and veg from the town market – but some of this stuff is not local – it’s from Spain etc.
I got some spuds off my mum and stepdads garden from over the weekend. Local and free!!!
I found out when the farmers markets are held. 6 years ago
1). Get a compost bin
2). Buy FairTrade
3). Get honey from HoneyFarm – not supermarket
4). Buy fruit / veg from local shop 6 years ago
They don’t offer plastic bags – you have to buy them.
So, I don’t. It reminded me that I don’t come home with tons of useless plastic bags either. I’d rather do it that way.
I’ve swopped to using cleaning stuff by Ecover now too. So that’s another step towards avoiding more pollution being sent down the drain. 6 years ago
... where the recycling plant is for taking plastic and cardboard – its near to where i work 0 so i can drop stuff off on the way… very good. Now i can clear out my garden shed and get those sacks to the tip!! 7 years ago
well, i try to be environmentally friendly by being really horrible to customers at work who use plastic bags. all for the cause people.
AND – i dont drive a car. however thats simply because i dont have enough money to buy one :) 7 years ago
I participate in the community recycling scheme.
I re-use old plastic containers and jars where i can.
I’m collecting plastic and cardboard – but there is no mobile recycling scheme for that in my area as of yet.
I’ve just recently swopped over from conventional washing up liquids to ecover.
I use water sparingly – and never leave the taps on.
I have showers instead of baths.
I don’t use a hosepipe for washing the car – I use buckets. I wash the car manually – not in a carwash.
I turn all electrical equipment off at the plug.
I only boil water that I am going to use immediately.
I turn lights off in rooms when I am not in there.
I turn the computer monitor off when I leave the room – the computer is switched to low_power mode after 20 minutes.
I re-use junk mail for notepaper.
I re-use cardboard from cereal boxes to make birthday cards!!!
I put a jumper on instead of the heating.
I walk short distances instead of driving them.
I don’t buy convenience foods – so I use less packaging.
I buy fruit and veg from the local market, not supermarkets.
I don’t drive the car unecessarily.
All this is in my routine – and I save money by doing it!! It’s worth doing!
Locate a plastic and cardboard recycling facility nearest to my home.
Keep an eye out for other environmentally products I can use.
Take part in community events that promote environmentally friendly practices. 7 years ago