picking up bottles or cans I find while taking my daily walks. This is working double duty because not only am I recycling but I am using the recycling money to donate to the Take Steps Walk for Crohn’s disease and colitis. 1 day ago
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I have gotten in the habit of just conveniently throwing my clothes into the dryer, but no more, these two little wires just save so much energy and the clothes end up smelling great. 2 weeks ago
I am so tired of creating trash in my wake and it has to stop! As part of the April Boot Camp I will be carrying my canteen with me. I am going to try to imagine that I don’t have or have access to trash cans. It’s great that I’ve chosen also not to drink sodas because those, and coffee cups, are what create the majority of my trash. I recycle everything, of course, but that’s not a good solution for me. I want to be fastidious about this and not forget about it in the course of the day. It means that I have to bring my thermos or drink coffee in the shop. If I carry a water bottle, then I will drink water, it is made so easy for me by the copious amount of fountains on campus and water is free! I am going to go set out the bottle right now so’s that I don’t forget tomorrow. 1 month ago
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All through the winter I tried not to use any to-go cups but when I did I saved them so that when spring came I could use them for seedling pots. In this way, I have not thrown away any cups for a few months and the ones that I am using for seedlings now will be compostable by the time the plants are ready for new homes in the ground, and if they are not, I will use them again in the fall. I am sorry that I don’t have a picture of them all in their rows looking like an army advancing on the garden. 2 months ago
i already do:
1. walk or ride the bus everywhere
2. live in a apartment
3. use reuseable materials (bottles, shopping bags ect.)
4. buy secondhand stuff
5. turn off lights
6. use less water
7. don’t use the heater
8. don’t replace until very broken
9. keep techonolgy on low energy plans and settings
things i need to do:
1. reduce meat intake
2. buy more green and recycle products
3. buy green clothing or reused
4. buy oraganic
5. buy efficent light bulbs
6. support environmentally friendly companies
7. recycle when possible
8. buy locally
9. unplug everything in not using expect my alarm clock 10 months ago
We waste SO MUCH PAPER at work. I’m starting an area for recycled/scratch paper so for anything that doesn’t have to be formal, we can use scratch paper. Or we can recycle it later.
I’m also going to designate a recycling trash bin for the cans and bottles (and tell everyone that whoever wants to take them to the recycling center to cash in can do so). I’ll add two more little bins (one upstairs and one downstairs).
It’s not much and it’s very basic, but since we don’t have those implemented yet, I’m trying to implement slow, small changes.
We also have a water dispenser that we order gallons from this company called Menehune. Anyway, for years, the habit of my coworkers have been to purchase these tiny-ass cups (like one-sip worthy) to use for themselves so obviously they can go through these a million a day (okay I exaggerate, but you know what I mean). So I left a note asking that people bring their own mugs or bottles to try and keep the paper cups for clients only. Soon, I’ll convince my boss to give me a budget to actually buy customized bottles for everyone! 12 months ago
I just finished reading this book and it’s life changing stuff. Many things suggested to make a smaller ecological footprint I do but i’m still a long way of Zero Waste.Things I already do
- Buy second hand clothes
- Buy local fruit and vegetables when possible
- Only use car when I have to and combine trips
- Recycle clothes, plastics, paper, glass, metals.
- Turn off lights when not in room/needed
- Wear more clothes instead of turning on the heater
- Re-use bottles, bags, containers
- Reduce meat intake
- Buy products that don’t use Palm Oil
- Refuse to buy products with heaps of packaging (and message company telling them why I’ve stopped buying their products)
- Catch the bus more (instead of driving)
- Take own bags when going shopping
- stop junk mail
- Support small Eco-friendly company’s
That’s all I can think of for now but it’s a start. 13 months ago
I used less power this month than last month. But I would still like to bring it dow a bit. 13 months ago
cloth napkins. I’ve also started buying recycled toilet paper, and paper towels. I found a cute little store that makes new clothes out of cloth that nobody uses anymore. The clothes are really cute. This should help a bit. 13 months ago
I’ve measured my footprint and if everyone lived like me we would need 1.87 planets. This is bad, but I’m not sure how to lower it any more. I either walk or take public transit. I live in a tiny apartment. My bulbs are energy efficient. I don’t have a car. I try to buy organic. I recycle everything. I don’t use a clothes dryer. I unplug all of my small appliances when I’m not using them. I wear a diva cup, and cloth pads. Most of my stuff is second hand. I only replace stuff when it needs replacing. I haven’t been on a plane in a long time. If I’m going far distannces I carpool. My appliances are energy efficient. I bring cloth bags to the grocery store while walking. I keep my thermostat low in winter despite cold temperatures. I don’t eat out much. I turn off lights when I’m not in the room. I don’t turn on my lights during the day either. My city composts so all of my organic waste goes towards compost. I reuse my towels instead of washing them right away. I take short showers and I have low flush toilets. I clean with environmentally friendly products such as vinegar and baking soda. I pick up garbage off the street. I don’t know what else to do. It’s not like I’m living the high life here. 13 months ago
How I did it: I went to some great website, and took their test to measure our footprint. I've gotten it down to roughly 2.0 Earths, which is the average of three websites (1.9 earths, 2.1 earths, and 2.2 earths. Still too much, but much better than the average American (6.4 earths).
My next big focus is going to be eating more healthy, simpler foods. Other than that, there's not much more to cut. I live in an apartment (most efficient), no car, mass transit, vegetarian, and don't spent much money. Read how I did it… 4 years ago
My mom got me a counter top compost bin. I empty it usually once a week. It does not smell and comes with biodegradable bags. I love it! The picture is not the one I have but close enough. 13 months ago
Grow vegetables without pesticides
- Go paperless when possible
- Reuse things that I would normally throw away.
- Donate items that otherwise would be discarded
- Make every trip in my car count
- Walk when possible
- Purchase food that is locally produced
- Make purchases of nonfood items based on origin of manufacture. (If it is made in China where there is no control of industrial wastes, do I really need it?)
I’m sure there are things I can do or have already done not listed here and I’ll strive to keep doing them.14 months ago
This web site have 12 step to go green