What does your family do to be eco-friendly?

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Registered: 12-22-2000
What does your family do to be eco-friendly?
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Tue, 09-20-2011 - 10:51am

For some, it’s a lifestyle. For others, it’s a struggle. What does your family do to be eco-friendly? And if you need some ideas, here’s a great roundup of 50 go-green activities:
http://www.ivillage.co.uk/50-eco-friendly-family-activities/134515

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Registered: 05-11-1999
Tue, 09-20-2011 - 2:32pm
We buy local as much as possible, use reusable bags, drink from Siggs, recycle and have been reusing as much as possible. I would love to be able to sew and have a large garden.

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Registered: 10-24-2002
Tue, 09-20-2011 - 11:23pm

We recycle everything, and get the money back on our bottles and cans. We turn off lights as much as possible. I try to use reusable bags, but I always forget!!!

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Registered: 10-25-2007
Wed, 09-21-2011 - 7:09am
Wow, my post was going to be like Brenda's. Pretty much word for word :) I also try to reuse things in the house.


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Wed, 09-21-2011 - 11:50am
harkness wrote:
We buy local as much as possible, use reusable bags, drink from Siggs, recycle and have been reusing as much as possible. I would love to be able to sew and have a large garden.

We used to do a large garden but the last couple of years, we've limited ourselves to just a few favorites in container. Way easier! LOL

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Wed, 09-21-2011 - 12:20pm
brendaluvschance wrote:

... I try to use reusable bags, but I always forget!!!

Same here! I've started keeping them in the van in the hopes that I'll remember to use them more often!

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Registered: 12-22-2000
Wed, 09-21-2011 - 12:25pm

I love finding uses for things that normally get tossed out. We now save the cardboard tubes from the aluminum foil; dh uses the band saw to cut them into three or four inch lengths and we use them to store electrical cords from appliances, computers, games, etc. My catch-all drawer actually looks kind of organized now! LOL

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Registered: 10-25-2007
Wed, 09-21-2011 - 12:48pm
I'm one of those strange people that rinse out and reuse my ziplock bags ;)


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Registered: 12-22-2000
Wed, 09-21-2011 - 1:02pm

I don't consider it strange; I do the same thing! LOL Hey, those things can get expensive, especially when the family grabs them for everything from storing game pieces to small computer parts!

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Wed, 09-21-2011 - 10:58pm
I kept mine in the trunk of my car until I had some leaking. Now that it's fixed, I have to remember to take them back out when I unpack the groceries.

I have extra bags (from folks giving me toys for the boys or me just buying too many), so I'm sending a couple full of apples to my mum when Sis #2 visits her on Friday. :)

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Registered: 05-11-1999
Thu, 09-22-2011 - 10:15pm
I tried a bit of container gardening this year. My lettuce did great and my cherry tomatoes. The spinach, tomatoes and zucchini didn't make it.

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