What would you do to go green?

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Registered: 02-06-2009
What would you do to go green?
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Sun, 03-29-2009 - 9:00am

Within a reasonable budget, if you had the funds (a reasonable amount), what do you do now or what are you willing to do to your home to increase your being green?

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Registered: 02-07-2009
Sun, 03-29-2009 - 9:23am

I recycle. It is hard to tell how many others in the area recycle because there are two options for recycling in my town. You can pay an extra $4 per month and they pick it up (which is what I do) or you can take your own stuff to the recycling center. So even though mine is is the only recycling bin I see out in my neighborhood on pick up day I do not assume that I am the only one recycling.

I use reusable bags for my grocery shopping and most of my other shopping. Looking around in the grocery store I think about 20% are using reusable bags.

At the grocery store you can recycle plastic bags (they do not take them at the city recycling center). I take in the plastic bags from my newspaper and any other plastic bags I get. Judging my how full the bin is every week I think that a lot of people are doing it also.

I have never been much of a consumer to begin with but I am trying to be even more thoughtful before I make purchases about is it something I really need. I realized that I wear the same clothes over and over again and have a lot of things that rarely wear. I am trying to be more conscience of that and only buying clothes when I really need to.

Doing very little watering is about the extend of being green when it comes to my yard. Probably does not make me popular with the neighbors.

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Registered: 03-06-2009
Sun, 03-29-2009 - 9:54am

I honestly don't do much other than use resuable bags at the grocery store -- my condo assocation doesn't have recycling available -- we do it at work though -- I'm a complusive light turner offer but more for my own electric bill than anything else.

I'm kind of a green slacker.

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Registered: 02-04-2009
Sun, 03-29-2009 - 10:19am

I'm a work in progress. In some ways I'm not doing nearly as well as I'd like, in others I'm happy with how I'm doing. and in some, changing to far more green in one way has led to being way less green in another (giving up the plastic grocery bags and then not having anything to put the scooped litter from the cat boxes so having to buy plastic garbage bags for that purpose--definitely a zero sum there). I've told a couple neighbors who mentioned they have tons of plastic bags if they wanted to unload the excess, I'd take them, so we'll see if that helps.

I'm not as environmentally friendly as I'd like to be and I don't know that I ever will be. But I'm trying and making more and more changes.

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Registered: 02-07-2009
Sun, 03-29-2009 - 10:34am
What I have done to try to balance the being green and using reusable bags and the need to sometimes need plastic bags is to use my reusable bags for big shopping trips like grocery shopping and sometimes not for other smaller shopping trips (like a Target run). I still get the bags that I need but am not over run by them. I let need determine whether or not to use reusable bags.
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Registered: 02-05-2009
Sun, 03-29-2009 - 10:48am

We do enough to feel like we're doing something, but we don't do anything of major significance.

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Registered: 04-22-2005
Sun, 03-29-2009 - 12:07pm

We're not as green as I'd like us to be, but we're also not terrible. We turn off the lights when we're not in a room, use the energy-saving bulbs, use the toilet more than once before flushing (if it's #1), and turn off the water while brushing our teeth. We mostly use regular plates/cups/bowls instead of disposable and run the dishwasher when full on the water-saving mode. We use the plastic bags from the store to line wastebaskets and pick up dog poop. We don't have any cans or newspapers to recycle. I wash all laundry in cold water, full loads only.

If we had the money, I would love to have energy star appliances, a backyard to line dry our clothes, a compost heap, a vegetable garden, solar-powered anything, and triple-pane windows. Oh, and I would drive a hybrid.

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Registered: 08-29-2002
Sun, 03-29-2009 - 12:45pm

Hmmm, we recycle cans, bottles, and all paper (including cardboard milk cartons). We don't do energy-saving fluorescent light-bulbs because they really bother me (they're a migraine trigger for me). We use reusable shopping bags for the weekly grocery shopping and old plastic bags from other kinds of shopping to line the garbage cans.

Other things we do/have done: We just got rid of the second car and now use a combination of public transportation/driving/biking to get to work, school, activities etc.. We put in a geothermal system some years ago to heat our house and provide us with a hot water supply (cut our electricity use by more than half).

The kids' clothing is part of a large hand-me-down circle (I get lots of clothes for dd from a friend, and those clothes then get passed on to the next child; ds is the oldest boy in the group so I buy most of his clothes, which are then passed down to the other kids).

Water isn't an issue for us. I think I've watered the garden maybe 5 times in the last 6 years. But I have still taught the kids to be conservative with water usage: quick showers, turn off the water while brushing, etc.. It's my years of experience with California droughts kicking in :-).

We don't use any fertilizers/weed killers/pesticides in the garden, and we grown many of our own fruits in summer. We've been rather slack about composting things. I feel a bit guilty about that.

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Registered: 03-26-2009
Sun, 03-29-2009 - 12:46pm

We recycle bottles (bad with the papers though even though we do have pick up

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Registered: 07-17-2007
Sun, 03-29-2009 - 1:45pm

Here is what we do:

REDUCE: I don't bag the apples, pears, oranges or other fruit in the produce section. I try to buy things with the least amount of packaging and largest (reasonable) size. We compost ad this reduced our trash output, I buy local and try to buy from individual dealers and not chains. I buy from online stores and save up my purchases so more is delivered in one box. We use the library as much as possible and do not buy tons of books. We save up errand trips and plan the way for the least amount of driving- even walking between stores that are close. I try to limit grocery shopping to one trip per week. I do 3-6 load of laundry always full and only one in hot (my underwear TYVM). We run the dishwasher 5 times a week - always fully loaded. We set the hot water heater to 120' and plan to replace it with a tankless heater soon.

REUSE: We wash our ziplock bags and reuse the, We use other more durable storage containers as much as possible. DH and the boys pack their lunches. We Freecycle and I shop at our Congregation's annual yard sale - it was great for kids clothes and toys. We donate things that still have use. We hand down and receive hand-me0downs. I shop with canvas bags (have done so for 20+ years- it is nice to finally see more people doing it)

RECYCLE: We recycle plastic bags, cardboard (including cereal, spagetti, cake,....boxes), 1 and 2 plastics, glass, we compost our non-dairy/meat gargbage, outdated electronics...... We end up with 1-2 tall kitchen trash bags a week - so we still have some work to do.

RESTORE: We contribute to several environmental groups that are restores areas of the world.

We have solo-tubes to reduce our electricity. We have not converted to compact fluorescent, because I get headaches from the flicker. We are waiting for the next generation of roof top solar panels. We compost all of the our leaves in the fall, all the branches that fall, we don't college the grass clippings. We don't fertilize our lawn. This year we are attempting to grow some of our own food - not just the usual dabble. I shop at several farmers markets during from April-October. After the last car burned out, we bought the most fuel efficient car we could - that met our family's needs (It turned out that a Prius can hold three people and and a double bass- who knew?)

I haven't yet started to hang out the laundry- mainly because I am selfish and don't like the feel.




Edited 3/29/2009 2:51 pm ET by tryingtoquit
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Registered: 11-04-2008
Sun, 03-29-2009 - 2:39pm

Yes we definitely recycle everything that our recycling center takes--we do not have pick up, we have to take it in ourselves.

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