Do you live green?

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United States
October 6, 2007 1:16am CST
Do you try and live your life a little more "green" in order to benefit the earth? Do you buy products that are safer for the earth and not tested on animals? Try and save gas? What kinds of things do you to to live a greener life? Here's what wikipedia says about living green: "Ecological living is a life philosophy. Proponents of ecological living aim to conduct their lives in such a way that they have an all-encompassing awareness of earth and its processes. Each choice made under such a way of life requires a consideration of the consequences of the choice, and the way that the decision will affect the environment and all living things within it. Ecological consciousness and care for the earth are of paramount importance in the decision-making process. By minimizing their "ecological footprints" — the extent to which they create an environmental impact — proponents of ecological living hope to preserve the earth for future generations of human beings and other life."
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@terrych (1227)
• United States
6 Oct 07
In this world it is a little hard to live green sometimes, let see what I do: Try to not use spray that afect the ozone, eat healthy food, specially food with not much package, put the garbage in garbage cans, recycle the most I can, save on gas, wash my clothes when I have enough to fill the washer, turn the lights off when I am not there...
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• United States
6 Oct 07
Sounds like you're doing a lot to save the planet, good job.
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@terrych (1227)
• United States
6 Oct 07
well I keep trying... Also I ama scout leader... and I am a Horticulture Science student... so I have some work to do...
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• United States
6 Oct 07
That is great, how fun. It's so nice that you take such a deep interest.
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• Hong Kong
6 Oct 07
I try to now! I don't do much about the food because my mother would do the buying and stuff if she is around. But I try to save as much energy as I could, especially electricity or water. I think not spending our energies extravagantly would do us good in the long run. And I take less plastic bags (unless I need to) so as to make less rubbish for our lovely earth.
• United States
6 Oct 07
Those are great things to do! And you know what, even when you do get a plastic bag you can just reuse them. We use ours as trash bags or when we clean the litter box and even as litter box liners. I agree about saving energy, it really will make a difference for the future.
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• Hong Kong
6 Oct 07
Yes you are right! Me and my mom would reuse those for trash bags!
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@maybebaby (1231)
• Canada
6 Oct 07
I try to live "green". I'm very good at recycling as much as possible and cutting back on using electricity and heating. I walk to work and so I save on gas quite a bit. Most of the things you can do are so little that anyone could do them with little effort. If everyone would do a like I think we could make a huge difference in our world.
• United States
6 Oct 07
You're doing great! I agree, the steps to living greener are really so simple and have such a major benefit.
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@reinydawn (11651)
• United States
7 Oct 07
I would like to think I am very Green-minded. I recycle as much as I can - in the curb-side pick-up as well as with the products I use. I reuse the plastic bags from the grocery store, take the cloth bags when I don't need any more of the plastic ones, I use products that are healthy for the environment (have very little if any chemicals in them), no aerosols, no A/C unless it's like 100 out, I dodn't drive if I don't have to. I could go on and on probably. I think it's very important.
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• United States
8 Oct 07
That's great, I agree it is really important for everyone to do their part.
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@rosie_123 (6118)
6 Oct 07
Yes I do - very much so. Loving green is very high on my agenda, and on that of most people here in the UK. The EEC and all European governments are very cocnerned with stuff like recycling, and reducing our "carbon footprint". Most of it is just second nature to us now - for example, using recyclable paper bags instead of plastic ones when we go shopping, and also using low-energy light bulbs. Cars are small and very econimical- running on unleaded petrol, and most people try to use public transport for work, or at least share lifts to work to cut the number of cars on the roads. I am vegetarian anyway - and I would never buy mske-up, perfume or other beauty products that used animal products or had been tested on animals, and I also buy organicfruit and vegetables when I can, and never eat junk food or anything containing chemicals, additives or e-numbers.
• United States
8 Oct 07
I had no idea it was so green over there, I think we could learn a lot here in the US where this lifestyle is just now really catching on.
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@angemac23 (2006)
• Canada
6 Oct 07
I try to live as green as possible and do my part to help save the planet. Unfortuantely, certain things can be a little expensive when you are on a limited budget, and I am unable to live my life as green as I want to
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• United States
8 Oct 07
I can understand that, some things can be pretty expensive. I think the best budget friendly green things I do is conservation, reusing things and I buy frozen juice concentrate which saves me up to $3.00 per pitcher of juice and saves the energy from making the larger containers and the waste from throwing them all out.
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• United States
6 Nov 07
I do buy products that are safer for the earth, I participate in recycling wherever it is encouraged, I use as little gas as possible in the car, taking it out when I have more than 'just a few things to get at grocery or those few things that appear on 'the to-do list'. Much of my work is done from home so I can conserve in those fashions. Otherwise, I guess I need to do some more 'greening' of my personal home haven in order to be really, 'going & living green'. Thanks for the heads-up ! sharing the light, Miss Erica Hidvegi, the Enlightenment Advisor,B.A. Psych (spclztn in Child Dvlpt & Abnrml), M.A. Transpersonal Psych Studies- Cnslng/ Author, Artist, Photographer, Entrepreneur & Freelance extraordinaire
@suspenseful (40326)
• Canada
3 Nov 07
I try to be thrifty. That is what we used to call living ecologically. We did not worship a mother goddess, nature, or earth. We are called to be stewards of the earth, not to be servants of the earth as pagans are servants of their idols. So here is what i do. Seeing that cannot levitate yet and save putting our footprints on earth, I mean we are not meant to live in glass cages hovering over the Earth, are we? So grocery shopping: I use cloth bags and those dark green nylon bags made from those plastic pop bottles. When I cannot, I use the Safeway plastic bags for putting in garbage. When my husband is not looking, I throw the veggie waste on the compost pile behind the strawberry patch. We use those curvy twisty fluorescent lights. We make our own food rather than buy it prepackaged. But it does get cold here in winter, sometmes minus 40 so we have to heat the house. I get bronchitis" So would you rather have me save the planet or have me not have bronchitis?
• United States
6 Nov 07
Unfortunately bronchitis is one of those upper respiratory infections that leave the infectious state behind but tend to stay within you for life so rather than suffering, I used to and working for an otolaryngologist (ear nose and throat specialist)--the reliefs and minimizations of the outbreaks was simple: strengthen my immune system against the causes of bronchial irritation. Echinacea for the inside of my body and an ionizer for the environment in which I live daily, in my house. The ionizer runs on high 1/3 of the week the rest of the time on low; and Echinacea, garlic, honey and Vitamin C (1200mgs) for a week if I feel a bronchial-thing starting. I have been blessed with only two severe outbreaks since 1999 and I used to get an attack that lasted a few weeks for five years straight between 1970-1988, then began backing off between 1990-1998. I started holistic therapy seven years into my medicl assisting carrer helping an ENT doctor 'cure' suffering patients. I felt so sorry for them . . . sharing the light, Miss Erica Hidvegi, the Enlightenment Advisor,B.A. Psych (spclztn in Child Dvlpt & Abnrml), M.A. Transpersonal Psych Studies- Cnslng/ Author, Artist, Photographer, Entrepreneur & Freelance extraordinaire
@alamode (3073)
• United States
6 Oct 07
We save gas by doing all of our errands in one trip, if possible. Like having doctor appointments on the same day, then visiting friends, then grocery shopping on the way home. We recycle as much as we can in our curb-side bin... its always full, and we are still squeezing more in! I make handmade paper from a considerable amout of our waste paper, giving it new life and purpose. And I don't drive, so that makes for a tiny 'footprint... or should I say 'tread-mark'!LOL!
• United States
8 Oct 07
Those are all great ideas. Handmade paper, wow that's pretty cool. I bet it's pretty too. I'd say that 98% of our paper ends up on the floor in little balls. Our cat goes nuts with them, lol.
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@Leandco (17)
• United States
4 May 08
I have been inspired to open my own internet store selling all organic, natural, earth friendly products. My goal behind this store is to encourage everyone to implement green living as a part of their everyday lives. I don't want green living to remain a "trend" for "yuppies" or "hippies" but rather a normality that is in every class in society. If it remains a trend, it will eventaully die out, thats why I believe its important to promote green living as a NECESSITY and not a LUXURY. You can shop green at http://www.le-co.amazonwebstore.com
@artguy (1476)
• United States
15 Mar 08
I am now getting into living green. I have even made a website called "living Green For Life" that has articles, information and resources for those choosing the live a green life. I even created a search engine called "The Green Box" where people can do their green searches or any other search. You can find links to both sites in my profile under "My Other Websites And Blogs".
• United States
9 Nov 07
Green can be cheap... - I am pretty 'green' due to the fact that going green is cheap.
I am pretty 'green' due to the fact that going green is cheap. * Florecent lightbulbs are pricey at onset but cheap to run. They don't need changing often either. That helps as changing lightbulbs in my apartment is a flaming pain in the lamp. * The clothes dryer is a rip off that fries your clothes so I let my shower rack do the job for free. I cut my laundry bill in half. My clothes last longer, so on and on...
@GardenGerty (92203)
• Marion, Kansas
28 Oct 07
I do try to live greener, and more responsibly. Sometimes it is very difficult, and other times, it really simplifies our lives. I use our most economical car since I have to drive to work. I use simpler products to clean, like vinegar, baking soda and salt. I like to walk, and time permitting, I walk for short errands. When I take recreational walks I pick up discarded cans. It benefits me, I get to bend and stretch. I may make a little cash when I finally trade them in, and it benefits the environment by removing them from the roadside. I grow a garden without chemicals. Just little things. I recycle plastic sacks from Wal Mart or the grocery store. Next step is to use canvas bags instead. One store offers 5 cents off your total when you bring your own bags to shop, but I do not see people taking advantage of this offer. We should. I look for products with less packaging overall.Little things matter.