going green

@megsgem (123)
United States
January 11, 2009 3:14pm CST
We each have to make changes in our lifestyles for the earth. It is up to each of us to conciously and urgently make changes in our daily lives to help our earth. Here are a few I have done and i would love to hear from each of you that can give more ideas for us to even be greener. here are some of mine 1. I bought 10 clothe shopping bags for $10.00. i choose green ones to make the statement. In the last 5 months i have saved the land fill of hundreds of bags from just my family. 2. If you have plastic bags already you can fuse them together to create other things from it, such as a heavier woven bag that is reusable, slats for the fence, a boot tray for winter...the list goes on...check it out on youtube. 3. I treat myself and hubby to these special pops that come in a glass bottle....when done I clean and fill with water. just grab and go its relatively free! 4. I recycle everything! go to your city's website and look under waste management and there should be a list of what they will take. 5. I started a compost for my spring gardening....again i learned how from youtube. My veggies will be awesome! 6. we use many cgl bulbs where we can. They last a lot longer. 7. I like to find things or take stuff from the basement and create something new and functional that is needed rather than going to the store and purchassing a new. 8. We aree trying to cut back on electric, gas and water usage. we turn off lights...keep the temp lower and skip a bath and shower now and again...if not dirty no sense in wasting the water. 9. I am an artist and I use recycled materials in my art. 10. i am not affraid of dumpster diving and am a member of freecycle. Please lets help each other to be greener let me know some of your tricks!!!!
3 responses
• United States
11 Jan 09
I would add one thing for those who can't skip a daily bath / shower. You can always take a "Navy" shower. When I was a crew member on board a Navy ship we had to conserve water. Navy showers were mandatory. You got in, turned on the water and got wet. Turned the water off, soaped and scrubbed then turned the water back on just long enough to rinse off. Someone else here on my lot suggested as a tightwad tip to save money to put a brick in your toilet tank. Doing so uses less water so you pay less on your water bill but obviously just saving water by itself is a good thing.
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12 Jan 09
Or you could save water by sharing showers. ;-) (I must admit this was what I initially thought you might mean when you mentioned 'Navy showers'.)
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• United States
12 Jan 09
LOL! Yeah, sharing showers can be a really good thing.
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@megsgem (123)
• United States
12 Jan 09
lol save water, money and have fun...just don't call it a navy shower. I should add to my list we purchased toilets that use air to flush and uses 1.6 gallons to flush. the hotel industry uses these!
@IsisGreen (555)
12 Jan 09
Megsgem, I much admire you enthusiasm and think everything you're doing is great. You're motivation seems to be a desire to reduce waste and your use of the world's resources. I too am motivated in no small part by this. I think also though it's so important to make the point that actually so many of the changes you've made are also going to save you a fair amount of cash. It is perhaps one of the good things that will come out of us all feeling the pinch of the current economic climate: for a while at least, it will be very much worth people's while to make their uses of resources more efficient and thus save money... as well as the planet.
@megsgem (123)
• United States
12 Jan 09
You are so right. I have learned how to save money first and realized so much of what I was doing is green too. The bags was worth the 10.00 to know I am no longer contributing to the over aboundence in the landfills. I have a site i am using to share my green efforts thoughts and diff things www.freewebs.com/thegreenlife/ Hope to motivate others to be green and save some green too!
13 Jan 09
Nice site with lots of great ideas. Worth a look anyone who's scrolling down the page.
@carolscash (9501)
• United States
12 Jan 09
It sounds as though you are studying how to be green and succeeding at it. I am hoping that as we remodel our home we can go as green as possible. We are looking into solar heat,bamboo floors, tankless water heaters,etc. I think that it will be a big help if we do that. It is important that we all think of ways to help save our environment. Keep up the good work and I will look at that site.
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@megsgem (123)
• United States
12 Jan 09
You too are doing it. it is up to each of us to do what we can and try to do the right thing by our earth.