November 20, 2010

Greening Your World...

What are some of those things you have done or are doing or will do to make your world Greener. Let’s hear those big things, little things, funny things, unique/unusual things…and even recycled things!

16 comments:

  1. --I only read the newspaper online which is elimating more waste in the landiflll but makes it much more difficult to really clean glass windows, wrap fish, line bird cages and pack boxes...

    --I bike almost everywhere I go: work, events, church, etc. You should just see me on my 15-speed in my business suit peddling away--tres European!

    --What about deciding not to have children...isn't that making the world greener...just think of the 1000s of pampers not in some landfill...lol

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  2. I'm not convinced that our individual actions amount to much in this regard. I think that it's a public policy issue. Of course, the fact that I walk or take public transportation instead of driving, say, a Hummer, makes me feel a little better.

    One of the important things society focused on during the 1970s was that "the personal is political". However, I think that sometimes people take that to mean that our personal actions are ALL that matter.

    Anyway, I do use environmentally friendly cleaning products, recycled paper towels, and those kinds of things. I try to buy at least some locally grown food, to help avoid all the transportation of food. On the other hand, I'm often hungry for food from my childhood and I don't hesitate to buy them when I find them--however far they've had to travel.

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  3. And, my little brother, not yet 30, never wore a disposible diaper. So surely my mother deserves some "green" points!

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  4. Under normal circumstances the situation would look significantly different but under the current circumstances I can only boast of a few good habits...a very few. Big sigh.

    I collect all the discarded paper in our office and use the blank side. No matter what memo or handbook or project file document you receive from me, it will have some unrelated print on the back side. After more than two years of doing this, I had hoped to have all the staff on board with this practice; so far, I have only succeeded in convincing them to save the discarded paper for me.

    I know this seems a little counter productive but plastic isn’t really optional here so I bought Ziplocs in which to store food. The cleaning lady (Leila), baffled by my insistence, washes and rewashes and rewashes them so I have clean Ziploc bags to use, but in a country with no water I’m not sure this is the best practice.

    I have reusable grocery bags that garner immense attention at the grocery store. Mostly locals label me a complete nutcase since the store provides plastic, for free, that will never, ever deteriorate...not even in the 120+ degree weather. You would think it would melt but I can attest it does not (although my flip flops once did).

    While cycling would be an immense pleasure and something I dream about, I have only ever seen two bicycles in Iraq. In lieu of cycling, I sometimes walk but only if it's under 105 F. This little act of walking a few blocks each day is completely negated by the fact that, while I do not travel in Hummers, I am forced to use monstrous GMC vehicles that were no doubt shipped from the U.S. Thanks to the U.S. Governments' procurement policies all humanitarian organizations can contribute to making the world a little less green. In these monstrous vehicles I cover miles and miles of city streets and open highway, all colorfully decorated with non-melting, non-biodegradable plastic bags.

    Seriously, reusing paper and my Ziploc bags helps keep me sane in a country that lives for excess in every conceivable way. Excess is part of the culture here but I am hopeful since there are a few young people who have at least heard the word “green” and understand the idea of “organic”.

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  5. I've started doing the typical stuff like ordering a recycling bin from the city and switching to online bill notification to reduce paper mailings.

    In regards to my Jewelry business I have found more and more components made of recycled glass and paper to use and I've shifted to using recycled packaging.

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  6. I try to plant trees every year. Some years it's as few as two but other years it's as many as thirty. Whether it helps to offset carbon emissions or creates a home for a bird or a squirrel, either way it makes me feel good. I've also started to harvest my own herbs, vegetables and eggs-the goal is living a more sustainable lifestyle. Composting, recycling and just trying to be more conscious of my daily choices is helping me go greener. I also bought an electric blanket for my bed two years ago. Instead of turning on the heat at night, I turn on the electric blanket to warm my sheets and then turn it off when I get in bed. This simple change saves energy and makes my pockets greener with the money I now save on heat.

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  7. I've made it my personal duty never to throw out a pair of shoes, ever! Lol

    On a serious note, I recycle at home, and at work even though my job doesn't participate. I only use online bill pay, and only write a personal check if I absolutely have to. I've been using the same box of checks since 2007, and the current check book since Jan 2009. I've also invested in microfiber cleaning cloths. They clean a lot of things with just plain water.

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  8. I planted a garden in my backyard and I have started composting. Now I only accumulate enough trash to go out about every three weeks. The other thing is I use my local library a lot.

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  9. I do have a composter in the front yard of my condo building and people pretty much ignore it- I thought I could offer everyone to use but between my kitchen scraps, some paper and the yards leaves it gets full pretty fast. I have yet to pull out dirt but it keeps composting as there's always more room to add to it.
    I recycle , but the city collects it so its easy for me - especially as its almost right outside my door.
    I am a dairy eating vegetarian with no children- and I still don't have a driver's license! But I do think public policy, business practices and governmental regulation are important factors too and should be more active on pressuring those entities as much as I can, hmm an early New Year's commitment? (A first for me as I avoid those typically)

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  10. I recycle more at work than home but the waste is more excessive at work than home. I cannot put paper in the trash cans. I recycle everyone's paperwork, bottles and plastic.

    I also use online notifications, bill pay and whatever I can cut down on paper.

    I try to buy mostly product that support being more green.

    I recycle Jorie's old cloths. I try to buy wash and wear cloths and not use the dry cleaners so much.

    @HB2, you are not being greener by not having children. you could use disposalable diapers.

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  11. Live cheaply. Really. Don't buy everything in sight--use the 'old' one whether it is cooking utensils, blankets, or shoes (if they are still 'good').

    Didn't have a car for almost 15 years and took public transport (paid my dues and now I have a Volvo, old but efficient).

    for a total of 35 years I have used public transportation so now in my middle age I am going to drive (until I get too old and blind).

    Power down the computer; turn off unused lights (all the time and incessantly)

    Cook in microwave not the gas oven when possible.

    Recycle AND...compost (have to by law) and sadly, I no longer buy a real Christmas tree but use two artificial ones. Saves trees, kills plastic but I am trying.

    Read online newspapers too

    Re use sacks for groceries, or don't get one if not necessary...

    Buy and use recycled materials when I can

    and ta da! I eschew printed ATM receipts!!! (hey little things add up!)

    ...finally: remember to thank the Lord for all His blessings--and share with others because of His love...for that is the best way to 'give back' and RECYCLE

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  12. @Barb L.

    You are just one ole precious lump of sugah!!!

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  13. I put my computer in standby mode when not in use, only plug up my phone charger when refueling my mobile, recycle plastic, paper, aluminum, compost, use public transportation...last but not least, I bath as if in a developing country. That is, wet, turn water off, lather, rinse, instead of leaving on the steady shower stream.

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  14. I put my computer in standby mode when not in use, only plug up my phone charger when refueling my mobile, recycle plastic, paper, aluminum, compost, use public transportation...last but not least, I bath as if in a developing country. That is, wet, turn water off, lather, rinse, instead of leaving on the steady shower stream.

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  15. I planted a garden in my backyard and I have started composting. Now I only accumulate enough trash to go out about every three weeks. The other thing is I use my local library a lot.

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  16. And, my little brother, not yet 30, never wore a disposible diaper. So surely my mother deserves some "green" points!

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So, what's your take on this? Oh c'mon, share a little!