Monday, December 17, 2007

More green commitments.

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We have reduced the number of plastic shopping bags we use by now using reusable shopping bags. Many local grocery stores sell them for about $1. We live about 4 miles from the ocean and know the effect on sea life that the plastic bags have. --Melissa, of Phippsburg, ME

We commit to buy less and give away more. We committed and reached our goal of raising and fishing for all our meats and fish for the winter. We have two full freezers of organic meats that we have raised ourselves :) --Linda, of Olympia, WA

As a single Mother and a Professor of Teacher Education I am committed both personally and professionally to setting a Green Example for my daughter and my college students. I am dedicated to driving my hybrid in the most fuel efficient fashion possible. I am dedicated to buying only paper products that are fully post-consumer. I will continue to reduce, reuse, and recycle anything and everything that I can.I will continue to educate my friends, family, and students about Green choices we can make on a daily basis. --Michelle, of De Pere, WI

I have been committed to this issue for quite a while. So far I pack my daughter's lunch in a laptop lunch box which avoids the waste of packaged foods (http://www.laptoplunches.com/). I cancelled all catalouge and almost all of my magazine subscriptions. I bring the hangers back to the cleaners. I use only canvas bags at the grocery store and the mall. I use biobags for kitty litter. I drive a PZEV (partial zero emission vehicle). What else??? I shop at the local farmer's market and try to avoid buying packaged foods. I line dry my clothes which is not always convenient for everyone! Next year I plan to compost in my backyard! And one more thing.... I use a stainless cup when I get a cup o Joe at Starbucks!!!!!--Ericka, of Van Nuys, CA

We will bike when we can, wait til we have three errands to drive, turn off lights when not in use, keep our car tires inflated, get ALL good lightbulbs, turn our heat down two degrees. --Beth, of Boulder, CO

2 comments:

Vicki said...

We don't use paper towels, paper napkins, paper plates or any kind of disposable eating or drinking utensils. Cloth napkins (sometimes that means just squares of cotton material that I've finished edges on), glass or plastic cups and plates and real silverware. It might mean a little extra work, but it makes a big difference over the course of a week/month/year/lifetime...
We also use the newspaper we've already read to wrap presents.
And, we make brightly colored envelopes from the pages of ready-to-toss magazines.
My friend made christmas ornaments out of CDs and found items...they were BEAUTIFUL!

Ms. Booty Homemaker said...

Wonderful, Vicki!! Thanks so much for sharing your tips. I especially like the making of pretty envelopes from magazine pages. Our household can do better with eliminating the use of paper towels / napkins, too.