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post #161 of 752
Happy Earth Day everyone!

Did you see today's Arlo and Janis?

http://www.unitedmedia.com/comics/ar...7042261842.jpg
post #162 of 752
We have been trying to make small changes to become more green.

We started recycling today, after finding out that we would have to take it to a center because we are outside of the 'area' that does curbside.
post #163 of 752
Btw, there is a Green Living forum on ai makoto, the Peace Activism message board. You all are welcome to have more depth and breadth of conversation there.

http://www.aimakoto.org/phpBB2/

Pat
post #164 of 752
WuWei:
I just tried to register for that forum and it keeps saying..:

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Any idea what I might be doing wrong?
thanx-looks like a cool forum
RayRay~
post #165 of 752
RayRay, I am clueless. I sent a PM to aira, she is the admin there. I'm sure she can fix it (whatever it is).

Give it a try again this afternoon.

Pat
post #166 of 752
so little time, so many posts to catch up on. . .

subbing
post #167 of 752
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Originally Posted by ErikaLeigh View Post
We have been trying to make small changes to become more green.

We started recycling today, after finding out that we would have to take it to a center because we are outside of the 'area' that does curbside.
im sorry it really shocked me that something so simple as recycling is something many people dont do- it is such a huge help - im glad you started!
post #168 of 752

CNN this AM

Hi yall,

Watched CNN this morning and the business piece was on "Save Green by Going Green" or something like that.

Anybody see it?

It was pretty good and basic - trade out to CFLs, have a home energy audit, repair ductwork, upgrade to Energy Star appliances, and unplug "vampire" appliances.

Just wanted to share...
post #169 of 752
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Originally Posted by utopia760 View Post
im sorry it really shocked me that something so simple as recycling is something many people dont do- it is such a huge help - im glad you started!
My in-laws were bragging one day about how they don't recycle and just throw everything into the trash...even though they have curbside pick-up for recyclables. :
post #170 of 752
yeah-my parents refuse to recycle--my mom is afraid it will attract cockroaches. We live 4 blocks away and have never seen ONE cockroach near ours. So, anyway, you wouldn't believe the amount of trash 2 people can generate--it's so sad to see them taking out a full bag of trash everyday
post #171 of 752
Anyone catch the green Oprah show? Whatdya think?
post #172 of 752
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Originally Posted by Manonash View Post
Anyone catch the green Oprah show? Whatdya think?
I watched part of it... on one hand I am glad that this topic is getting into the mainstream media, and on the other I get frustrated bc her lifestyle is so far from green and she acts like all the green ideas are so foreign and crazy... when the lady was showing the cotton string produce bags (which I was drooling over), did you notice how O was like "you put your vegetables in there???"

but I loved the part w/ Laurie David and Sheryl Crow, my mom got to see them at one of their campus stops a couple weeks ago and she said it was AWESOME!
post #173 of 752
I want to jump in on all this fun green action! I haven't posted for a while because we were in the process of moving. I have been really trying to make some "green" changes around our house. When we moved I put all of my cloth dipes in storage but ended up bringing them back out this week because we're not quite ready to potty train.

I just purchased my first gladrags, my family thinks I am totally nuts but I love them and I will admit at first I thought the idea was a little weird but it really makes a lot of sense to me now. I have been using my inside clothes rack to dry most of our "heavy laundry" and so we hardly use our dryer very much at all. As long as I keep up with it. Canvas grocery bags as well.

Our biggest challenge right now is recycling. We have no Recycling facilities, and no we're not out in the boonies. There is one 45 miles away but they only have limited items that they accept. Is anyone else in this situation, what do you do?
post #174 of 752
We don't do cable. So I didn't see it.

I'm ill that we live like 5 minutes outside of the area that they do pick up and they won't even do pick up.

We have to take them to the drop sites and drop them there. I'm going to have look them up and see where I can take them to.
post #175 of 752
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Originally Posted by rbriansgirl View Post
Our biggest challenge right now is recycling. We have no Recycling facilities, and no we're not out in the boonies. There is one 45 miles away but they only have limited items that they accept. Is anyone else in this situation, what do you do?
I'm so sorry! That must be very frustrating. At our last house, we had curbside recycling but they didn't accept glass so we had to drive about 20 miles to drop that off every once in a while. So I can't imagine having to drive twice that far to drop off any recycling.

Earth911 seems to have a good listing of all drop-off centers...maybe you could find a "non-standard" drop-off center thru their search?
post #176 of 752

CF bulbs that are shaped more like incandescents

Hi,

This may have already been discussed but I am not having much luck searching. I'd like to replace out our light bulbs with CF bulbs but most of our light fixtures are open with the bulbs exposed so I'd like to find some fluorescents that are more traditionally shaped.

I've seen them before but I can't find any locally and am wondering if anyone knows of a good place to get them online.

Thanks!

Risa
post #177 of 752
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Originally Posted by New Mama View Post
My in-laws were bragging one day about how they don't recycle and just throw everything into the trash...even though they have curbside pick-up for recyclables. :

That's pretty disgusting. I mean, it's one thing to be ignorant or lazy about doing it, but to actually be proud of yourself? I don't even get that.

Maybe it's a status thing..."we're so rich we can waste all that we want."

Gahhhhhhhhh......: : :
post #178 of 752
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Originally Posted by kimberlychapman View Post
That's pretty disgusting. I mean, it's one thing to be ignorant or lazy about doing it, but to actually be proud of yourself? I don't even get that.

Maybe it's a status thing..."we're so rich we can waste all that we want."

Gahhhhhhhhh......: : :
Yeah. We are definitely the weirdos in DH's family. This is the same couple who had one baby but then regretted it -- my SIL actually said to me that she wished she hadn't had her daughter. And their daughter is healthy, they can afford for the mom not to work, and my MIL watched her all the time (including when DH's niece was six weeks old, so her parents could go on a cruise).

I'm still nursing our 21-month old and we co-sleep and cloth diaper and had a homebirth, so I can only imagine what they're saying about us. Maybe it's best if I never tell them I'm using cloth TP...
post #179 of 752
Risa: I found my CFLs that were incandescent shaped at Lowe's. I wish I could find several in a package though, since the packaging really stinks. I'm guessing they package them that way because of the mercury in them; if they get broken then they can contain the mercury in the package?

I liked the Oprah show. I somewhat doubt her sincerety, and it seemed a little commercial to me.... BUT... a LOT of people listen to her. So, I think it's a good thing that more people are made aware of things they can do. I think she missed the mark on buying organic though. I went to her message boards to read what people thought of the show, and the response was almost 100% positive, with many buying CFLs and cloth grocery bags. I got a couple of new ideas there:

- making fruit/veggie store bags out of those bath scrubber scrunchie thingies. All you have to is cut the string in the middle that ties it all together, stretch it out long, cut into pieces and tie one end. You can make them the size you want, they're kinda stretchy, and they're mesh. It's great! Cheap too. Free for me, since I've gotten a few as gifts. Plus, it's a great way to reuse/recycle the little buggers!

- take a bucket to the shower, and catch the prewarm water and use it in plants, add to sink to soak dishes. (I'm not there yet with this one, but I liked the idea).

- if you use fabric softner sheets, wash your lint tray with soap periodically to make the drier more effecient, because the stuff off the sheets builds up in the holes of the trap. OR, switch to a more environmentally brand to begin with. (They were mostly endorsing Shaklee)

The one thing that concerns me, is that if products like SG, and Shaklee start getting too much demand that they can't sustainably meet that demand. Some of the companies will stop producing more if they can't sustainably meet the demands, but others may not. I'm thinking Palm Oil here (awesome forests have been cut down to grow the plant it comes from to sell it commercially). People need to be taught how to be more self sustaining. I missed the 20/20 special on what we do to be greener, but my Mom said it was pretty good. She said they even said we need to be eating locally/seasonally. Canning and going back to the way we used to do things in regards to food. That shocked me.
post #180 of 752
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Originally Posted by arismommy View Post
yeah-my parents refuse to recycle--my mom is afraid it will attract cockroaches. We live 4 blocks away and have never seen ONE cockroach near ours. So, anyway, you wouldn't believe the amount of trash 2 people can generate--it's so sad to see them taking out a full bag of trash everyday
Everyday?? Oh goodness! I didn't know that was possible. Probably everything they're eating comes in a package of some sort, using disposable plates, cups and utensils or something. Ugh...sickening!
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