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Posts: 1,868 9/4/12 1:32 P
Hi eco fit sparklers! I'm Tricia and I was happy to find this team. I am really interested in using my feet instead of my car, and in reducing my ecological footprint. My particular interest is in water footprint. I am an aspiring patio gardener. We have backyard chickens, which is not very efficient, but I prefer to think of them as contributing pets.
Hi all, My name is Katy and I am wiccan. I love this earth and do everything I can to take care of it. It is wonderful to see a group of people on a diet site talking about mother earth.
I'm not where I want to be, But I'm not where I was.
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Posts: 1 8/9/12 3:06 P
Hi! I'm new to SparkPeople and the team. I am trying to go green and get moving at the same time. I want to learn to make my own soaps and laundry stuff so i pump fewer chemicals into the environment, but have no idea where to begin!
GO GO GO! We can do it!
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Fitness Minutes: (10,128) Posts: 392 3/22/12 1:58 P
Hey everyone, I am Jenn. I am a stay at home mom living in Michigan. I am not new to sparkpeople, but new to the team. I have been looking for ways to more green. Recently that has meant learning how to make my own laundry soap, dishwasher soap, and all that stuff. It feels great to be able to not only still get my house clean, but also use things that are biodegradable. I am starting to recycle now that it is offered at my place of residence, trying to re-purpose items. I am really trying to reduce my footprint one step at a time.
There is inspiration everywhere, find it and use it.
Keep trying, at least then you did more than nothing at all.
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Fitness Minutes: (11,344) Posts: 850 8/20/11 12:00 A
Hello Everyone! I guess I am the new team leader here now. I come in nearly everyday, but haven't been regular at posting in the forums. I will get up to speed here in a day or two. Hope you all have a very eco fit weekend. Treva
Treva "Get thee off thy butt and go do something that makes you sweat." SparkPeople
"Few things are harder to put up with than the annoyance of a good example"- Mark Twain (Pudd'nhead Wilson-1894).
current weight: 214.0
Fitness Minutes: (57,607) Posts: 2,127 7/8/11 11:51 A
Hi everyone, I've been a member for a few months but I didn't actually introduce myself yet! I work for a small environmental non-profit organization, focusing on agriculture and water quality issues. I've been trying to live a very simple and eco-friendly lifestyle as well, but it can be hard when you have to travel all over the state and there is no mass transit!!
Falon Lafayette, IN ~ EDT
Man often becomes what he believes himself to be. If I keep on saying to myself that I cannot do a certain thing, it is possible that I may end by really becoming incapable of doing it. On the contrary, if I have the belief that I can do it, I shall surely acquire the capacity to do it even if I may not have it at the beginning.
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Posts: 65 6/3/11 2:22 P
Hi! I'm Jen! I currently live in an apartment, but am hoping to buy a small house soon so we can do a little composting in the back yard! I definitely want to move toward a more eco-friendly lifestyle. I currently make my own laundry detergent and wash my hair with baking soda and water. I have many plans for the house, including growing luffa, or gourds you can use as sponges. The goal is to use less of things with chemicals and the put less things in the trash. I do have a set of re-usable bags, but unfortunately, I often forget them. I'll keep trying to move forward though, one baby step at a time!
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Posts: 577 4/28/11 5:32 P
Hello I'm Rachel, long time absent member. I'm trying to be more active on Spark. I live in a town that makes it easy to be green and in an apartment that makes it difficult. Currently looking for a house.... I look forward to hanging out here more often and getting to know you folks better.
"I like giants. Especially girl giants. 'Cause all girls feel too big sometimes regardless of their size." - from I like Giants, by Kimya Dawson.
Hello everyone i my name is TerriLynn i am the proud mother of 4 wonderful sons we are new to the Green living and i know every little thing helps so I am always looking for things i can change in our life style to help the earth with having children i want the world to be a better place for when they have kids of their own . I cant wait to get to know everyone and see every ones great tips !!!
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Be Blessed with what you have .
Live life to the fullest !!
And always Look Up when feeling down !!!!
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Fitness Minutes: (6,985) Posts: 287 1/31/11 11:20 P
Pleased to meet you. Look around the message boards if you care to see if any of the games or discussions draw your attention.
Hi all! Good to be here. I have two kiddos- one almost 8yrs, and one 5 1/2 months. I try to be as eco friendly as possible...and love pointers and tips! Again...it's good to be here and I'll see you all around!
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Fitness Minutes: (6,985) Posts: 287 1/18/11 10:19 A
Pleased to meet you Pancakes.
What a great present for yourself.
I'm a beginning composter too. I've got piles around, which are not frozen. I'm just beginning to do more than just pile it up.
Barista and tile setter is quite an eclectic combination. I've been a teacher of ten key, a river boat tour guide and a helper on green building projects.
Fitness Minutes: (4,937) Posts: 1,486 1/18/11 10:11 A
Welcome, Pancakes! We are all here to support each other and together, we can reach our goals. Happy early birthday and I hope you enjoy SP.
I, too, am a beginning composter, however, with winter being upon us and my compost pile is completely frozen, I'm feeling guilty about throwing out my kitchen scraps. I need to figure out some sort of kitchen compost system.
Nothing tastes as good as being healthy feels.
Love begins within.
"To be yourself in a world that is constantly trying to make you something else is the greatest accomplishment." ~Ralph Waldo Emerson
current weight: 146.2
Fitness Minutes: (430) Posts: 4 1/18/11 5:27 A
hello and good evening.
my name is pancakes (i am a retired roller derby girl) and i live in northern california.
im a jack of all trades, mainly being a barista and a tile setter, but am in school working on my biology of pests degree.
i am a beginning composter and have been convicted lately about using my earthly resources more wisely.
i turn 40 in two years, and joining the spark team family is kindof an early birthday gift to myself. im ready to be healthy.
i look forward to being here :)
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Fitness Minutes: (6,985) Posts: 287 1/16/11 5:58 P
Pleased to meet you. We've got topics that might appeal to the healthy vegan in you. Please look around and reply to any that catch your fancy. Add any you wish to too.
Hi All! I'm Rucifey (or Heather - either is fine). I'm 35, married, no babies but LOTS of fur babies, and live in Central California.
We just moved to a new apartment so I'm trying to get the lay of the land. But mainly I'm unpacking boxes (most have which have been borrowed from a friend, the rest of which taken from hubby's work), taking the puppy for her walk and getting ready to green this place up!
I;m currently unemployed, but I do write articles for examiner.com as their Pet Rescue Examiner. My husband and I volunteer for a few local rescues. When I am working I'm a preschool teacher.
I love to write, go camping, photography, read and basically be outside. My current main form of exercise is taking our puppy Laura-Glue for walks, usually in the park, but lately around our complex.
Look forward to getting to know all of you soon
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Fitness Minutes: (1,528) Posts: 137 11/27/10 12:52 P
Hi Emily, Wayne and Deb! Sorry it's taken me so long to reply and check in on this thread! I really am pleased to meet you all and be part of the team. Emily, I think it's wonderful that you source your own meat and buy large portions of whole animal. I know, it's weird that they don't recycle glass here. Definitely, I try not to buy food in glass packaging. Oh, the guilt I feel when I throw it in the trash is just too much!
Wayne, thanks for your comments on recycling glass. I'm not sure of the procedures they take here in AZ, if they sort the garbage so they can grind bottles back into sand. I have to check into that. It's great you have some eco-leaders in Texas. I have to check into Tucson! Sounds like it's more progressive than more Northern AZ, where I am. Also, I appreciate your encouragement on my green business. It's in the planning phases, I have a few ideas. So I just need to do the market research, etc. and find out which one would make the most difference in benefiting the planet.
Looking forward to connecting with you all in the future! Hope you had a nice Thanksgiving, if you celebrate. Hugs!
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Posts: 6,189 11/15/10 9:31 A
Thanks Em. I do like it but get too many redecorating ideas for my husband's liking
My husband and I have just been trying to buy more local items when possible. Making sure that we support the local companies first and then if there is something we have to have make the best choice. Produce had been a challenge but I have noticed that even Target has the country of origin posted lately. We do have some csa's and we have a local farmer's market during the summer. The half share of the CSA sounds like it might be too much food for the two of us so we haven't tried it yet. Since they just announced that they are relocating our farmer's market in hopes to get better turn out/results I will probably focus most of our produce purchases there next summer as I would hate to see the market end.
Contentandfit: I have started looking into auditor training but am not sure that is the way that I want to go right now. However, it does correlate well with my interest in green remodeling. I haven't looked into the food policy/security much but will check it out.
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Fitness Minutes: (6,985) Posts: 287 11/12/10 4:29 P
Pleased to meet you Deb.
I looked into HERS training. It seems like a natural addition to real estate appraisal especially if you have had success in that field.
Re local food, have you looked into Food Policy and Food Security? A friend of mine has a blog on that and there are conferences and organizations that work those sorts of issues.
Fitness Minutes: (48,988) Posts: 3,679 11/12/10 10:49 A
Hi Deb! I must say, you've got a pretty awesome job! (At least, I think so!) Every renovation in our house we try to do as green as possible, but we fear many/most appraisers won't notice or appreciate what we've done w/out a true interest in green living.
What are you learning about food?? I'm definitely interested. The only thing I really do is buy local meat. I but 1/4 cow adn 1/2 pig at a time and have a freezer just for meat. That way I know where it's from, who owns it, how their treated, and it doesn't travel thousands of miles to my door (more like 30 miles). Do you have those....CSAs or CFAs....the community farm things around you? (Sorry, I'm really country, not city). That would be a graet way to make sure all of your fruits/veggies are local!
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Posts: 6,189 11/12/10 10:08 A
I am Deb. I live in the Chicago 'Burbs. We have curbside recycling so that is one thing that is pretty easy for me. I am a real estate appraiser interested in Green building so I am working on achieving some green building certifications in my field. There aren't many yet and there isn't much call for it at the moment but I imagine that when residential building starts up again at a higher pace it will come in handy.
Right now I am focusing on learning more about our food sources and how making better choices can help the environment. It isn't as easy as I hoped it would be...
current weight: 242.1
Fitness Minutes: (6,985) Posts: 287 11/11/10 11:12 P
Pleased to meet you Movitationalnat!
If it makes you feel any better though you probably know already that glass recycling has its skeptics. Sand is not in short supply and broken glass in a landfill doesn't pollute. To top it off used glass is piling up all over without much of a hope for a market. Still I throw it in my bins.
Being from Texas I know how it is to live in a state that is behind the curve in many ways. But we do have some real eco-leaders.
Two of my heroes are in Tuscon. Brad Lancaster is a leader in rainwater catchment. David Eisenberg of DCAT has helped transform building codes to allow for owner built natural construction.
I hope you'll share more about your vision for business. The world definitely needs more green entrepreneurs and business makers.
Fitness Minutes: (48,988) Posts: 3,679 11/11/10 10:34 P
No glass?! How weird. Thats just about the only thing that *everyone* around here (PA) actually recycles! Well, my suggestion is when shopping, avoid glass like the plague! I've also read that aluminum is way better than plastic (such as, buy canned goods more) b/c aluminum can be heated and reused essentially 'forever', while plastic can only be heated and reused a few times (I think it was 3). Just a fact for the day :)
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Fitness Minutes: (1,528) Posts: 137 11/11/10 10:13 P
Hi Samantha, Wayne, and Emily! Nice to meet you all. Emily, you rock for taking such great efforts to recycle! That is amazing. I can relate to a smaller extent; I live in Arizona and there is no recycling in my city! So I have to drive my goods to the nearest city which provides some bins, but still (aaarrrghhh!!!) no glass. I wrote a letter to the state rep but no luck. Arizona unfortunately is way behind the times on being Eco-friendly,or of taking any responsibility for our affect on the environment I'm afraid. But, I try my best to buy less, use less, and support green companies when I can. Oh yes, I'm a student and am majoring in business to start my own green company that will serve the earth and the people on it, not just exist to make money. Sorry this is a bit long everybody. Hugs! And here's to Spark friendships!
Edited by: MOVITATIONALNAT at: 11/11/2010 (22:15)
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Fitness Minutes: (6,985) Posts: 287 11/8/10 11:08 P
Emily, OMG! That is quite a lot of work to recycle. I honor you for going to all that trouble. That's worth a goodie!
Our city offers recycling because they have to pay for landfill space and it saves them money. We have so many independent scavengers too. Even on dead end roads if you leave an appliance out on the curb or anything metal someone will come along and pick it up to sell for cash.
Fitness Minutes: (48,988) Posts: 3,679 11/8/10 10:16 P
Well, being from Northwestern Pennsylvania, I will tell you -- the closest thing to recycling 'round these parts is burning your trash instead of piling it in the back yard. I wish I was kidding. Sure, we have "county recycling", but the bins are arbitrarily placed around the county (usually more than 15 miles away) and they only collect plastic 1,2; aluminum, newspaper and cardboard. No paperboard, no paper, no plastics 3-7. Nothing.
I save my paperboard for 6 months at a time then have my aunt take it to a recycling center near her (I give it to her when we're visiting, as not to waste gas driving to the center). I also save plastics 1-7 in a lump sum and take a county over every few weeks (they recycle them all). But, if I get caught, you get in big trouble.
As far as shredded paper: I compost it, along w/ all of my yard and kitchen scraps! I shred a LOT of paper!
It is hard to be green around here. Need to live in the city!!
current weight: 218.4
Fitness Minutes: (6,985) Posts: 287 11/8/10 9:55 P
Hi Emily, Wow a masters. I bet you have a lot of insight to share. I value your participation in the team. You have come so far toward your healthy goals. That's inspiring. Our recycling got a lot easier with the big rolling bins from the city, but now I find out they don't take shredded paper so I have to start hauling stuff to the school paper collectors again. I never fill up those bins. They are gigantic.
Hi Samantha. There is so much pro-environmental activity in Austin. The group I blog for was the little brother of a much bigger group in Austin that has evolved into "Design Build Live". If you want to know about natural building and related issues like rainwater harvesting they have lots of great workshops. There are lots of trained permaculturalists too.
Fitness Minutes: (48,988) Posts: 3,679 11/8/10 9:25 P
Hello Wayne and Samantha! I'm Emily. I got my Masters degree in Environmental Biology, so needless to say: I (heart) the Earth!! I spend way too much time trying to recycle and minimize my garbage. And...hopefully I do most things are so natural to me, that I don't even realize it!
current weight: 218.4
Posts: 1,475 11/8/10 9:03 P
I'm Samantha and live south of Austin in Texas. Trying to be greener even though the hubby doesn't see the point
You will never be happy if you continue to search for what happiness consists of. You will never live if you are looking for the meaning of life.
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Fitness Minutes: (6,985) Posts: 287 11/8/10 12:16 P
Hi everybody. I'm Wayne. I'll be serving as an active co-team-leader for the next few months. I'm married and living in sunny San Antonio, Texas. I am a big fan of green, sustainable and natural building. I do a blog for a politically neutral group that spreads information on such subjects. I also actively work the simple living program "Your Money or Your Life". I subscribed to the "Tightwad Gazette" for almost its entire run. Whole Earth Magazine was a big influence too. Certain aspects of the punk rock scene of the 1980's also pointed me toward an eco-friendlier way of life. I'm looking forward to connecting with people I wouldn't have met otherwise and learning things I wouldn't have learned otherwise through participation in this team. Thanks!
Fitness Minutes: (6,985) Posts: 287 11/8/10 12:06 P
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