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ON THAT NOTE-I ALWAYS WASH AND HANG TO DRY MY ZIP LOCK BAGS TO Reuse

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RIGHT! ON THAT NOTE, WITH THE EXCEPTION OF HAVING STORED MEAT-I WASH,DRY,AND REUSE MY ZIPLOCK BAGGIES TOO.

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ditto and I use as many reusable items as possible.

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EAT LESS MEAT

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I do final cleaning of counters and other surfaces with homemade disinfectant, degreaser-equal parts water and APPLECIDER VINEGAR in a spray bottle.

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WHEN WE ACCUMULATE MORE PAPER BAGS THAN WE CAN USE AT HOME- WE CAN CARRY SOME BACK TO THE STORE SO AS NOT TO ACCUMULATE MORE. PUTTING SOME IN THE CAR RIGHT NOW. emoticon

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WE SAVE REUSABLE GLASS JARS, JELLY SIZE , FOR OUR DAUGHTER. SHE KEEPS US IN -HOME GROWN -RASPBERRY JAMS.

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buy locally grown food at our farmers market.

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BECOME A VEGETARIAN!

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ASK FOR PAPER INSTEAD OFF PLASTIC BAGGING

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Growing my vegetables in the summer. emoticon

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DRINK TAP WATER -NO MORE PLASTIC BOTTLES!

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TURN OFF THE LITES AND APPLIANCES.

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just grow your own food!

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Same here, CUSH, when we are in Texas for the winter. We have one day a week that we can drop it off. It is no problem as it is only about a mile from our home.

But here in the north where we spend the summer months, it is picked up right at our door.

Like you said-It is well worth the effort!

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We recycle too. We moved to an area that does not pick it up so we have to drop it off.


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WE ARE STILL RECYCLING. HOPE YOU ARE TOO.

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I may have posted this before but we have a covered container on kitchen counter that we keep our table scraps in and put in a compost bin in garden.

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Combine vinegar and water and use as your main household cleaner, Smells good too!





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Grow our own veggies when we can. We know it is Organically friendly too.

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Just learned that coffee grounds are good to add to our compost pile too. Adds nitrogen and the worms live it. So started that this week.
Anyone else have something I don't know about here?
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My Zipper plastic bags are always washed and reused until they are no longer airtight. I even wash my sheets of aluminum foil and hang to dry for use again. This serves two purposes. Helps limit the amount of waste going in to the environment and it saves money too.

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we Recycle our household waste. Do all we can to limit the growth of our landfills!
Our kitchen scraps go to the garden compost container to be used later on the garden.

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Plan ahead and multiple task trips with the car!

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I am eating less meat and eating more vegetables!

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Just wondering what your community is doing in this respect? And what can we do to make it happen?

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Shopping at second- hand book stores. Using what is already printed can save money and save ,more trees.

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Now I always ask for paper bagging at the grocery store. What about you?

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Here is an update. We are now back in Michigan and we now have a mini garden growin beautifully!
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Wow! that is impressive! Your potato tire must be a site to behold. That is clever. We do the composting in our daughter's garden here in Texas. but sadly no garden at our house in Michigan. Just our deck pots which work out pretty well for us planted amongst our flower pots. Our veggies there come from the nearby farmers market.

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I've started my organic garden. I bought worms yesterday for my worm bed. I save egg shells, fruit skins, coffee grounds, etc. to feed them. They make such great fertilizer with their castings. I planted my tomatoes in an Earthbox set in a wheelbarrow and can push it into the shed if we get a frost before I set them out in the garden. They get ahead start that way. I also started my potato tower, using old recycled tires destined for the dumps. I start them in one tire and when they show above the ground, I add another tire and more soil until they grow again. I end up with a tower 4 tires high and get potatoes all up and down the stem. More potatoes in less space and no weeding.
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Good for you Marilyn! Aren't home grown tomatoes wonderful? When we get back to Michigan we will have pots of them on our back deck. Also a planter of herbs. We get plants at our Farmer's Market.
Yours for a cleaner planet! Pat

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Hi! I will be planting Tomatoes and Summer Squash pretty soon. I only garden Organically. No pesitcides etc. that can harm the earth as it runs off somewhere else. Yours in Health, Marilyn.

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Good for you. My daughter takes her recycling every week too.

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Our town has started up recycling again so now we are sorting papers, cans, plastics in the garage and delivering them on Sat.s (We delivered in pouring rain last week!)

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25 pounds! that is amazing! Congratulations.
We are doing the same thing with our tomatoes. already have the cages.
Have fun exploring that Cave-
Please keep us posted. Pat

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Last Saturday, I went to Erin where my things are stored. I was looking for my Roto-tiller and compost bins. I didn't find either. I must have sold them before I left TN 6 years ago., though I don't remember selling them. I plan to buy a roll of wire fencing and make myself some more, as well as tomato cages. Right now I'm still sorting out clothes that are too loose to give to charity. I lost 25 lb. while I was in FL and just found my winter clothes that were stored all that time.

The Clarksville Sparkers are planning a walk in Dunbar Cave. I've never been there, so I hope to join that walk.
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A new thing we are doing- son-in-law added a compost bin to our garden so now we put our kitchen wastes in that for recycling! Pat

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Wow that must have been a job- Shirley. Anyway you definately got in your 10 minutes -plus ! I kid of ahave to do the same thing before we leave for the north country in first week of April. coming up fast. Pat

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Saturday,I went to the shed where my things are stored and finally found my winter clothes, now that the weather is warming up. I washed 6 loads to freshen them up, and hung them all on the line.

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I guess not running the air conditioner or furnace as much is a big help. What about you?

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I still don't have my clothes line but I don't always use the dryer for anything big. Lots of dra[ping over benches, etc. How about you? Pat

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Hey I will check it out too! thanks, pat

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I think so. I just moved in with my daughter and she has one. She didn't have it when I was here 6 years ago. Try Walmart.

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Great idea but----I too have no luck with a clothes line - No matter what I do it will not stay high enough so the laundry does not touch the ground - Love the smell of air dryed clothes - Brings back memories of when my children were young - Do they still sell clothes trees to hang our laundry outside. I havent seen one in years - emoticon

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I miss that here in town in Texas, too. I have asked DH and son-in-law for a clothes line. Haven't got it yet. I now drape my washed rugs across the front porch furniture when I need to dry them! emoticon

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When I was in FL I hung my laundry instead of using the dryer. Here we have rain and sleet. The dryer is used all the time. In the summer when it is warmer and dryer, I'll go back to hanging my laundry.

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Good going shirley=SO glad to have you back!! Pat

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I use a cloth grocery bag, recycle the plastic ones when I get them.

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I only use my washer, dryer, and dishwasher once a week.

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I am happy to report that yesterday I carried my own Save The Earth recycle bag to the grocery store. Next time I hope to fill it with some of my saved plastic grocery bags. Forgot that! How are you guys doing in this department? Pat

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Wow Newgoal3 that is quite an impressive list. Keep up the good work you are doing. Pat

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I recycle my papers, plastics and metals. They pick it up at the curb. It's amazing that when the county makes it so convenient that more people don't do it, but I'm the only one in my block that does.
I use florescent bulbs. I use several cloth shopping bags. When I lived in TN I gardened organically and saved my kitchen garbage, leaves and weeds, etc. in a compost pile. I even started some worm beds. I plan to do all of that again when I move back.

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emoticon That's a great idea!

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Maybe one thing we can do is get out to vote tomorrow! Good luck! Pat emoticon

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Good for you Leta! That is great.
We set ours at 77 and turn off and open doors when possible here too. It is still in the mid 80's here but at least it is finally getting cooler.
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Good morning,
I keep my a/c on between 78/80 and on cool days I kep doors open until around 2 pm then the a/c comes on. I have enjoyed our lovely fall days this year.

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How is everyone coming on this subject?
I guess i will add that I also save all food scraps in a pot next to the sink and take it out to the garden for compost when half full.

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y'a got me!

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We could always put it in our tea! Pat

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WOW 102 1/2. Id milt,honey melts when it gets to hot y' know. ha...ha :-)

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That is great Joe! You beat me to it.

Another thing is we have our air conditioner set at 77 which for me while I am exercising is still quite warm.(It is over 100 degrees outside. 102 1/2 today.

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I have bought some tote bags at Walgreen's. They are called green bags.(of course)They are flat and great for carrying that gallon of milk or orange juice. And are big enough for what ever you need. No more paper or plastic for me.(famous last words pray for me) ha..ha emoticon

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OK Here is an update on how I am trying. I now have a compost heap going in daughter"s garden. Also carry our own plastic bags back to the store to use again.
Any new ideas from y'all? Pat

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Hi there KINOBAY glad to see you back and your computer is up and running! Pat

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KINOBAY it's nice to have you back you have been missed. emoticon

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Hello, I am back finally, my computer has been down for so long, have lost touch. So good to be able to read your messages again.

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I got mine at wal*Mart.

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Yes if it on the counter I think it is the same thing. Mine cooks faster than a conventonal oven and so does the turbo. I got mine on line from the Dr. Mercola web site. Pat

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I have what is called a "convection oven". Is that any thing like what you have? Mine cooks fast too. And I don't use my stove any more.

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I rarely use the stove oven any more. I have a small Turbo cooker on the counter that cooks up just like the stove oven only faster.
We save all our grocery bags and return what we can't use .
always turn the faucet off between brushing of teeth.
boy you all have great ideas here. any other new ones? thanks Pat


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I have found that if I keep my A/C on a set temp. And do not mess with it. Leave the windows down all the time. (go out side for fresh air) You will save energy and on you utility bill. sounds strange I know but it's true.

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Joe, glad to have you around, we all struggle with the decisions of how to make our lives work. I live in a small cottage, no garden anymore since moving here. but the farmers market, and grocery stores keep me in veggies, and fruites. I also eat a lot of fish which I grill in my micro/convection oven. Your apartment could work the same as my place since I don't have a stove just small appliances. Great going, welcome.

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HAPPYMOM, always good to see you posts. I am still chugging along, losing some, and staying on the road to health.

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Now i feel stupid, we can take the bag back as totes; instead of though them away.
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Yea, for me it's a physical one. I have very bad left hand. And I liked the handles on the plastic bags. When I don't have enough totes I get plastic, SORRY. Of course I forget them most of the time. I need to put them back in the car. But, don't seem to get it done.

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Hi there Sounds like you all are trying to do your part! That is great. DH and I are back to Michigan now and here we can recycle so we are doing that too. We have also been asking for paper now instead of plastic bags. at the grocery store. But I have--finally--- put a cloth carry out bag in the car to save trees too! Isn't it amazing how hard it is to remember to make a change? At least for me. Pat

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I'm JOE; I'm glad to be here/ I live in a apartment building on the 6th floor. I find it hard to go green. I use florescent lights in my home and totes when I go to the store. We do not a balcony. However, I would like to hear what you have to say.

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Hi Jo! You are sure doing great. I have been planning on taking a cloth bag with me to the grocery store. Keep forgetting to put it in my car.! I will definitely do it now. Thanks for your motivation. I really hate collecting all those plastic bags and shudder at the thought of the landfills being filled with them.
thanks so much for reminding me! Pat

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I bought a cloth sack to carry my groceries in. Hopefully this will get me away from the plastic sacks at the grocery store.

We use the spiral bulbs. Cold water for most of the laundry, warm water for the whites. Our lawn clippings go in the garden for mulch. Lights are turned out when we leave a room. We have a timer on the sprinkler, and we use it.

Every little bit helps.

Thanks for starting this thread, Pat.

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Hi Leta, thanks for responding.
Sounds like you are doing your part too.! I'm afraid I still wash my whites in hot water. I guess I should give the cold water a try and see what happens. we do turn out lights and only do the dishwasher once a day.

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I do my laundry in cold water, better for my clothes and less expensive heat wise. I also wait until I have a full load of laundry or for the dish washer.
When I leave a room the light is turned off. Hope I am conserving energy as well as saving money.
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Thank you, Pat. I did use those "twister" bulbs for a long time, but when I read that when they break, it costs a small fortune to have a hazardous materials company come in to clean up the mercury! So I gave all the ones I had to our building manager and replaced them with low-wattage bulbs. Most of my lamps are 3-way, so the twisters were not usable in those lamps.

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Wow Roberta you are way ahead of me. I really like the idea of the Brita water filter.!
I knew you would come up with some good ideas!!
Keep up the good work.
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Happy Earth Day Everyone! emoticon

I purchased a Brita water filter a few days ago to replace the gallon plastic jugs. (I will keep some gallon jugs for emergency preparedness.)

Also, I am reducing computer and TV use. I stopped using the heated dry cycle on the dishwasher years ago.

I have been walking to a nearby market instead of driving.

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Pat--we have replaced all our light bulbs with energy efficient ones.
What else can we do?

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