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TRUEPEACENIK's Photo TRUEPEACENIK Posts: 786
5/4/11 6:57 P

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I had a great time tipping someone off to taking along reuseables.
I was at Whole Foods (!) having lunch from the salad bar. I had my own fork and napkin from home (a bandana-cheap and folds small). I did forget my own container, so boo.
Did I mention my metal straw? it always gets comments.

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LESSISMORE2010's Photo LESSISMORE2010 Posts: 1,356
5/4/11 12:39 A

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I have been able to convince a few friends and neighbors to recycle. Our small town has a drop off site, so, really...I don't see an excuse NOT to do it, you know? It's right there in town, available for anyone to use, no fee's, no special containers, etc. It saddens me that some of these people weren't even aware of where it was.
I'm begining to use natural cleaners, and hope to pass that info along to others as well. One person at a time still makes a difference :)

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JELLIS1's Photo JELLIS1 Posts: 157
11/22/10 10:06 P

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The only way I can ever get anyone to come to the "green" side is by convincing them on how much money they can save by doing things that are good for the environment.
Even then though, it's still an upward battle.

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11/15/10 9:25 A

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Blast from the Past! Here is discussion from way back in 2007 that has been residing on page 8 for a long long time. Does it still resonate?

eco-friendly sparkers co-leader sanantoniosustainableliving.blogspot
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THERICHARDLIFE's Photo THERICHARDLIFE Posts: 313
7/30/07 4:26 P

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Well, here's how it went: We had a stack of the melamine plates sitting on top of the back-up paper plates so that they would be used first. When all was said and done, I washed a total of 4 melamine plates. emoticon Several people brought stacks of disosable plates and those were used instead. "That way you don't have to worry about washing anything." Arrg! It's like teaching old dogs new tricks only the dog is my dear sweet Aunt Jackie. Although I don't spend a lot of time stressing about it, I do find it a difficult situation.

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DAMIENDUCKS's Photo DAMIENDUCKS Posts: 3,855
7/28/07 10:01 P

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Don't know how much plates/utensils you guys need, but one family reunion (a weeklong affair), we picked up a TON of plates and forks/knives/spoons etc. at goodwill, used them for the reunion, and then re-donated them...we got a lot of use out of them, and nobody had to truck a bunch of their own dishes to the shindig (was rather long-distance for most folks).

If I can't be a good example, then I'll just have to be a horrible warning. ~Catherine Aird

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THERICHARDLIFE's Photo THERICHARDLIFE Posts: 313
7/25/07 1:06 P

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Marthajoy--it seems so strange that a community would not have a drop off spot now with all the eco hype in the news and such. (or am I just noticing it more) Best of luck not getting caught :)

I've had two people now comment on my clothesline. That's kinda cool. I didn't think anyone had really noticed. Maybe it will be the encouragment they need to think more eco friendly!

Oh yeah, other good news. My cousin and I are planning a family get together this weekend at a campground and were talking about the details. I said that I was not real hip on using a bunch of disposable utensils and plates. And she agreed! So, we are using as many reusable things as we have at the moment and will start collecting things to use at future get togethers. emoticon

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MARTHAJOY's Photo MARTHAJOY Posts: 913
7/24/07 10:20 P

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Oh, MY, I learn so much from all of you.
Our town USED to have a designated place to bring recyclables, but decided to use that for a parking lot instead!! They pick up some recycling materials at the curb, but since we live in a condo, we're not eligible for town pickup and our trash folks take paper only. See Marthajoy sneaking across the street after dark to put other things on the curb with her neighbors' recycling materials!!

 
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7/17/07 9:56 P

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I like your idea!

When I was working in Japan, and we had a coffee machine with lots of disposable cups, I talked the boss into buying end of the year presents for all employees: real mugs and spoons!

Now I am slowly infiltrating my fiance`s office... First I gave him a mug, and pack his lunch with everything he needs so there`s no buying of anything... now I get to start giving presents to some of his workmates that he has good relationships with and come by the house.

So how does everyone think we can make our recycling easy? I think being lazy is probably the worst habit to break!

If you *think* you can do something, or that you cannot, either way, *you are right*


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EARTHMUFFINE's Photo EARTHMUFFINE Posts: 42
7/17/07 9:43 P

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I have also found that leading by example works very well at getting people into the act...

at work I take a bottle to work and actually have conviced a coworker or two that reusing a bottle or getting a dedicated water bottle will save them money and be eco friendly.

I have educated LOTS of grocery store staff and fellow shoppers to at the very least entertain the idea of canvas or other reusable bags. I sell that one by explaining its less trips back and forth the car!:-)

I tend to use the cost factor and the health factor when talking to people about being eco friendly... once they see it can save them money and help them be a little healthier it gets them thinking and taking small steps...

Enjoy the journey, enjoy ever moment, and quit worrying about winning and losing. - Matt Biondi 11 time Olympic Medal Winning Swimmer.





 
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DAMIENDUCKS's Photo DAMIENDUCKS Posts: 3,855
7/12/07 10:24 A

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Well Belgium sounds like they're on the ball!...Malta was similar when I lived there...sort your trash or die!...well, not really that dire, but you'd be heavily fined for unsorted or "extra" trash (more than 1 bag/flat)...

In the US I think it really varies by your location...growing up in a small town out west, there was aluminum recycling and that was all (and they only took soda cans/small stuff, no scrap metal, and you had to bring them 50 pounds or more at a time)...my parents had (and still have) nowhere to recycle plastic, newspaper, or glass...so we were really big into re-using everything we could growing up...where I live now (metropolitan area in the midwest), there are tons of recycling options, and there are two recycling centres (that I know of) in the metro area that will take anything from cardboard boxes to car batteries to scrap metal and furniture (though they do charge a small fee for taking large batteries)...

The recycling climate is really different where I am now, b/c the focus is on recycling everything right away instead of reducing/reusing things...

If I can't be a good example, then I'll just have to be a horrible warning. ~Catherine Aird

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HHHBYE Posts: 2,908
7/12/07 8:49 A

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WoW you guys are keeping busy!

I do too notice how people feel guilty... what brings me back to this video:

http://gov.ca.gov/index.php?/speech/5875
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Movements based on guilt don`t go far. It is unlikely to succeed when starting out with a negative motivation. Let`s make eco-friendly sexy!

If you *think* you can do something, or that you cannot, either way, *you are right*


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JUNGLEREBEL's Photo JUNGLEREBEL Posts: 66
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By example too, like most of you. Playing the apostle trying to convert people has a rather negative impact. But explaining when they ask you makes people go like "ugh, stupid me, why didn't I think of that".

Usually people find it extremely strange that I don't have paper towels at home. They say "ah, you forgot them on your last shopping list"... no, I just don't need them, use a cloth towel instead, where's the problem?

Or my cleaning lady: where's the product to remove the calcium deposits in the bathroom? just use the vinegar... Now she's going eco too: vinegar for cleaning and as fabric softener, homemade laundry & other detergents, replacing her light bulbs, grocery shopping with a cloth bag and not using her car for small trips in town... lol

I notice very few people react negatively to the eco topic, most didn't think about it but are easily convinced by your example that is really no hassle at all. But I don't ram it down their throat.

Making it look logic and easy, I think that's the key.

But in Belgium we have to sort our garbage: food stuff in one bag, paper in another and plastics and metals in a third. Dangerous products (paint cans, deo cans...) have to be brought to a container parc. Every city and village has one where you can also dump old furniture, construction material, broken glass windows and mirrors etc...

For people who can't bring them (no car) you can ask them twice a year for big items or volumes and more frequently for dangerous products, which sometimes can also be brought to the pharmacist.

So we are made more aware to the topic maybe than in other countries.

Supermarkets have all been proposing since at least 10 yrs heavier and reusable plastic shoppig bags for a very small price. You even get one free to replace the one that might be worn out. You get free points on your client card if you use them also. Now some supermarkets have completely stopped giving out the flimsy plastic ones.

A lot of different shops have a box for used batteries: banks, post offices, supermarkets, librarians, enterprises for their workers...

Most schools installed recycling possibilities for paper, drink cans etc... different colored bins for paper, plastic & metals, leftovers...

Also a lot of schools replaced the vendor machines from well known soda brands by ones that propose only water and fruit juices for a healthier diet. Which is more complicated because the soda distributors lend the machines for free and they have to pay rent for a generic vending machine.

Is this kind of stuff happinening in the usa too?

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THERICHARDLIFE's Photo THERICHARDLIFE Posts: 313
7/11/07 4:24 P

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It is interesting, though, the guilt that people have when it's noticed that they don't recycle or whatever. "No, we don't recycle....I know we should." and then, plop, the plastic bottle goes in the trash.

I also have to shake my head when people come to our house and then throw away bottles and such when they are well aware that we recycle them. I try to strike half way between being discreet so as not to embarrass them and not being so discreet that they keep doing it.

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DAMIENDUCKS's Photo DAMIENDUCKS Posts: 3,855
7/11/07 3:09 P

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I second the leading by example thing...I've always been inpsired by others' actions, and I try to be an example for others...I do make a point of bringing up eco-friendly alternatives when appropriate (i.e. at work, instead of throwing away reams of blank paper that comes out between every job we print, I suggested we recycle that paper by giving it to the grade schools...free scratch paper for the kiddos, and less trash for us)...I'll also politely suggest ways that others could improve if they ask for advice...I try to avoid putting people on the defensive, though, since it can be kind of a touchy subject for some...

Edited by: DAMIENDUCKS at: 7/11/2007 (15:12)
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SUSYQ2's Photo SUSYQ2 Posts: 126
7/10/07 1:47 P

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I also just try to set the example... at work I recycle everything as well as at home. I just hope people see what I am doing and recycle as well.

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LISNEL's Photo LISNEL Posts: 405
7/10/07 12:18 P

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I find it's not so easy to convert people to eco-friendliness, but instead I try to cause people to change small things. For example, one of my co-workers used to use a new plastic cup every time he got a glass of water, which was several times a day. He wasn't willing to use a mug, but instead I convinced him to at least use the same cup throughout the whole day before throwing it away. Small steps. Hopefully they lead to bigger changes in the future.

 
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SILVERLINEDJENN's Photo SILVERLINEDJENN Posts: 4,929
7/9/07 9:36 A

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Why didn't I think of cloth napkins?! Thanks for the new idea!

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MARTHAJOY's Photo MARTHAJOY Posts: 913
7/8/07 10:31 P

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Well, I agree that it's by example that others learn. When guests see that we use cloth napkins, for example, they ask us if it's a nuisance, and then we can explain why. Or if neighbors see us carting the paper our to be recycled, the same.
HOWEVER, there is no way to recycle glass or plastic here, and I do feel guilty about that...

 
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THERICHARDLIFE's Photo THERICHARDLIFE Posts: 313
7/5/07 3:44 P

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I don't really remember what the defining moment was for me, but at some point in my early grade school years, I became convinced that recycling is a must and styrofoam is evil. I made such an ado about it that my family started recycling and has been since. My mom also washes out my dad's styrofoam coffee cups so that he can reuse them. I never was able to get him to switch to a travel coffee cup.

Also, my husband's family has never recycled. I haven't gotten them on the bandwagon yet, but DH is converted.

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My Aunt (whom I currently live with) saw me hauling my canvas bags to go shopping yesterday. She mentioned how she's thought about doing that, but never thinks about it on the way to the store. So here's hoping seeing me will motivate her!

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I'm thinking the best way to convert someone is by MY GOOD EXAMPLE! So that's what I do--try to incorporate more echo friendly ways of living into my life.
Be Well! XO leankate emoticon

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More on the food ideas than the recycling/general green living ideas. Given my family copies of Omnivores Dilemma and then helped them find grass fed meat when they wanted to. Other than that, just leading by example and talking about what I'm doing is about the best I can do. Sadly, like anything, you can't make someone change unless they want to, and most see change as inconvenient.

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I am wondering, have you "converted" any of your friends into eco-friendliness? Unlike religion or simply your point of view, taking care of this planet is an obligation of all humanity.

I have come across a few fellows that were under the impression that it was their "right" to be nasty to the planet... As Anauthor once quoted "Your right to punch the air ends where my nose begins"... Is that not the same for creating waste?

So I want to know how all of you became greener, and if you have given the wake-up call to anyone around you, and how.

Write on!

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