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7/8/12 2:54 P

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I became vegan, got rid of all my leather belts and shoes and sold my 4x4 Ford Ranger truck. Now I bicycle or walk everywhere, share rides, etc... I'm also looking for ways to make my eating more sustainable and less wasteful. My garden this year was a wreck, maybe it'll be better next year.

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i looked at composters today, but they are over $100 and the one i want [the deathstar, ball composter] takes 4hrs and tons of patience to assemble. that's more money and more time than i have right now. therefore... composting will be held for a future time. ;_(

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I recycle/reuse lots of things. And I have some chickens who eat the bugs, trim part of the grass, and give me some good meat and eggs at times. I have a small vegetable garden, and have planted various fruiting trees and some hazelnuts and almonds. emoticon

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5/10/11 1:55 P

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I am the only one in my family who believes in recyling, so I get some BS about it. I recycles lots of cat food cans too. You have to look pretty close to find the recylable allowance on the lables, but for a lot of the good quality diets it is there. The newer woven bag style is also usually reclable if you find where you need to take them. I will be using a bunch of the larger bags for insulation for my cat sheds.

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I use litter based off of pine or wheat or some other natural, re-occurring plant source. Any plastic bags that I have picked up through the grocery store, especially while buying produce, I use to put the scooped cat litter in and dispose of.

My husband and I use stainless steel water bottles to go to the gym or work or whenever we are traveling. I do have an emergency case of bottled water in the trunk, but I never tap into it unless I am caught in the middle of nowhere without water.

I am trying to be more conscience of actually using any water I have running. If I do not absolutely need to run water for a few minutes in the sink or shower, I try to shut it off momentarily.

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8/20/10 9:22 A

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i use green bags when i go to the food store, whenever i do get platsic bags i use them as garbage bags for cat litter or in my small garbage can, carpooling when i can to work, bringing my lunch in to work more so i don't have to drive when i don't want to, using scrap paper for notes instead of using full sheets of paper, buying partically recycled paper, using a water bottle instead of buying bottled water, using a brita water filter instead of bottled water, recycling papers, cans, bottles and all plastics, keeping forms on my computer and not printing them out and just tracking online and only printing if i need to. also my job now has solar panels!! we are almost fully green and hopefully by the end of the year we will be we just need geothermal power stuff for the hot water heater!

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5/13/10 12:26 P

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I grew up re-using and recycling, so some things are second nature to me, but it is nice to have the convenience of curbside pick-up of recyclables that I didn't recycle much before - cans, plastics, papers. We always saved glass jars for later use - screws, nails, or even foods - I recycle most now. I also save coffee grounds and tea leaves for the garden, which is something my mom used to do too along with grapefruit rinds and other veggie/fruit waste. (She'd put it in a paper bag under the kitchen sink and when it was full, she'd bury it in her garden. She had beautiful daffodils and day-lilies.)

One other thing she did was bury "presents" from her cats under her rose bushes. They were gorgeous.

We've replaced a lot of bulbs with the CFLs. I use lots of plastic storage containers instead of ziplocs, but must admit ziplocs are more appropriate for some things. We're also looking into grass-fed, locally grown beef and we added more insulation to our attic a few years ago. We have been pleased with the return on the investment - I'd say it has paid for itself (it's also cheaper to pay someone to do it). The hubby maintains our cars so they are in peak running condition and to reduce oil leaks.

My list could go on and on - re-useable grocery bags, reuse plastic grocery bags in some trash cans, reuse a kitty litter bucket for kitty litter waste, use kitchen towels instead of paper towels for lots of things, cook on the grill as much as possible in the summer to keep the house cooler, replaced our OLD HVAC with an extremely efficient one, etc.

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3/13/10 8:17 P

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I put plastics, cans, paper and glass in the recyclable buckets for the trash collectors. Get a lot of magazines, and when i finish I take them over to the college lobby so others can read them. I bought a clothesline last year and used it all summer. Have all CFL bulbs except for one light that has a dimmer. Had more insulation put in the attic this fall (cost $1000 and the power company reimbursed me $700, plus the federal tax credit). I caulked around windows ("lifetime" caulk my a##) Have actually started reusing some ziplock bags!

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Using my kitchen garbage bag over and over again.

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2/22/10 11:52 P

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REDUCE - I generate as little trash or garbage as possible; almost never buy bottle water, I carry my own stainless steel bottle and fill it from my filtered water, and the water fountains or water coolers where ever I go; fewer frozen dinners, but I still use 1 or 2 organic veggie dinners a week :( too much packaging... walk when I can instead of driving; my little Honda Fit gets up to 37-39 mpg because I do not drive any faster than the speed limit and I do not jack rabbit out of stop lights or signs and I ease into a stop instead of excelerating and then slamming on the brakes when it is obvious I can see I will need to stop ahead. This annoys some DC drives but to h*** with them! I eat less, so I create less waste; I buy local products as much as possible (less fuel for transportation; keep thermostat low in winter and high in the summer; buy carbon offsets; reuse food containers for carrying lunches and snacks; florescent light bulbs (be sure to dispose of these correctly, they contain mercury! Look for LED lighting much safer and does not generate heat); I use a special serge protector that keeps my DVR and clock radio on, but I can turn everything else off with a remote switch -so no standby energy for the TV, computer or stereo; I do not leave my tooth brush plugged in - only charge it once a week oh what else what else...

REUSE - Although I love reusable grocery bags, I NEED the old plastics one because they are the only ones that fit my under the sink trash bag holder... so I am always mooching them from wherever I can. DC charges 5 cents a bag now. I reuse the cat little bags, to scoop the used litter into for disposal. Any veggie scrap goes into the freezer to be use to make veggie stock.

RECYCLE: I even bring stuff home from the office because the recycling there is almost non existent. Some stuff I have to take to my mother's house because her county take more than the service my apt building contracts with. rechargeable batteries go back to the battery store.

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2/4/10 9:24 A

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I have bought the green bags(reusable shopping bags) and what ever plastic bags I get I use for my waste basket instead of buying small trash bags. I also buy fair trade coffee and produce from a farmer's market instead of the grocery stores and am more conscious about the amount of energy I am using and control my electrical use too.

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We are using the re-usable grocery bags as our green movement and we use the recycle bin

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does anyone have any ideas on how to reuse the "good" parts of vinyl tablecloths?..i make placemats from them and need more ideas because i now seem to have more mats than i can use in 10 lifetimes.

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1/17/10 3:35 P

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I reuse plastic containers and bags as much as possible before throwing them out.

~Michelle Macari in St George UT~ Lifestyles of the fit and meatless!
What is it that should trace the insuperable line?… The question is not, Can they reason? nor, Can they talk? but, Can they suffer? —Jeremy Bentham (1748–1832)
A dead cow or sheep lying in the pasture is recognized as carrion. The same sort of carcass dressed and hung up in a butcher’s stall passes as food. —J. H.
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1/11/10 6:08 P

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I use the plastic grocery bags for used kitty litter. The plastic bags I don't use go back to the grocery store. I save some of the plastic gallon jugs for water. I clean them out and fill them with filtered water when I go into town (we have extremely hard water at home). I have a reusable container for recyclable stuff (newspaper, cans, plastic bottles, glass bottles, cardboard boxes, magazines, phone books, junk mail, etc.). When it gets full, I take the container to the township building and put the items into the recycle bins they have for residents. I also have CFLs in a couple of my light fixtures. I take the dead batteries from the electronics to work (they have a container to recycle them). I also shred anything with my name and/or any numbers on it and take the shredded paper to work (the company shreds any documents with sensitive stuff on them and a company comes in once a week to recycle the paper).

When I replaced my stove and microwave two years ago, I called a local business that was able to take them apart and recycle the metal parts.

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1/10/10 2:44 P

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the chinese restaurants here pack their take-out in 2 piece plastic containers..when they are empty, i wash them well in soapy hot water and pack them away..when i bake and want to share my goodies, i pack them in these containers, stick a bow on the top of the containers and give as gifts..beats buying gift tins!..also good to send leftovers home with company, looks so much nicer than plastic bags.

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1/10/10 11:09 A

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lots of great ideas! I'm trying to actually do the harder stuff -- taking the plastic from microwave meals (which you can't just place in the recycling, you have to take it to whole foods or other places that accept it) -- collecting plastic bags (not just the grocery ones but what your bread comes in and ziploc etc.) to take in as well -- I cringe every time I can't recycle something that looks like it will NEVER degrade...

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12/30/09 10:54 A

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I've picked up the reusable grocery bags from our local water agency and use them often (when we remember to put them in the car). We use CFLs in almost every lamp in the house and installed skylights (actually Sola Tubes) in the office and second bathroom so we don't have to use lighting during the day. We've talked about solar panels on the garage, but I'm not sure how much that would be.

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MACKANDME's Photo MACKANDME Posts: 6,103
12/14/09 8:24 P

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Last time I went to see my dad he gave some of his re-usable grocery bags. I never bothered to keep them in my car so I kept using the plastic bags. Well, I finally put them in the back of my car!

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What is it that should trace the insuperable line?… The question is not, Can they reason? nor, Can they talk? but, Can they suffer? —Jeremy Bentham (1748–1832)
A dead cow or sheep lying in the pasture is recognized as carrion. The same sort of carcass dressed and hung up in a butcher’s stall passes as food. —J. H.
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12/14/09 1:02 P

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not using the stores plastic bags.

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I do that too

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turning off lights when not needed, turning off the tv if no one is in the room. emoticon

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NANADA1947's Photo NANADA1947 Posts: 24,509
12/9/09 3:41 P

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i've just finished polishing my sterling silver jewelry..i used to use a commercially prepared silver polish, now i use the cheapest toothpaste i can buy..i rub a very small amount onto the piece i'm cleaning with a damp sponge, rinse with warm water and then polish to a beautiful shine with an old sock..works very well and a heck of a lot safer for me & the environment.

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I recycle everything possible. All the schools in the area have paper bins, the fire stations take cans, a small community nearby takes plastic. The schools use the paper collection as a fundraiser and the fire department donates money from the cans to the local hospital burn unit. I have lowered the thermostat to 60 when I'm not home and 64 at night. It's at 69 most other times.

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NANADA1947's Photo NANADA1947 Posts: 24,509
12/3/09 10:45 A

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i use the plastic grocery bags to hold my recycling..i hang it in an out of sight spot..makes it so much easier then running out to put item by item into the trash container.


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But, you can be happy if you've a mind to"
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"It's nice to be important, but it's more important to be nice"
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"When I do good, I feel good, when I do bad, I feel bad...That is my Religion"
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12/2/09 11:34 P

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This is r4eally nothing, but when I went to get a bottle of Spray n Wash I noticed there are some made of "natural" products. Was skeptical whether it works or not, but I bought it anyway and will see how it goes. Gotta start somewhere.....
I also reuse the bags from the store to put my dirty kitty litter in.

~Michelle Macari in St George UT~ Lifestyles of the fit and meatless!
What is it that should trace the insuperable line?… The question is not, Can they reason? nor, Can they talk? but, Can they suffer? —Jeremy Bentham (1748–1832)
A dead cow or sheep lying in the pasture is recognized as carrion. The same sort of carcass dressed and hung up in a butcher’s stall passes as food. —J. H.
www.youtube.com/watch?v=zUMUvYLC5iM
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I walk to and from work instead of driving. Save money on gas and exercise emoticon

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this year I installed solar electric panels, it will take a while to see a return on the initial cost but I still feel it is well worth it

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I try to buy products that are better for our environment. I bought a steam mop so I just use water to wash the floors, now.

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Gotta love those "meeces" to "peeces".

newspapers!..i read 2 a day..i've started to use the newspaper to clean my windows with..i don't know how it works, but it does an amazing job of leaving windows, and storm doors streak-free & sparkling..my mom used to do this, too.

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I am recycling the newspapers at work - we get three a day and they used to just throw them in the garbage. I take them to the local SPCA too help out all the animals.
I also use scraps of my sewing material to make Mice for the kitties there too, they send one home with every one adopted.

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a common sense hint for all of us to remember and to DO...

after using the cloth grocery bags, please don't forget to wash them thoroughly, in your machine..turn them inside-out and use white vinegar, 1/2 cup, added to the rinse water..
make sure to "bag" your meat purchases before putting them into your cloth bag to cut down on the chance of cross-contamination.

"You can't roller-skate in a buffalo herd,
But, you can be happy if you've a mind to"
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"It's nice to be important, but it's more important to be nice"
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Well, I just added recycling pick up to my trash pickup and I am so happy about that. I'm also a pack-rat (and in the Clutter-Free Living Spark Team) and I would let the newspaper and aluminum pile up before going to recycle. Now I just open the garage door and put them (plastics, cardboard, paper, metal) in the recycle bin and have fun every time I do it.

I don't buy bottled water (never did think the expense justifiable) and just got a fridge with water in the door so will have filters but better than bottles, other stuff like turning off lights and electronics that are not going to be in used within the next 5 minutes, unplugging lesser used items like toasters and can openers, working from home instead of driving to the office every day (70 miles roundtrip), and I'll probably be driving less since I just moved closer to most of my family.

I have been thinking about the non-plastic grocery bags (which I do eventually recycle) and it's encouraging that others do it. I can't recall seeing anyone in my grocery store using them but instead of feeling weird about it, I should think of it as being a trend-setter.

I appreciate the tips I'm picking up here!

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Hmm ... going green, huh? Well, I've been doing most of these things for years now, but am adding new tricks every day it seems. It's getting easier with everyone jumping on the bandwagon to buy "earth friendly" products now. YEA!! I make all my own cleaners as well as personal products, shampoo, deodorant, lotions etc I use only microfiber cloths for cleaning, dusting etc and old terry towels from garage sales etc to scrub the floor, then they go in the wash. Just fill a bucket with hot water, some vinegar and a teaspoon or so of dish soap and throw in a few towels, then pull them out one at a time and use a rubber broom (or a swiffer if you have one) to mop it around. When it's dirty throw it in the wash and use a fresh one ... the water never gets dirty this way and the floor gets cleaner! I garden organically and have for years, I'm so happy it's easier to find organic seeds and plants now! We compost all our vegetable scraps, egg shells, most paper (after shredding) coffee grounds etc ... I could go on and on! Oh, and I read the other day where someone is making a bulb that CAN be used with dimmer switches now, but don't remember where I read it! Mother Earth news perhaps?

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i've really started to get serious about "greening"..i now make most of my own cleaning solutions from white vinegar, baking soda, castile soap &/or borax..just 1/4 tsp of epsom salts dissolved in 1 gallon of water is all the fertilizer i need to keep my indoor & outdoor potted plants healthy AND, it's a heck of a lot cheaper...score 1 for my side & the ozone layer!

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But, you can be happy if you've a mind to"
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Timon & Ebony are going green. They eat green grass that has been grown in the pet store. They also use Feline Pine litter.

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recycling is the law in NJ - so I always try to do the right thing.... I have a shredder and shred all the junk mail and give it to the recycling truck...

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OK, so nobody has been in here lately? We also recycle newspapers and other paper products...

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We also use the CFLs... as a 'regular' bulb burns out, it gets replaced with a CFL... roughly 50% of the house has been switched out so far. I understand that there is a problem with disposing of them, however and there are some new LED's out now that do not have the same problem. Might have to look at that when the price comes down, but meanwhile we have been replacing with the CFLs for 2 years, and have not had to replace one of them yet!
At first, we got strange looks from stores that didn't get the concept of the reusable bags, but the more people are using them, the more they are becoming acceptable. Yay!
Still don't know what to do with the plastic milk cartons...

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We took our old cell phones and chargers to Best Buy since they recycle them there. We also use cloth bags for grocery shopping (when we remember!)


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Oh and we use the back of all paper before recycling.
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We also take all plastic bags back to the store. I put in bread bags, plastic shrink wrap and all kinds of plastic.
We use the "green" bulbs. We recycle all glass, metal and plastic. Also take the old electronics, etc to the dumpster day here in our town.
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I take reuseable bags to the stores with me, we recycle, use CFL bulbs, and I combine all of my trips together so that I don't waste gas.




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I found these great biodegratabe cat boxes.
They last about a month & since I live out in the boon docks I just take them out & throw them over the hill in my back yard.
I really like them.
We also recycle.

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I walk to and from work. Helps with the calorie burn and the gas burn.

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We use cloth grocery bags all the time. We have about 18 of them. Gave some to my brother-in-law for Christmas he liked them very much. We have city recycling where I live. Every two weeks they come and empty our totes. We recycle glass, paper and cans. My husband has been using Flourescent light bulbs for years now. They are the only type we use.

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I also use cloth bags for groceries, and I use the flourescent light bulbs.

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I use the cloth bags for my shopping, and also use scraps of paper for my lists. I run my errands at the same time and also drive a hybrid. We've replaced almost all of the light bulbs in our house with the CFL bulbs. We also keep the thermostat turned down to 67 degrees which is sufficient to keep us comfortable.

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Me, too, Mela...we use Feline Pine cat litter. It's cheapest at WalMart.

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I use Feline Pine cat litter

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and, don't forget about saving used paper to use for messages and shopping lists, i even use the medication info sheets that come with my refills of meds..clipping them and using as needed..they're only printed on 1 side..

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We recycle everything we can. We try to buy in the largest containers possible (like 1 large container of yogurt instead of several small. We reuse the plastic bags from the grocery store for trash, packing materials. We save reply envelopes we will not use and reuse those with our own labels. We can't drink our tap water as is, so we use a PUR filter (I had been buying gallon jugs).
I unplug appliances, cords, etc whenever possible. If I'm going to be away for more than a day, I turn off the circuit breakers for the stove and dishwasher.
At work - Our company allows us to work from home one day a week to save on fuel (we call it our green day). We stopped the cover sheets from printing at work (we saved the old coversheets and reuse them) and print double-sided when possible.

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We bought grocery cloth bags for shopping. Using these is better than always getting the plastic disposable ones. Better for the planet!

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i go to this site, i get lots of info from here: www.greenlivingtips.com

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Amen on the milk, Theresa - I drink/use it but the dh doesn't... he likes buttermilk, and it never, ever goes to waste. I can freeze the low-fat milk, doesn't work so well with whole, but I don't use it anyway (not since I was a kid). Anyhow, what do we do with the milk cartons? Nobody around here takes them...

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what's funny is that each county (at least in NY) has their own lists of what is and what isn't recyclable,,in quees county, we recycled empty cardboard boxes & cartons, magazines and all paper...out here in nassau county, they don't want half of the stuff.

i stopped using bottled water years ago, when brita first came out with 1/2 gal sized pitchers...i reuse my sil's empty water bottles if i need to take water with me when i go out, it's cheaper then buying a portable water carrying bottle, i also use those bottles to freeze milk in, since i live alone and a half gallon of milk would sour before i could use it all.

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Oh, yeah - thanks for reminding me, MELA... we seldom ever bought bottled water, but we gave up using a faucet filter, because the filters themselves are not very easily disposable. Using straight up tap water now!

Paula

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We recycle- have been for years.. I give my bigger clothes to the poor. I don't buy bottled water.

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Oh, great topic Theresa! We are trying to be more responsible in the 'green' sense of things. We're recycling the weekly 'free' newspapers that get delivered, as well as the sleeves and any plastic grocery bags. Fortunately, last May we invested in some reusable shopping bags, and we seldom see a plastic bag anymore. If I don't take the plastic bags back to the store's recycle bin, we use them in small trash containers, etc. We don't use much that comes in bottles or cans, and unfortunately the local recycle center only takes aluminum cans, not the ones canned veggies come in. Whatever bottles we accumulate, however small (like hot sauce) - goes to the recycle center, along with phone books, magazines, everything they take.

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nell, if you garden and start your own seeds, you can use rinsed out cans to start the seeds...you can use smaller,deeper cans by painting the outsides and stringing them on filament to make a cute wind-chime.

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I use paper lunch bags to hold the cat scoopings every day. I take plastic grocery bags, along with plastic newspaper delivery sleeves, back to the grocery store every week for recycling. I can only use fluorescents in some of my lamps; you can't use them on any fixture that is on a dimmer or a timer, and that's most of mine.

I wish there were a way to recycle food cans. I use a can of catfood every day and feel guilty tossing it in the trash.

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most people are making changes and recycling everything from plastic bags to empty coffee cans...what changes are you making?..share them with us all...

as my incandescent light bulbs burn out, i'm replacing them with longer lasting, cost effective, fluorescent ones.

i reuse plastic grocery bags for holding my empty cans & glass jars for recycling...and, to line my wastepaper and catpoop baskets..

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