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10/15/12 12:40 A

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I am drying hanging cloths in side now its , raining socks to save the packaging for new ones.
Racking leaves is good exercise. Stacking wood is also good if I remember to use my knees.

Got some baby peas in pods free( the farmer did not want to pack them up to go home), going to add 1/4 chicken breast. not going to do any thing but eat them while they are fresh.

My husband wants cream of mushroom and white noodles. I keep trying.

$20 week for two cats one dog and two adults is a challenge




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10/12/12 11:36 A

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Here's a link to an active website that's promoting reducing our carbon footprints:
www.conservation.org/act/simplesteps
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reen_home/Pages/tips_home.aspx


If we are to go on living together on this Earth, we must all be responsible for it.
~ Kofi Annan

To cherish what remains of the Earth and to foster its renewal is our only legitimate hope of survival.
~ Wendell Barry

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1/12/12 8:34 P

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Easy for me, Open the window curtains when the sun shines in the winter. Close them at night. Reverse in summer, close to reduce the need for coolining during the day open at night.

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5/31/11 5:43 P

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Thanks Asanino-
I have a little herb garden (even a buleberry bush with it!) in front of my apartment. It is very small, no patio, and the kitchen herbs started dying. I lost some of them, then moved it outside. It isnt a very good place light wise. I dont have uch choice where i am living (long story!)
Still, some of the stuff I do simply because I have so little money! I cant imagine spending money on paper towels, or even on facial tissue! I just dont have it! But, I am guilty of indulging in the paper towels at businesses, and even my moms house. There is an agency that came by and made some energy efficiency adjustments to my apartment, so that has been covered. Although I didnt think about askign for reinbursments. I just wanted to take the water modifier with me when I left :) It is really neat actually -I weanted one that twists around! My level of recycling is sometimes a nusiance to me, but I do it anyway. Down to the toilet paper tube :) I have a serious guilt complex if I leave water runnign and all that. BUT- I knwo you know the nit-picking is worth it. I cant imagine consuming 4 planets worth of goods and expectign my great, great grandkids to inherit my disregard like that....
Alright, you got me! STOP indulging in all the paper towels at public places and shoot for the farmers more :) Guilty as charged!

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5/31/11 1:59 P

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Some ideas: start a windowsill herb garden or vegetable garden in pots in your apartment patio; eat vegetarian meals; shop at farmer's markets instead of Traders Joes as much as you can; recycle EVERYTHING and then find a place to take it 1-2 X/week that is on the way to one of your destinations; bus/bike to work 1 day a week; travel by train/bus instead of plane for a US trip; make a rain barrel and use it if you have a patio w/o a roof and use that for your plants; under-the-sink vericulture; change from paper towels to regular hand towels; use handkerchief instead of disposable tissues; stop using paper towels in public restrooms; and you might approach the apartment management for reimbursement on some energy savings things you might do to the unit - like celing fans, water saving attachments for shower and sinks.

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5/21/11 12:36 P

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Thats a good idea. My food budget is pretty slim, so I rely on a lot of the free food I can get from agencies (which is sooo green- they are just throwing away what people wont buy on the day it expired, lol) But, we get free food from places like whole foods and trader joes! I was so grateful yesterday, I want to write trader joes and whole foods a letter each thanksing them for what they do for teh community. Still, what I have been thinking about doing is spending the actual money I do have at whole foods more, again, or trader joes. I guess I can take it even further by checking locally. Its a good deal at the farmers markets also. I am close to enough of them :) Thanks. I am also going to check out the plants.

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5/18/11 8:36 A

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I think everything we do definitely. I am 100% dependent on my car, too, but I hope not to be at some point in the future. So I just do what I can, many of the things you've listed here. Consider your food a bit more. The kitchen is the most waste-producing room in a home, and if you're not buying it local, your food could have traveled thousands of miles to get to your plate. That's one way to really diminish your impact. Check out localharvest.org to find farmers markets and direct to consumer farms near you. Good luck!

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5/17/11 11:06 A

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Here is a site that lists the top 10 house plants to help decrease air pollution in the home. So many old apartments have carpet, paint and other nasty things that have horrible air pollution potentials it is important to off set that by getting natural air detoxifiers. Aloe being on the top 10 is my choice because you can use it for burns, insect bites and topical antibacterial. I live in an apartment and every room has at least 1 living plant. I have an entire window box I made with 12 herbs so enjoy the healing power of living plants.

http://healthychild.org/blog/comments/ti
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5/17/11 10:56 A

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I have had some physical problems that reduced me to a lot of driving.I still take public traqnsportation on occaision, and I am going to fix the flat tire on my beach cruiser, but I have an older car that just eats gas. I wish I didnt have to drive it, but its neccesary for my longer trips now. I am thinking that on sunnier days I can switch to more bus riding even on the longer trips.. Still, I want to offset some of this. I will have to, I am going to be commuting to school when I transfer to a four year college...

I did a couple games to see how many earths I use, here is one: sustainability.publicradio.org/consu
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If you havent already seen these, they are great. My worst problem is the impact of my apratment (I cant really help that though, long story), and my transportation...
Any ideas for a super tight budget. I do all the regular stuff (recycling things, fewer purchases, getting organics, conserving energy)... I just think theres gotta be something else I can do... Someday I will figure out the transportation thing. I cant afford to get a new car, and I have serious physical issues that can flare up and become really bad :(

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