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9/3/14 7:11 A

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I buy as little as possible new and give what I no longer need away. Brand new items have a huge impact on our environment. Most of them are made in places that don't have environmental laws enforced. To think that just because we can't see or smell the pollution, it doesn't matter is as silly as thinking that the stab wound in our back doesn't matter to the rest of our body.
I also recycle, compost, grow my own garden, limit using my small car, buy local food where possible and keep windows open in the summer and heat at 65 in the winter (in Canada, few places have air conditioning)

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6/20/11 3:57 P

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Bright Blessings

I take all the raw vegetable scrapes, coffee grounds, tea, egg shells etc.....and just dump them as is in my herb garden and anywhere else in the yard they need to be. I learned this trick from a neighbor many years ago. That was her way of making compost. And trust me it works. Not to mention the slugs, I use no pesticide, are stopped by the coffee grounds and tea.

I also send any and all recyclables to the recycle station.

Oops had to add this in the Fall I rake all the leaves and then run the lawn mower over them, last time the mower is used before storing for winter. These make a great compost/mulch combo and the shrubs, perennials, winter veggie garden etc....... The leaves add a lot of nutrients and protect the plants as well. The same neighbor used this trick and I have read about it in books.

Also, if you plant a late crop of beans, dates listed in the Old Farmers Almanac, after picking the beans/peas, pull the plants and toss in your compost bin. This will also add nutrients to the compost or I just let the plants die, and till them into the soil before mulching for the winter.

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6/16/11 8:46 A

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I've been researching on how to live a chemical-free life, gathering recipes for everything from shampoo to floor cleaner (if anyone has any to share message me). I've also been collecting patterns for recycling my old t-shirts (partially because I can't afford new ones but mostly because I'm attached to them) I plan on converting them into tank/halter tops for the summer months. I was also planning a garden this year but unfortunately due to the rain continuously flooding my backyard (the only space for a garden) that hasn't been able to happen.

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replaced all our cleaning supplies and soaps with homemade ones!

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11/11/08 7:47 P

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My connection to my mom is gardening. I used to garden with her and we would have lunch after it was fun. Now even though she is across the country I still feel her with me when I am out there working under the sun.
I never had the connection with the needle work. SHe taught my daughter and she does it from time to time.
Maybe some day. I am frugal too .I guess I just focus it in different ways.

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11/11/08 9:48 A

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I soo understand you!! I TRIED to learn how to crochet about 13 years ago.. I hated it so I never got far. Sewing, I learned when I when I was 6.. or should I say it was drilled into my head between the ages of 6-12.. I soo hated it! Now, I am not too sure if it is one of my only connections to mom, or if it is the fact I am love being frugal and making things super cheap, but you know... for the first time, I am actually enjoying them!

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11/10/08 6:07 P

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Road2 My mom taught me how to do all those things when I was a kid .I know how to do all sorts of needle work .. I just find no pleasure in it. It is nice that you learned and will carry her gift with you. I am sorry for you lose . How proud she must be when she looks across from Summer land and sees her daughter working on something with her hands.

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11/9/08 9:05 P

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ORLITH lol.. not too sure about that.. my mom taught me how to crochet 2 1/2 months ago on her death bed so I am a newbie so I just basically make up as I go along. I hadn't sewn in 20 years before I inherited her sewing machine so I am bound and determined to have a homemade Christmas this year!
SILVERWITCH59..I sure wish our freecycle was better here! I guess where we live no one really cares much, it is pretty sad! Not one post, but ISO since we moved here a lil over a year ago!

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11/9/08 7:38 P

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You guys are good. I buy a lot of used stuff and use freecycle .

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Courage doesn't always roar. Sometimes courage is the little voice at the end of the day that says I'll try again tomorrow.
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11/8/08 11:38 A

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I recycle at home and at work. If I can use it for something else I do. Things my kids outgrow or stuff that no longer fits me go to people at work, or the Salvation Army. I also use cloth bags for shopping, or if I do get the plastic ones I return them to the store when empty. Wow, ROAD2HEALTHY, sounds like you are very handy, I wish I was.

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11/7/08 10:11 A

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Well, I am just taking things.. and making other things from them! DS#1's sweatshirts are now pants/shirts/hats/mittens/and slippers for DS#1! I am making plarn waste paper baskets for DS#1&2, out of plastic grocery bags. I would also like to make some market bags if I have enough "plarn" left! I have been collecting empty juice boxes from DS#2's school to make bags..humm.. and I am making dresses out of pillow cases for my nieces for Christmas!

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11/6/08 7:22 P

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I think I saw something about that on HGTV, Tell me some more about it... emoticon





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11/4/08 8:58 A

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My latest obsession is upcycling!! LOVE it!!!

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4/30/08 8:16 A

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I recycle everything...plastic, paper, metal...I even shred all the junk mail so it goes in with the recycled paper. My recycle man hates me, cuz he has so much stuff to pick up when he comes around.

I've also been checking out different containers to use to start my own compost. That's gonna be an interesting experiment.

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4/29/08 6:06 A

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Thanks for the information, I didn't know the Yoga Journal was online. I will have to check it out.



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4/28/08 10:48 P

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I use canvas grocery bags or I try and reuse the paper or plastic ones as many times as I can. I have switched most of my cleaning products to environment safe of biodegradable products. I recycle everything, I have been picking up litter and such when I go for my walk. I have not been driving as much, I walk to the mailbox and to the store, Did you know that Yoga Journal now has their magazines online I subscribe to it and it and now you can download it and save it on your computer to read. I thought that was pretty cool...





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4/28/08 7:23 P

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I recycle my bottles and cans. I don't buy newspapers or magazines. I use environmental safe cleaning products. I try to buy organic and/or local grown products.



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What are you doing to help clean up our planet. Share your ideas or thoughts with us . Lets make this world a cleaner and safer place. emoticon emoticon





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