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4/24/13 11:06 A

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I try to buy in bulk to reduce packaging and stay away from bottled water when possible.

I also try to reuse something before I recycle it. I collect containers for the art department at the local high school for example. They welcome these items for painting and clay projects. Fixing things rather than throwing away whenever possible. Also donating gently used items rather that throwing them out. Composting is another helpful activity. These all help keep the landfills a little cleaner.

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4/23/13 11:41 A

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Turn down the heat a few degrees during the winter and turn up the a/c a few degrees in the summer to help reduce your energy consumption.

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4/23/13 11:39 A

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We compost too. DH makes some good compost for the garden. the soil is rich and nice for growing great vegetables!!

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4/22/13 10:43 P

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It's great to see that everyone has such good suggestions ! I especially love the re-purposing ideas -- lots of good ways to reuse things instead of tossing them out. One time when I had a rummage sale I was way overloaded with margarine tubs so put them in a bag in the "free area" -- a teacher was so happy to take them to use for arts and crafts projects for her kids, and i was really glad I didn't toss them out.

And -- slapping side of head -- this IS the year I will start taking my own bags for groceries!

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4/22/13 9:36 P

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I stopped donating some things to local charities after watching a couple of them around trash pick up days and saw good donations going in the dumpster prior to the trash truck arriving. I now take my old clothes and cut them up in squares, etc. and make quilt tops out of them. I then go to second hand shops and buy gently used blankets and sheets and make various sizes of quilts. I then give them to shelters. I have even traded quilts with them, taking the ragged ones patching them and donating to the pet rescue places. People throw pillows away at the laundrymat where I work because they are stained or torn. No problem these make great fillers for pet beds.

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4/22/13 8:50 P

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I buy items with less packaging. Compost and use the compost in the garden - not fertilizer.
All items still usuable are donated to local charities.
Use my own cloth bags for shopping.


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4/22/13 7:44 P

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We recycled all of our (unnecessary) class papers today!!

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4/22/13 7:09 P

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It's all been said. Reuse, recycle,

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4/22/13 6:00 P

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Couzcat said it all. Reuse whenever possible. Share whenever possible. Wished we had better public transportation.

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4/22/13 4:26 P

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Plant a bee garden and butterfly garden. This supports the health of the Ecosystem.
The bee population has been depleted with total colonies disappearing, maybe from stress from being trucked around the country by the bigger business beekeepers. Without healthy pollinators the ecosystem is in jeopardy. Along with planting a garden becoming a local bee keeper is one way to keep the bee population healthy and our food supply safer.

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4/22/13 2:56 P

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Turn off the lights, tv, radio, etc when you leave the room. Set your thermostat a few degrees lower or higher (depending on where you live).

Edited by: KRISSYDUNN at: 4/22/2013 (17:40)
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4/22/13 2:45 P

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All very good ideas. We do what we can. Our car is used seldom as bus and train are readily available. Garbage is sorted and discarded as requested by authorities. Bring-your-own-bag for groceries, etc.
But I don't have any more ideas than what has already been said.

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4/22/13 1:39 P

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Me too: not only is biking or walking environmentally friendly, it's also waist line friendly.

Buy what you need, anything unneeded donate to charit not landfill. Reuse as much as possible and repurpose things creatively. Nice old bottles can be transformed into vinegar jars, candle holders or vases. Think outside the box.

Repurpose nice pieces of discarded papers for scrapbooking or other paper projects

Edited by: COUZCAT at: 4/22/2013 (13:39)
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4/22/13 1:17 P

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I try to make every trip out in the car count. I usually go to work, do any errands on the way home and then once home, stay home. Gas is too expensive for joy riding. I recycle. I re use empty butter, cool whip etc. bowls for left over storage. Coffee cans make good pencil holders and are great for storing nails etc....reuse empty medicine bottles for small scrapbooking/crafting supplies.
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4/22/13 12:29 P

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Reduce consumption, reuse when possible, and recycle as much as possible. emoticon

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4/22/13 12:13 P

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Separate all my garbage and recycle what I can. Pick up plastic bags that are flying around the neighborhood.

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4/22/13 10:26 A

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Fix things instead of throwing them away and buying new.

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4/22/13 9:53 A

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Recycle

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It must be spring. You can tell yard work is on my mind with these suggestions: xeriscaping at least a some of our yards to help save water, being careful not to overdo fertilizing lawns, recycling as much as possible.

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4/22/13 5:10 A

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Combine errands so you are not using the car as much

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4/22/13 2:07 A

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We compost and try to buy only as much as we will use, less waste

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4/22/13 1:38 A

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Buy organic and buy only what you really need. emoticon

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4/21/13 11:42 P

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compost



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4/21/13 11:34 P

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Use your own reusable shopping bags at the grocery store

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4/21/13 11:25 P

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Today is Earth Day -- let's help the planet by making an effort to buy more items with minimal packaging and by recycling throughout the year. What other suggestions can you add for ways we can make a difference?


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