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1/5/13 9:13 P

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Yes and have recently. I did discover though that we don't have enough glassware when we have family over. Whoops.

Would you participate in a food swap where a group of people get together and swap their homemade goods with each other?

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I do if I can. I'm currently working on turning the sheer ammount of glass jars I have into soy candle holders. Debating using them for christmas presents or seeing if my one freind would be able to use them for wedding centerpieces.

My mom has a pretty much the entirety of the second floor of the house relegated to crafting of one sort or another. much of it gotten at close out sales, yard sales, estate sales. At any point the item in question could have been in the house longer than I lived there. When doing any craft my first stop is to my mom's house to see what could be useable.

Else if I think of it in advance and plan it out I try my best to re-use/purpose things as I can.


Would you . ... use 'normal' dinnerwear at parties as opposed to disposable?

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7/14/12 1:45 P

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I would NOT live in a underground house. I think without natural light the house would be dark, leading to depression.

Something I would like to do, maybe starting next april or so is to do a garden swop. I plant this this and this, and trade out produce or eggs. I'm growing watermelon and there will be NO way I can eat them all. I also started them in a milk jug and it took about two weeks for them to sprout and now coming out the top.

Do you craft using recycled items. I seen some where where they used soda cans to make flowers for the yard. So cool.

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7/7/12 11:17 A

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Yes, I would like to have a solar heated water system here. It isn't practical to rely totally on solar power for heat here in the winter most of the time but there are supplemental systems that could be used. The downside is the cost at the moment but when we need to replace our hot water heater again we have already discussed looking at all the options.



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6/29/12 3:11 P

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I would if the rating system was more widely used and accessible. I understand that there are other things to consider too -- if the place was located well with my location and the price was right yes. If it was further than my attraction than a place I was also considering, that difference in distance may make up the difference in eco friendliness. Also the question here is also how widely have these ratings been applied? have they looked at all the ones in the area? or do places apply with the site and get rated from there? Just because they are not listed does not mean that they are not doing things or are worse than the ones that are. (I'm thinking of a place in Corbin KY that is part of the park system that has been doing water conservation and several other things since I was a little girl, and well before I saw similar signs in other lodgings)

Would you put solar panels on your roof?

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6/26/12 5:48 P

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Greywater system? Yes, I would do it if it was allowed and we could afford the start up. When we remodeled our bathroom it wasn't feasible but hopefully the next time it will be.

If I had a big enough yard I would. A small turbine is not allowed by our current association so not gonna happen.

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3/25/12 11:34 A

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Yes. But the diaper pail has to be kept outside.

Would you put a windmill in your yard?

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I guess that question was a game killer!

Would you use cloth diapers instead of plastic?

Edited by: FRENCHIFAL at: 10/6/2011 (09:16)
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8/29/11 12:19 P

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I guess that depends on the restaurant! I'd love to support the idea, but only if their food was worth the drive!!

Would you install a greywater system?
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Man often becomes what he believes himself to be. If I keep on saying to myself that I cannot do a certain thing, it is possible that I may end by really becoming incapable of doing it. On the contrary, if I have the belief that I can do it, I shall surely acquire the capacity to do it even if I may not have it at the beginning.

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8/29/11 9:34 A

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When I reach my goal weight I absolutely would. Tthat expense when I am switching sizes on a regular basis isn't in my budget. I do try to buy mostly cotton fiber items right now instead of synthetic items but it is still mass produced. Lately though we have switched to only buying clothes from the thrift stores to at least reuse what someone else passed on.

Would you frequent a no waste kitchen restaurant even if you had to drive over 10 miles to get there and pass several other businesses?


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Heck yes! I've been checking out the info for exactly this for the past week, and am looking forward to getting a book from the library to learn more.

Would you switch your clothing purchases to all natural fibers and dyes, even though the cost is higher than what mass produced clothing is?

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I honestly don't know! I'm a few years away from even THINKING about buying my first house; but the house I grew up in had an underground finished basement, and it was always the most comfortable room in the house, so I would definitely lean in that direction!

Would you take the time to make your own shampoo, soap, and beauty products from all-natural ingredients?

Falon
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Man often becomes what he believes himself to be. If I keep on saying to myself that I cannot do a certain thing, it is possible that I may end by really becoming incapable of doing it. On the contrary, if I have the belief that I can do it, I shall surely acquire the capacity to do it even if I may not have it at the beginning.

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Absolutely. I'm looking into making them myself. I think they're a great idea!

Would you build/buy a house that is mostly underground to cut down on the cost of heating and cooling?

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I absolutely would, if for no other reason than how beautiful it would look if done right. I'm all about gray water. In fact, I can't wait to buy my house next year, so I can punch a whole in the wall and run my washing machine line to my garden. Wash clothes and water plants at the same time! And I saw a great picture of a rain garden that ran the gutter from the roof of the house into a coy pond surrounded by beautiful plants and a rock garden.

Would you give up ziploc bags for reusables?

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Absolutely I would, I already paid the membership for the local food coop and I joined my first CSA this year. It's worth the money, trust me!

Would you put in rain barrels and a rain garden to capture stormwater?

Falon
Lafayette, IN ~ EDT

Man often becomes what he believes himself to be. If I keep on saying to myself that I cannot do a certain thing, it is possible that I may end by really becoming incapable of doing it. On the contrary, if I have the belief that I can do it, I shall surely acquire the capacity to do it even if I may not have it at the beginning.

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7/13/11 8:31 P

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I am trying to switch over and I found a great skin care line but whoa are they expensive. Right now it isn't in the budget but I can choose the Neutragena Naturals over the regular Neutragena when it is time to buy some more cleanser.

Would you join a farmer's coop buying group and pay the membership fee plus $10.00 for a pound of butter along with other inflated prices to have grassfed dairy cow milk/products?

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I think that I could, I'm not all that attached to my cell phone, nothing wrong with a land line, in my opinion.

Would you choose "natural" cosmetics, including shampoos, conditioners, soaps, etc, despite the price hike compared to more traditional options?

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We've reduced our consumption of dairy and meat items but I don't know that we will ever give up eggs or meat completely. I have been looking for better sources of meat and eggs this year but right now the farm fresh items are out of our budget most of the time.

Would you give up your cell phone to try and help eliminate cell towers that may kill birds?

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I would, assuming I can find a place to put it (living in an apartment makes it hard to do a lot of things)! Solar cookers are great!

Would you give up meat/dairy/eggs to protect the animals and to prevent manure spills and environmental degradation around huge factory farms?

Falon
Lafayette, IN ~ EDT

Man often becomes what he believes himself to be. If I keep on saying to myself that I cannot do a certain thing, it is possible that I may end by really becoming incapable of doing it. On the contrary, if I have the belief that I can do it, I shall surely acquire the capacity to do it even if I may not have it at the beginning.

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6/6/11 3:56 P

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Yes, and in fact that is what I am currently doing. I am only buying clothing from thrift stores as I am going down in sizes. Most of the pieces I own aren't worth altering but I am donating things I grow out of and getting stamps towards a discount shopping trip at the thrift store in the future.

Would you convert to a solar cooker during the summer months to reduce your energy use in place of a traditional stove or grill?


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Yes, especially in the colder months. We had to do that for awhile not out of choice, but necessity. Baby wipes work wonders for a skip-a-day bath, and regular talc powder sprinkled on the hair and then brushed out absorbs a lot of the oils, making hair look clean and smell fresh.

Would you give up your regular clothes shopping habits for 6 months and reuse/repurpose/alter what you already have?

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No, I work in a really large company with several floors in a high rise building and if that were to happen, I'd be on compost duty all day every day.

Would you shower and wash your hair less often to save water and energy?

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I've been thinking about this a lot lately, since I live in an apartment! Yes, I would love to participate in a community garden, as long as I had soil tests showing that the soil was safe....there are too many community gardens placed in areas where homes used to stand, where chemicals used to be sprayed, etc. I know too much about chemicals and such to trust a community garden unless it has been there for at least three years or I have a soil test.

Would you start a workplace compost bin, if you had to take on the full responsibility of moving food scraps and turning the compost?

Falon
Lafayette, IN ~ EDT

Man often becomes what he believes himself to be. If I keep on saying to myself that I cannot do a certain thing, it is possible that I may end by really becoming incapable of doing it. On the contrary, if I have the belief that I can do it, I shall surely acquire the capacity to do it even if I may not have it at the beginning.

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Yes! Thank you for sharing the link! How interesting.

Would you participate in a community garden, or even head one if space allowed?

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Yes, I've done this and have even brought home recyclables from other's homes who didn't recycle.

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Oh gosh, no -no dumpster diving for me. I have been known to bring home food that would otherwise go in the trash, for composting or broth -like from a party or something. But not actually from the trash.

Would you take recyclables out of the trash, say at work, and move them to the recycle bin?


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We've discussed doing this as a family but it hasn't come to fruition because you have to commit to the days 2 years in advance around here with some leeway. I would like to join a group that already does it and help with their days though.

Would you pull others food waste from the garbage and use that as your primary source of nutrition?



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That's a tough one for me. I guess I'd have to say no because of where I currently live, but if I were living in a city or where public transportation were also an option, then I'd say yes.

Would you Adopt-A-Highway? (Litter clean up on sections of specific road)

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I'd have to look into it...since I'm a vegetarian, I'm not a big fan of leather, even recycled leather!

Would you give up on your car and use your bike to get to work and home, go to the stores and farmers markets, and run all of your errands?

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Man often becomes what he believes himself to be. If I keep on saying to myself that I cannot do a certain thing, it is possible that I may end by really becoming incapable of doing it. On the contrary, if I have the belief that I can do it, I shall surely acquire the capacity to do it even if I may not have it at the beginning.

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Yes even if it was just partial. I think on this house it would even be a good investment for a smaller system and more practical then converting to geothermal or adding a turbine.

Would you replace carpeting with a recycled leather tile floor?

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Yes, I absolutely would. Currently looking into that now.

Would you get solar panels to run your home if it were financially feasible? (maybe it already is)

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No... I just can't see that happening. I would hang clothes on a clothesline, though -even in the winter. Except I can't get them really soft when they line dry, which bugs me.

SO... would you hang all your clothes out to dry on the line? No...wait... someone already did that one. Would you make your own laundry soap and/or fabric softener?

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I would probably help organize but I wouldn't speak though. Not my strength so I would find someone else to do it.

Would you switch over to a hand washing technique for clothing instead of using an energy efficient machine that still uses more resources than the handwashing technique?

~Deb


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I don't think so. Knowing the potential for the illness involved...I don't drink much milk though, I suppose I'd just switch to soy.

Would you organize a community meeting and speak about the benefits of recycling?

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Yes I would. Our first mower was a reel mower but it didn't work for this particular lawn very well due to the terrain and the type of grass/weeds. We switched over to an electric mower.

Would you switch over to raw milk if you had access to a source?

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Fascinating game!

I can't imagine that I would live in a teepee, even in a community of like-minded people.

Would you use a reel-mower to mow your grass?

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OMG! NO WAY! The amount of water and bleach I would have to use to clean the rag would ruin any kind of eco savings there would be.

Would you live in a tepee if there was a good sized comunity that would do it with you.



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Oh, Great Spirit
Whose voice I hear in the winds,
And whose breath gives life to all the world,
hear me, I am small and weak,
I need your strength and wisdom.
Let me walk in beauty and make my eyes ever behold
the red and purple sunset.
Make my hands respect the things you have
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Make me wise so that I may understand the things
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I would use a rain barrel for plants and other items but not sure about washing clothes with the rain water.

Would you switch to a rag system for the bathroom instead of continuing to purchase toilet paper?

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I would not raise chickens in my backyard because we live in the mountains and we have so much wildlife that I would have to build a huge fence to protect them. We have fox, coyote, bear and I think it would bring them to our house for late night dinner.

I do make all my own soap, shampoo, wash detergent, dish detergent, and cleaning products all from natural products. I grow my own herb garden to use for cleaning and cooking.

Next question: Would you use a rainbarrel to collect rain so you could water your indoor plants, out door garden or wash your clothes with the collected water?



Native American Prayer

Oh, Great Spirit
Whose voice I hear in the winds,
And whose breath gives life to all the world,
hear me, I am small and weak,
I need your strength and wisdom.
Let me walk in beauty and make my eyes ever behold
the red and purple sunset.
Make my hands respect the things you have
made and my ears sharp to hear your voice.
Make me wise so that I may understand the things
you have taught my people.
Let me learn the


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I often use vinegar and baking soda to clean items but I haven't switched over to making my own dish soap or laundry soap. I do only buy the "eco friendly" cleaners and soaps these days though.

Would you raise chickens/hens in your back yard for eggs or meat if zoning allowed?

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I love bamboo, so I absolutely would plant a bamboo fence!

Would you make your own natural cleaning supplies from vinegar and lemon and baking soda instead of buying cleaning supplies (even "green" cleaning supplies) at the store?

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Man often becomes what he believes himself to be. If I keep on saying to myself that I cannot do a certain thing, it is possible that I may end by really becoming incapable of doing it. On the contrary, if I have the belief that I can do it, I shall surely acquire the capacity to do it even if I may not have it at the beginning.

~Mahatma Gandhi


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I haven't needed to do this since our recycling company used to take all numbers. However, our company changed and now they don't accept #6 so we just try not to buy anything with that material now. But I just found out about the Solo Cup Brigade and that program is free!

www.terracycle.net/brigades/solo-cup
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Would you plant a Bamboo fence instead of building a traditional fence?

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That would depend on the level of impact and quite frankly-sorry to say- my budget. I would definitely want the treatment if needed though.

Would you pay postage to ship #5 plastics to a company clear across the country in order to have the plastic properly recycled? ( I don't have a #5 plastics recycler around me, and have done this. emoticon

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No, I would not be willing to do it, with the possible exception of bicycling to commute.

Would you use the $70 scabies treatment which does not harm the environment rather than the $10 one which is highly toxic?


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Yes I think I would. Of course, I would prefer to plant a tree/bush that I would benefit from instead and give away the surplus.

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We have arranged to stop exchanging gifts with some of our family for a number of reasons. I like to give home made pecan brittle candy (with our home grown pecans) to our neighbors.

Would you plant fruit trees as landscaping and maintain them even if you wouldn't benefit from the fruit yourself and ended up needing to give it away?

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Hmmm...I think wants and needs are in two whole different categories. If it were just me, yes, I would go without. However, if it was something my children needed for survival purposes I would not go without. If it could wait, or if it was just a want, we would for sure go without.

would you stop buying gifts and do homemade/handmade gifts for Christmas and birthdays?

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That sort of thing is beyond me. I went to the Austin Maker Faire to just gawk but ....

Would you go without something that you wanted or needed if in support of a boycott you were unable to buy a replacement from another supplier?

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Definitely. Have I? Well, I've tried. I can't say they've come out that well. I do rip up old clothes to use as rags and I clean out class jars to use as storage containers.

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Yes, my DH and I have been considering it these days. Once the market picks up again we are hoping to sell our house and if we don't end up being more than a family of two, we plan to downsize even though our current house is only 1350 square feet.

Would you take something that was just going to be thrown away and repurpose it into art or something useful? Even something as basic as toliet paper rolls?

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Well, I guess I do. Although, I'm not big on getting gifts for people in general. I find it very wasteful. We have too much stuff as is. Instead, I might make some healthy treats or send a heartfelt letter telling them all the reasons they're special. Lame? Maybe. Green? Definitely.

Next question: Would you move into a small/smaller house expressly for the purpose of making a smaller environmental footprint?

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(Contentandfit: I live in an area with lots of geothermal activity. I've wondered if such a system would be practical for a private home in my area. Like Neelixntes though, I wouldn't add it to my current home, I'd investigate it if I were building)

Neelixntes: No, not to save cooking energy etc. I've thought about doing it for health purposes. I think it would be pricey though.

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Yes, but not in our current home as it would never be worth it and wouldn't really be possible.

Would you switch to a completely raw food diet in order to save the cooking energy and other emissions?

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I would if my dw would go along. I definitely would for a cabin etc. I went to a 10 day Natural Building Colloquium. Joseph Jenkins was there. Until I heard him I was puzzled by how excited people were about him speaking. The collecting composting toilet is a big time solution to a lot of problems. humanurehandbook.com/

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I used cloth diapers when my kids were that age. Not exclusively, and I didn't buy used, but in one way or another I used all of the diapers until they were falling apart (they make great dust-rags once the kids are potty trained :) )

Edit: Ooops, forgot my "Would you do it?" Would you replace a flush toilet with a composting toilet?

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It would depend on the issue, but I think I would. I think the bigger the impact on our planet and daily living the more likely I would do it.

Would you use cloth diapers? Even buy and use used cloth diapers that still have "life" left in them?

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I would except that if you use reuseables to wipe off the grease to keep it out of the sewers and then wash the clothes then the grease will still end up in the sewer so I use paper to wipe off grease (ideally newspaper). But we do use reuseable dust, dish drying and cleaning clothes. (Sponges sanitized by microwave too.)

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Yup, same with my veggie garden too. I figure if it can survive in our climate then its meant to be, and if it won't grow without being watered then it has no place in my garden.

Would you use reusable cloth wipes instead of disposable paper products like paper towels, kleenex, and toilet paper?

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I would do it, we did it by buying a dyson which we like. On the other hand the electronic HEPA filter for our A/C cost us a lot of money before we had to replace it with a conventional system.

Would you let you yard grow on natural rainfall only.

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I, too, wipe them down first before washing them. I have always done this before it was "green" to do so. I just can't stand dirty, greasy dishwater. What a waste of detergent when you have to keep adding more due to the grease. Yuck. emoticon

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Yes I would and I do keep grease to a minimum before it goes into the dishwater. It is a habit that my mom taught me as a young girl...to wipe the pans with towels first so not to have all that grease in the sink/drain! Would you buy a more expensive vaccum that is ecologically designed to keep dust particles from floating into the air we breathe ???

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Welcome to the team KRISTIVR! I would not. Though I do sometimes buy Dr Bronners and the safer formulations from the Clean Team.


Would you clean you pans and dishes without water first, wiping them down to keep grease out of the drainage and sewer pipes. (Grease in sewers leads to ecologically damaging leaks and over flows we're now being told.)




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oops forgot to ask a question...

Would you eliminate all cleaning products in your home, except for essential oils, baking soda, and vinegar?

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I would love to, and plan on it one day, but I wouldn't eat the chickens, just their eggs. I would need to find a chicken that lays eggs that agree with me though

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For sure and we do. The primary thrift store at which we volunteer is overwhelmed with xmas decorations. They could be reused indefinitely. We use the same ones year after year, and very few of those.

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I can't answer this because I don't have Christmas. Perhaps someone else might answer as it's worth thinking about.

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I do this one many times in a week! I stay at home allot because of the price of gas to put into my car. I only have a certain amount of cash to use a month and I have to make sure it is there for the important things like appointments and shopping and errands! Will you recycle some of your older Christmas decorations instead of tossing them or going to Walmart for Chinese new ones??? emoticon emoticon emoticon emoticon

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Shoes from a thrift store: No.
Shoes from recycled materials: Yes, assuming they fit my hard-to-fit feet.

Have you changed social plans due to ecological impact?

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That is a tough question. I might be an early adopter but in my mind the technology would have been proven, though sometimes I am mistaken. For example I have added mycelium to the garden because I believed the people who tout it. On the other hand I did not put magnets on my water intakes because I did not believe the people who advocated for it.

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I don't have any that I read regularly at the moment but the magazines that I do receive are printed on recycled paper.

Would you buy an unproven technology/item if it was touted as being greener?

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Both my work and home computers go to hibernate after 15 minutes of inactivity :)

Do you read any green/sustainable/eco friendly periodicals?

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Well we do use a manual can opener. I have found it easier to use than the electric one we had growing up. Plus it takes up no counter space and we can wash it all the time. We did end up with an electric jar opener gadget which we got for a buck at a thrift store. It actually works well and will be even more needed as we age.

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This is a funny question! emoticon When I go outside my front or back door, I have to pick up trash!!! So my answer is YES...every time I go out! I live on a 3/4 acre lot next to a bank, in front of a small engraving mill, and all next to a major highway route with a shopping mall and McD's, Kentucky Fried, Taco Bell and Chinese and pizza restraunts!!!!! My next door neighbors put up a chain-link fence all down the right side of my yard and the wind blows from across the street and from the back and sides. All the trash ends up in my yard from everywhere. Plus the traffic up and down the street that just throws it out the window or tosses it when they are walking by! It really has always been a big problem and you wouldn't believe what kinds of trash I have found. I once found a brand new $20 from the bank in my driveway, but that doesn't happen enough!!!! emoticon emoticon Would you not use or purchase an easier kitchen gadget because it is electric and opt for the "old-fashion" kind...like a can opener??

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I've thought about it pretty seriously, yes. Right now it's a $$ issue so I'm researching and trying to incorporate what I can.

Do you pick up any stray litter while you're out walking?

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Yes, even if the home didn't appraise out as we have learned very quickly that making just a few changes in our leaky old house saved us money right away.

About the gas question... I have to drive for my job so I don't have a choice but we have curbed my husband's car a few days a week when the gas was $4.00+ a gallon. We couldn't do it every day but those few days did help some since the commuter rail tickets were less than what he would have spent in gas at that time. Our number is $3.75 a gallon to look at the costs again. However, they also eliminated some of the bus routes to/from the train station so that could present a problem.

Would you enlist an energy auditor to help you create a "greener home"?

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No. I drive where I need to drive. It is one spending area that I can only affect a little. The biggest cost for us is not the gas, it is the car and the insurance. The gas price rises are marginal for us.


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Yes, and I have started to ask about where the stuff is coming from. Especially at this time and all through the winter here in New England. I have put some of my veggies down after finding out that they came from out of country. I want to shop more in season and I am making an effort to do so. emoticon Would you trim your driving back per week when the price of gas goes above a certain price, like over 2.60??? (put your car use on a budget and really stick to it no matter where you travel to)

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Yes I would do it and I do do it! But I line dry in my attic which avoids certain bird related problems, though it eliminates the good effect of sunlight on cloth.

Would you adjust your diet to avoid veggies that must be flown in from distant points?

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Yes, I love sharing with my neighbors when I have an overabundance!

Would you line dry your clothes, even though it takes longer?

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Absolutely. Since my Dear Wife and I are both on Spark P we've found it works better for me to fix a bunch of something and to freeze it. Then we both figure out what and when we want to eat.

Would you allow someone to come into your yard and collect fruit or nuts from your trees that you weren't harvesting? (I was just in the garden and met someone who collects produce that way.)

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Yes and no! Cost of the item is 1st, then I go for the limited plastics in the packaging. I do shop at allot of natural foods and farmers markets where there is no packaging, and I also shop in bulk for LESS packaging too, and more economical. It is a packaging nightmare out there! I wish we could go back to the days of cardboard containers, glass, and metals! Do you save and eat left overs??

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I have but can't always make that choice as certain medical conditions can't be controlled completely by the herbal supplements.

Do you consider the packaging of an item, even a necessity, when making the purchase?

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It depends. Sometimes I just like to have a book in hand. Periodicals & recipes, I don't worry about so much - keeping it online guarantees that I always have a clean copy and I usually know where it is!

Do you choose herbal supplements over drugs?

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Oh yes and do..I only use 7th Generation and Method for ALL cleaning of dishes, kitchen, windows, bathroom, floors. Do you opt for getting reading materials ON_LINE as opposed to getting mag subscription, newspapers,recipe books, to save trees and forests???

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Yes! I just tried to help spark a boycott against hometown corp Valero in support of Californians fighting them over Prop 23. Btw I agree with theSkinny100 about white roof painting.

Would you use Dr. Bronners or other petrochemical free dishwashing liquid even if it cost you more?


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I would have cloth diapered when my kids were that age group, but my (then) husband wasn't supportive of it :(

Would you boycott a major company if you felt their practices weren't eco-friendly?

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Yes! Most places don't even ask if they want you to use paper instead of plastic. Even better, use baskets or reusable bags!

Would you cloth diaper to not send mountains of diapers to the landfills?

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No, I wouldn't paint shingles!!! They are maintenance-free! How does painting them factor? Using MORE chemicals on top of existing material seems the opposite of eco-friendly! emoticon The next time the roof needs repairing...replace it with something lighter in color. Would you go back to brown paper bags and no plastic at all, if it was a choice we could make? emoticon

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Yes! Lots of San Antonio neighborhoods were built without sidewalks by shortsighted developers, so to walk many places involves walking in the street.


Would you paint your dark roof white to save energy?

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Yes and did when we purchased our first washer earlier this year.

Would you walk in a location with no sidewalks to use your car less?

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Not to any job I've had in this town.


Would you buy a water saving clothes washer?

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My local thrift stores rarely have anything that is my size or in reasonable condition.

Would you ride your bike to work?

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I don't. I'd have to have a physical issue for me to do it. I do wear a lot of cotton but I don't seek out the sustainable cotton.


Would you buy recycled clothing? (Thrift Store)

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11/10/10 12:47 P

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I have in the past and my health is better for it. Do you buy only natural materials when shopping for new clothes?

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11/10/10 12:20 P

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I do garden via a yardsharing garden in our front yard. See Hyperlocavore.


Would you buy and use low VOC paints even if they cost more?

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11/10/10 12:01 P

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I would and my family does on their farm.

Would you garden?

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11/10/10 11:23 A

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I would and I have :)

Would you grow your own meat?

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Here's the game: State some act of green, eco-friendly living large or small. The next person will the say whether they would do that themselves, whether they might, whether they do do it or whether they wouldn't want it etc.

The game requires lots of judgments but only personal preferences and has the potential to bring up a lot of ideas. Some ideas may not seem green to you but there are always different points of view in the eco friendly world.

I'll start the ball rolling by stating:

Wear a web belt made of fabric which lasts a lot longer than a leather one and doesn't directly harm any animal. Would you do it???

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