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  • I bought a filtered water bottle and use it every day. I plan to buy a filter for the faucet. We still use bottled water because it is easier to pack in a lunch box
  • Also, I wish they would have included information for those of us who don't own a dishwasher - are there ways to conserve water when I'm washing a sink full of dishes? I usually fill up the sink with sudsy water, and the other basin with rinse water, instead of running it constantly, but I'm not really sure which is better.
  • I'd like to add to this:

    #9: Ditch the paper towels and paper napkins! We started purchasing cloth napkins a few years ago (both "everyday" and "fancy") at thrift stores and when they were on sale at Target, etc. Plus, we started cutting up old towels and buying cheap rags to use for cleaning. We rarely ever have to buy paper towel anymore - maybe a 12-pack once every two years? Plus, the rags work so much better for cleaning, and all of it can just be thrown in the wash!
  • We got a bench top water filter in December.
    We have stainless steel water bottles.
    The water is always refreshing.
    I have water at hand & it's easy to stay hydrated.
  • ELLIMINTY
    Point of order:
    Buying organic can make you feel good, but as for the food being more nutrient-rich, it's a myth. No studies have proven that there are more nutrients in organically-grown foods: in fact, they're about the same as any other less-processed food (excluding tomatoes, which should be cooked to get the most out of them, nutrient-wise).

    Also, organic farmers do use pesticides and herbicides as well as fertillizers: they just use "natural" chemicals, rather than synthetics. If you check what it takes for a farm to be certified organic, you'll see what I mean.

    I'm not saying that Organic is bad. All I'm saying is that Organic as better is a bit of a myth that should be researched before it's promoted by folks whom everyday folks like us trust as experts! If buying Organic makes you feel good, or you feel it tastes better, go for it! But don't spend extra money you might not have buying organic when you could be heading out to a local farmer's market! Their food might not be certified organic, but I garuntee you it will taste fantastic!
  • We have two natural food stores in town. One has the barrels, but there is no way to bring your own containers. In the end, I'm stuck with those plastic bags to get rid of anyway.
  • TIAD21
    As much as I prefer organic fruits and veggies, mostly due to my fears of pesticide residues and environmental concerns, I think that it is misleading to promote organic foods as being more nutrient dense. Most studies have shown that organic foods are the same nutritionally as their polluted counterparts. Erroneous statements like that tend to take away from an articles credibility.
  • Fantastic article, useful as a student as well :-).
  • Good article. I'm not sure where I live anyway, that buying locally is actually cheaper. I go to the Farmer's Market on Saturdays (have to drive, no public transportation to get there) and sometimes the produce costs more than at the grocery store. For those who don't have access to a farmer's market, grocery store prices for organic produce is way more expensive. I also live in the northeast and the growing season is not terribly long and obviously we can't grow a lot of things here at all due to climate. You can definitely taste the difference with organic produce, so I am willing to pay more for it, plus I want to support local agriculture, but for some people it's just not an option. We need to stop subsidizing the corn crops so farmers will have an incentive to grow more diverse crops, which might help bring the prices down.
  • STRAWBERRY*MOON
    Good article. I eat locally as much as I can, but I'm still trying to resolve whether to give up papaya, pineapple, and such. I haven't reached a conclusion yet. I've done some work for the papaya growers in Hawaii and do think of their livelihood.

    I highly recommend "Animal, Vegetable, Miracle: A Year of Food Life" by Barbara Kingsolver. It address growing much of her familiy's own food and buying the rest from local farmers. It's informative and entertaining and includes several recipes--but not that many, because it really isn't a cookbook. It also takes a look at the political and economic impact of buying food that must be trucked or flown from distant places.

    By the way, her novels are first rate, too.

    In the same vein I would like to see an article about "green" cleaning products.
  • STRAWBERRY*MOON
    Good article. I eat locally as much as I can, but I'm still trying to resolve whether to give up papaya, pineapple, and such. I haven't reached a conclusion yet. I've done some work for the papaya growers in Hawaii and do think of their livelihood.

    I highly recommend "Animal, Vegetable, Miracle: A Year of Food Life" by Barbara Kingsolver. It address growing much of her familiy's own food and buying the rest from local farmers. It's informative and entertaining and includes several recipes--but not that many, because it really isn't a cookbook. It also takes a look at the political and economic impact of buying food that must be trucked or flown from distant places.

    In the same vein I would like to see an article about "green" cleaning products.
  • STRAWBERRY*MOON
    Good article. I eat locally as much as I can. However, should we give up papaya, pineapple, and such? I haven't resolved the question for mmyself. I've done some work for the papaya growers in Hawaii and do think of their livelihood.

    I highly recommend "Animal, Vegetable, Miracle: A Year of Food Life" by Barbara Kingsolver. It address growing much of her families own food and buying the rest from local farmers. It's informative and entertaining and includes several recipes--but not that many, because it really isn't a cookbook. It also takes a look at the political and economic impact of buying food that must be trucked or flown from distant places.

    In the same vein I would like to see an article about "green" cleaning products.
  • I stopped using bottled water years ago. When they reported that some of my favorite brands were actually TAP water, that did it. I thought, I wanted to save money and since I was already paying for water, I wanted to use it! SO , bought a PUR picture (sorry Brita) and my FIRST camelbak bottle, which I LOVE, and have been drinking this water now , and am quite happy with the taste!
  • I've tried to reduce my paper towel addiction by using washable microfiber cloths for cleaning. I love them! Stainless steel, granite and glass are streak free! I buy a large package at one of the warehouse stores and when they are all dirty, I was them and start over.
  • I agree with most of the tips in this article. One I do have a problem with is the bulk buying. I used to buy bulk until I watched kids running their dirty little hands through the food. The teen agers licking the candy and then spitting it back into the bin. I lost my desire to buy this way. There has to be a bitter way. I just don't know what it is at this time. Thank you for all the good ideas you have furnished.

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