I once attended a program given by a local pecan grower. They had just become certified "organic." One of the critera was that they did not use chemical pesticides or herbicides for the past 3 years. But the company had been in business for over 50 years, and many of the original trees are still producing pecans. So the chemicals that were in use before certification are in the soil & in trees. I don't know the lifespan of the chemicals, but it stands to reason that there is still some chemical residue.
I'd be leery of buying the bulk items. I've seen people stick their hands in the bins instead of using the scoops, and I've also seen kids poking around in them (I've reported them to the manager). Also, I'd be concerned about bugs because the bins aren't airtight - they just have flip-top lids. I'll keep buying my oatmeal at Costco in the 9 pound package.
I haven't bought bottled water in years - I keep a Brita pitcher in the fridge at all times & use a refillable bottle when I go out.
Other ways to be green:
- I wash clothes in cold water;.
- I changed my newspaper subscription to weekend only. I read the news online during the week. This also saves time & money since I don't see all those ads.
- I shop online when I can. Instead of my driving to the mall, UPS or the USPS delivers my items.
- I bank online, saves gas, time, and postage.
- I use the library instead of purchasing books; I rarely read a book twice, so why buy it?
- I use my crockpot often. It uses about as much electricity as a lightbulb.
- I cook in bulk, freeze leftovers for future meals. ex - it takes the same amount of energy to bake 2 pans of lasagna as one.
- I installed ceiling fans in all the rooms in my house. I can keep my thermostat set a a higher temp, because the house feels cooler with the breeze from the fans.
- I installed light-blocking blinds & drapes. They keep the house cooler in summer & keep out the cold air in the winter, reducing my need for a/c & heat.
Little changes add up.
- 9/5/2009 1:55:34 PM