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Doing my part...

I'm doing my part to become more environmentally conscious. Some of the things I've been more careful about are entirely cost free:

  • turning off a light whenever I don't need it
  • shutting off my monitor if I'm not in my computer room
  • turning off my entire computer if I know I won't be using it for awhile, etc.

The more conscious efforts and noticeable changes in myself are also very cheap.
  • Replacement of all of my lightbulbs with energy efficient bulbs. There's no reason not to. You spend a couple more dollars originally, but the bulbs last *much* longer, emit a cleaner, whiter light, and use about 1/5 of the wattage. You don't have to buy bulbs as often, your electric bill goes down, and therefore you are SAVING money. So spend the extra $2.
  • To keep down costs that it *takes* to recycle, I generally liked to reuse my plastic bags. They became garbage bags or otherwise useful. However, My dog is fully trained, I'm now addicted to vanilla scented garbage bags, and I notice I have many extra plastic bags. More than I could use for any incidentals. So one last time I'm going to make a trip to Publix to shove my plastic bags into their big green "recycle your plastic bags here" container. Sooooo...
  • I bought canvas bags! Publix sells their green bags for $1.49 each. I now have ten. I figure that's enough to handle a fairly large shopping trip. I'll keep them in my car and intend to use the bags instead of the plastic or paper whenever I shop.


D: So you are going to avoid using paper and plastic... in order... to buy things... that are all encased in either paper or plastic. Maybe you can have them pour food directly in your bag, or carry some soup in your hands or something.
Melissa: Every little bit helps! I used to be like you, and I never understood why people would order high-calorie meals and then diet drinks. A friend of mine explained it to me very simply, "If I got a regular coke, it'd be 200 calories more." Every small change can make a much larger impact.


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Sep. 18th, 2007 03:01 pm (UTC)
There's a store here that does a weekly raffle for people who bring in their own bags. The bags make much more sense for me. It's easier to carry 3 large canvas bags then a million little plastic bags onto the bus.
Sep. 18th, 2007 03:53 pm (UTC)
The Compact Flourescent Lamps touted as "Eco Bulbs" have a small amount of mercury and other heavy metals in them, making disposal a problem. Some landfills won't take them!
Sep. 18th, 2007 03:57 pm (UTC)
Thanks for the heads up, I will be sure not to use them!
Sep. 19th, 2007 04:01 pm (UTC)
All fluorescent bulbs have mercury. You just have to be sure to take them to a recycling place (the local Home Depot has one here).
Sep. 19th, 2007 04:04 pm (UTC)
Sep. 18th, 2007 05:42 pm (UTC)
This is precisely why I haven't purchased CFLs. I just wonder what new mercury problem their widespread use is going to lead to.
Sep. 18th, 2007 05:44 pm (UTC)
I'd like to think I'm doing my part. I ride the bus instead of driving 2-3 days a week and try to do all my driving at once. Now that the weather is not mercilessly humid, I'm going to start walking to the Publix, Kroger, and Food Lion near my house to get groceries. Since many things that are bad for you are heavier or likely to get crushed (soda, chips), this may improve my eating habits too. And I'll take canvas bags I already have at home and use those. No need to buy there bags since I have plenty of canvas conference bags that never see the light of day as it is.
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Much like pineapples, I am hardcore.

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