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Old 08-10-2007, 08:18 AM   #11
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Hey y'all. Just wanted to say thanks for the inspiration. I do use some products that have already been mentioned, but I'm really inspired to try to do more. I really love the looks of the Chico bags. The bonus is that they fold down small enough to carry with you. No excuses.

Thanks for helping me be a more responsible, earth-dwelling resident.
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Old 08-10-2007, 08:48 AM   #12
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I am not kidding when I tell you that I usually have at least five of them in my bag at any given time. They fold down so small.

I am also not kidding when I say I wandered over to reusable bags last night after playing on this thread and nearly bought a ridiculous amount of new bags...lol.
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GREAT thread Jan! Thank you =D
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Wow, Jan, I discovered I can list lots of things we do to be environmentally friendly- so here is a long list:

For years we have used cloth table napkins. Instead of paper. Avaialble at any department store, Goodwill or even garage sales. Several styles need ironing-but I don't bother. Just wash dry and fold and put in a basket on the table. They don't always match each other either. I just choose ones I like when I buy more. Which is not very often, they last for years. I've been considering knitting some linen ones for nice meals...or one could sew themselves napkins.

Also I use an outdoor clothesline from May till about September here. Availabe at hardware stores. We have the retractable style where you mount the unit on a wall and pull the lines out and mount the other end on a post or a tree. Our other end is on an extneded piece of wood from the shed; my husband rigged it up. Here is a place that sells them. http://www.clotheslineshop.com In the summer it off sets the cost of running the air conditioner.

My husband uses a push mower, the kind with a rotating blade. Like they used in the old days. We've used that for 10 years now. We do have a relatively small lawn in the front and the back. These are available at hardware stores-usually smaller independent ones. Here is a link http://www.cleanairgardening.com/reelmowers.html for some. No mowing over electric cords. No gas to buy. The emissions from gas mowers are worse than from cars.

We ride bikes lots of places and on another thread I posted a pic of our new electric car. We are also seriously considering adding solar to our house, maybe next year. We also recycle extensively, we have a worm compost bin, but I admit I leave the management of that to my husband and kids primarily. http://www.composters.com/verm.php?g...FRK2YAod2iC4vg

When the kids were small I put them in cloth diapers. We also have flourescent light bulbs in most of the house. Oh and last fall we bought a front loading washing machine, we have an LG and our water use, according to our bill dropped dramatically. We also got an Energy Trust rebate and a state tax rebate and a rebate from the city! http://us.lge.com/products/category/..._laundry.jhtml
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Similar to Ecover and 7th Gen is the BioKleen company. Very good laundry and dishwashing products.
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Originally Posted by Knitting_Guy View Post

I do try to breath natural air as much as possible, but that can be kind of tough around these truckstops.
So as a truck driver, do you notice truckers turning thier engines off at rest stops? I heard something about this on NPR. SOmeone is trying to get truckers to use electrical hookups at truck stops so they can run heaters/AC or laptops or whatever instead of relying on the electrical systems when the engines running. Any thoughts?
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For years we have used cloth table napkins. Instead of paper. Avaialble at any department store, Goodwill or even garage sales. Several styles need ironing-but I don't bother. Just wash dry and fold and put in a basket on the table. They don't always match each other either. I just choose ones I like when I buy more. Which is not very often, they last for years. I've been considering knitting some linen ones for nice meals...or one could sew themselves napkins.My husband uses a push mower, the kind with a rotating blade. Like they used in the old days. We've used that for 10 years now. We do have a relatively small lawn in the front and the back. These are available at hardware stores-usually smaller independent ones. Here is a link http://www.cleanairgardening.com/reelmowers.html for some. No mowing over electric cords. No gas to buy. The emissions from gas mowers are worse than from cars.
I still have my son's old cloth diapers. We use them for napkins. So soft and washable. Also have a push mower (gotta get the blades sharpened ) We have a car but I use the bus a lot and my son's dad rides his bike everywhere. I would love to get a car that runs on vegitable oil. Anyone know how to do that? There;s a way to clean up old McDonalds fryer oil and use it do drive cars. You smell like french fries but it burns clean. Either that or an electric car.
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So here's a question...

What do you do about your trash? Given the responses here, I'll assume that you don't use plastic bags. I know that some of you compost. For those of us who don't, what do you suggest?
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Originally Posted by auburnchick View Post
So here's a question...

What do you do about your trash? Given the responses here, I'll assume that you don't use plastic bags. I know that some of you compost. For those of us who don't, what do you suggest?
I actually do use plastic right now. I also use the paper bags I still have from the store. Once I run out of garbage bags I am not sure what I am going to switch to. I don't have a real opportunity here to compost since I live in an apartment with limited space right now and extensive recycling options are pretty limited too. I believe there are products out there that are more biodegradeable but I am still researching that. I would definitely like to hear what people are using too.
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Originally Posted by auburnchick View Post
So here's a question...

What do you do about your trash? Given the responses here, I'll assume that you don't use plastic bags. I know that some of you compost. For those of us who don't, what do you suggest?

We compost and recycle most of everything so we only have like one garbage bag a week and we use plastic biodegradeable ones. Food stuff goes into composter, large yard wastes that can't be recycled gets picked up by our local recycle organization to be composted and sold, newspaper gets picked up by them too as do the hard plastics. Surprisingly, our area has a pretty decent recycle system.
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