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Old 08-14-2007, 11:33 AM   #41
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Well, we have several bags that remain in our car now and we use those instead of plastic shopping bags. We bought them from Ikea for like 65 cents a piece and they hold an ENORMOUS amount of stuff!

We do not buy the individually packaged products...you know, those single serving snacks? Instead, we buy the larger bag, and give our dd her snacks in reusable storage containers (tupperware). We also do not use sandwich bags or ziploc bags for any reason...we use our tupperware.

These are two ways to be ecologically respsonsible without spending more money. We also own just one car and I either walk to work or my dh drops me off on his way to work. Dd goes to preschool in the same building as his office, so that makes it easy.

We recycle aluminum cans religiously, although it's very difficult to recycle anything else in our town. They have really made it a chore to do, so sometimes we get lazy and don't.

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Old 08-18-2007, 08:50 PM   #42
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Someone mentioned Simple Green earlier in this thread, and I wanted to let everyone know, this stuff makes a terrific ant killer for kitchen counters and other sensitive areas. It kills them pretty much on contact.

I've also used Avon's Skin-So-Soft bath oil spray to kill ants. Plus, if you can find the area where the ants are actually coming inside, you can spray SSS right around that area, and that's it for the ants -- they won't cross the stuff. It doesn't take a lot of the product to be effective. I really love it for this use.
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Old 08-22-2007, 01:02 PM   #43
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I'm not sure if anyone's ever posted about this, but I found a pattern in Simple Knits with a Twist that uses pastic bags that you basically cut into long strips and tie the strips up together to use as "yarn" to make a tote bag. It looks pretty neat, and its a fun way to recycle and knit all in one!
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Old 08-23-2007, 01:56 PM   #44
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a local product that is great, and can be bought online are Chico bags. They are wonderful, small, and reusable! I have them all over my car, attached to my purse, in the house, and use them for Christmas presents every year!
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Old 08-24-2007, 12:47 PM   #45
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Hmph! I went to Target last night because I HAD to get laundry detergent. The only EF deterg they had was one for HE machines. (the name eludes me right now) Anyway I'll go to Home Depot or somewhere else next time.
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Old 08-24-2007, 10:32 PM   #46
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Sometimes High Efficiency detergent can go in both kinds of machines. In an HE machine it just takes less. I think the 7th generation liquid is like that. The opposspite is not generally true. We are still working on a big box of Arm and Hammer detergent that we had when we got the HE machine last October. I use 1 tsp full! too much and it will suds too much in the machine. Sometimes I add an extra rince to make sure all the detergent is getting rinsed from the machine.
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Old 09-05-2007, 07:47 PM   #47
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Does anyone make environmentally safe sm trash bags? I am sick of putting the scoopable cat litter in a bag and knowing it's not going to degrade for a million yrs..or whatever is.

I would like to be able to get them locally if possible.. Trader Joes, Whole Foods, etc. Thanks!
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Hmph! I went to Target last night because I HAD to get laundry detergent. The only EF deterg they had was one for HE machines. (the name eludes me right now) Anyway I'll go to Home Depot or somewhere else next time.
I am totally planning on making my own once i get through this bottle that i already have. of course that doesn't mean that when the time comes i won't change my mind....lol.

I use Ecover fabric softener and LOVE it. The smell is delicious and the cost isn't that out of line compared to regular brands. So I may very well abandon my dreams of making my own detergent but we'll see
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I just bought 3 bento boxes for my girls lunches!

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