smurfy88
Environment
August 24, 2010 at 11:49 AM

So I am taking a healthy environment class in school and has got me interested in different things. What do YOU do to help save the environment?

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  • SamoandTimBug
    August 24, 2010 at 12:45 PM

    Recycle, buy locally, and try to cut back on the processed products we eat and use.  Unfortunately I live in a fairly rural area, so there's no public transport and cycling is NOT an option with the terrain and traffic, so I use more than my share of gasoline.  We just bought a house, so we're discussing solar panels to at least supplement our electric.

  • Vegetarianmama
    August 24, 2010 at 12:49 PM
    Recycle. I don't really buy many new things. Save electricity. Use our bathtub to wash clothes and dry them on the line. No shampoo.. I use Dr Bronners for everything. No meat, eat fairly local and fresh.. We do have processed foods but I try to keep them to a minimum. Public trans, a small car(which isn't working well for us..too small).. Oh and change the light bulbs, make old things new(furniture and such).. Try not to use too many chemical cleaners(tea tree, vinegar and dr bronners works great.. Oh and baking soda and lemon)... All that jazz.
  • rkoloms
    by rkoloms
    August 24, 2010 at 8:18 PM

    Recycle

    buy local and second hand

    make our own cleaners, from non-toxic ingredients

    take public transit

    we don't eat meat

    use compact fluorescent bulbs

    bring our own bags to stores

  • Elsasmom
    August 24, 2010 at 8:23 PM

    Recycle, walk to as many places as I can, non-toxic cleaners, bring my own grocery bags to the store, we've cut way back on meat something I thought I'd never get my husband to go along with, try to buy as responsibly and local as possible. 

  • ziff130
    by ziff130
    August 25, 2010 at 8:04 AM

    Recycle

    I use reusable bags for the store

    My purse is made from recycled drink bags by women in third world countries to raise money

    I use a Diva Cup instead of tampons

    I never use paper plates/utensils

    I reuse my ziploc bags and one day when I have more money I'm going to buy reusable ziploc bags

    I teach my children to respect the earth and keep it clean

    Save energy all ways possible -- turning off lights, using energy efficient light bulbs...etc.

  • DestMasters
    August 25, 2010 at 12:35 PM

    Recycle

    Freecycle

    Donate what I can't Freecycle

    Use reusable bags for shopping, most of which I've made myself from fabric scraps

    Buy locally

    Try to have only one "errand day" so I'm not out and about in the car every day

    Make our own cleaners, detergents, soap and use only eco and human friendly ingredients when making them.

    Use cloth rags instead of paper towels

    Use CFL bulbs

    Make sure all the lights and applicances (tvs, radios, game systems) are off when leaving a room

    Use the clothesline whenever possible 

  • Bitterroot
    August 25, 2010 at 12:43 PM

     

    My frugal and/or eco-friendly tips/tricks:
    • breastfeed
    • cloth diaper
    • recycling
    • shop gently used stores before buying new
    • weekly meal menu and monthly grocery budget
    • all-natural cleaning products like vinegar or lemon juice (saves $$)
    • homemade detergents
    • no cable or satellite
    • used cars with no monthly payment
    • gardening (veggies and herbs)
    • turning heat down 5 degrees in wintertime and cooling/AC up 5 degrees in summertime
    • mama cloth
    • family cloth (I can only get myself to use this for No. 1 only)
    • line drying clothes (sometimes)
    • hand-me-downs from my eldest to my middle (too much of an age gap between middle and youngest)
    • coupons
    • walking instead of driving
    • vacationing locally versus cross-country
    • Netflix
    • eating meat only 2 or 3 times a week.  Other than that, it's high-protein foods like beans.
    • I don't buy junk food. Ever.  Well, I take that back! I bought fixins for S'mores this past weekend.  But I never buy pop and never buy chips.
    • We never eat out anymore.

    I would like to sell our Victorian home and purchase something with less mortgage payment, and less maintenance and upkeep.  But my DH is against that idea.  Ahhh...well, I'll keep trying.

  • smurfy88
    August 25, 2010 at 12:51 PM

    what is a mama cloth

  • DestMasters
    August 25, 2010 at 12:54 PM

     Reusable, cloth menstrual pads.

    When my youngest starts getting her periods, we'll be using these. I'm already starting to make them and gather a supply.

    Quoting smurfy88:

    what is a mama cloth