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February 11, 2008

So I was trying to think of things that J. and I could do to lessen our environmental impact and I came across this list from Fake Plastic Fish. Alot of them are things we are already doing- we take our own bags places, we don’t drink bottled water (we have our own Nalgene bottles that we resuse), we don’t use produce bags and we are getting more and more stuff from the bulk bins using our own containers from home, we just started reusing glass jars from the grocery store, we are in the process of switching to non-toxic cleaning products, we use ebay, freecycle, craigslist and thrift stores instead of purchasing new, we don’t buy premade frozen food, we use all recycled paper products (TP, kleenex, papertowels etc), instead of buying artisan bread we make all our own bread, we use netflix and itunes. So I guess we are doing decently.

 The ideas of hers that we want to try- buying safety razors although I’m afraid we are both going to end up in the ER, use fountain pens with refillable cartridges, start making our own presonal care products in bar form, start composting, and find more eco friendly ways to wrap presents.

Some things she didn’t list but we want to do are try worm composting (we actually found a worm bin of freecycle), we want to start biking to work (right now I am scouring Craigslist for used bikes), we want to switch from plastic cooking utensils to bamboo and then freecycle our old stuff, we want to start using organic cotton napkins instead of paper, we are going through all of our things and really paring down (we are giving the “excess” away on freecycle or selling on ebay, craigslist and, I’m no longer doing paper scrapbooking instead I’m going all digital and ordering the books online, and we want to start doing some organic gardening which since we live in an apartment will probably just be some herbs and flowers for now.

In the long term we’d like to buy a small house and use solar power and green building practices but for now we’ll start with the little things because little things do add up.

2 Comments leave one →
  1. February 11, 2008 8:44 pm

    Sounds like you guys are already doing a great job!

    I do have a goal of buying a bike this year, but to be honest, bikes scare me. My ex-bike messenger husband (he’s an ex-bike messenger, not an ex-husband) has been in many bike accidents and has cut back on his own riding.

    We don’t own a car, so we take public transit, walk, or borrow the occasional ZipCar. But having a bike would be really convenient for those times that walking will take too long and waiting for the bus is unrealistic. And it would be great exercise.


  2. February 11, 2008 9:35 pm

    We have been paring down as things run out. For example we bought cloth napkins and towels once we ran out of the disposable kind. I can’t wait until I finally get rid of all the excess plastic that we have bought over the years, I can’t afford to replace it all at once. We would also like to go solar but we don’t get any direct sun, so we are not sure that it is feisable (to many 100 year old trees in our yard). Start small and work up to the big steps…and thanks for reading my blog!

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