Thursday, April 22, 2010

Live Greener

T - digital montage

"We do not inherit the Earth from our ancestors, we borrow it from our children. " - Native American proverb

Taylor and I are trying to live greener one simple green step at a time. It's not easy and we are having to change our ways and be reminded of steps we can take - remembering that every little action helps. It's a mind-set, a lifestyle and I have to admit that I am not always conscious of it.
I got a great little book for Christmas last year from my nephew to help me. It's called "The Little Green Handbook - 145 Simple Steps to Save the Planet". It's full of gentle reminders and new tips for living green, in and away from home. Putting into practice all these little things can add up and if we will all just do what we can we will leave the earth a better place for our children, and their children and so on - Small changes can make a big difference.
A few things I try to remember to do are:
- carry by reusable grocery bag with me
- use a reusable coffee mug instead of getting a paper cup each visit
- reuse the water from the dehumidifier for plants needing water outside
- turn off the water while I brush my teeth
- turn the lights off when I leave the room, always
- unplug appliances (easy enough to do but I don't do it often)
- wash clothes in cold water
- use the dishwasher, instead of washing by hand, letting them dry naturally
- use cloth towels instead of paper napkins, always
- burn soy candles
- use cast iron skillet instead of teflon coated
these are just a few I can think of at the moment.
What's one thing you are currently doing in an attempt to live greener?

Indeed it's not always easy being green. Happy Earth Day!


Diahn said...

We use refillable water containers, instead of buying water bottles. And we recycle EVERYTHING.

Great post!

georgia b. said...

these are all great {and simple} ways to be earth conscious. some of these things i already do, but some i could easily adopt. thanks for the reminder!

and this photo collage... absolutely creatively cool!

oh, p.s. can i link to your post in my earth day post?

gayle said...

One thing we do that makes a big difference in waste is using refillable stainless steel water bottles.

Char said...

i do a brita pitcher instead of bottled water. i do the coffee mug thing and i've replaced all the light bulbs.

Relyn said...

I love this post. I've already gone to my library's website and requested that they purchase this book for our library system. I already do a lot of the ones you listed. Not coffee mugs since I don't drink coffee. And not reuseable bags when I grocery shop since I only shop once a month. I would never, ever have enough bags. But, when I errand shop I never take a bag. My purse is huge. I also recycle absolutely everything except things for a compost pile.

Oh - I almost forgot - great digital collage!

Claire said...

calvin and i use solar panels to heat our water. we also use a back boiler in winter to heat the radiators. i also use old tea to watre the plants. i try my best to do most things on your list as well. there are a few items though that i was not aware of. thank you for letting us know about this book. i am going to try and get it.

ELK said... that is one fantastic earth day image!!

compost all coffee grounds,veggie peels etc. we have a rain barrel, hang laundry when possible, create art out of old paper & cloth ;)

smith kaich jones said...

wow! that is one amazing photo collage! wow! again!

:) Debi

Joy said...

recycle, recycle, recycle - I even have the kids hooked. We're always trying to re-invent something that used to be tossed away.


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