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Do Tell: How Do You Live Green?

We live in a time where everyone must do her part to help save our environment. Stars are speaking out and doing everything they can to gain momentum and raise awareness. While most of us are comfortably set in our ways, slightly changing our day to day actions can make a huge difference over time. Whether it is swapping out your light bulbs to energy saving bulbs or recycling, taking public transportation or re-using grocery bags, ladies, do tell, how do you pitch in to save our one and only planet Earth?

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beingtazim beingtazim 8 years
i'm vegan so don't eat meat of course, eat as many organic products/produce as i can using reusable bags, don't drive just take the bus or walk, don't blow dry my hair, hang things to dry, recycle, reduce energy consumption with CFLs etc, buy second hand or vintage... i have started a group here on TeamSugar: http://teamsugar.com/group/422515 I'd love if more people could join and share these practical ideas etc.
nessabum nessabum 9 years
i recycle whenever i can. i use scrap paper a lot. i hand wash things if i really need it and there isnt' enough for the machine. i don't use the dryer to dry my clothes. i don't blow-dry my hair. i don't drive very often.
Vsugar Vsugar 9 years
Bling Bling and I are very much in sync with our practices. We use canvas bags for shopping, we have all CFL lightbulbs in our place, and we keep the lights off almost all the time. We also limit our consumption of meat, although we aren't vegetarians, and eat locally a great majority of the time. We don't buy that much brand new unless we REALLY need it, and we basically only use vinegar and baking soda and herbal preparations to clean with (did you know that making a decoction of fresh sage is a great sanitizer??) I also LOVE the No Impact Man project, which I follow with glee on his blog, here: http://noimpactman.typepad.com/blog/ It's about a family in New York City who are trying to make NO TRASH (also using no toilet paper) for one year. They are also currently using NO electricity (they use solar cells for their computer and cell phone), they use NO non-self powered transportation, and eat only locally grown food (no coffee either). It's extreme, but really interesting, and while I'm sure my impact is pretty significant, has given me a lot of useful tips on how to reduce it. Enjoy.
Ladytronic Ladytronic 9 years
use public transport , our own bags , make my own clothes out of new and recycled clothes versus 3rd world sweatshop stuff; try to eat very locally ,we don't use an electric dryer
rubialala rubialala 9 years
My list is short, but we're trying! Recycle, reuse plastic bags.
blingbling blingbling 9 years
Great topic! Turn off the lights. Recycle everything - including batteries and other things that can harm the environment. my husband and I are both getting hybrids by the end of the summer. Only turn on the AC when absolutely necessary and even then have the thermostat set high. Cloth bags go with me everywhere! NO BOTTLED WATER! Filtered water in my own nalgene instead. Earth friendly cleaning products. All recycled paper products, even if they're not as good (like TP.) Avoiding processed foods and buying organic and local whenever possible. Limiting my comsumption of meat. (I am not a veg, but livestock is a burden on the environment.) Buying energy efficient appliances. We switched all of our old lightbulbs to CFL. Taking quick showers. We are looking into building a house, and if so will consult a green architect first. Trying to incorporate a new thing each month that helps us live more green. Educating myself. Voting with my wallet!
Curious-Alice Curious-Alice 9 years
Turning off the lights Recycle plastic, aluminum, and paper Reuse plastic and paper bags Carpooling I also save almost every piece of paper I use, so that I can use it again as scrap paper for messages, notes, and lists.
Advah Advah 9 years
In addition to what most people said, I don't turn the oven on to heat small quantities and when I do, I tried to bake various things together and make sure I turn it off before the end of the cooking time so that I can use the heat. To defrost food, I leave it in the fridge (it drives me crazy when people put warm things in the fridge!). I use old/cold tea to water my plants. I make sure I have enough clothes to fill the washing machine before putting a laundry one, and when the clothes are not really dirty I use a quick programme and/or cold water.
partysugar partysugar 9 years
I recycle everything and use tote bags for groceries. Oh and I dont want to have kids so I'll be doing something good for our already way over populated world.
fab4 fab4 9 years
I walk a lot instead of drive, and I always turn off lights. I also don;t let the water run while I am brushing my teeth. I'm with popgoestheworld & bluejeanie..why do people feel the need to drive Hummers & Yukons, etc.??? they care more about how they look than the envirnment
popgoestheworld popgoestheworld 9 years
I bring canvas bags to the grocery store with me. If I go shopping to the mall I bring my own bag so I don't have to take the store ones. If I do get plastic bags from somewhere, I reuse them as trash bags or recycle them. I recycle everything I can. I walk everywhere instead of driving. We use a programmable thermostat to save energy during the day. I store things in tupperware instead of using plastic wrap. I'm sure there is more. I'm excited about this post! I hope to get some tips from others out there. I'm always looking for new ways to live a less impactful life. BTW, bluejeanie, I totally agree with you re: gas guzzling cars. With few exceptions, there is just no need to have a vehicle like that. I guess status is just _that_ important to some people....
bluejeanie bluejeanie 9 years
recycling everything possible buying post-consumber recycled products not eating factory farm meat, eggs or dairy products only using earth friendly light bulbs only using my canvas bags for shopping buying locally grown organic food only when in season riding my bike, walking and using public transportation taking short showers doing my own dishes i'm always happy to see gas prices go up...even if it dents my wallet a little. i hope it dents the morons with gas guzzlers' pockets even more. what on earth will it take to get americans to curb their gasoline comsumption?
theworldloves theworldloves 9 years
Remembering to turn off lights I don't use!! Recycling EVERYTHING.
BonjourChaton BonjourChaton 9 years
A couple little things I do is I use canvas bags instead of grocery bags and I stopped using paper towels, now I use cloth napkins.
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