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Casa Verde: Did You Know?

This month's Metropolitan Home has shined a light on a few great green ideas that are being implemented globally. Here's to being illuminated:

  • "Ireland is the first country to introduce a plastic bag tax, or PlasTax. The result? A 90 percent decrease in plastic bag use."
  • "In Australia, dual-flush toilets, which use 60 percent less water than single-flush models, have been mandatory in most new buildings and homes for years."
  • "Sweden offers tax reductions, free parking and exemptions from city congestion fees for citizens driving environmentally friendly cars."
  • "Since 2006, Spain has required that solar thermal energy power 30 to 70 percent of the domestic hot water used in all new construction and renovations."
  • "The Swiss must dispose of their garbage using government-issued trash bags. In Zurich, they cost 5 Swiss francs (about $4.50) per bag. The Swiss recycle as much as they throw away."

What smart eco ideas are being put to work in your neck of the woods?

nicolevanmeter nicolevanmeter 9 years
My husband and I recently started recycling. We don't have a program that picks up at our home but we have a drop spot near by. It's amazing how much less trash we have. I am also trying to start using cloth bags when I am at the grocery or Target. It just makes us feel a lot better that we are doing our little part to make a difference.
tiffanysophia tiffanysophia 9 years
We do most of these things in Belgium also...
joannakm joannakm 9 years
while i love reading about these great eco-happenings in other countrie, it also makes me intensely irritated that the u.s. can't be a little more proactive and creative with our own green practices. it seems to always come down to money and cost here. can you imagine americans having to pay $4.50 for a garbage bag?!? people would freak!
Nyrina-Windu Nyrina-Windu 9 years
You make good points. Here where I am only certain people are offered curb side pick up when it comes to recycling certain things. The city actually provides different tubs in different sizes for certain residents in their communities. I like my pick up, but just like you said, not everyone has the time or can drive to where some recycling centers are if they don't have it road side pick up given to them by their city.
beingtazim beingtazim 9 years
i agree with ashcwebb - its really hard for a lot of people who don't have cars to take things to recycling centres, even if they are located next to a Safeway store, which many in Canada are. There's not one of those for a far distance though. good thing that vancouver has curb-side pick-up of recyclables. not everywhere does.
Lovely_1 Lovely_1 9 years
Hoenstly, if my government had a better recycling solution I would be right there! The only hings I recycle are bottles - all the rest are a MAJOR pain in the ass!
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