Thursday, April 23, 2009

You might as well call me a tree-hugger.

Just in case you didn't hear about it, it was Earth Day yesterday.

I celebrated by:

Drinking my skinny caramel latte from a recyclable cup (but then threw the cup in the trash)

Carpooled for lunch (in a larger, less fuel-efficient vehicle than my own)

Intended to save fuel by planning evening with minimal driving, while considering family's schedules (ended up traveling more than normal ... long story)

K Belle took 2-minute shower to save 180 gallons of water (while I filled the tub to relax in the jacuzzi)

Baby steps. Baby steps. 

Don't send me hate-mail. I am really trying. For real, ya'll.

I've been doing small things like, using my re-usable shopping bags, instead of those plastic bags you get at the store. Look at these ... how cute! Go here to get them & the rest of the website is also fabulous.

I've limited my drinking from plastic water bottles.

K Belle has been a huge help by turning off all lights in the house all the time. We basically live in the dark.

I try to pay most by bills online and go paperless.

Bought this incredible cleaner that smells divine and is chemical-free, all-natural, & earth-friendly. Once you try it, you'll never want to buy 409 or Lysol again.

Seriously, try it. Go here, there's a cleaner for everything.

What are you doing?


Rach@In His Hands said...

My reusable grocery bags are SO cute....they're the only thing that gets me to grocery shop.

We live in the dark, too.

sara said...

hmmmmmmm......recycling?! oh wait, I do clean with vinegar instead of cleaners...does that count?

Molly said...

My aunt gave me a set of those bags for Christmas and I have only had to take 2 plastic bags from a store since (in over 4 months!)

They fit in even the smallest of purses. I have one in my purse, two in the car, one in the kitchen and the spouselet has the other.

I am in love!

The only problem now, I don't have can liners for the bathroom anymore. :)

RachelQ said...

I make my own detergent
we use cloth bags for shopping
we each have our own water bottle (nalgene)
I use vinegar to clean around the house..baking soda to scrub
I still take long hot showers, recycling is a pain because we don't have curbside pick up.. and we keep our house COLD!!!LOL

thedomesticfringe said...

You're doing a better job than I am.

If you're a tree hugger, I'm a tree cutter.


H-Mama said...

"Tree Hugger!" ;)

I'm tryin' too... baby steps. Cute bags, love the cleaner...

Donnetta said...

Tree hugger. :)

Lois Lane II said...

My groceries won't fit in those itty bitty bags!! ;)

Seriously? Well, Hubby and I carpool at lunch -- we tried to carpool to and from work, but...yeah, that doesn't work.

I get one bottle of water a day -- and refill it throughout the day. That's more economic than Earth-wise, though.

We should do more, though.

H-Mama said...

I'm going to link you on this post for these cute bags. :)

Jeanette said...

Don't buy bottled water anymore and just found Gatorade in the powdered mixes! YIPEE!!!

Hang my clothes to dry and then use the dryer to fluff and get the wrinkles out - maybe 10 minutes per load.

Mostly doing all of this to keep the bills down but it also helps the earth :}

Rachel said...

You tree-hugger. ;)

I don't use the reusable bags. I should. I think about buying some every time I'm at Walmart, but I know me and I know I will forget them every. darn. time. I go to the grocery store.

We use the CFL bulbs and buy water in the gallon instead of bottles, although my hubby has started getting some bottles to take to class. But we won't compromise on purchasing water. No one in their right mind wants to drink from the New Orleans public water supply. :)

Sara@i.Sass said...

I applaud all the little things you do!
I started using the reusable bags for shopping, any and all shopping I do. I love the bags from Aldi. they are HUGE. I also have a few Target bags and an Ikea bag that keeps frozen food cool. I need more of those.
Now I need to work on my bottle consumption. Guilty on that charge. :(

jennifer said...

You know? I hadn't even thought of the fact that we pay our bills on line in actually enviro-friendly. Cool!

I could definitely do more than I do.

BaronessBlack said...

Having the choice would be nice!
We have curbside pick-up for our rubbish but you have to put it in the right boxes, and if you throw away anything recyclable in your land-fill bags, the rubbish-men can refuse to take your bags and just leave them on your doorstep.
Also, our tax on fuel is HUGE, and there are quite deliberately not enough parking spaces in our county.
But we do have good public transport! And we get to feel smug!

Debra said...

Well, we don't buy bottled water anymore, unless we are traveling out of town and get thirsty, so I guess that's still not good. Ok, so I'm not very good at this....but there's always hope. :)

Debra said...

I know you already have a lot of awards, but I think it's kind of like shoes, can a girl ever have too many? I think you greatly deserve another one, if you'd like to come by and check it out!

Jackie @ Our Moments Our Memories said...

I am SO bad in all these areas. I love my plastic bottles for water (Shame! I know!) but I do reuse them over and over and over, so I feel a little better about that. I take super fast showers. I try to use better cleaners, but not always. Maybe I'll try that cleaner you mentioned - if it works that good, I have no problem switching.

fransmomma said...

at least you KNEW it was earth day. thats more than i can say for myself. i must live under a log.