Green Habits

This topic has been on my mind lately, so I was happy to stumble across it on Wayfaring Wanderer’s blog as well. She’s hosting a giveaway and asks us to list a few things about our ‘green’ habits.

A Few Things I Do Now:

Use my own reusable shopping bags the majority of the time.
Recycle all paper, cardboard, metal, and plastic.
Print paper on both sides in our printer.
Am beginning to use cloth napkins more regularly.
Recently purchased glass food storage containers because I’m starting to get creeped out by storing all my leftovers in plastic!
Use cold water for laundry, except for things that get really dirty like towels and undies.
Hubby takes the bus most days.
I donate as much as possible to charities rather than throwing stuff away.
Combine errands to save time and gas.

5 Things I Don’t Do Now But Easily Could:

Save our glass containers to be driven to the recycling center (they don’t take them curbside.)
Buy more food in bulk.
Try to locate nearby farmer’s markets.
Stop subscribing to paper versions of magazines that are available online.
Also on my mind, as WW suggests: fixing our leaky faucets and finding healthier cleaning products.

While we’re on this topic, has anyone ever found convenient ways to dispose of electronic waste? Or more specifically, cassette tapes? I have a binful of dubbed tapes that I doubt Goodwill would want, but I hate to just toss them into the landfill.

Please share your ideas as well!
Photo by my hubby


Wayfaring Wanderer said...

You go girlie....You really went above and beyond in the "5 things you do" category.....I really need to get glass containers, too.....I'm putting that on my list!

I use cold water for my laundry as well, and in most cases I wear items more than once (especially jeans) before washing them.

I haven't considered getting rid of my magazines....maybe I should though....I just like having it in my hands!

Thank you for participating :o)

MaryAnn Ashley said...

Those were great ideas. I use cold water for laundry too & a great laundry detergent by BioKleen. They make several great cleaning products!

We donate whatever we can too. Kuddos to your hubby for taking the bus.

I don't have any ideas about the cassette tapes... I'll be thinking.

Donna said...

Good for you. I think its inspiring to see so many people making noticeable changes in their lives as we all become more eco conscious.

MaryAnn Ashley said...

How do you set up your clothes drying line indoors... this is something I want to do over the colder months to help humidify the house... do you use a retractable line... ?

Marfa said...

That's very cool...this week we've had a lot of great things happen too! I made cheese...got raw milk again. I also got a call from the local CSA and I got a spot there!!!

Meadowlark Days said...

Thanks for your comments, everyone! I also feel that to be honest, I should admit that there are still a lot of non-green things I do...mostly these have to do with running my a/c in this hot climate and shopping too much.

Maryann, to dry my clothes in the house, I toss them in the dryer for 5 minutes to cut down on wrinkles, and then just put them on plastic hangers and hang them on the shower rod, doorknobs, etc., to airdry. Yes, it would be better to rig up a line in your basement if you have that option!

Martha, someday I want to be in a CSA!

elizabeth said...

enjoyed reading this! thank you.