My daughter-in-law is new to living a green lifestyle. I give her credit for being brave enough to ask questions when she is confronted with ideas she has never encountered before. Recently, she asked me to join her at Wal-Mart, one place I rarely (if ever shop at). I figured since I was there I would pick up some toilet paper which I needed at the time. To my surprise I couldn’t find a single recycled roll of toilet paper in the store. Knowing she can ask me anything, my daughter-in-law asked me why I wanted recycled paper since I would flush it instead of recycling it. I realized she hadn’t thought that question through, so I simply answered her honestly. I told her I wasn’t about to have a tree cut down simply for me to use it on my behind and flush it away. My choice to use 100% recycled toilet paper still means I have trash to dispose of, unfortunately.
Monthly Archives: April 2012
I challenged myself to live with as little use of electricity, and gas along with creating zero waste this week. It wasn’t always easy, but I have found a few things I will continue, along with a couple of things I really missed. I promised an update on how the week went, so here it is.
Tuesday my home state of Pennsylvania held their primary elections. Since I am not a Democrat nor a Republican I can not vote in a primary in this state. And that’s okay with me this year. I have decided I will not vote this year at all. This was a hard decision and one I am not taking lightly.
Richard Armour said, “Politics, it seems to me, for years, or all too long, has been concerned with right or left instead of right or wrong”
Tomorrow is Earth Day. I have decided to challenge myself to conserve more, not just on Sunday but for the entire week. I have for a long time now put the earth and our environment before my wants. But this week I am going to try to reduce my consumption even further. Here’s my plan…
In a time where everyone, not just Americans, are feeling the pinch to their wallet, out come article after article on how to save money. Today I was at the local library when I noticed the current edition of Real Simple Magazine, tempted by an article titled Act Small, Save Big: Everyday strategies to save $5,000 this year, so home it came with me. I will say first off I have never been a fan of this magazine, but most of the ideas in here are nothing I would suggest to someone needing or wanting to save serious money. Here’s my take on the article and my suggestions for saving real cash.
Food packaging makes up 20% of our solid waste nationwide From No Impact Man
But I have to eat! Yes, you do and finding food with less packaging is getting harder and harder each day. As a vegetarian, and one who avoids most processed and canned foods, I would like to think I create less waste than the average adult.
When I moved into my home, last May, it didn’t take long to meet a few of my neighbors. It was a beautiful day and I had taken a book outside to sit in the sun and read. Little by little chairs were dragged over to join me and my book was quickly forgotten. The view from my front door faces an open field with nothing but weeds and I mentioned how it would be nice to have that area cleared so we could have a garden there. I envisioned a place where we could gather to have picnics and just hang out. One of my neighbors picked up her phone and called the management office to see if this could be done. That was the start to our community garden.
The Unites States Postal Service is operated at a very high cost to both our country financially and to the environment. The latest proposed changes got me to thinking about the actual costs we incur when we do business with the Post Office.
These costs go way beyond those that come to mind first. My first thoughts centered on the amount of fuel used to transport the mail either by truck or plane to it’s destination. But this issue is much bigger than that. From the added deficit incurred by our country to the waste of water to produce and recycle the paper we use. To the use of heavy metals in the ink in much of our junk mail which cannot be recycled.