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My Quest For A Greener Life

Updated on June 11, 2015

"Thoughts About Going Green"

The first thing I'd like to make clear is that I'm not, by any means, a poster child for the eco-movement.

I love to travel but I don't like airplanes and I've had a couple of really, really disastrous train trips so travel by car is my first choice.

I'm sure I waste more than my share of stuff and buy things I shouldn't. Need to work on that, too.

That said, I do believe that it's important to do whatever I can to live a healthier life and be more earth friendly.

So this article is about some of the small steps that I'm taking to do my part. I don't know 'em all, that's for sure, but as I figure things out, I'll share what I learn."

Russian River Valley - Sonoma County, California
Russian River Valley - Sonoma County, California

Be Aware - Be Mindful

Notice The Little Things...

Quest For A Greener Life, I've developed an awareness or a mindfulness that I didn't have before.

Being mindful of what I'm buying.

Being mindful of waste.

Being mindful of the consequences of my decisions.

Being mindful of the impact on the future.

This is the easiest and most important way to start living a greener life. That's a good thing.

I love this photo that I took of the Russian River Valley in Sonoma County, California....how can we not protect this beautiful world?

What Is A Carbon Footprint?

Calculate Your Carbon Footprint.

Photo courtesy of didier vidal

According to Carbon Footprint.com, "A Carbon Footprint is a measure of the impact human activities have on the environment in terms of the amount of green house gases produced, measured in units of carbon dioxide."

Of all the green websites out there, I think their definition is the most concise.

Their mantra is "It doesn't cost the earth to save the planet." I love that. It really illustrates the fact that it doesn't have to be an overwhelming task.

Put another way, our ecological footprint is the land that's needed to manage what we consume and waste. For each American, that computes to about 25 acres. That's about 20 acres more than can be sustained globally!

How do we reduce that enormous footprint? Very simply by consuming less.

The simple steps that I'm taking in "My Quest For A Greener Life" are all directly related to reducing my own personal carbon footprint.

The Nature Conservancy has a Carbon Footprint Calculator that's easy to use. You can compute your personal impact or the impact for your household. You'll probably be amazed at the results. Check out Climate Change Calculator.

Buy Less Stuff!

Here's a case where less really is more.

Buy less stuff! Do you really need one more sweater/pair of shoes/coat/whatever? And kids' clothing (if a sibling isn't wearing it) is easy to get rid of. In fact, it's smart to buy kids' clothing at garage/tag sales or resale shops like Once Upon A Child.

Here's a link to a website for finding garage sales in your area. It's a pretty new website and all cities and towns might not be included, yet. But give it a try. It's Garage Sale Tips and Maps

A good idea: When you bring something new into the house, get rid of something old - don't just throw it away - donate it or recycle it.

Another good idea: Shop for books at used bookstores. Better yet, check them out from a library. Same thing for cd's and dvd's. My daughter recently needed to read several books for a graduate school class she was taking. She found them at a library and saved herself a bunch of money! Smart girl!

"It doesn't cost the earth to save the planet."

Reusable Shopping Bags
Reusable Shopping Bags

Reusable Shopping Bags

More important than ever...

Use reusable shopping bags. This is not a new concept anymore. It's getting so it's not cool to ask for plastic bags! If you DO use plastic bags, at least return them to the market when you get a bunch. Most supermarkets have a recycle bin for them right by the front door.

Did you know:

"...The average family brings home 1,000 bags every year. Most of those bags end up in land fills. That really adds up - 100 billion plastic bags are sent to landfill in the US each year.

In landfills, it can take up to 1000 years for a bag to decompose. Plastics don't biodegrade, they photo-degrade, breaking down into tiny toxic pieces that contaminate soil and water or harm wildlife."

These bags are just awesome! Besides being sturdy and attractive, did you know that using one Baggu for one year replaces 300 to 700 disposable bags.

See the product description below for more details.

BAGGU Reusable Shopping Tote - 3-Pack,Grey Stripe,one size
BAGGU Reusable Shopping Tote - 3-Pack,Grey Stripe,one size

* One Baggu holds the contents of 2 to 3 plastic grocery bags. Six bags can hold a whole cart full of groceries.

* Baggu Bag handles are the perfect length: you can hold them in your hand, on your forearm, or over your shoulder.

* They are made from super strong rip-stop nylon (holds 25 lbs) so they are light (2 oz) and compactible. They fold into a flat 5 by 5 inch pouch that easily slips in a purse or pocket. That way they are always handy when you need them.

* Baggu bags have a nice big gusset in the bottom so they will sit flat when they are filled (good for eggs & milk.)

 
Olive Oil Cans as Flower containers
Olive Oil Cans as Flower containers

Repurpose, Reuse, Recycle

Thinking Outside The Box

I love this shot of cut flowers in empty olive oil tins! I took it at the Farmers' Market on Bainbridge Island, Washington a few years ago. I think it illustrates perfectly the art of repurposing.

Recycling everything possible is important for several reasons. I don't just mean tossing stuff in our recycling bin. I mean sell it at a tag sale or give it away. If I can't use it there's a better-than-even-chance that someone else can.

Not long ago we turned my "art/workroom" into an extra bedroom. I had a bin of broken pottery and china that I was saving for a mosaic project. Yep, I was going to create a work of art just as soon as I had the time (and the inspiration).

Probably had that bin for (I am not exaggerating) six or seven years. I also had thirty or forty empty wine bottles that I was "saving" so I could make flavored oils and vinegars to give as gifts. I love wine. Am sort of a wine snob, in fact. But I digress...that collection of wines bottles wasn't that old but it did take up lots of room.

Well, I got tough with myself. Admitted that I'd probably never get either project off the ground. And if I get inspired some day, I can either buy a bunch of junk china or collect more empty wines bottles.

I joined the local Yahoo Freecycle group and offered my bins of china and wine bottles to anyone who wanted them. All of it gone in a flash.

Another useful site is Craigslist. If you have books, video games, CDs or DVDs that you no longer want you should look at SwapTree where you can trade them for titles that you DO want. So far, SwapTree is only available in the U.S. but that could change.

Check them out.

Did You Know?

Every ton of recycled office paper saves 380 gallons of oil.

The Recycled Home

This is a wonderful reference with a wealth of ideas for incorporating recycling into your home. Read the product description below for details.

Recycled Home
Recycled Home

Discover the potential of rescued objects with "Recycled Home". In this beautiful book, Mark and Sally Bailey share their passion for the simple and well-made things in life. The look they love is stripped back, focusing on the integrity of the materials and surface quality - perhaps chipped paint showing the layers beneath, combinations of rough textures with clean lines or old materials with stainless steel or concrete. The book begins with the Elements of the Baileys' style. Here they demonstrate key components, including Textures, Storage, Walls & Floors, Lighting and Display. A section on Rooms shows how well the look can work throughout the home, including offices and children's rooms.

 

Goodwill Stores Online - A very nice website

I recently found a cookbook that I wanted called Vegan Brunch and it was about $20.00. I decided not to buy it because I just didn't want to spend the money. Lo and behold, I found it at a Goodwill store a couple of months later for $2.00!!!! I was so excited...be sure to check out Goodwill Stores and Goodwill Stores Online before you make a "new" purchase. With Goodwill Stores Online, you don't even have to leave home!

Now, how convenient is that?

Shop Locally

How far does your food travel?

Shop locally. We live in a small town in Minnesota with lots of farmers who sell their produce and whatever else they grow. If I don't grow it in my own garden I try to buy from our local farmers' market or I go directly to the farm.

Check out the website Local Harvest. You just plug in your zip code and it'll give you a list of all the local food sources within a few miles. You will be amazed, I promise you.

Check out their blog, as well. Local Harvest Blog

Wine Lovers Unite!

Thinking Inside The Box

I love wine. I even consider myself a bit of a wine snob. There was a time, not long ago, when I considered any wine bottle without a "cork" cork to be suspect. And if it had a screw top it had to be, without question, inferior.

There's still the romantic side of me that favors the traditional cutting of the foil and extracting the cork with my very best corkscrew (which is a sweet thing, indeed - quite possibly the subject of another lens).

But I have come to terms with the facts. Boxed wines have come of age. And not a moment too soon.

To top it off, I've just received the latest edition of the "Wine Buzz", a newsletter from WineCountry.Com and there, in black and white, is an article about wines and their impact on the environment. And I quote:

"The use of box, or more technically, a bag-in-box (BIIB), has numerous environmental benefits. Chief among these is the reduction a wine's carbon footprint thanks to less weight of a box than of a bottle. This eases the impact incurred during shipping. Some estimates put the reduction in a bottle of wine's carbon footprint at 50 percent by using this simple packaging switch and the reduction of packaging waste at a whopping 85 percent."

That's pretty heady stuff. Not to be taken lightly. So I'm challenging all you wine lovers out there to give it a chance.

Reducing wine's carbon footprint and reducing packaging waste is worth it in my book. Black Box wines are award-winning wines and if they're doing it, who am I to argue? Check out some of the other wineries who are getting in on this new, environmentally friendly idea.

I'd be really interested in your feedback on this.

Grow A Garden

Big, Small or Container Garden - What's Your Style?

A city garden can be several pots on a patio filled with herbs and garden greens and a cherry tomato plant.

If possible grow a garden. Even just a small "salad garden". Maybe just a tomato plant or two. If you live in an apartment or condo could you plant some veggies in pots on your deck or patio? Plant some herbs, too, if you like to cook. You will love it. You'll get hooked, for sure! You'll be SO proud (as well you should be). Container gardens are IN.

There's more than one benefit of planting a garden. First of all, the stuff just tastes better! Seriously, have you ever tasted the difference between a hothouse tomato and one that has ripened on your very own plant? If you have, you know what I'm talking about. A big, red, sweet, juicy vine-ripened tomato defies description. Ya gotta taste it to believe it.

More important than that, however, is the fact that you know what you're eating - no pesticides, for example.

The photograph shows one way to garden using raised beds. Besides being attractive, raised beds are so much easier to manage because they are accessible from all sides.

If your main garden isn't handy to your kitchen, why not plant containers with herbs, cherry tomatoes, chives, etc. so they're handy if you need a bunch of herbs for a recipe.

A newly planted raised bed garden. Love it.

Jack's newly planted raised bed garden.  Love it.
Jack's newly planted raised bed garden. Love it.

The Benefits of Composting

  1. Suppress plant diseases and pests.
  2. Reduce or eliminate the need for chemical fertilizers.
  3. Promote higher yields of agricultural crops.
  4. Facilitate reforestation, wetlands restoration, and habitat revitalization efforts by amending contaminated, compacted, and marginal soils.
  5. Cost-effectively remediate soils contaminated by hazardous waste.
  6. Remove solids, oil, grease, and heavy metals from stormwater runoff.
  7. Capture and destroy 99.6 percent of industrial volatile organic chemicals (VOCs) in contaminated air.
  8. Provide cost savings of at least 50 percent over conventional soil, water, and air pollution remediation technologies, where applicable.

A Composting Primer

The Rodale Book of Composting: Easy Methods for Every Gardener
The Rodale Book of Composting: Easy Methods for Every Gardener

"Lovers of compost. . .will be able to polish their techniques, and beginners will experience a whole new adventure."

A quote from Eddie Albert, Award-winning actor and avid gardener

-- Review

 

The average gasoline mower tested by the EPA emits in just one hour the same amount of hydrocarbons that a 1992 Ford Explorer emits over 23,600 miles?

Astonishing!

Change Out Your Lightbulbs & Turn Off The Lights

CFL Bulbs Are Energy Savers & Cost Effective

Replace incandescent bulbs with CFL bulbs. It's one of the first changes we made in our quest for a greener life.

This link will help you choose the right bulbs for your particular needs. Find an Energy Saving Bulb

But, do you know why it's important to use CFL lightbulbs? Because incandescent lightbulbs don't just give off light - they also give off heat which generates the greenhouse gases that are contributing to global warming.

At first, I didn't like how those spiraly bulbs looked and I didn't think the light was as good. Then I discovered that they're always dimmer when they're first turned on and they brighten up in a matter of minutes. Also, when they burn out they don't just go dark - they get dimmer and dimmer and dimmer...

The CFL bulbs are more expensive but they last about eight times longer and, in the long run, will use much less energy - about 1/4 of the energy of an incandescent bulb.

Another thing: We used to turn the lights on first thing in the morning when it's still dark and forget to turn them off. That kitchen light was always on! Now I try to turn them off when it becomes light outside. Amazing what you can see with just plain old natural light!

My First Living Green Guide

This was the first book I bought after deciding to take some personal responsibility for my carbon footprint. It's so easy to read. Check it out.

10-Minute Energy-Saving Secrets
10-Minute Energy-Saving Secrets

"From buying more efficient lightbulbs to choosing the right curtains, you can really make a difference in energy savings." (Quote from the back of the book)

 

A lakescape is a beautiful garden that will help stop erosion of our shorelines.

Rain gardens help improve water quality by filtering pollutants from rainwater runoff.

Easy Ways To Cut Home Energy Costs - And A Few Good Reasons Why We Should

Did you know that if every American turned down their heat by six degrees in the winter, 500,000 barrels of oil would be saved EACH DAY?

Did you know that more than a billion tons of greenhouse gases are emitted into the air each year just from heating our homes?

Did you know that for every degree of difference between the outside temperature and the inside temperature of your home your heating and cooling costs can be as much as 10 percent more?

  1. So, turn down the thermostat a few degrees. Still cool? Put on a sweater or sweatshirt. Wear warm socks or slippers while indoors. Do the opposite in the summer...turn the thermostat up and wear lighter clothing.
  2. Keep the furnace filters clean. Either replace them or, for permanent filters, clean them once a month.
  3. Check for possible heating leaks through window and door frames and caulk and weatherstrip the areas that show leakage. Be sure the insulation in your attic is sufficient.
  4. Keep window shades or curtains closed during the heat of the day in the summertime to keep the heat out. Keep them open on a sunny day in the winter for some "solar" heat. In winter, close all window coverings at night to keep heat from escaping.
  5. Shade your air conditioning unit. Plant small shrubs nearby to protect it from the hot sun.
  6. Turn down the temp on the hot water heater and wrap it in an insulating blanket.

Drive Less And/Or Buy A More Fuel Efficient Vehicle

Drive Less. This is a tough one for me. Really, really tough.

In the first place, I like driving. I especially like long car trips. There is so much to see while you're traveling across this great land of ours.

But I'm working on it. Around home I do try to consolidate trips...going for milk? Make sure I don't need anything else from the market. Making appointments for the same day - doctor, dentist, tax guy, whatever.

Purchase a more fuel efficient vehicle. I hate to admit this but we do not have a fuel efficient vehicle at this time. Why? Well, mostly because we own a small smoothie concessions franchise (possibly the subject of a future lens) and we need the big rig to haul our cargo trailer to various venues - art fairs, for example. One thing we did do right (I think) was to not purchase a new vehicle. I guess you could say we "recycled" someone else's SUV when they didn't want it anymore.

We're winding down that little business, though, so as soon as we do that SUV is history!

My Favorite Green Websites

Here are a few websites that I refer to often. Some are serious and some are just plain fun. But they're all dedicated to living well. Click on these links to see what I mean.

I'd just love to hear your comments and suggestions! If you see an error or if a link doesn't work, let me know that, too. Thanks!

Reader Feedback, Please.

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      Cheryl Kohan 5 years ago from Minnesota

      @kougar lm: Thank you!

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      kougar lm 5 years ago

      Well written and full of great information.

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      Cheryl Kohan 5 years ago from Minnesota

      @JJNW: First of all, thank you for the SquidAngel blessing! And I'm happy to read that you and I are on the same wavelength. Trying to be a better steward of the earth is simply what I'm trying to do. I'll never be perfect, though.

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      JJNW 5 years ago from USA

      It is so awesome to hear someone else be mindful of being green, yet not over the top. I feel a lot like this too. Thanks for reminding us that every bit counts and we can all make a difference. *** Blessed by a SquidAngel ***

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      Cheryl Kohan 6 years ago from Minnesota

      @JeremiahStanghini: Thank you so much, Jeremiah. Maybe someday it will be!

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      JeremiahStanghini 6 years ago

      Surprised this isn't a purple star lens....

      With Love and Gratitude,

      Jeremiah

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      Cheryl Kohan 6 years ago from Minnesota

      @BrickHouseFabrics: Thank you!

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      BrickHouseFabrics 6 years ago

      Nice!!

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      Cheryl Kohan 6 years ago from Minnesota

      @Adriana Daniela: Thank you so much, Adriana. The blessing is much appreciated!

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      Adriana 6 years ago from New Market

      Great information. Blessed by a Squid Angel :)

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      Cheryl Kohan 6 years ago from Minnesota

      @ZazzleEnchante: Thank you for the kind comments and for the SquidAngel blessing! I'm honored.

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      ZazzleEnchante 6 years ago

      An awesome lens! An interesting read! Informative, well researched and with some great links to other useful lenses! Blessed by a SquidAngel!

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      Cheryl Kohan 7 years ago from Minnesota

      @toriphile81: Well, thank you very much. So glad that you've found some useful tips. There's always something new to learn about living a greener life, I think.

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      Cheryl Kohan 7 years ago from Minnesota

      @anonymous: Thanks for stopping by - much appreciated. This was my very first lens and I'm so happy to see so many people embracing a new greener lifestyle.

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      toriphile81 7 years ago

      Love this! I practice several of the tips, and now have some new things to add to my list. Thank you for putting all of this together :)

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      anonymous 7 years ago

      Many are with you on their quest for a greener life-style, me included.

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      Cheryl Kohan 7 years ago from Minnesota

      @norma-holt: Thank you very much for the angel blessing, Norma. I do appreciate your kindness. Your calico bags sound great...I use reusable bags all the time but those would be pretty, as well. I am making reusable sandwich and snack bags for my kids and grandkids...and for me!

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      norma-holt 7 years ago

      Great lens. I practice most of these ideas and just made some lovely calico bags to replace plastic in fruit shops etc. They can be easily washed and reused over and over. *-*Blessed*-* and featured on Sprinkled with Stardust and also on Save Planet Earth and Plastic is Death

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      Cheryl Kohan 7 years ago from Minnesota

      @TacTac: You're welcome! And thank you for visiting and the kind words. Much appreciated.

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      Cheryl Kohan 7 years ago from Minnesota

      @delia-delia: Thank you so much for visiting. I did try to be honest in that I strive to be more eco friendly but am not always successful. Once you form a good habit, though, it becomes second nature and many of these tips have become second nature for me.

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      TacTac 7 years ago

      Very inspiring, an excellent resource for green living. Thanks for writing it.

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      Delia 7 years ago

      great subject lens...well written with honesty.

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      Cheryl Kohan 7 years ago from Minnesota

      @VarietyWriter2: Thanks so much for the Angel Blessing! I'll try to be worthy of it.

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      Cheryl Kohan 7 years ago from Minnesota

      @Beejorn: Thank you for your kind comments! I do appreciate the positive feedback.

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      Cheryl Kohan 7 years ago from Minnesota

      @ruilevi: Thank you very much, ruilevi. It IS an important subject.

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      VarietyWriter2 7 years ago

      Blessed by a SquidAngel :)

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      Beejorn 7 years ago

      great lens 5 star!

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      ruilevi 7 years ago

      Beautiful lens about such an important subject,5* and thank you!

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      Cheryl Kohan 7 years ago from Minnesota

      I just want to thank everyone who has commented on this lens. I appreciate the feedback and love that we're all on the same page. I'm still learning. I had to chuckle at HorseAndPony's comment about switching to the wine box...I will admit that that's hard for me, too, but Black Box does a good job of it.

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      HorseAndPony LM 7 years ago

      I am on the same quest. I love going green and this was a great lens. I love your section, Wine Lovers Unite. How funny. We are having a hard time completely switching over to the box. Sometimes we do sometimes we don't. We need to work on that.

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      nickupton lm 7 years ago

      Hope you can make inroads into these ideas of yours.

      The info about the lawnmower was something I was unaware of.

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      Joan Hall 7 years ago from Los Angeles

      There are so many good bits of info here. I'm so glad I stopped by. I had no idea I could shop Goodwill online!

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      JenOfChicago LM 8 years ago

      Great lens - I like how you've set goals for yourself to help yourself be more green.

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      Demaw 8 years ago

      I can relate to saving things for "future projects". I had to also get tough with myself and give away bags of yarn and material that I know I will never get to use among the other "future projects" and unfinished projects. Five star lens.

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      greenerme 8 years ago

      I love this lens! One thing I'm trying to do more of that you mentioned is to buy locally. It's tough sometimes to find local produce, but it tastes so much better. Great work, and lensrolled!

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      johnembrace 8 years ago

      Very interesting lens, Thanks

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      cjones 8 years ago

      Wow! I really enjoyed your lens, being a newbie you not only have helped me with my own quest to reduce my carbon footprint, but you also have given me some really good ideas of how nice a lens can and should look. Bravo!

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      anonymous 8 years ago

      Very practical and simply adaptable. Cheers for such a clutter-free blog!

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      Penny Pincher G 8 years ago

      Great lens! Very useful

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      Snozzle 8 years ago

      Great lens. It's amazing what we can actually do without any real major changes to our lives. It's just a little thought and a few adjustments here and there and these all add up.

      Mike.

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      Alex_Ledgister 8 years ago

      Thank you very much for your tips. I think this is a great lens to get educated on the environment and the importance of going green.

      Alex Ledgister

      http://www.squidoo.com/AlexLedgister

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      RolandTumble 8 years ago

      Bravo! 5*

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      julieannbrady 8 years ago

      Marvelous my dear, simply marvelous! I'm on a quest for a greener and simpler life. Yes, I came to my senses and flipped on my vote. Too much bla bla bla and wanted a change.

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      westgatex1 9 years ago

      I'll definitely take some of these green tips with me, especially the ones about saving money! Great Lens!

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      Green_everything 9 years ago

      This is a really great lens. You've got a lot of really good ideas and information for living a greener life. Please feel free to drop by my lens and say hi when you get a chance.

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      TheBookGarden1 9 years ago

      These may be small steps, but the number of them youhave given covers a huge distance!

      Well done putting together a great personal resource account of going green

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      beachbum_gabby 9 years ago

      Let's make this planet a peaceful and clean place to live. Great lens!

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      SustainableSarah 9 years ago

      Amen sister! That's exactly what it's about- taking small steps! That's what I'm trying to do and what I'm trying to make lenses about so it's so great to see similar attitude and spirit! I noticed that you had a few books on buying local, but not Barbara Kingsolver's Animal Vegetable Miracle. YOU NEED TO READ THIS. It's truly life changing.

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      AlisonMeacham 9 years ago

      A great lens. It is so true that if we all took small steps then it would make such a big difference.

      You have been Blessed by a Squid Angel

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      Moe Wood 9 years ago from Eastern Ontario

      Even the most green person can find one more thing to improve the environment. Great lens. Be green!

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      Cynthia Davis 9 years ago from Pittsburgh

      Wonderful lens, Cheryl. Keep up the good work. 5 stars and favored.

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      anonymous 9 years ago

      Thanks for the great advice!

      If you want to also read more about how you can easily help save our environment, save energy and save money here are my Eco Friendly Solutions.

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      LisaDH 9 years ago

      Good tips for people who'd like to be a bit greener!

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      dok 9 years ago

      Beautiful, informative lens...I've favorited it and given 5 stars!

      IdeasforGoingGreen

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      ecogreenbags 9 years ago

      I agree, the fuel efficiency is one of the toughest parts of "going green" to combat...it's a necessary part of life to travel around, and most of the time it has to be by car. Excelllent work here!

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      neps_00 9 years ago

      Hope more people will join this "green campaign". Let us help save our mother earth not just for us to enjoy but also for generations to come. In out little ways we could help save the environment.

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      enslavedbyfaeries 9 years ago

      Congratulations! This lens was a winner on the Squid's Choice Awards lens.

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      Patricia 9 years ago

      Absolutely love this lens. More great green tips.

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      frances lm 9 years ago

      Lots of information and very practical. Liked how you personalized it too. Really nice lens.

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      KarenKnightBenn 9 years ago

      Very good lens. I am "leaning" in to being greener. I've changed my light bulbs and am going for reusable water bottles. You have lots of interesting fact and websites. Thanks for the insight.

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      June Parker 9 years ago from New York

      Wonderful way to inspire and hopefully those that visit will take heed for the information you have been so kind to share. People need to be made aware of the carbon footprint and stop having so many children, too. Planet earth just cannot continue to support the massive growth of the population. Young women that are still having 4, 5, 6 children need to realize the great stress this will cause the planet in future generations. It is time for every one to realize that this isn't going away until we control ourselves, our population growth and our consumption habits.

      5 stars for a great lens!

      Big Island of Hawaii

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      julieannbrady 9 years ago

      Oh Oh Cheryl! Do ya know, I just came from doing a bit of grocery shopping at Publix and got PLASTIC bags. Do ya know that the young man behind me ... the bagger had already said 'paper or plastic' when she quickly followed it up with 'oh, I see you've got your own!' Well, I must say that I was impressed as I turned to look to see. Love your lens and I hope that my quest for a greener life is as productive. ;-)

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      Dad-The-Lad 9 years ago

      This is a great way to present a really important topic. If just a few people make changes because of your lens then you have done a great thing for us all.Really well done.

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      Dad-The-Lad 9 years ago

      This is a great way to present a really important topic. If just a few people make changes because of your lens then you have done a great thing for us all.Really well done.

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      anonymous 9 years ago

      This lens sounds very useful for people and I rated 5 stars for your valuable lens. Great information about greener life.

      Please add your lens link to my teeth whitening directory. site its fabulous! Wishing you much success.

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      ElizabethJeanAl 9 years ago

      Increasing public awareness is half the battle. Good job.

      5*

      Lizzy

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      EricOlsen 9 years ago

      Great lens! You've go my vote. Keep up the good work.

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      EricOlsen 9 years ago

      Great lens! You've go my vote. Keep up the good work.

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      enslavedbyfaeries 9 years ago

      You've made some great additions to this lens, it's looking top notch! I wish I had a garden like yours, it's beautiful and my kids would love it. Oh and thanks a bunch for featuring me, *blushes*.

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      AnneReidy 9 years ago

      Great lens! Very inspiring to have so many options on what we can do to help!

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      Tony Payne 9 years ago from Southampton, UK

      WOW GREAT LENS! You did an AWESOME job on this lens. Great ideas and I love the way you put it all together.

      Did you know that many grocery stores in the UK now charge you as much as 10p (20cents) for each plastic bag to cut down on plastic usage? If only the stores here would do that. I shop for myself, but a meagre trip to Walmart for grocery items only leaves me with about 10 bags! And a lot of stores seem to have done away with their recycling bins too - so you can't bring the bags back.

      I always find a use for them though... One novel use is that my girlfriend takes a bunch home with her to England (where of course they cost) and she uses them again and again...

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      TheresaMayhew 9 years ago

      Cheryl,

      Love your site. I'm bookmarking it. Your ideas and information will save me time.

      Thanks for a great lens.

      www.theresamayhew.com

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      MerryChicky 9 years ago

      wow, fabulous lens. good job spreadin' the word, sister ;)

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      Karicor 9 years ago

      Some very interesting pointers and tips here that I intend to follow up. My kids go through a lot of batteries with all their electronic toys and gadgets and I've replaced most of them with rechargeable batteries. Being concerned about our children's future on this planet is my strongest motivator.

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      dtbs 9 years ago

      interesting lens! thanks for sharing this info! please check mine out at----------------> Kava Kava.

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      lisawillard lm 9 years ago

      Awesome information! Thanks for all the Go Green tips.

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      irenemaria 9 years ago from Sweden

      Very nice work on this lens! 5starts from me. I lived many many years in ekologic environment. No toxic sprays our own compost and so on. We had all the vegetables from our own garden.

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      irenemaria 9 years ago from Sweden

      Very nice work on this lens! 5starts from me. I lived many many years in ekologic environment. No toxic sprays our own compost and so on. We had all the vegetables from our own garden.

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      TheBookGarden1 9 years ago

      Great Work here! I've rolled it to a whole bunch of my 'Green Lenses'

      Keep up the good work!

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      bigjimj 9 years ago

      Nice lens. There's so many things we can do each day. I've rolled you to my Green Lodging Lens.

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      RuthCoffee 9 years ago

      Wonderful lens, comprehensive and useful tips!

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      purplelady 9 years ago

      Cheryl, What a great lens! I have been mulling over the notion of starting a going green for an older population; but I think that I shall just be sure to link to your lens. Very good information and very graphically pleasing as well. 5 Greens for you! You'll be on my lensroll as well.

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      kab 9 years ago from Upstate, NY

      This is a great lens! 5*, blessings, and a lensroll to What to Do With Your Old Soda Cans.

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      Piksychick 9 years ago

      This is such a well-informed lens. I now live in a country that isn't very well educated on recycling or living green. It's incredibly frustrating but we try to do our bit by not driving and using re-usable bags etc. Perhaps once I learn the language I can start educating. Little by little....

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      John Parr 9 years ago from Montreal

      Great reminders. Very well written lens, I hope it reaches tons of people!

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      RaintreeAnnie 9 years ago from UK

      Thank you for sharing. I like the way you have approached this. Great ideas here that we can add to what we are already doing. 5 stars, lensrolling and adding to my faves :)

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      TomPokNY 9 years ago

      What a great source of information and suggestions!

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      Kiwisoutback 9 years ago from Massachusetts

      Great job on this lens! I agree, small steps are what will make a difference. Too much all at once will just leave everyone exhausted and aggrivated. Favorited this one!

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      gurneywagon 9 years ago

      Wonderfully informative...we already recycle but you've given me more to do! My husband will love that :) 5* and thank you for visiting my lens!

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      Johann The Dog 9 years ago from Northeast Georgia

      Great lens! Happy Earth Day!

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      triathlontraini1 9 years ago

      Fantastic tips! 5 all the way!

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      Susan Deppner 9 years ago from Arkansas USA

      Really, really great lens. I like it a lot. I'm not a greenie fanatic, but I've always believed that we each have a responsibility to practice common-sense earth-friendly habits such as those you've outlined here. 5* for sure.

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      KadabaCo 9 years ago

      We have a lot in common! Except for flying. Very sensible info here! Thanks for stopping by my lens too.

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      Evelyn Saenz 9 years ago from Royalton

      What a great lens! 5 stars and Favored!

      The Purple Gallinulesloved your lens so much that they are sending you some virtual Raindrops to fall gently on your garden.

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      Nathalie Roy 9 years ago from France (Canadian expat)

      Great lens!! reen is good 5*

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      enslavedbyfaeries 9 years ago

      Beautifully done! Full of great information and helpful tips. 5 Stars!

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      chloecavanaugh 9 years ago

      Very Impressed!

      *****

      Looking forward to more from a wonderful Lensmaster.

      Chloe~

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      Jennie Hennesay 9 years ago from Lubbock TX

      Great lens. Lots of good advise and references. :) You only had your broken pottery and china and wine bottles 7 years before you realized you weren't going to get to making anything anytime soon? Well you're ahead of me! I have "stuff" stashed from 15 or 20 years ago that I'm gonna get to someday.

      Guess it's time to clean closets and let somebody have it that can use it.

      Thanks for a great lens

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      bdkz 9 years ago

      This is a really nice lens! I gave you 5 Stars and a Squid Angel Blessing!

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      Robin S 9 years ago from USA

      Excellent and I'm not a poster child either but I do want to do my share.