Archive for the 'Going Green' Category

13
Mar
08

Going Green – Water Bottles

Hello to all you water lovers! I know it’s tempting to buy a bottle of water when you’re thirsty or when you go to the ball park, the mall, the gym, etc. Resist the urge! Go out and buy you a nice $10 Nalgene water bottle, or two or three.           nalgene           

Keep one in your car, one at the office, and one at home to take with you to the gym. Now, $10 for a water bottle is a little much but these suckers are indestructible and they come in a vast variety of colors, shapes, and sizes. Now you’ll never be thirsty because you’ll have your water bottle with you at all times. Ladies, they make small ones too that can fit in your purse.  Now, enough product promotion and on to saving the planet! About 1.5 million tons of plastic are used in the bottling of 89 billion liters of drinking water each year. That’s enough to make two water filters for every household on the planet! One billion people around the world lack access to clean drinking water. So while you’re out buying your nice new shiny water bottle, stop by Bed, Bath & Beyond or Walmart for that matter and pick you up a Pur Water Filter for your kitchen faucet.    pur                            

This will not only help give others drinking water but it will save you a bookoo of money! Bookoo = a crap load 🙂

13
Mar
08

For all you creative minds…

This is not only for the creative minds but also for the going greener’s… Check this website out, it’s a super fresh hot mess! 🙂 superuse.org         
This is some of the cool stuff you’ll see there……………….   
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22
Feb
08

Green Living the REALSIMPLE Way

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10
Feb
08

Going Green in the Bathroom

Taking a shorter shower.                                                              

Every two minutes you save on your shower can conserve more than 10 gallons of water and that can add up. If everyone in the country saved just one gallon from their daily shower (or 12 seconds), over the course of a year it would equal twice the amount of freshwater withdrawn from the Great Lakes every day. The Great Lakes are the world’s largest source of freshwater. So what does this all mean? Shorten your shower by 12 seconds to conserve water… that’s 12 seconds people! 12 seconds!                      

Brushing your teeth.         Turn off the tap while you brush your teeth. You’ll conserve up to 5 gallons of water per day. Throughout the entire US, the daily savings could add up to 1.5 billion gallons – more water than is consumed per day across all of NYC. Another option, and one that Jennifer Anniston has adopted is brushing your teeth while in the shower.     
Toilet flushing.         Try to flush just one less time per day, and you’ll save about 4.5 gallons of water which is as much water as the average person in Africa uses for a whole day of drinking, cooking, bathing, and cleaning. WOW!       

03
Feb
08

Green Thoughts

Don’t forget to comment on my posts and leave your thoughts, ideas, experiences, etc!

01
Feb
08

Going Green – Paper

Alrighty, here we go! Are you ready?This is not taken directly from the book but it’s just my first challenge to you. Jason and I already do this and it has made such a huge impact on my daily life at home and at work…Recycling PaperIt’s the easiest thing you can do to save the planet.There are several ways you can go about doing this and I will share with you what has worked best for us.1. This one is good for those that live in an apartment and this is how we started. When you go to the grocery store start asking for paper bags for your groceries (especially if they have handles). When you get home, find a nice place for them. We put ours under the sink in the kitchen. One at a time, start throwing all your paper goods away in these grocery bags. Once one is full, recyle it. Most likely your apartment complex will have a recycle bin. If not, take it back to the grocery store, they will. You might want to put one of these bags in each room. If you’re all about aesthetics though, you might want to invest in a square waste basket to hide the brown bag in 🙂 Oh, and next time you go to the grocery store, take all your plastic grocery bags with you and recyle those too!2. This is what we do now…. First things first, go out to Ikea and buy this –  If you don’t have an Ikea, I’m sure Walmart will have something similar. It’s a bin with a flip lid and it’s just perfect for recycling! It’s larger so it holds a lot more than the paper bag. Not to mention that it’s better looking. Am I right ladies?! All you have to do when you’re ready to go to the recycling bin is dump it out. We also have one for all our plastic & glass bottles but that’s another day. :)So, start there. Take all the paper you throw away and put it in a separate container. You will be AMAZED at just how much of your trash IS paper.

01
Feb
08

Going Green

A couple weeks ago I bought a book called “The Green Book.” I would have never even thought about buying this book in Houston or Nashville mainly because recycling is such a big deal around here and secondly because I now work in a bookstore.So, I figured because of there’s not a lot of publicity on “going green” in H-town or Nashvegas, I’m assuming most of you don’t think about it often. If you do, then many kudos to you! You are my greenies!Starting ASAP, I am going to be posting excerpts from the book that I have either taken on myself or think it would apply to you. I will be challenging each and everyone one of you to act on them. Then, after a week of practicing that new thing, tell me about your experiences, thoughts, etc, and then pass it along to a friend, share the wealth, and see what kind of impact you can make on the world. This is going to be my imapct!Be looking forward to some quick and easy steps you can make to change your life and the world. If you can change one thing in your lifestyle to help the planet then that’s better than not changing anything at all!Reduce, Reuse, Recycle!




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