Post # 1
I am by no means super green, but I am working on improving habits and making conscious decisions to lower my carbon footprint. Obviously, it’s something that doesn’t change overnight but is a learning process.
We recycle. We use tumblers to reduce bottled water purchases. We just purchased a cordless electric mower (no gas!) and weed trimmer, we will use cloth diapers if we ever have children. I have a hybrid…that actually gets worse mileage than my civic did!
I struggle though, between being green and ‘modern consumerism’. Case in point, DH and I would like to buy an SUV because we are always doing home reno projects and picking up furniture or tools that require having something bigger than a sedan. But, how hypocritical is it of me to go out and buy an electric mower to reduce carbon emissions, and a brand new SUV the next day (which will cut my mpg in half)?
I could buy used, but I like the safety of knowing a new one is under warranty for ten years. And, well, I’ve just always wanted an SUV!
So, green bees, do you have these types of internal struggles? How do you choose what’s best for you over what’s better for the earth?
Post # 3
Yes, I do have those struggles. And I do try to do what is best for the Earth and future generations, but you/I have to live my life too. Yes, I’d love to not have a car and take public transportation to work everyday. That doesn’t work for me as neither work or home is near any public transport (not even a bus).
I drive an SUV. But I did my research and got one that has really good gas milage for an SUV – I have a Toyota Rav4; I get about 26-28 MPG on average. That’s better than many of the hybrid SUV”s out there.
So do waht you need to do in your life, but do the research and make the best decision for you and for the “green” part of your brain
Post # 4
The biggest thing I do is re use. This allows me luxery of buying/ having “new things” while not having the additional impact on the earth and its production of new goods.
I try limiting what I throw away, and I’ve even keep “garbage” in my purse so that I can recycle it at home. Yes, sometimes it’s gross… dirty and smelly but I’ll still do it 8 out of 10 times.
Post # 5
We struggle to balance this every day.
I’m not a super-greenie either (our lifestyle requires a pickup truck), but I do care about reducing my footprint and try not to be wasteful. We recycle and avoid shopping for things/junk/crap clothes we don’t need (ie, but I will admit our small closets also help keep us in check).
When it came to our wedding, much of our decor was actually from Goodwill, and re-donated after. We also chose a venue that uses biodegradable cleaning products, recycles, and takes part in a local community-supported agricultural program (so we were able to serve in-season, fresh veggies from a garden up the road!). Our invitations were not electronic, but we made sure the papers and envelopes were 100% recycled. Even our favors were fair trade chocolates, responsibly-sourced tea, and shopping bags that are 100% recycled & recyclable.
In my area, being green requires lots of research, which can be fun or tedious. Bottom line, we just try to make conscious choices.