Green bees – how do you balance what's best?

posted 3 years ago in The Lounge
Post # 3
3698 posts
Sugar bee
  • Wedding: August 2013

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
4819 posts
Honey bee
  • Wedding: May 2012

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
477 posts
Helper bee
  • Wedding: July 2013

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.

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