Showing posts with label reducing your carbon footprint. Show all posts
Showing posts with label reducing your carbon footprint. Show all posts

Tuesday, February 2, 2010

day two and we are already learning how to reduce that carbon footprint

Day Two:

Not so bad; I found two more eco friendly products in my house, shampoo and Purex laundry soap. I ended the day with less than 1/3 of a tall kitchen garbage can full of garbage; this alone is quite an accomplishment considering we usually have a bag every day or two.

We planted green beans on the porch and fertilized them with used coffee grounds.

...made bread crumbs out of day old bread and stored it in the freezer; this may seem like overkill but it actually serves two purposes. For one it saves buying bread crumbs in one more container from the grocery store. I also learned today that the garbage disposal is not as eco friendly as one might think. Although the waste does get broken down, the garbage from disposals is putting an unrealistic toll on many of our water treatment plants.

We saved energy by heating up chicken nuggets on the George instead of in the oven; I already had the George hot and thought an experiment was in order. They were still crispy, unlike the microwave.

We cleaned and saved 5 aluminum cans and 3 yogurt containers for future craft projects; one milk jug with which we will make a flower watering can tomorrow.

looking for fair trade and organic labels

So, I have went through my cabinets this morning to see what eco friendly products I am already buying...mmmm.

I found, 1 gallon of honey (purchased from the farmer's market), two containers of Florida Crystals (organic sugar), one very old lonely tube of Tom's toothpaste, 1 tube of hand cream, 7 boxes of herb tea and a bag of Sun Chips.

I'm feeling a little overwhelmed right now, to say the least.

I did move the recycling bin back to the kitchen (not that my complex recycles), but my family is usually responsible for 1 bag of garbage every 24 to 48 hours, so we have to start somewhere. I am currently looking for a box to put scrap paper in to be reused in the home office area.

I did figure out that I can order my cosmetics from the eco friendly Body Shop online, this is very exciting to because I am also very thrifty and they do offer clearance items. I would like to take this moment to publicly apologize to my Avon lady though; she may be one the business casualties in this new adventure.

How I became Considering frugal

Fueled by the growing list of pollution related allergies my family suffered from each day, and inspired by my 97 year old grandmother who could recycle ANYTHING before recycling was cool, back in 2011, I decided (in the spirit of the Julie/Julia Project...) to embark on a journey to see just how much one family could do to change our planet. I didn't consult any other parties before I launched this idea. Thankfully my husband, daughter and son are usually my biggest supporters. Here is the catch; as I'm normally very thrifty (you can note from early blog posts), I was looking for ways that I could reduce our carbon footprint and make socially responsible purchases without increasing our spending. Mmmmmm. We succeed in changing some of our habits a bit and finding ways to reduce our footprint. There were lots of fun epic fails alone the way too! But the biggest change we have made over the course of the last six years, was to move from the mega city of Phoenix to Wyoming. You can read my full bio on my About Me page.

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