Howz the recycling going guys?

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    Nov 17, 2008 6:23 PM GMT
    I did some research about laundry detergent and learned that those big bubbly white suds have no bearing on the cleaning ability of the product. But consumers like to see suds, and manufacturers have to add chemicals to do so.

    So I'm going to learn how to clean my clothes in a safer way.

    Other things I've been doing:

    I use grocery plastic bags instead of buying "Glad" kitchen bags.
    I've become more vigilant about recycling and have become active in my building with other tenants.
    I've learned where to drop off old batteries and electronic equipment.
    Purchased energy efficient light bulbs.
    Reuse big envelopes and manilla folders, bubble wrap and packing paper.

    Remember, Obama can't do it all by himself.

    What have you guys been doing?
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    Nov 17, 2008 7:31 PM GMT
    Recycling is important of course, but a last resort as far as I'm concerned. I give more attention to the reduction and/or reuse of goods/products coming into my life.

    So many small things can be done to make a large cumulative effort, I'm glad to see this kind of topic pop up! icon_smile.gif

    As a side note, I'm still in the planning stages of a total gut and renovation, so I'm really looking forward to implementing a lot of great things into the new house; geothermal heating and cooling, super insulation (R40+ walls, R60+ attic), energy star + appliances, etc.

  • EricLA

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    Nov 17, 2008 7:52 PM GMT
    I recycle everything I can. And try to avoid plastic grocery bags and even brown grocery bags unless absolutely necessary. I bring my own bags to the grocery store (Trader Joes or Whole Foods sell the best reusable bags that I use).

    But I'm really relieved L.A. is starting to roll-out composting. They are providing homeowners with pails to collect fruit and vegetable matter, coffee grounds, egg shells, chicken bones, soiled paper (e.g. napkins or towels with food on them, Kleenex, etc.). You then put them in your Green garbage can used for grass clippings.

    I live in an apartment, so I wouldn't get a bucket anyway, but I started my own bucket. I collect those things in a sealed Tupperware container in my fridge until trash day, then add them to my neighbor's Green can. Since I started, I find there's little else I throw away. I used to have to throw away a large kitchen sized bag each week because of decomposing matter, even when the bag was only partially full. Now I can go weeks and weeks without throwing away a bag.
  • JewcyDude

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    Nov 17, 2008 9:04 PM GMT
    My bf and I recycle just about anything possible. After trying for a while to get our apartment to utilize Los Angeles' free multi-family building recycling program, i came home one day to the new blue containers in the garage (new owners i believe had something to do with this.)

    Additionally to help out with the planet, i try to use public transportation, i can take the subway to works (a few blocks walk from the apartment and a few blocks to work once I get off)

    - I take the bus to meet the bf at the gym after work so we dont have two cars.

    - we use recycle poop bags for our two dogs

    - recycle all batteries/electronics

    - use energy saving light bulbs

    - we bring our reusable bags to the stores

    - we try to reuse all products for other uses if possible

    and im going blank, can't remember what else now.

    on a side note. I seriously hate some of the tenants here in this building. They throw their garbage into the recycle bins, it's not like you can't tell the difference. Is it because they get to save a few feet of walking (literally a few feet)?

    and those people who throw in a huge box taking up an entire blue bin because they refuse to take the extra few seconds to break down the box!!!

    ugh!!!!!!

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    Nov 17, 2008 9:19 PM GMT
    mmkay

    Compact fluro's where appropriate (rooms that only have a light on for a few seconds are still normal lights)

    recycled water for the garden
    Public transport as much as possible
    as much local produce as possible as well as home grown
    Solar cells (covers about 80% of electricity usage)
    Green energy for the rest
    Recycle of course, but also work at reducing usage of everything (reduce, reuse, recycle)
    Environmentally friendly cleaners
    take my own bags shopping
    no bottled water
    no Styrofoam
    Preferably no plastic (but thats damned difficult)

    plus other stuff.. I also try to off set any driving/electric usage/holidays and so on.
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    Nov 17, 2008 9:23 PM GMT
    I've stopped pooping.
  • luvs2travel

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    Nov 17, 2008 9:45 PM GMT
    FYI - in the Gaiam catalog, you can by an indoor composting unit. It is a plug-in thing, but very low energy and you can place all kitchen waste, animal waste and more. It heats the stuff and turns it into compost that you can use in planters, or just leave outside. Might want to check it out if you are interested in recycling/composting.
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    Nov 17, 2008 9:55 PM GMT
    organic stuff is recycled here-which is 70% of my garbage
    usual recycling with plastic and glass, paper, paper products. my own cloth grocerybags.

  • DuggerPDX

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    Nov 17, 2008 10:11 PM GMT
    Oregon is big on recycling, so between our curbside bins and our compost bin not much makes it to the trash. I was really excited to read just this weekend that we will be able to recycle solid Styrofoam finally. Now I can take all the pieces I was storing in my shop to the transfer center.
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    Nov 18, 2008 5:26 PM GMT
    A few other things....

    When I am stopping into the local corner market, I decline a plastic bag. Sometimes you can just put a few things in your backpack, you don't need a new plastic bag.

    Also, I work in the landscaping industry, and am implementing more natural chemical free methods of fertilizing and insect control.

    And as others have already said..........no more bottled water. I refill an old one with boiled/tap water.

    ...and no more soaped brillo pads.....just a steel wool pad with dishwashing liquid.

    All these little thigs add up.
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    Nov 19, 2008 2:31 AM GMT
    DuggerPDX saidOregon is big on recycling, so between our curbside bins and our compost bin not much makes it to the trash. I was really excited to read just this weekend that we will be able to recycle solid Styrofoam finally. Now I can take all the pieces I was storing in my shop to the transfer center.


    Dugger - I must have missed that. Could you please forward me the location? I've been saving styrofoam for months!
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    Nov 19, 2008 2:52 AM GMT
    I never gave much thought to light bulbs until recently. For years, I've used one of those 300 watt halogen dimmer lamps in my living room. 300 watts!

    I got rid of that. Now I'm using a 20 watt compact florescent that gives off just as much light. I can't believe I didn't make that switch long ago.

    I'm using less than 1/10th the energy and getting the same amount of light.
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    Nov 19, 2008 3:37 AM GMT
    McGay saidI've stopped pooping.


    Hope you're not a bottom! icon_eek.gif
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    Nov 19, 2008 3:37 AM GMT
    I switched bulbs etc. my electric bill is 5cents per kilowatt hour-generally I don't pay more than 15$/month. I never leave lights on, I turn the heat on for 15 minutes then off.
    My footprint is small but still there's room for improvement.
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    Nov 19, 2008 4:02 AM GMT
    McGay saidI've stopped pooping.


    You're full of s#@t !

    :: tongue in cheek ::
  • cityguy39

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    Nov 19, 2008 4:28 AM GMT
    My building recycles and I too also use my store plastic bags for my kitchen garbage can, every little bit helps. Here in Chicago large building units are required by law to recycle, unfortunately it's not really inforced and single family homes are left to their own devices or imagination.
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    Nov 19, 2008 4:41 AM GMT
    like m59254, I'm also big on re-use. Anything used twice or more times is a win/win.

    I re-use all washable plastic food containers from take-out etc, and use them in the fridge, sending leftovers, taking things to friends, and for loose screws, etc.in my tool closet. I wash and save my peanut putter jars, use them to store leftover paint for clients.

    Think twice before buying packing boxes or "peanuts" - get them in the trash area outside Pottery Barn or the like.

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    I especially don't like to throw away lumber or miscellaneous bits of hardware - not only do I have that little piece when I need it, but I don't have to spend the time going for it, or money to buy it, or travel.