How much do you actually do for the environment? :?

  • Camz03

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    May 30, 2015 4:16 PM GMT
    http://www.upworthy.com/one-last-stand-for-future-earth-a-retiring-newsman-is-dropping-facts-and-naming-names?c=ufb1

    I'm quite aware that there is a problem and that some people won't admit there is. I recycle glass, but other than that I don' think I make enough effort. Perhaps it's time to be better.
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    May 30, 2015 4:28 PM GMT
    I recycle most of my household waste and I compost my food waste. My general waste (i.e. the stuff that usually goes to landfill or incineration) makes up about 10% of my household waste.

    I try to drive with fuel conservation in mind, which not only pollutes less, but saves money. My home is well insulated and I tend to switch on the heating only when I actually need it (it generally stays off May-Sep (inclusive)).

    I tend to wring the life out of my household appliances and electronic gear (e.g. my last washing machine lasted 18 years, I'm still using my 8 year-old laptop as my main computer and I still have an iPad 1).

    None of which is earth-shattering or requires much effort, but if everyone does their bit, it can make a big difference.
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    May 30, 2015 5:03 PM GMT
    I don't all that much except for personal responsibility in most things that I do, that big ole beast in the garage excepted.

    My new house is all LED bulbs already (man that was expensive to do) and I recycle as much as I can. I'm careful with heat and A/C as much as I can be. I organize errand trip to reduce miles driven as much as I can.
  • Destinharbor

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    May 30, 2015 5:10 PM GMT
    I do what I can to conserve, recycle, etc. I think ultimately the solution needs to be through governmental action, here and elsewhere. I vote for polititions that recognize the problem and act. And I oppose polititions who prefer to pander to the ignorant, Republicans. Ya know, it's sad what's happened to Republicans. Not only do they pander, they proselytize for ignorance and disaster. For money or power. Like Southbeach. There was a time when they acted intelligent.
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    May 30, 2015 5:19 PM GMT
    • I try to reuse rather than recycle
    • When I can't reuse, then I recycle
    • I pick up recyclable trash off the sidewalk. (I always have a bag in my back pocket for picking up my dog's poop so this is an easy thing for me to do.)
    • I change my oil by how my oil looks.....not every 2000 miles. Sometimes I can go much longer.
    • I drive a hybrid
    • I Hypermile
    • I allow my dog to poop in non-pedestrian areas without picking it up.
    • I buy used items from thrift stores often
    • I switched to LED in my business and home
    • I turn off light switches in public places like my gym when no one is in there, especially restrooms.

    There are tons of things I do without even thinking about it anymore that I can't even think of right now. The thing I feel most guilty about is not always recycling glass. My city doesn't recycle glass so I take it to the glass blowing department at a local university, but often times I end up putting it in the trash because it's such a chore to carry it across town.
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    May 30, 2015 7:13 PM GMT
    Radd said• I try to reuse rather than recycle
    • When I can't reuse, then I recycle
    • I pick up recyclable trash off the sidewalk. (I always have a bag in my back pocket for picking up my dog's poop so this is an easy thing for me to do.)
    • I change my oil by how my oil looks.....not every 2000 miles. Sometimes I can go much longer.
    • I drive a hybrid
    • I Hypermile
    • I allow my dog to poop in non-pedestrian areas without picking it up.
    • I buy used items from thrift stores often
    • I switched to LED in my business and home
    • I turn off light switches in public places like my gym when no one is in there, especially restrooms.

    There are tons of things I do without even thinking about it anymore that I can't even think of right now. The thing I feel most guilty about is not always recycling glass. My city doesn't recycle glass so I take it to the glass blowing department at a local university, but often times I end up putting it in the trash because it's such a chore to carry it across town.


    "I turn off light switches in public places like my gym when no one is in there, especially restrooms"

    I drive folks crazy with doing this. I had someone jokingly (I hope) call me the "light nazi"

    "I switched to LED in my business and home"

    I've only got a couple months' worth of bills so far, but according the the summary from the electric company, I'm doing less than half the usage as my neighbors. Cost me $400 or $500 in bulbs though. I'll likely never recoup that in savings, but at least I feel less guilty about usage.

    I still prefer to drive a big V8, in fact all of my cars are rather large V8s, so I plan my trips very carefully to as get everything done in one trip. My office is in my home so I don't have a daily commute.
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    May 30, 2015 9:21 PM GMT
    i do about 3/4's of the trash

    i really think only 10% of the recycle actually gets recycled.
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    May 30, 2015 10:24 PM GMT
    pellaz saidi do about 3/4's of the trash
    i really think only 10% of the recycle actually gets recycled.

    Yeah, I heard that most of it is shipped to China and Africa where they're burying it (landfill). It's even worse with toxic chemicals.
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    May 31, 2015 12:00 AM GMT
    Lumpyoatmeal said
    Yeah, I heard that most of it is shipped to China and Africa where they're burying it (landfill). It's even worse with toxic chemicals.


    Here in the UK (and I think in most of Europe) most of the household waste that gets sent for recycling does get recycled.

    E-waste (old TVs etc) and other hazardous waste tends to be a problem. Exporting of e-waste to developing countries is prohibited in the European Union, but the practice remains legal in the U.S. E-waste still makes it out of the EU illegally, but those doing it can be prosecuted, unlike in America.