Tuesday, 11 March 2008

Green ...

My favourite Green H o T tips
  1. When shopping look for products that come in a reusable container or one you can recycle. Also products with minimal packaging.
  2. Use rechargeable batteries especially in high maintenance items kids toys and radios.
  3. Change your party habits - use washable plates and cups or next best paper - ditch the plastic disposable stuff or at least reduce the use of it - wash and re-use things like cutlery again.
  4. Repair more things rather than throwing them away automatically - if the fault is minor or fixable and you can't be bothered live with it offer it up on Freecycle(It is Worldwide) -someone might be able to use them as spare parts.
  5. Use Less washing powder - unless the load is really grubby half as much works (even on really cr@ppy cloth nappies ).Consider that a Front loader uses less powder and water if you are upgrading.
  6. Use Reusable Shopping Bags ... green or any other new trendy coloured ones. Recycle any plastic bags you do get given.
  7. Compost all your scraps including tea and coffee grounds (feed decomposed scraps to your worms and/or the vegetable stuff to neighbour's chickens )
  8. Drink tap water in a reusable bottle - Clean up Australia estimates only 35% of empty bottled water bottles are recycled - plus there are no extra carbon costs for transportation and emissions.
  9. Your turn ... what green tips can you share ?
H o T is hosted by Barb @ Skittles' Place


Melissa Markham said...

These are great tips! Have a wonderful day!

LunaNik said...

Cut all of the infant towels your kiddos outgrow into quarters and use them as kitchen and cleaning rags instead of using paper towels.

Anonymous said...

Great post!

Use vinegar and baking soda as cleaning agents. They work better than most commercial cleaners. If you want to buy commercial, find cleaning agents that are H2O2 based.

Skittles said...

I have one my mom taught me.. one I used to laugh at! She washes her Ziploc bags so she can reuse them.

These are some really great ideas. Imagine how much better we would all be if we even did just part of them!

Misty Dawn said...

Hey Skittles, I wash my Ziploc baggies too!

GREAT post here! We all need to do our part.

Sarcastic Mom (aka Lotus) said...

Excellent tips! We are just converting to rechargeable batts and we do the coffee grounds. Once we buy a house again (hopefully one more year!) we'll be composting too, as I'll have my own garden again.

Yay, Green!

Charlotte (Charmed Life) said...

GO GREEN! What a great list! i do #6 among others. i shoudl follow #2!
i separate garbage, and recycle the ones that can still be used like plastic or glass containers, boxes, etc.
You have great looking babies!Happy Tuesday!

tumblewords said...

These are all wonderful ideas! I use all of them. Actually, I've reduced my carbon footprint to the point of wondering if I really exist!

Brightonwoman said...

compact flourescent light bulbs--SO cool!

Use bento boxes or fabric lunch bags for taking lunch to school/work.

Even if you don't own one (and can't afford to), consider renting a hybrid car next time you need a rental.

Use cloth gift bags--I made a whole bunch of little drawstring fabric bags (various sizes) with clearance holiday fabric. I used clearance holiday ribbon for the drawsrings. Hubby LOVES them because they make wrapping so easy (and unwrapping so clean--just stuff all the bags together into the biggest cloth bag). During the summer we store our chrismtas lights in them so no tangles!
I took a bunch of gift tag labels and stuck them on cardstock then laminated them and holepunched the corner. Now each bag has a wipe-off tag attached to the ribbon so it's easy to label but also to wipe-off and reuse each year!

And what a great idea to post about going green...I am totally going to steal this and do a green post soon.

Laane said...

We recycle plastics, papers, clothes, etc etc.

Instead of vaccuuming I often use a broom. Works fine here.

My "green" is up too ::here::

Enjoy your day!

Bettina said...

Hi Trish. Thanks for stopping by to wish me a happy birthday. Is everyone better now? 6 days is a long time to have a sick little one.


Robyn Jones said...

Hi Trish...what little sweethearts!

Jenn said...

Great tips Trish!

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