Celebrating the Earth for Comment Contest Tuesday

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These are some of the items that were available at the Farmer’s Market.

Yesterday was Earth Day. What did you do to celebrate?

My company is hosting Earth Week this week.

Yesterday we had a Farmer’s Market; today is eWaste disposal for a free lunch; tomorrow–Wellness Walk; Thursday–a sustainability quiz (not quite sure what that means); and a Vendor Fair on Friday, which I will miss since I will be working from home.

I am sure like most of you, I celebrate Earth Day every single day.

We recycle,we compost, we recycle batteries and light bulbs.

I use reusable bags to grocery shop and hit Trader Joe’s and Target. I carry a chico bag in my purse so I always have a bag when I need one. I recently started using washable reusable produce bags. (Read Go Fit Girl!’s Review Wednesday on this product.)

We don’t run our dishwasher (I’m the dishwasher).

We both use some form of public transportation to get to work (subway and shuttle service)–we both have long commutes. We only have one car.

What did you do to celebrate Earth Day? Or what do you do regularly to celebrate our beautiful Earth.

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  • Jessie

    My main achievement in this area over the last year has been to sloooooowly wean Phil off 20+ minute showers. We’ve consistently got it down to <10 minutes now. Coming from a country that was in a severe drought for more than 10 years growing up, this has been a big deal for me!

    • Ann

      Great one, Jessie! We have a brick or two in our toilet tank to reduce the water level, which means every time the toilet fills up it fills up with less water.

  • Shraddha Swaroop

    I ride my bike to do all my errands around town.

    • Ann

      That’s great on so many levels, Shraddha. You don’t use gas or produce extra yuck in the air AND you get exercise!

  • Nicole Meade

    I like this thought-provoking post! Our daily contributions to taking care of the Earth are: we buy food and goods locally whenever possible, in order to reduce the impact that shipping has on the Earth; we compost all our fruit and vegetable food scraps, which means that, even though we are a family of 7, we only throw away 2 bags of trash a week; we recycle; we buy whole foods that come with little to no packaging; although we don’t have space or time to line-dry our clothes (which I feel guilty about, living in such a sunny place), we took a small cash inheritance I received and bought a high efficiency washer and dryer that uses vastly less water and energy; we live near where I work and the businesses we frequent so we drive very little, and we bicycle when we can; we xeriscape except for a small shady patch of garden where we grow some of our own veggies. Once Nick is working again we hope to convert our home energy source to solar and replace some leaky windows!

    • Ann

      Wow! These are great. Do you guys compost yourself or does the city pick up in a green bin? (The last time I was home I asked my stepdad if they had a compost bin and he looked at me like I was crazy.) Oh, yea, we do a garden to for some veggies, peppers and some herbs.

      • Nicole Meade

        I wish that Tucson composted, as a city! We do it ourselves, in a bin made of recycled plastic that I ordered years ago from gaiam.com. It’s pretty easy to compost in Tucson because it’s so dry, it never gets overly mushy. I don’t always use the composted matter in my garden, but it seems to break down well enough on its own and the bin never fills, so I figure that’s doing our part. We do get the odd lizard in there from time to time, too, which delights the kids.

        • Ann

          Living somewhere dry is a great benefit to composting. Our green bin can get pretty nasty.

  • Nicole Meade

    Oh! and I forgot to add that, like you, we use re-useable bags for grocery shopping. I also collect my co-worker’s used ziploc and plastic grocery store bags, to be washed out and used at home (the ziplocs) and for picking up dog poo on walks (the grocery store bags). For years now I haven’t bought ziploc bags or paper napkins – we use glass or tupperware at home (or recycled bags from work) in lieu of Ziplocs, and cloth napkins, which we wash in our HE washer, so they are lower impact than processed and bleached paper. We use cloth dishtowels, too. I do buy one three-pack of paper towels per month for the nasty jobs!

    • Ann

      Wow, wow, wow! You and your family are a great example of simple and easy ways to make living on this planet more sustainable. Thank you!

      • Nicole Meade

        Thanks! I love all these other ideas people are posting, too. I can’t wait for school to be out so I can ride my bike to work every day – it’s impossible to do with driving kids to and from school, but in the summer I can do it every day.

        • Ann

          I love all the ideas as well! I don’t have a bike. If I did I would never ride it. But I do spin a couple of times a week.

  • alicia

    I think this is a wonderful post. Re-using and conserving is always I have always done since I was raised by a very frugal grandmother who never let anything go to waste. I’m proud to say I picked up those habits from her.

    Below are some examples of this.

    We bought an energy efficient washer and dryer and never run it unless both are full. When we had a dog, I would re-use our produce bags as poo poo bags. I always take quick showers and never let water run while I’m brushing my teeth. I have a habit of turning on all lights when not in use. Our garbage company gave us a small trash bin and large recycling bin. Each week our recycling bin is fuller than our trash. It’s amazing how much is recyclable. When I shop at Trader Joe’s I re-use their paper grocery bags as bags to hold our recycling. One thing I do need to work on is to bring my own grocery bags versus using the ones from the store. However I do reuse those grocery bags from the stores as lunch bags. So another thing I should do is buy re-usable and insulated lunch bags so I will not have the need for those plastic grocery bags.

    • Ann

      Yea to frugal grandmas! Mine weren’t. One pretends like she is rich even tho. she isn’t. The other used to say she had champagne taste on a beer budget. Good ol’ Nana!
      The brushing the teeth thing blew me away. Growing up in Arizona we never ran the water while brushing our teeth. When I moved to Oregon I had friends who did and I thought it was nuts.
      Sounds like you have a good plan to improve your already amazing environmental sensitivities.

      • Alicia

        It drives me a little nuts when someone leaves the water on while brushing their teeth. It’s such a waste!

  • Alicia

    I also started re-using ziplock bags. It’s such a waste to use them once and throw them away.

    • Ann

      True. I haven’t quite gotten there yet with reusing those bags …

  • Shraddha Swaroop

    I also carry canvas sacks for groceries with me so I don’t use the plastic or paper sacks the grocery stores provide and recycle my papers, cans and green waste.

    • Ann

      Awesome! In the Bay Area many counties no longer allow plastic bags. So you either have to have your own (which I have done for years) or you have to pay 10 cents for each paper bag you want. Good thing I have a big purse.

  • Lauren

    One thing I love about my neighborhood is that we can walk the kids to school and walk to the grocery store. The interesting thing I’ve noticed in Marin is that the county instituted a no-plastic-bag rule for grocery stores, which includes a mandatory charge for paper bags. And guess what? People are bringing their own bags to the store now!

    • Ann

      You are teaching your kids good habits by you walking them to school. Alameda County also has no plastic bags and charges for paper. (Though I went to Michaels yesterday and they bagged my items in a plastic bag!) I, too, see lots of people carrying their own bags in to the grocery.

  • Gail Baker

    I’ve been using reuseable grocery bags for years, and I’ve been washing produce bags for a while as well. I wish I could use public transportation but Phoenix sucks in that area. We don’t have recycling containers at work, so I use a paper bag that we always seem to have around the office and fill it with my recycling and take it home to put in my container. Living in the desert has taught me a lot about wasting water. This is gross to some people, but I often don’t flush after each toliet use. If it’s brown, flush it down. If it’s yellow, let it mellow. I have xeriscape plants that use little water.

    • Ann

      Wow, good for you for recycling at work and taking it home. I am seriously surprised that there are no recycling options where you work … When I am home alone I follow the same “toilet rules.”

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