'Green Year' Update #1.

I feel like lately there are a lot of things I need to 'update' for you. Like my spending strike. And how I'm doing with working through The Green Year

Since I'm no good with math, I'd like to procrastinate that spending strike update a few more days, and tell you how I'm doing with implementing small 'green' changes into our lifestyle. 

I'm not going to tell you every single green tip from the last two-and-a-half weeks, but I do want to share some of the big-uns that might make your life a little greener. 

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For example, on July 20th I checked my toilet for leaks by putting a few drops of blue food coloring in the tank and waiting for 30 minutes. No blue water seeped into the bowl, so it looks like my toilet has no leaks. 

On July 24, the tip was 'have a yard sale', instead of throw unwanted items in the trash. Seems like a novel idea, right? I think yard sales are too much work, but I do consign just about everything. I hate clutter and like to have a very neat home, so things we haven't used recently make their way to the consignment shop. 

The green tip for July 27th was to ditch fabric softener. It's bad for the environment. This is also a no-brainer for me. My mom never used fabric softener when we were growing up, and I haven't ever used it. However, to get soft clothes, I put about a 1/4 cup of white vinegar into the rinse cycle (basically, in the fabric softener compartment). It gets most of the funky smells out of John's work shirts, and leaves them pretty soft. 

Today's green tip is to cut back on copies at the office. Apparently, the average U.S. office worker uses 10,000 sheets of copy paper in a year. When teaching, we were a 1:1 school (every student was given a laptop to use during the school year), so I was able to have my students do a lot of electronic submissions for papers and assignments. I rarely made photocopies because I could use Google Drive or our school-wide email to distribute electronic handouts. 

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Many of the green tips I've encountered so far I've already implemented or are not applicable to me (Like recycling the plastic dry cleaner bags - I don't dry clean anything. Ever.). Remember, if you want to get green tips daily, like us on Facebook. I post green tips there often!

Carry on. 



4 comments:

  1. I used to think that I had to have fabric softner!!! I stopped about a year ago and haven't missed it at all - don't even do the vinegar. I line dry a lot of things, so I do fluff them up in the dryer to soften them, but I just throw a damp wash rag in with them. In the winter, I keep a ball of aluminum foil in my dryer to cut down on static.

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    1. I have to toss our lined dried stuff in the dryer for a minute too, especially the towels. Drying off with a crunchy towel isn't pleasant :)

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  2. I never heard of putting a foil ball in the dryer. We only dry sheets and towels all yr. I hang my clothes in the basement during the winter. You'd be surprised at how new looking your clothes be for yrs!

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    1. Foil balls, tennis balls - you can even buy special dryer balls (pretty much anywhere)! Learnin' something new everyday...

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