Wednesday, January 27, 2010

Inspiration - Week 6

Is it tacky to do 2 inspiration posts in a row? It is? Oh well ;)

This week’s inspiration post is about being environmentally friendly. Being responsible about recycling, usage and disposing of materials makes me happy. When I’m happy I am more productive. Matt and I have taken a number of steps to better support our Earth in our own home.

We only use energy efficient light bulbs like these. These bulbs use up to 75% less energy than regular incandescent ones and they last up to 10 times longer. Not only are you saving a lot on your power bill, you are also being an efficient user and helping the Earth.

We also recycle all cans, bottles, plastic containers/packaging, paper, paper products and compost! I think that on average if we didn’t do any recycling we would probably product about 2 bags of garbage a week. Right now we produce around 1 bag every 2 weeks! Just by recycling we stop almost 80 bags of garbage from going to the landfill. Think about it, recycling doesn’t cost you anything. If you bring your bottles to a bottle depot you even get money back.

We also have reusable drier sheets that are good for up to 500 loads each. All of our cleaning products are biodegradable. We keep all of our thermostats to 15 degrees Celsius in the winter. My motto is if you get chilly, put on a big comfy sweater. We tried turning up the heat only when we were home but then we would forget to turn it down and my heaters would be pumping out heat for 8-10 hours a day when no one was there. To me that is such a HUGE waste of electricity.

Here are some green videos that Moksha Yoga puts out every month. There are a lot of surprising facts in these videos and great tips for being more environmentally friendly.

Water Conservation

Eating Local

Minimizing Waste

The Little Things


Plastic Bags

Plastic Bottles

Cleaning Products

VOC Free Paint

I hope these gave you all some inspiration to change your habits and was educational :)

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