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Here’s a running tally of all the green changes Vanessa at Green as a Thistle has made.  I am trying to follow her lead and see how I measure up and what changes I need to make.

CHANGES THAT I NEED TO MAKE

  1. Switching to 100% recycled, unbleached paper towels – JUST REALIZED I HAVEN’T
  2. Giving up my electric heating pad – N/A
  3. Banning all styrofoam (no excuse for delivery or take-out, either) – TRY TO AVOID
  4. Switching to Preserve recycled toothbrush
  5. Turning down my thermostat – CHECK! (Victor always complains that it’s cold!)
  6. No more bottled water (only tap water, using Nalgene/stainless steel bottles) – HALF WAY THERE…REUSE…REUSE…REUSE WITH TAP WATER & THEN RECYCLE ALL BOTTLES
  7. Switching to organic conditioner
  8. Switching from disposable tape-based lint rollers to classic felt ones – CAN’T SAY I EVER USE ONE
  9. Eating ‘locally’ (within Canada and the U.S., restaurants and alcohol not yet included) – WORKING ON…NEED TO DO BETTER!
  10. Making all my bills electronic only. – CHECK!
  11. Checking tire pressure on my car. – DON’T HAVE A CAR!
  12. Not buying a microwave (yes, disputable, see the post for comments) – DON’T HAVE ONE OF THOSE EITHER.
  13. Switching to all-natural, biodegradable handwash with recyclable container – MADE THE SWITCH TO MR. BRONNER’S
  14. Switching to non-toxic, phosphate-free dishwasher detergent – DON’T HAVE A DISHWASHER, BUT HAVE CHANGED TO ECOVER DISH SOAP.
  15. Running outside only (no treadmill) – CLEARLY, SEE RUNNING ENDEAVOR. I DO WORK IN A GYM, BUT HAVE ONLY BEEN USING THE ROWER (SELF-POWERED)!
  16. Using tote bags, no more plastic bags – REALLY TRYING. REFUSE PLASTIC BAGS ALL OF THE TIME!
  17. Switching to 100% recycled toilet paper – CHECK! (Victor & I actually had bit of a discussion about this last week in the grocery store…I WON!)
  18. Cancelling my cable, using TV only for watching movies – THAT MAY NOT BE HAPPENING ANY TIME SOON. I SPENT 3 YEARS WITHOUT TV AND CABLE…DOES THAT COUNT?
  19. Switching to corn-based, biodegradable cat litter – WILL NEVER HAVE TO WORRY ABOUT THAT!!
  20. Giving up disposable tissues, using only handkerchiefs USE TOILET PAPER, BUT SHOULD WORK ON THIS!
  21. Using only all-natural, organic body lotions
  22. Permanently getting rid of any aerosol cans at home
  23. Changing over to all-natural glass and surface cleaner
  24. Signing up with my local Freecycle Network, making my first exchange
  25. Making sure all the lights are turned off before I leave home – CHECK! I’VE BEEN AWARE OF THIS SINCE I WAS A KID…THANKS POP!
  26. Switching to 100% natural body wash
  27. Using chemical-free, reusable cloth static-cling sheets in the dryer – RARELY USE DRYER SHEETS
  28. Unplugging all appliances, equipment, chargers, wall warts etc. that aren’t in use – CHECK! HAVE BECOME A BIT OCD ABOUT THIS!
  29. Refusing to use any disposable plastic cutlery or plates – TRYING REALLY HARD
  30. Not driving my car on weekends – AGAIN, NO CAR!
  31. Putting away my humidifier for good to save water and electricity – N/A
  32. Only using a thermos for take-out coffee and tea – TAKE COFFEE IN A THERMOS TO WORK EVERYDAY…AND EVEN REUSE (YES, REUSE) TO-GO CUPS IF I HAVE TO BUY COFFEE
  33. No more gift wrap, other than newspaper or magazines from around the house – HARDLY EVER NEED…BUT WILL MAKE A SWITCH WHEN NECESSARY
  34. Changing all my light bulbs to CFLs – CHANGING ONE AT A TIME
  35. Switching to Eco-Dent floss, which comes in a recyclable paper box
  36. Only drinking fair-trade, organic (and locally roasted/distributed, if possible) coffee – HAVE BEEN FOR OVER A YEAR!
  37. Using only beeswax candles; or soy-based, as long as there’s no paraffin in them – NOT A BIG CANDLE PERSON
  38. Returning my wine bottles to the Beer Store for a deposit so they’re recycled properly – WE JUST DON’T DRINK MUCH ANYMORE…BUT WHEN WE DO…WE ALWAYS RECYCLE!
  39. Switching to all-natural toothpaste
  40. Changing over to a natural laundry detergent – CHECK! MADE THE SWITCH LAST WEEK
  41. Eating only free-range, organic, hormone-free (and if possible local) meat, restricting my intake of beef and chicken to no more than once per week
  42. Not buying any more petroleum-based bath poufs and loufas – N/A
  43. Signing up at GreenDimes.com to block junk mail and plant a tree every month
  44. Being conscientious about how much water I use; only turning on the taps at a “trickle” when washing hands or brushing teeth and keeping showers to five minutes – CHECK! ANOTHER THING THAT HAS BECOME A BIT OCD! EVEN MADE SURE WE HAVE A “LOW-FLOW” SHOWERHEAD!
  45. Using the air-dry function on my dishwasher –HAHA! A DISHWASHER, THAT’S FUNNY! DEFINITELY DON’T HAVE ONE OF THOSE.
  46. Consuming only locally brewed beer, organic when possible. – AGAIN, DON’T CONSUME TOO MUCH ANYMORE. BUT WHEN I DO, I DRINK A FAIR AMOUNT OF BROOKLYN BEER (BREWED WITHIN 2 MILES FROM ME…DOESN’T GET MUCH MORE LOCAL!)
  47. No more using paper towels or hand-dryers in public bathroomsTHAT’S TOUGH. I THINK ABOUT IT EVERYTIME I DO, BUT NEED TO WORK ON THIS.
  48. Investing in permanent laser hair removal rather than shaving or waxing forever – WOW! I HAVE BEEN THINKING ABOUT THE ALTERNATIVES FOR RAZORS AND SHAVING CREAM..HADN’T THOUGHT ABOUT THIS & PROBABLY WON’T EITHER.
  49. Only buying/eating local and fair-trade chocolate – CHECK!
  50. Turning off my freezer (but not my fridge) – HAVE WAY TOO MUCH IN MY FREEZER FOR THAT!
  51. Picking up litter when I see it, if there’s a garbage bin within sight and as long as it’s not totally rank – DO THIS A LOT, ESPECIALLY ON MY STREET, BUT COULD ALWAYS DO MORE!
  52. Properly disposing of my used, non-rechargeable batteries at a local hazardous waste depot
  53. Switching to eco-friendly dish detergent (for hand-washing dishes, not for in the dishwasher) – CHECK! SWITCHED TO ECOVER JUST RECENTLY.
  54. Changing to all-natural, paraben-free lip balmBEING THE CHAPSTICK (BLISTEX, RATHER) ADDICT THAT I AM…I HAVE MORE REASON TO GO BACK TO BURT’S BEES WAX NOW!
  55. Only consuming locally grown, produced and cellared wine (from within Ontario) – AGAIN, NOT CONSUMING MUCH ALCOHOL THESE DAYS, BUT WILL BE MORE AWARE WHEN I DO.
  56. Purchasing “green” baking soda, incorporating it into household cleaning in place of harsher chemicals like bleachHAVE TO LOOK MORE INTO THIS
  57. Switching to all-natural shaving cream
  58. Switching to Preserve 100% recycled (and recyclable) razors
  59. Only using one glass per day for water/milk/juice, one mug for coffee/tea and one wine glass – CHECK!
  60. Spending part of each day educating myself about environmental issues – DOUBLE CHECK! I THINK I MAY NEED TO CUT DOWN SOME OF MY TIME SPENT ON THIS…
  61. Using stainless steel, rather than non-stick, frying pan (takes less time to heat up) – CHECK. THAT’S ALL WE OWN (EXCEPT ONE SMALL NON-STICK THAT’S HARDLY USED).
  62. Not buying any more Q-tips – WHOA! ALTHOUGH I THINK ABOUT THIS EVERYTIME I USE ONE…NOT SURE IF THAT WILL BE POSSIBLE…MAYBE CUT DOWN ON USING THEM.
  63. Switching to all-natural deodorant
  64. Recycling my used wine corks through the Bag-a-Cork program – AGAIN, NOT CONSUMING MUCH ALCOHOL THESE DAYS.
  65. Giving up gum (especially the over-packaged kind) – CHECK! THANK GOODNESS I’VE NEVER BEEN A GUM FAN.
  66. Not buying any more makeup remover pads – CHECK!
  67. Turning my oven off for good – AS A BAKER, NOT GONNA HAPPEN!
  68. Using all-natural bronzer – NEED TO BE USING SOMETHING!
  69. Only buying/consuming loose-leaf tea in refillable packets – ALTHOUGH I DON’T DRINK MUCH TEA, TRYING TO BUY LOOSE CHAMMOMILE FOR VICTOR.
  70. Switching to natural, organic shampoo
  71. Only filling my kettle with the exact amount of water needed – NO KETTLE, BUT SHOULD DO THE SAME IN MY POT WHEN BOILING WATER FOR VICTOR.
  72. Shutting down my computer every day at work instead of just logging off, as we’re told to doI UNPLUG AT HOME, BUT I’M WORKING ON VICTOR TO DO THIS.
  73. Not using the air-conditioning in my car – AGAIN, NO CAR
  74. Following the “If it’s yellow, let it mellow…” rule – I TRY, BUT VICTOR ALWAYS COMES BEHIND ME AND FLUSHES (DEFEATING THE PURPOSE)…AND MY MOTHER HATES THIS
  75. Using matches instead of lighters – RARELY EVER USE LIGHTERS, BUT I’LL MAKE SURE I NEVER DO
  76. Carbon-offsetting all of my air travelWELL…I WOULD IF I EVER TRAVELED!!
  77. Using only the herbs and spices I can grow at home, either on my balcony or in my kitchen

  78. Unplugging my whole fridge – NOT GONNA HAPPEN!

  79. Weekly lobbying, letter-writing and petitioning on behalf of various environmental campaigns

  80. Requesting that my in-flight meals be vegetarian – NO INFLIGHT MEALS FOR ME!

  81. Not buying books from Amazon or Chapters/Indigo; only local, independent bookstores and only when necessary

  82. Purchasing all my music in mp3 format rather than CDs – HAVEN’T BOUGHT A CD IN YEARS

  83. Getting allergy shots instead of buying packs of antihistamine pills, eye drops and nasal sprays – N/A

  84. Making sure there’s always at least one ‘green’ element in the gifts I give

  85. Switching to an all-natural acne ointment

  86. No more ordering food by delivery – RARELY DO, BUT DELIVERY HERE IS USUALLY DONE ON BIKE

  87. No more take-out, unless I bring my own containers

  88. Always asking for no receipt, unless I really need one – CHECK!

  89. Refilling all possible bottles (toilettries and household cleaning products); bringing my own plastic food containers to the bulk bins at the grocery store – TRY TO ALWA

  90. Switching to eco-friendly dry cleaners who don’t use heavy chemicals – RARELY USE DRY CLEANERS
  91. Using a PVC-free shower curtain liner – N/A

  92. Turning off my air-conditioning during the summer – TRYING TO USE IT LESS

  93. Recycling anything and everything that can be recycled — no excuses – CHECK!

  94. Switching to an all-natural, minimally packaged eyeshadow – RARELY USE OR BUY

  95. Switching to a natural bar soap and investing in a 100% recyclable travelling case for it

  96. Sleeping naked – CHECK!

  97. Using a natural, mineral-based suntan lotion

  98. Not having any more baths – NO BATH TUB!

  99. Letting my hair air-dry – MOST DAYS I DO

  100. Getting rid of face wash and makeup remover, using my bar soap instead

  101. Ordering smaller, more eco-friendly business cards

  102. Not using nail polish (or nail polish remover) – NEVER WEAR NAIL POLISH

  103. Only watering my plants with greywater – NO PLANTS, BUT COULD FIND OTHER USES FOR GREYWATER

  104. Only going to eco-friendly spas – N/A

  105. Picking weeds (in mom’s garden) by hand rather than with pesticide – N/A

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5 Comments leave one →
  1. delph permalink
    April 19, 2007 6:11 pm

    ok, not quite there yet… but we did change to energy savings light bulb for all of fernando’s lights! gave up baths (that was hard, especially after a good dance class), always turning off lights and running water (wish we could have recycled all that rain water that poured over the city over last week-end) Will keep on trying… Thanks for being so inspiring!

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