funny you posted this sean, i was thinking about starting a "green" post to see what folks were doing. granted, my scrambler isn't exactly earth friendly but i don't drive it all the time and for the tahoe, i'm just waiting for either toyota or honda to step to the plate with a hybrid.
big cars are on the way out...unless you live under the bubble in DET.
Since Jake thought it would be a good idea but has not gotten around to it, I thought I would start it for him. So here's the Being Green thread.
What do you do to be Green?
- drive a Saturn and am averaging 28.62 mpg
- recycle metal, paper and plastic
- re-use bags, jars, boxed and containers as much as possible until they get too worn out to use
- bring my own bags to the grocery store to reduce amount of plastic bags I bring home
- use said plastic grocery bags for doggie cleanup
- reuse ziploc bags. Weird, maybe? Rinse them out, hang them over the dishrack to dry, and keep using them over and over. When they get too worn out, use them for taking dog food or treats on walks, or storing crayons, matches, photos, any of the hundreds of assorted little things that need a utilitarian container
- as much as I can, eat seasonal produce, locally grown veggies, and the venison and fresh caught fish in the freezer vs. meat shipped here from far off places
- wear sweaters in winter to keep heating costs down
- using ceilng fans on "low" in summer to help circulate cool air, allowing AC to be run at around 75 and still keep house cool
I am somewhat uncertain about the "green" value of certain products though, like recycled paper, since the process of rendering old paper into new paper is more environmentally unsound than the one used to make paper out of tree pulp. Trees are grown as a crop and forests are managed to keep producing timber and pulp. Which sort of contradicts the whole paper-recycling thing above...I am ambivalent about the benefits but something in me keeps hoping we will find a better way. The few people who are searching for ways to make recycling efficient, clean, and profitable need materials with which to experiment.