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OZTENNIS
Nov 15th, 2006, 07:17 AM
save the environment:

AS environmental issues are the talk of the town Down Under, I thought we could start a thread in which we can share ideas on how to do our bit to save the environment.

I'll kick it off, use green bags instead of plastic bags when shopping, create a compost bin/garden and place all ur food scraps there and NOT in the bin.

come on guys, get behind this cause!

Grachka
Nov 15th, 2006, 12:18 PM
My carbon footprint is pretty good, given that I don't drive a huge amount and I recycle.

However, I still feel that it is too late, and we are all going to die horribly.

!<blocparty>!
Nov 15th, 2006, 03:12 PM
My carbon footprint is pretty good, given that I don't drive a huge amount and I recycle.

However, I still feel that it is too late, and we are all going to die horribly.

Oh, so you recycle now.

And I agree.

Paneru
Nov 15th, 2006, 03:26 PM
However, I still feel that it is too late, and we are all going to die horribly.

A notion which will give many the excuse or insentive
to say "what the hell" and do whatever regardless.

No, your children or children's children will
bear the major brunt of the damage done
and die the more horrific deaths.

"Sluggy"
Nov 15th, 2006, 03:34 PM
Here are some things I (we) already do:

1. i have a water jug, so i dont use many disposal cups
2. i have no car and dont want one. I take the train when i travel
in europe instead of renting a car - for safety reasons but also environmental.
2a. When I do drive (which is rare) i dont speed. I dont excellerate quickly, it wastes gas
3. We will purchase a dishwasher when we can afford it
4. We buy only fresh fish - frozen fish is a no no
5. I don't go washing a semi-clean tshirt if it is the weekend, and i use my jeans several times B4 washing - yes it seems Americans overwash so ive adapted to european standards
6. I always put my trash in the garbage can
7. I have a sticker on my mailbox to ward of solicitations
8. Occasionally use scrap paper instead of new paper
9. I recycle paper clips, binder clips and rubber bands
10. dont overuse dishsoap
11. I take superfast showers. I turn off the water while i use the soap - Oh and since i shave my head with a razor, i dont use shampoo!
12. oh and of course, we recycle paper, glass and plastic as we are expected to in our town.
13. oh and the biggie is we dont have AC - and when i lived in NYC i only used the AC when it was like 90 and way too hot to sleep at night, otherwise, i dont mind sweating.

That's about all i can think of. Since i use public transport to go to work, dont own a car and do all the other stuff, i already know im way over on the good environmental side. The only thing i really can do is buy a dishwasher and that's in the works in the next couple of years.

Grachka
Nov 15th, 2006, 04:49 PM
A notion which will give many the excuse or insentive
to say "what the hell" and do whatever regardless.

No, your children or children's children will
bear the major brunt of the damage done
and die the more horrific deaths.
Actually, my selflessness knows no bounds, as I won't have children. :D

And frankly, individuals can only do so much. The ones that recycle, don't drive, are energy efficient etc. do so already, and those that say "what the hell" continue to do so, and individual changes either way are unlikely to alter the current inertia. The environment can only be "saved" when there is a concerted, international effort at a governmental level to reduce emissions caused by factories and energy production, and from aviation/transport. All industries that are actively being encouraged, particularly in newly industrialising countries and the US, and also in the EU as a whole.

So when people see their governments actively pumping out more carbon dioxide whilst raking in the profits from it, who can blame those that say "what the hell" and carry on regardless?

Grachka
Nov 15th, 2006, 04:51 PM
6. I always put my trash in the garbage can
As opposed to the environmentally unsound method of tossing it onto a pile in your living room?

-Ph51-
Nov 15th, 2006, 04:54 PM
As opposed to the environmentally unsound method of tossing it onto a pile in your living room?

:lol:

Yasmine
Nov 15th, 2006, 05:03 PM
excellent thread! :worship: will make a list of the few things I do on a daily basis :cool:

controlfreak
Nov 15th, 2006, 06:50 PM
I am really good at recycling. On Monday morning I cycle to work, and every other day of the week I re-cycle the exact same route!

OZTENNIS
Nov 15th, 2006, 07:56 PM
thanks for the tips/ideas guys/girls! keep the ideas coming. every little thing we do may help in the long run!

Yasmine
Nov 15th, 2006, 08:01 PM
you know one funny thing I do? :lol: is when I wash lettuce or some fruits, I do that in a bucket of water (rather than under a running tap) and when I've finished, I go and use that water to water the plants :cool:
We do recycle glass/paper/cardboard/aluminium foil/solid plastic as well here :yeah:. Also waiting for a composter supposably the city council was gonna give everyone here, but still waiting :rolleyes:

OZTENNIS
Nov 16th, 2006, 05:36 AM
bump.

Make a conscious effort to save water. Do u really need to water the garden or take a 10 min shower?

"Sluggy"
Nov 16th, 2006, 08:24 AM
As opposed to the environmentally unsound method of tossing it onto a pile in your living room?

What i mean is that I don't throw candy wrappers on the ground and other small pieces of litter either. What i do in my living room is my own business.;)

mc8114
Nov 16th, 2006, 10:42 AM
1. Recycling.
2. Not wasting water.

OZTENNIS
Nov 16th, 2006, 07:57 PM
Australia has a huge water crisis, courtesy of climate change. Brisbane (the capital of my state QLD) has a population of around 1.8 million. Currently, the city's average water supply is just 25% and the region is on Level 4 water restrictions. Its terrible...

OZTENNIS
Nov 16th, 2006, 07:57 PM
What do u guys think of recycled water?

Parsley
Nov 16th, 2006, 08:09 PM
1. I don't buy supermarket food that comes with lots of packaging, especially unrecyclable stuff.
2. I don't buy any supermarket stuff that comes from the other end of the world.
3. I recycle whatever the council accepts.
4. I reuse the same bags.
5. I switch off all lights and any equipment on standby when going out.
6. I don't have a car, I use public transport.
7. I avoid products of companies who fuck the environment.
8. I especially try to avoid any product that comes from Iceland and Japan nowadays, due to their whaling ambitions.
9. I don't shop anywhere which sells clothes made from fur (e.g. Selfridges in London).
10. I use the dishwasher instead of washing by hand (the machine we have uses only 3.5 litres of water).

There are things I can't avoid tho:
- My landlord forces me to use the tumbledrier instead of putting clothes outside.
- I have to take flights quite often.
- I have sensitive skin so I have to wash my clothes frequently after cooking or entering somewhere with cigarette smoke.

OZTENNIS
Nov 16th, 2006, 08:16 PM
1. I don't buy supermarket food that comes with lots of packaging, especially unrecyclable stuff.
2. I don't buy any supermarket stuff that comes from the other end of the world.
3. I recycle whatever the council accepts.
4. I reuse the same bags.
5. I switch off all lights and any equipment on standby when going out.
6. I don't have a car, I use public transport.
7. I avoid products of companies who fuck the environment.
8. I especially try to avoid any product that comes from Iceland and Japan nowadays, due to their whaling ambitions.
9. I don't shop anywhere which sells clothes made from fur (e.g. Selfridges in London).
10. I use the dishwasher instead of washing by hand (the machine we have uses only 3.5 litres of water).

There are things I can't avoid tho:
- My landlord forces me to use the tumbledrier instead of putting clothes outside.
- I have to take flights quite often.
- I have sensitive skin so I have to wash my clothes frequently after cooking or entering somewhere with cigarette smoke.

wow, ur definitely doing ur bit for the environment :worship:

mc8114
Nov 16th, 2006, 08:18 PM
What do u guys think of recycled water?The treatment is expensive, but it's a fantastic alternative :D.

Parsley
Nov 16th, 2006, 08:22 PM
wow, ur definitely doing ur bit for the environment :worship:

All these things really mean nothing as long as the big industrial nations (USA, China etc) and oil companies (especially Esso - avoid!) put profits in front of their environmental concern and people continue shagging and giving birth nonstop.

OZTENNIS
Nov 16th, 2006, 08:23 PM
All these things really mean nothing as long as the big industrial nations (USA, China etc) and oil companies (especially Esso - avoid!) put profits in front of their environmental concern and people continue shagging and giving birth nonstop.

sad, but very true :help: :o :fiery: :sad:

mc8114
Nov 16th, 2006, 08:48 PM
All these things really mean nothing as long as the big industrial nations (USA, China etc) and oil companies (especially Esso - avoid!) put profits in front of their environmental concern and people continue shagging and giving birth nonstop.The Kyoto Protocol comes to mind.

I absolutely agree with the giving birth part, it's out of control.

Gerri
Nov 16th, 2006, 10:13 PM
Stop eating meat - livestock farming is very detrimental to the environment (and animals obviously)
Turn things off when you're not using them.
Don't have the heating up full blast in winter. There's no shame in wearing long sleeves when it's cold.
Reduce your amount of air travel.

Paul.
Nov 16th, 2006, 10:30 PM
our family has a compost bin so we never throw food away and things like egg boxes and stuff. we also recycle.

i try to turn stuff off when im not using it (e.g. not leaving lights on etc.)

and i never leave stuff on standby

OZTENNIS
Nov 18th, 2006, 07:04 AM
bump!

we use recycled toilet paper and writing paper!

pancake
Nov 18th, 2006, 08:36 AM
bump.

Make a conscious effort to save water. Do u really need to water the garden or take a 10 min shower?

I am sorry but taking a 10-min shower is very reasonable to me:confused:...
Anyway I donate to environmentally friendly organization every months, I do as much as I can to save the environment too, but all of the things I do have been already listed.

OZTENNIS
Dec 22nd, 2006, 04:56 AM
bump!