Wednesday, April 23, 2008

Thursday Thirteen #83

In the spirit of yesterday's Earth Day:

Thursday Thirteen

Thirteen Things You Can Do To Promote Earth's Health

1. Use reusable cloth shopping bags. Keep some of the billions of plastic bags that take 10K+ years to degrade out of the landfills and save some of the 100 thousand plus of trees made into shopping bags each year.

2. Buy organic foods. Organic means grown without herbicides, fungicides, pesticides, antibiotics, growth hormones, steroids, is not genetically modified and is not irradiated. Healthier for you and for the earth.

3. Turn your computers off when not in use.

4. Walk, ride a bike or take a city bus whenever possible.

5. Recycle! And buy products made with recycled elements--paper, plastics, glass, metals etc.

6. Reduce your use of paper towels and napkins

7. Reduce your use of plastic drink containers--water bottles and polystyrene cups. Use your own reusable coffee mug or water bottle at home, at work or on the go whenever possible..

8. If you have a garden, compost your organic garbage.

9. Unplug all home appliances that do not need to run full time (as refrigerators and freezers do of course) as more than half of the energy appliances use is consumed while they are turned off tho still plugged in and kept in a ready state. Besides entertainment electronics this applies to toasters, blenders, coffee makers, microwaves, curling irons, hair dryers, can openers, lamps and more. Alternatively, use a surge protector strip for multiple appliances and turn them all off via the strip's switch.

10. Lower your theromstat in winter and raise it in summer. i.e. use less heat in winter and less air conditioning in summer.

11. Replace one or more incandescent light bulbs with CFL (Compact Florescent Lamp) bulbs and save up to $30 over the life of the bulb in the savings generated by its 70% less energy use and its typically 10 times longer life span.

12. Remove your name from junk mail mailing lists and save some of the 100 million trees per year currently dedicated to this practice. Start here.

13. Reduce your time in the shower. Every 2 minutes uses 10 gallons of water. Reduce the water use more by installing a low flow shower head.

Get the Thursday Thirteen code here!

The purpose of the meme is to get to know everyone who participates a little bit better every Thursday. Visiting fellow Thirteeners is encouraged! If you participate, leave the link to your Thirteen in others comments. It's easy, and fun! Be sure to update your Thirteen with links that are left for you, as well! I will link to everyone who participates and leaves a link to their 13 things. Trackbacks, pings, comment links accepted!

8 tell me a story:

Candy Minx 4/23/2008 11:00 PM  

Hi Joy1 I am so happy to recognize your name on the Tt hub's been a while and I couldn't remember the name of your blog. I am going to link it tonight before I lose track again.

I look forward to catching up with you.

Great list and always good reminders. I am collecting cloth shopping bags...and trying to remember to take them to the grocery store.

Here is my much less important TT list:

Hootin' Anni 4/24/2008 5:09 AM  

I do #3 all the time!

Great idea for thirteen. Some good pointers for us all.

Have a terrific t-13 is posted too, it'll take a bit of doing to comprehend it all, but it's worth a shot. Come see if you can decipher it.

Unknown 4/24/2008 5:33 AM  

We just finished replacing all the old lightbulbs and are big on recycling in our house. Every little bit helps.
Happy T13!

Anonymous,  4/24/2008 6:47 AM  

This really is such an important list. I had no idea a shower took that much, that fast. Geesh! Thanks.

Susan Helene Gottfried 4/24/2008 9:49 AM  

I'm really bad at remembering my shopping bag, but at least when I get plastic bags, I use them for garbage rather than buying garbage bags. We usually get paper bags, which then go into the compost.

Still, no excuse. I need to remember the stupid shopping bags more often.

Denise Patrick 4/24/2008 12:20 PM  

Excellent ideas. I do a few of them, but not nearly enough. And, I'd love to get my name off of the credit card companies' list!!

Happy TT!

Anonymous,  4/24/2008 9:44 PM  

Very good suggestions. We do several of those, but can always do more.

Cindy Swanson 4/25/2008 6:11 AM  

Some great common sense, practical tips! Thanks. :)

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