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Readergirlz: Community Challenge: Go Eco

June 6th, 2007 (06:32 pm)
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Earth Day everyday! You read about it - now DO something about it!

This month's readergirlz Community Challenge is all about Going Green. This week's goal: Lifestyle Changes

* Shorten your shower time! You'll save time and water. When you take a shower tomorrow, set a timer. You may be shocked to learn how long you're in there. Then, the next time you take a shower, set an alarm or timer for five minutes -- or even three minutes -- and keep the routine up daily. Soon, you'll get used to shorter showers and you won't need the timer.

* Recommit to recycling. I recycle every weekend or every other weekend, depending on how many empty juice containers I have accumulated that week, and then I use the money I get from recycling to buy yummy vegetables, fresh fruit, 100% natural fruit juice, or twelve-grain wheat bread.

* Instead of shopping at mainstream stores, check out garage sales, bargain stores with clearance or used clothing or other merchandise, or trade items with friends. Go one step further and walk or bike to the shops rather than driving. Go two steps further by donating your old clothes, books, and other stuff to organizations, hospitals, libraries, and schools.

Additional links:

Readergirlz is spotlighting YouthNoise this month, which is full of articles and ideas.

The readergirlz divas also recommend MSN's Stop Global Warming shop.

TadMack recommends FreeCycle.org

EZine offers more shower time-saving tips.

California residents: Find a rePLANET recycling center near you!

Comments

Posted by: ((Anonymous))
Posted at: June 7th, 2007 05:20 am (UTC)
FreeCycle

I have an idea too: Freecycle.org. It's the COOLEST site ever, and has groups all over. It's a network to pull together those who need to give some of what they don't need to get some of what they do without exchanging cash. It's like specialized thrifting, and it works!

Tadmack

Posted by: Little Willow (slayground)
Posted at: June 7th, 2007 12:53 pm (UTC)
Re: FreeCycle

Clicking... Oooh! Thanks! I'll pass this along too.

Posted by: Heidi R. Kling, Author of SEA, June 10, 2010 (seaheidi)
Posted at: June 7th, 2007 02:00 pm (UTC)

Yay! Good for you LW--spread the word! We're lucky to have a ton of recycling bins where we live. We recycle everything. Donating clothes and books is also a great idea. We hope to one day build a self-sustaining house w/ solar panels etc. But that's a ways off yet! Oh, another suggestion is switching to wind-powered RENEWABLE energy. We have the option in Palo Alto. It costs a bit more per month, but I feel great about doing it. =)

Posted by: Little Willow (slayground)
Posted at: June 7th, 2007 02:17 pm (UTC)

Thank you! Good job yourself!

Posted by: Heidi R. Kling, Author of SEA, June 10, 2010 (seaheidi)
Posted at: June 7th, 2007 02:27 pm (UTC)

Thanks!

Posted by: Little Willow (slayground)
Posted at: June 7th, 2007 02:32 pm (UTC)

:)

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