Category Archives: carbon

May
15 - 2009

Friday wrap-up: ALREADY? edition

This week has been a busy one, and I can’t believe it’s already Friday! We are looking ahead to a fun weekend. I’m headed out for dinner and drinks with some friends I haven’t seen in ages (one just moved back to town), and Mlle. Cheap will be singing her heart out in a choir concert on Saturday afternoon. Plus, despite my garden protestations, we’ll be visiting the garden center to put a few plants in the ground, weather permitting. Meanwhile, here are some links to take you into the weekend.

May
12 - 2009

Happy Bike-to-Work Week

This week, I’ve been out walking my dog a few times in the morning and have seen several people commuting to work by bike. It looks so pleasant — especially in the early, pre-rush-hour hours, that it almost makes me wish I had a workplace away from home to bike to. If you’ve been considering the transition to a bicycle commute, Lighter Footstep has published a great list of Twelve Reasons to Start Using a Bicycle for Transportation.

May
11 - 2009
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6 - 2009
May
5 - 2009

The scavenged garden makes gardening free

Gardening season is getting underway around the United States — from those in the South getting summer plants rolling, to those in the North finally able to stick a shovel in the ground. But with President Obama promoting “victory gardens” where Americans grow some of their own food (to promote thrift, food safety and a do-it-yourself ethic), it’s all too easy to join many other “green” trends where “green” refers to environmentally friendly solutions, but also to laying out a lot of money for something people used to just do.

April
28 - 2009

Diva Cup-date — the menstrual cup after one year

Last May, I took Crunchy Chicken’s Diva Cup Challenge and switched over to using the Diva Cup to manage my menstrual period. I blogged about my experience using the Diva Cup for the first couple of months. The post has been read more than 4,000 times and garnered dozens of comments, many with helpful advice of their own. Now, one year later, it seems like an excellent time to review my progress since then.

April
22 - 2009
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21 - 2009
April
5 - 2009

What’s In Your Garbage?

I’ve been wondering this very thing. Some weeks, I have no garbage to put out on the street. Other weeks, I have a lot. Typically, our weekly garbage pickup includes a couple of small (kitchen-size — 13-gallon) trash bags. So I got to wondering: Just what goes into our garbage?

The answer is: Mostly plastic. Garbage from eating out. As it happens, a lot of used tissues (although we are stocked with cloth handkerchiefs, I am the primary cheerleader for them, and I just don’t need to blow my nose that often, biologically. The household’s primary nose-blowers have been using paper, and I’m seldom there to catch them, twist their ears and make them use reusable). Et cetera.

Last week, I took photos of each day’s garbage. Here’s the score — along with some notes about what did not go into the garbage can.

March
31 - 2009
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30 - 2009
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27 - 2009
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10 - 2009
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9 - 2009
March
5 - 2009

Recycle electronics now

What do you do when you get that final dial tone or your screen goes blank for good? Hopefully, you’ll recycle any piece of electronic equipment. Here’s why — PC Magazine reports: Consumer electronics—including TVs, computers, peripherals, audio equipment, and phones—make up almost 2 percent of the municipal solid waste stream, according to the Environmental Protection Agency (EPA). This percentage may seem small and inconsequential, but the quantity of electronic waste is steadily rising.

March
5 - 2009

Save on postage despite increases

On May 11, the U.S. Postal Service will increase the cost of mailing a first-class letter to 44 cents, two cents more than the current 42 cents.

If you use 10 stamps a month, this increase will cost you $4.80 more a year.

Save a few dollars on this year’s postage ….

March
3 - 2009
March
2 - 2009

How I shrunk the junk mail

Last year, I vowed to eliminate my junk mail. After fighting in vain to contact every catalog and junk mailer by myself, I looked into other options. In July, I subscribed to GreenDimes (now renamed Mailstopper) to unsubscribe me from catalogs, companies and other unwanted senders of mail. For an overview of their services, see my original post here. Basically, the company promises to automatically unsubscribe subscribers from direct mail services.  Then, users can go online to the Mailstopper Web site and enter in junk mail as it arrives. The company will request on your behalf that you be unsubscribed.

February
12 - 2009

9 money-saving home fix-ups

The Internet is buzzing this week with ways to save money on adding efficiency to your home. Most likely, January heating bills have been rolling in, and with the economy in its current tizzy, belt-tightening is the watchword.

Fortunately, even if you’re living pretty lean, odds are good that you can save some more money by tightening up your house. With utility costs rising, a penny saved is truly a penny earned — or, today, one you don’t have to earn. Here are some suggestions to get you started.

January
28 - 2009