Trying to Be a Bit More Green.

Posted by on 31 Mar 2008 | Tagged as: my life.

This year, Emily and I are doing what we can to be more ‘green’.

Here’s a few of the steps we have or are taking:

  • We have replaced traditional incandescent light bulbs with high efficiency compact fluorescent bulbs.
  • We are starting a compost pile. Did you know the average household produces 200 lb of compost-ready waste a year? This should provide us with several cubic feet of very fertile soil every year. (And no, it won’t stink if we do it right.)
  • We are planting an organic vegetable garden this year. Yesterday Emily and I purchased some chicken wire and four three-foot poles, as we have a very active bunny population in Waterloo, and we would prefer to feed ourselves and not the cute little bunnies! When the ground dries some more, I’ll be out in the back yard working the ground and sinking the fence!
  • I walk to work when it’s feasible and weather permitting. Today was my first walk to work of the year! It was foggy and wet, but I made it just fine. 🙂
  • When Emily and I go grocery shopping, we take reusable non-woven polypropylene bags from Bags on the Run with us. We use these bags instead of the traditional Wal-Mart or Kroger plastic bags. About those disposable plastic bags–Did you know: The petroleum used to make 18 plastic bags could drive a car for 1 mile? Or that the EPA estimates that it takes a plastic bag over 500 years to decay in a landfill? (Thanks Amanda for the nod to the bags!)
  • I’m following my buddy Todd’s new blog,, and hoping to get some more Green Ideas from him! You should check it out, too!

I’m likely forgetting something, and this is not by any means meant to be a ‘We’ve arrived’ list. It’s just, we’re trying, and we’re slowly getting there. Hopefully you can join us as as we go green (at least, more green than we were three years ago!) and enjoy a healthier lifestyle as well!

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