Saturday, June 27, 2009

Waste Not, Want Not.

Hello again.

John and I have been contemplating this article as of late, and would like to pass it on to our favorite people: YOU. In fact, we'd be delighted to know how you feel about it, because we thought it was interesting, to say the least.

We hope (if you are like us and get overwhelmed with facts) that you will not feel discouraged by the beginning paragraphs, but press on to the end, because the article takes an inspiring turn.

We also do not present this article to you with a particular desire to discuss frustrating politics, rather the focus for us is to find ways in which we can be better contributers to the planet. We'd also love to hear your ideas, because we suspect you've got some good ones.

Thank you for reading.


Chantal said...

I read the article you are refering to. It's very interesting and I have been making some changes, like using shopping bags that I purchases and that are washable, as for my recycling bin, the collect is once every 2 weeks, and I put it on the side of the road once a month and it's not even full. Well, I'm alone all day and my hubby never eats at home but I prepare a lunch for him everyday and I use plastic containers and the ziplock bag, I re-use as much as I can. For my laundry, I wash 4 loads a week in cold water. As for my small car, I only use it when I do my grocery. I don't go shopping cause I don't have the money for it and I don't see the purpose. I'm use to it. I'm not much of a consumer. I'll do without. I don't keep lights on for nothing. I have a timer for the pool. It's runs from 10:30am till 19:30 that way I save some energy. I wrote an article and put a link to a movie that I found today on a french article about the next powerfull financial country, which is China. I invite you to view this movie,I admit, it's long to watch but it's worth it. 2 hours. I'm hoping alot of people will view this movie. On another note, I love the picture of you and John. It looks like vintage, or the Green Acres. Maybe your too young to have seen this tv show but it was funny.

Patty said...

Well, yes, it's pretty discouraging, but I do some signs of positive change, maybe not enough and maybe we'll lose this fight, but here are some things I do.

Usually I bring my own water bottle with me, filled from my kitchen tap. Yesterday, someone said, you didn't need to do that, we have cold water bottles here in a cooler. Well, yes, mine was warm and I had to carry it with me, but I didn't add to the landfill that way. My husband and I mostly drive one car only. He rides with me and walks or takes a bus to his office. We try to consolidate trips and do errands on the way home. The biggest way we conserve is by having my parents live with us. Pretty hard in some ways, but we have consolidated two households into one and there are a lot of savings that way. And of course, growing and making as much of your own food as you can saves a lot of packaging and transporation costs. The hardest thing for me to give up is occasional flights for fun and family. Maybe I'll see what they say if I bring my own cup!

Rachel said...

I'll have to read the article later but I just wanted to say that I LOVE that picture of you guys. Too funny! How did you do that??
Hope all is well..

Bonney Hughes said...

My sister Patty sent me the link that you posted, but unfortunately the site is down due to a fire at a server center. However, you can read tips about reducing your carbon footprint on my blog, I'd love to have people comment and exchange ideas about living more lightly on the planet. I love your blog!

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