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Lessening my footprint on Earth [Feb. 8th, 2006|12:28 pm]
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hazard77506
So, after that neat link that someone posted about the Footprint on Earth quiz it motivated me even more to try to work on some of my problem areas when it comes to being eco-friendly .

This month I finally went to the Midtown Houston Co-op ( Farmer's Market ) for all my veggie shopping. My commitment for the coming year is to try to buy all my veggies ( for a family of 4 ) at the co-op...forcing us to eat totally organic , seaonal , local only produce and eggs. Hopefully this lessens my "foot print" and bonus...less waste of plastic bags..as all veggies are transported in your own sacks... I am using book bags :)

I was suprised at the variety of what is actually being grown locally! I didn't think I would have some much to choose from! VERY COOL!

And...even neater! I found some new veggies I had never tried before...

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The Eowyn Challenge [Feb. 8th, 2006|12:12 pm]
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sassylidge
[mood |cheerfulcheerful]

anterstilis told me about this site a while ago, but I just now had a chance to check it out. It's so cool! So, I thought I would share it here.

The Eowyn Challenge

Basically, the people at this site have mapped out how many miles it is for the journy in the the Lord of the Rings. For example, the trip from Hobbiton to Rivendell is 458 miles - but they map it out day to day.

The idea is to track how far you walk/run/bike and compare it to where you are on the Hobbits' journey. It's a fun/nerdy motivational tool. I'm going to try it out. I'm not sure what my start date is yet, though.

Enjoy!
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Ecological Footprint Quiz [Jan. 25th, 2006|10:32 am]
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anterastilis
[mood |curiouscurious]

http://www.earthday.net/footprint/index.asp

It would take 3.5 earths to support a world of anterastilisses (Anterastili? Probably.)

That's a depressing thought. Good thing there's a "what can I do" link at the end of the quiz with some really good ideas about lessing your impact on the earth. :)



I'm really curious about how everyone else scored. Does anyone ever go below 1 earth?
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laundry detergents [Jan. 18th, 2006|03:57 pm]
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monybalony
holla!

okay i've got a question for yas. i've been using a natural based laundry detergent for the last few months and i hate hate hate it! my hubby's poor work clothes never look clean and come out still smelling like a greasy kitchen. i'm using trader joe's brand detergent but i think it's just repackaged seventh generation brand. anyone use a detergent that's good for hard to clean, greasy cooking clothes and good for the environment?

one earth friendly thing i do love is Oxo Brite. but i find for really dirty stuff, you need to soak the clothing for a good two hours for it to work the best.
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Honey update [Jan. 18th, 2006|03:28 pm]
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sassylidge
[mood |boredbored]
[music |minnesota public radio]

Well, I poked around last night to find information on Splenda and honey. I found a lot of people who were REALLY ANGRY about Splenda - like irrationally so. I took all they said with a grain of salt.

Then, this morning, I remembered that my cube-neighbor at work used to be a beekeeper (how one moves from being a beekeeper to being a software developer, I haven't had a chance to find out yet). I talked to him about honey. He confirmed some of the things I had read online. That the calories are the same as refined sugar, but that refined sugar spikes your blood sugar faster. Also, honey is a natural antibacterial agent - as in bacteria can't live in it. He said people have found honey in egyptian tombs and it was still good to eat.

So, I think that next week I'll start weaning myself off having super sweet coffee by cutting down the splenda and then start using honey instead. I hope it tastes good in coffee!
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Hi Again [Jan. 18th, 2006|09:15 am]
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majorfred
Since I made no sense last night, I thought I'd correct myself. The gardening I was talking about was Permaculture gardening, and there's a little about it here: http://www.backyardgardener.com/masterg/g-77.htm (I hope that URL comes through.) I have to read up more, but I really hope to make this work.
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intro post [Jan. 18th, 2006|02:01 am]
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majorfred
[mood |curiouscurious]

Well, hello there! I'm so glad this was on LJover30, I never would have found it otherwise. I aspire to be a Granola Woman, oh yes I do. I live near SF, too! I'm 38, trying to live greener. Now that I have a house, I'm excited about composting, want to figure out how to afford solar panels, and figuring out what other green stuff I can do, including going as Organic as I can. Also, I want to start a garden, I keep forgetting what its called, its earth-freindly and you're only supposed to tend it for six months or so and its self-sustaining...anyone know what I'm talking about?

Okay, enough about me. I can't wait to start reading the posts here.
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hello! [Jan. 17th, 2006|01:25 pm]
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monybalony
i thought i'd do a little intro since only sassy knows me in this here community. i'm 30, married and live in san fran. born and raised outside of minneapolis. i work at a cool little grocery store called trader joe's. i'm kind of a foody and have some knowledge of nutrition since my mom works in the nutrition/vitamin supplement business.

i've always been able to eat what i want and not worry about weight gain. i do realize i need to be aware of what i'm eating since i still need to eat healthy to feel good, even though i'll probably never weigh more than 120lbs. i love the idea of eating more natural, meals from scratch or almost scratch. reminds me of growing up and sitting down to eat a real meal.

anyway, i look forward to sharing recipes and ideas with you all :) and getting to know yas better.
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Honey vs. Aritifical sweetner [Jan. 17th, 2006|01:19 pm]
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sassylidge
[mood |curiouscurious]

Hello

I would like your thoughts on something.

I'm trying to eat and live healthier, but I have a terrible sweet tooth. I have probably about 4 to 6 packets of Splenda every work day.

I'm wondering if it wouldn't be better to go to honey, though. I really don't want to use refined sugar because it seems to be the root of all evil when it comes to triggering me to eat crappy processed foods - plus my teeth aren't that great and it definitely makes them feel worse.

So, should I stick with the artificial sweetner, which definitely is not natural and go for the honey, which is natural but also has calories and will hurt my teeth?
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(no subject) [Jan. 10th, 2006|10:46 am]
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coconuthead
mmmgood just posted this, the consumer reports report on the most important things to buy organic.

Also, she has a link to a website that rates the safety of shampoo and toothpaste and stuff like that.
http://www.ewg.org/reports/skindeep2/index.php
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