Spitball

Exchanging ideas on simple things we can do to help save some energy, or do ourselves a favour.

Attaching a signature one liner at the bottom of an email. Here’s one we’ve all seen:
PLEASE THINK ABOUT THE ENVIRONMENT BEFORE PRINTING THIS EMAIL

This of course has been floating in the ether for some time now, pertaining to emails directly but how much effect has a simple line like this had?

Might have saved a tree or two.
A gallon of gas or two.
An ink cartridge or two.
A bit of plastic etc etc

So along these lines – what else?

IT TAKES 7 LITERS OF WATER TO MAKE A PLASTIC WATER BOTTLE – WHY NOT RE-FILL?

Then pop it on the bottom of the email.
Maybe one person re-fills that day and saves 7 liters of water.

Or:

REPLACING FISH WITH PLASTIC – TODAY THERE ARE AN ESTIMATED 46,000 PIECES OF PLASTIC IN EVERY SQUARE MILE OF OCEAN.

From The Guardian:

‘As the world’s population climbs from 6.8 billion today to nine billion by mid-century, energy demand will rise by around 50 per cent’

So perhaps we need to reduce energy use a little?

In one or two generations we have learned to take an awful lot for granted. Behind all that button pressing – energy is being used! It’s amazing how bright the room is at night even after the lights have been turned off.

BETWEEN FIVE AND TEN PERCENT OF ENERGY IN DEVELOPED COUNTRIES IS USED AT NIGHT – ELECTRICAL EQUIPMENT ON STANDBY

‘Cleanliness’:

These days marketing and advertising leads us to believe that ‘SHINY IS CLEAN’

I’m not sure I’d spray chemical cleaners on my sandwich in the afternoon, but I spray it on the countertop I make my sandwiches on…

SHINY CHEMICALLY ENHANCED COUNTERTOP ON TOAST – DELICIOUS!

Goodness knows!!

Even if you only have some facts and figures and no one liner – send them in.
Maybe someone else will come up with the one liner?

No idea!

Let’s see where this one goes.

Any suggestions – please post to the comments below.

Of course if all else fails we always have the following:

Jesus is coming – look busy!

COMMENTS

  1. Submitted by: Helen

      October 15, 2013 at 1:33 pm

    Don’t replace your gear until it absolutely comes apart in your hands, including cars, computers and houses.

    Recycle/Freecycle, rather than ebay. Give clothes to charity.

    A little thing, but grow a messy garden, so you give homes to things other than yourself

  2. Submitted by: Rebecca

      July 18, 2012 at 3:42 pm

    Why not use a vinegar / water solution to clean your counters with (and floors, and windows, and and) rather than any chemicals? Take a gallon of water add about 1 cup of white vinegar to it, give it a good shake, pour into your spray bottles and so on. That’s what I use in my house rather than bleach which I am allergic to or other nasty (and pricy) man made chemicals.

  3. Submitted by: Ali in Oregon

      April 30, 2011 at 11:00 pm

    Update on meat/dairy composting

    I discovered you can easily compost meat, bones, cheese etc., with Bokashi – it’s a fermented compost sprinkle, so meat-eaters, rejoice: you can throw “away” even less now.

    Compost it instead and give it back to the earth! You’re creating less and less trash with each simple choice…

  4. Submitted by: Meda

      April 17, 2011 at 3:45 pm

    My New Years Green Resolution

    Many of us try still try to make New Years Resolutions whether we admit them or not. Tops on most peoples list are weight loss (feel them there), quit smoking or drinking, or to write the greatest novel of this century (ok, maybe the last one is far fetched). But what about becoming greener!

    My List:
    1. Convert to Buddhism (a work in progress)
    2. Become a Vegetarian (surprised at how good I now feel)
    3. Replace the Trees

    Numbers one and two, self explanatory. Three is a bit more interesting. I got to thinking how many trees it took to build my home and to make the furniture that fills it. Just how many trees did it take to make this desk that my computer now sits on. So I decided I was going to replace every tree. Now how does one go about figuring out how many trees goes into a home. Especially one as terrible at math as myself. Ask someone else of course. Now this can get a bit complicated. Each tree is measured by board feet which is one foot by one foot by one inch thick. I know, math, it boggles the mind. So you have to take an average since every tree will vary in size, height, and thickness. So say there were 12.6 billion board feet taken in one year. After a lot of blah, blah, blah, you will find that a home approximately 1000 square feet requires 3000 board feet of lumber. My home being around 1900 needed twice that much. Most lumber for construction comes from the conifers like pine. The average age of the tree will be around 50 years with a height of around 70 to 85 feet. This will get you an average to around 35 trees cut down just to build my home. Now for every mature tree cut, you must replace it with two. So 35 mature trees turns into 70 young trees. I took that number and doubled it again to account for my furniture. This makes 140 trees to replant. I can’t plant 140 forty trees on my little bitty plot, but I have planted 2 Live Oaks, 1 Arizona Ash, 1 Red Oak, 1 Celeste Fig, 2 Jatrophas, and 1 Bottle Brush. I lost the Jatrophas and Bottle Brush this last harsh winter season despite trying my best to protect them. The next place to go is the Arbor Day Foundation at http://www.arborday.org. A 25 dollar donation can plant around 5 trees. So I will need to donate 675 dollars by the end of this year. For me, this will be no small feat. But I am a firm believer in giving back to nature what I have taken. It is everyone’s responsibility. If we all do this, we would no longer hear about the problems of deforestation.

    Just a little something to think about.

  5. Submitted by: A

      January 23, 2011 at 9:23 pm

    Recycle +
    From a jar of Korma:
    Please recycle reduce reuse repair rethink retool reinvent resist react respect revere reflect.

    Lovely!

  6. Submitted by: Ali inOR

      December 29, 2010 at 10:56 pm

    Save trees, NOT water!

    If the choice is either: use more water or more paper/wood, choose the water option for lesser enviro impact.

    Logging and lumber processing are energy intensive and require vast amounts of water, on top of losing the trees themselves. Trees clean the air and protect our water supplies, among 8 other important functions.

    http://forestry.about.com/od/treephysiology/tp/tree_value.htm

    Hey, go plant a tree!

    Tree – planting orgs:
    http://www.mhmail.com/links/planting-trees.html

  7. Submitted by: Ali in Oregon

      October 29, 2010 at 10:58 pm

    Garbage Experiment

    How to make only 1 can of garbage every 3-4 months with minimal conscious effort, as a single person –

    I had no trash service and went on a fun experiment: how minimally could I contribute to the landfill? It turns out you can compost and recycle almost everything (make sure to recycle clean items, because they will throw out an entire batch if anything is contaminated with food, sending it to landfill).

    Skip garbage bags. Instead, re-purpose bags that other stuff comes in (cereal, chips, potatoes etc.) to hold things that must go to landfill. When buying (including to-go food), consider the packaging. Will your recycler take it? If they won’t, should you vote with your money by buying irresponsible packaging or should your vote support businesses aligned with your values, with compostable packaging? Bring reusable silverware or tiffin to cut down on single-use items. Can you safely compost wrappings/boxes? Almost all food can be composted, especially non-meat food (meat and bones require manure-based compost and secure bins to keep out rodents / raccoons). Many pizza boxes can be composted (don’t compost any paper or cardboard that is waxed or has shiny colors – flat colors are safe for compost that doesn’t hurt the environment). *If you don’t know how to compost, ask the webmaster to give you my email address – I’m happy to share the info you’ll need, even if you live in an apartment.

    Additionally, buy in bulk from health food stores and refill used glass jars rather than heavily packaged small quantities. Many things freeze well, including dairy items bought in larger quantities and chopped/poured into reasonable amounts. You can wash out and reuse plastic bags for produce or purchase linen or hemp bags to hold fridge produce instead of plastic. Of course, your groceries should be bagged in some sort of cloth bag, backpack etc – anything that can be re-used and isn’t made of plastic. Use cloth instead of paper towels for cleaning / wiping – it’s not a big deal to add these to your laundry. Dust with old socks.

    Women / teens: go to gladrags.com – there are various comfortable re-usable menstrual options that are both safe for your health and the environment. And the money you’ll save! I haven’t bought menstrual items in 10 years – my re-usables are easily managed.

    Whatever else you cannot recycle yourself – can you donate it to someone creative? E.g. Clean yogurt tubs to local schools and preschools for art projects. What else could you re-purpose or give to someone who will use it in an interesting manner?

  8. Submitted by: Nicole

      June 11, 2009 at 11:01 pm

    Let’s start… With stopping the building of new houses where perfectly good housing still resides, but because “people” would rather something new, than to spend a lil elbow grease and time into making an older house worthy of them. I see it everywhere, hundreds of houses for sale, yet new housing developments cutting down forests to make way for new houses because they are in demand, even with the economy as bade off as it is!! I just cannot wrap my head around why we waste SO much in building 20 houses in a brand new suburb… when hundreds in the same city stand empty. And this is just ONE of my pet peeves :)

    Something me and my 3 boys do whenever we walk to the store (yes with our canvas bags) is to take 2 trash bags on our walk… one for trash, one for recyclables (recycling gets put in the bin, and the bag is used again on our next walk) and its a game for them to find as much as fast as they can in the 1/2 mile walk there and back. We get LOTS of funny looks but you know what, its those same people who dont think twice about finishing that bag of chips and just dropping the bag when they are done, even with trash bins all along the walk. At least I rest easier knowing I did one small part, and that my children know! And trust me, the fire of an 8 year old, who sees the world done wrong, is not something you want to be on the receiving end of. :)

  9. Submitted by: Janelle

      May 26, 2009 at 11:02 pm

    Use distilled white vinegar in your washer’s final rinse cycle in place of fabric softner or dryer sheets. Your clothes will be soft, smell fresh and will not be staticy. Not only is it safer for the environment, but it is also better for the upper respiratory system and will not aggravate asthma or allergies.

    DWV can also be used to clean by adding several drops of tea tree oil or eucalyptus oil to the vinegar and using baking soda as an abrasive. You will be able to have your toast without chemical shinyness.

    Couldn’t think of a nifty one liner for this.

  10. Submitted by: Venus

      March 10, 2009 at 11:04 pm

    One Liner

    Use less. Hoard less.

  11. Submitted by: Cheryl S

      March 6, 2009 at 9:05 am

    “You are so hot that scientists are trying to get government funding to find out if you are the cause of global warming. All we know for sure is that when polar bears think of you, they die. But they die happy.”
    -Scott Adams

  12. Submitted by: Jj

      February 7, 2009 at 11:07 pm

    Just a thought..in more than one line

    The act of recycling, no matter how you choose to perform it doesn’t mean a damn if you’re doing it for personal gratification or adulation. To be so grandiose as to assume fragile, mortal human beings could alter the fate of a massive organism such as the earth is narcissism at its best and brightest. If you do choose to reduce, reuse and recycle do so in humble admiration of a life force that allows us to reside within a moment of It’s time rather than a feeble attempt to extend the life of that, which is without our assistance, eternal in its own right.

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