If you remember, my Roman-wanna-be husband once wrote a post about shaving with olive oil. In the dry winter months, I’ve found other uses for it too.
It is truly amazing the emotions and memories that attach themselves to things we own like tentacles of an amoeba. Swaying, reaching and gently wrapping their tentacles around the objects, they stir such anxiety, we are unable to part with that watch, that necklace, that embroidered handkerchief. If we give up the product, we will in turn forget the comforting memories that lie washed in the soft light of our happy memory banks.
Like these tissues I’ve held onto since 1997.
Oh, the buckets, the buckets.
My in-laws utilize the tumble washer. Washing a load uses 15 gallons, rinsing a load uses 15 gallons. For 2 full-time working adults, who aren’t home to flush all day, their water bill in 2011 equaled no more than $15 to $20 a month.
I find that impressive.
I am home all day, though. So I picked up a few water ideas from my green mother. Yes, she is actually green. You should see her thumbs.
Posted in Reducing, Reusing
Tagged buckets, clean water, flush toilets, grey water, military lifestyle, military spouse, militaryzerowaste, rain barrel, rain water, rainwater tank, zero waste
This comes straight off the Georgia Department of Community Affairs poster where I used to pay my water bill at City Hall:
We hear so much about a plastic free lifestyle for a reason…
This video puts it all in perspective.
(July is plastic-free month. I did not know this.) Continue reading
I owe learning this lesson to my sister.
Posted in Reducing
Tagged Drinking water, Energy, Environment, military lifestlye, military spouse, militaryzerowaste, Shower, turning off the water, wasting water, Water, Water Resources, zero waste
Have any of you heard the country song about the Red Solo cup? It’s catchy and funny and great writing, but it’s the ultimate ode to a disposable lifestyle.
Why can’t you still “get lucky and proceed to party” from a glass instead of a red plastic cup? The song mentions it takes about 14 years for the cup to break down. The depressing thing is…that’s about right. Continue reading
From the Power bill…. 🙂
Posted in Reducing, What you can do/tips
Tagged Caulk, Energy conservation, energy saving tips for your home, Energy Star, Incandescent light bulb, military lifestyle, military spouse, militaryzerowaste, Weatherstripping, zero waste
Rather than store our bulk goods or my homemade snacks in plastic containers, I’ve been keeping any jars I buy or have bought in the past. (I have quite a little collection now.) They look so pretty and uniform and it’s easy to snatch a glance and know exactly what I need or what I’m low on. The only trouble is they seem to hold dearly to the smell of whatever they contained before…