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Jenny says ...
I work in a public library and we have a lot of messed up copies that we use for scratch paper. I am resolving to run it back through the copier or printer whenever possible. We also use paper slips to send books from one library to another. I am resolving to use the back side of the paper to cut down on waste.
04/24/2009 4:09:26 PM CDT
Bindu says ...
When I run the shower, I catch the initial cold water supply in buckets and use it to water my house-plants, and flower beds. I was amazed how much water I saved from running drown the drain!
04/24/2009 4:41:11 PM CDT
Erin says ...
I will only flush "solids" and limit showers to 10 minutes (my hair is too long to be done any faster)
04/24/2009 5:02:33 PM CDT
larry hance says ...
ALWAYS remember to bring/use re-usable shop bags
04/24/2009 6:15:01 PM CDT
Cara says ...
I will ride my bike to work, at least once a week, and try to buy or barter for used things instead of buying them new.
04/24/2009 6:33:49 PM CDT
Robin says ...
My resolution is to buy a composting bin along with putting banana peels and egg shells in the garden soil. I need to take reusable bags to ALL stores not just a few! Turning lights off as I leave each room is a must - I have had problems doing this along with unplugging appliances not being used! I will continue to pick up plastic bags (all over the place!) and recycle them, recycle colored papers and card board items at my job because we only recycle white paper! Another important resolution is to use more eco-friendly cleaners and install a shower head that filters chlorine.
04/24/2009 6:49:39 PM CDT
Jill says ...
I bought a push reel lawn mower. No more gas and noise!!
04/24/2009 7:17:10 PM CDT
Benjamin Mazzone says ...
I will limit the use of water and avoid leaving lights and electrical items on unless they are being used.
04/24/2009 7:55:02 PM CDT
Jodi says ...
I resolve to start a small garden.
04/24/2009 8:04:40 PM CDT
joanne jacobson says ...
My Green Resolution:turn off the water while brushing my teeth.
04/24/2009 8:25:24 PM CDT
Alice says ...
My resolution is to finally get my boyfriend to trade in his gas-guzzling sportscar for a hybrid!
04/24/2009 8:52:25 PM CDT
c.m says ...
This year our household has gone with all natural cleaning supplies . We also take the bus at least one day a month to get to work and from work.
04/24/2009 8:58:58 PM CDT
Michele Molesky says ...
My green resolution this year is to shop more vintage and consignment shops rather than retail. Vintage is sexy and no one will ever have the same combination! I have let my 10 magazine subscriptions lapse. I am saving money and I now read all the information on the web thus saving paper. We have purchased water filters for our faucets so there is now no need for bottled water thus saving plastic bottles. These few things will help save us hundreds of dollars over the course of the year and will reduce our carbon footprint.
04/24/2009 9:08:11 PM CDT
karen says ...
I will collect read magazines from friends and family and bring them to the nursing home in the area. This way other people will get to read them and this is a great way to recycle.
04/24/2009 10:25:29 PM CDT
Nene Pfeil says ...
My goal is to get my non-recycling friends into the world and habit of recycling. I will help them discover their waste management company's recycling program rules, dates, etc and help them get their system together at home. I will explain the difference in recycle and non-recycle items, set up bins, and get them excited about the future days of less trash hauling and more recycling.
04/24/2009 11:04:15 PM CDT
Tiffany Peterson says ...
I am going to plant a herb garden in my backyard. Not an easy task living in the heart of the city, however if this will help, its worth it. In addition, I'm going to invest in reusable water bottles for my family of four as well as a refillable water filter container. Helps the environment and saves us money. It's a win/win situation!
04/24/2009 11:20:51 PM CDT
FLO says ...
ALTHO I HAVE BROUGHT MY OWN CANVAS BAGS TO THE SUPERMARKET FOR ABOUT 2 YEARS NOW, I PLAN TO ALSO USE THEM AT ANY TYPE OF STORE I SHOP AT. I WILL NO LONGER TAKE A PLASTIC (OR PAPER) BAG AT ANY STORE. I ALREADY FILL MY CAR WITH GAS ONLY ONCE A MONTH. I WILL CONTINUE TO DO ERRANDS, FOOD SHOPPING, POST OFFICE VISITS ALL IN ONE TRIP TO KEEP SAVING GAS. NO GOING OUT FOR ONE THING ANYMORE. ALSO, I WILL PLANT AS MANY VEGGIES AND HERBS IN MY OWN GARGDEN TO LAST ME FROM SUMMER HOPEFULLY INTO THE WINTER. LAST YEAR MY CARROTS LASTED IN THE FRIDGE TIL FEB. WE NEED TO KEEP THIS EARTH GOING FOR US EARTHLINGS :)
04/25/2009 12:42:05 AM CDT
Miles D says ...
Right now I'm writing a persuasive speech on Say No To Plastic Bags and I will be buying reusable bags for everyone in my class. I plan to always say no to plastic bags and I am going to cut down significantly on bottled water, also I work at a commissary and I will encourage the use of paper bags. I'm currently an Interior Design major and once I'm get my degree I plan on doing green design.
04/25/2009 1:41:02 AM CDT
Kisha says ...
Although I'm a pretty green mama...I walk or ride bike whenever I can, recycle, have my own garden, use green products, etc... I will promise to use my reuseable bags more often!!!
04/25/2009 6:14:38 AM CDT
Sandra Fabrizio says ...
We both work about 30 miles from where we live. We talk about driving to work together, but it often does not happen. Therefore, my resolution is: we will ride together to work at least twice a week.
04/25/2009 8:38:41 AM CDT
mia says ...
My resolution is to buy less new toys...especially plastic ones. I've concluded that kids get much more pleasure from toys they've created than from ones handed to them. So we're making new toys, re-making old toys, even finding toys in natural resources- such as acorns, pinecones, seashells. These are great for sorting, building, and stacking. Out with plastic...in with wood, cloth, cardboard, leaves, twigs and mud!
04/25/2009 9:09:24 AM CDT
mia says ...
RECYCLE! That's my resolution. Since November, I've cut down our family's waste to only recyclables and TONS of compost...no trash! Now, I'd like to cut down on the amount of packaging that ends up in my recycle bin. I'll buy less packaged produce (my garden should help with that!) and more bulk products that I can store in reusable containers.
04/25/2009 9:12:08 AM CDT
Jessica B. says ...
I resolve to bring my own bags to shop more often and recycle the extra plastic bags that I have at home.
04/25/2009 9:51:25 AM CDT
Caroline says ...
My Promise: While already using canvas bags about 80% of the time when I'm at the grocery store, I will try to not forget the other 20% of the time. I have also started carrying them with me to Target and will incorporate them into my other shopping. (When forgetful, I use paper only and then reuse them in other ways) I don't live in a pedestrian friendly part of town - everything is too sprawled out to get anywhere in a timely manner, but when possible, I will walk and use the bus more, and plan my errands to be more efficient. I've lowered the temperature in my house in winter to 63 - for Wisconsin that's pretty chilly with our winters, and raised the a/c to 78. (from 72 on either setting). Though I'm already the "recycling queen" at work, bringing home everyone's empty bottles and cans - there is no recycling done other than the cardboard shipment boxes, I will try to get our store to start recycling paper as well! We go though so much, it makes me cringe every time I have to print something. The corporate office has also finally decreased the ammount of paper packaging, as well as starting to use recycled paper, for the products we receive that all has to be unwrapped and discarded. I also promise to find other ways though out the year and beyond to be a more responsible green person and leave a smaller footprint.
04/25/2009 11:07:31 AM CDT
Sonya D says ...
I work on a call center & we bring in alot of treats and food to share with one another.I am usually in charge of bringing in styro or paper plates, plastic ware, etc. This is a bad thing & I finally put my foot down and offered to pick everyone up a plate at the dollar store, and silverware, so we can just reuse those. Out company was nice enough to supply us with dish soap, why not use it? I actually got quite a few people interested, & I will be taking the plates and silverware in this Monday! I have totally used all my plates and will not be buying anymore & they have been made aware of this!!
04/25/2009 11:32:09 AM CDT

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