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How "green" are you? (Question of the Month, April 2017)

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Do you recycle regularly or only when you think of it? Make a point of using eco-friendly cleaning products, etc? or not if your favorite brand doesn't happen to be "green?" Refuse to let your car idle when you're parked or only if you don't need the heater or the ac on? And do you try to set an environmentally friendly example for your kids/GC/nieces & nephews, etc? Or do other priorities come before that? Or??

 IOWs, how "green" a GP/parent/aunt/uncle/person are you?

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Not green enough .. Packaging is one of my biggest beefs- Much of what's been put in place to keep us safe has the downside of creating more waste- Some can be recycled, which is great, but still .. so much plastic ..

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I liven in Kansas for a short period of time nearly 50 years ago now and then the trash had to be separated into three bins.  If it was all put out in one, they did not pick it up.  You had to at least show a sign that you tried.

If I remember right it was glass, metals and paper/general waste.

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we're on a "3-bin" system here. Recyclables, garbage, green matter (compostable)......

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We do 3 bins where I live also - glass & plastics, cardboard and paper and general trash. I guess "3 bins" seems to be the standard for places that do it, even if they each divide it up a bit differently.

My family also tries to use eco-frienly cleaning products, etc. though, I admit, my DDs and SIL are more careful about this than DH and I.

YDD is especially conscious of this. She's teaching her kids about how to protect the environment (they learn about it in school, too) almost as much as she teaches them about healthy food choices.

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Chemical sprays take my breath away.  I use mostly vinegar or bleach if plain soap and water isn't enough for a cleaning job.

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I recycle anything that can be.  I compost.  I reuse and donate for others to reuse.  I take the train to work so my daughter (college) and I share the small car.  Only about 15/week for gas.  We eat a lot of fresh fruit and vegetables.  The children do eat some canned vegetables and boxed cereal and mac and cheese.  I keep the heat low as we are all out all day and only home for about 6 hours before bed, and they are always wearing sweat jackets anyway.  They run fans in their room in the summer, as I do.   I do have ac in my bedroom for those really hot nights when they sleep on the floor in the sleeping bags and also let the dogs come in to be cool.  I just hung about 3 loads of wash today, so not using the gas dryer.  There will be a little bit of time when the pollen is too bad to hang for a few weeks, but we do that from April until November sometimes (depending upon the weather).  We grow a bunch of stuff (getting my garden chicken poop from my farmer friend soon) and this year I am trying to do the regrowing celery, scallions, and onions.  Best Regards

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