Its something near and dear to my heart, so I thought, rather than me rambling on in various threads on the forum, and conversation being scattered, I'd make a thread for the subject.
Eco friendly, green living, environmental and ethical issues, you get the idea, it can all go here.
I've been tussling with greener eco friendly living for a while now. I've joined forums, read large amounts of information and try to be as enviromentally and ethically aware in my purchases and my lifestyle.
I recycle as much as I possible can. And I'd encourage everyone here to do the same. You will be amazed at what you can recycle, either at a tip/dump or your own back garden. Plastic, glass, paper, cardboard, cans, clothes, shoes... these can all be done via a local tip, if your council or local Government have such things. You can also recycle garden waste that cannot be composted, old electrical products, car batteries, normal batteries as throwing them away is not a good thing.. the list goes on.
In your garden you can compost your kitchen waste and grass cuttings. Add in a bit of manure etc and you are away.
Anyways, to give us all an idea or two, here is How Can I Recycle This
. A great website and you'll be amazed at what you can put to use, at least for a little while once you are finished with it for its intended purpose. It might not look as nice sometimes, but thats a minor thing if its stored in a cupboard out of sight. Its saving money and reusing a product.
Then there is The River Cottage Project
. Its all about organic farming and growing of fruit and veg. Self sustaining. Has a great forum also and lots of ideas and suggestions how to live a more green eco friendly life.
For me, there is no comparison between pre packaged ready meals, instant food or take outs to good wholesome home cooked grub. And even better if its organic or free range reared. It really is a whole new experience on the taste buds to eat what you raise or grow. Locally reared or grown food is also important, if you can source it. You are supporting local farmers, know where the food has come from, taste the difference and will be doing your bit for the local economy. Its all good. I know in this day and age life is hectic, but try taking the time and see how it goes. You may well enjoy it
I've gone green and I am encouraging anyone who wants to give it a go to do so. If you think its too expensive, at least try some parts of it. Less meat, more veg so you can afford the free range chook or the locally farmed pork. Bulking it out with veggies is great. Its what we have done in years gone past, only in more recent time we have gotten used to more meat in our diet (unless you are a vegetarian of course
Then there is The Times Eco Worrier page
Always good for making me stop and think and take stock.
I know in this day and age life is hectic, but try taking the time and see how it goes. You may well enjoy it
I know it has given me great rewards and satisfaction.
Anyone else got any green tips, energy saving advice or whatever and want to share, I'll be happy to read it.