Carbon Footprint Reduction, One Step at a Time.

So, I broke our toilet. Oh yes I did. I dropped a bottle of lotion into the toilet mid flush and it was gone before I realized what had happened. We took apart the toilet to try and rescue it to no avail..that bottle is jammed in such a way we cannot reach it. Luckily, the toilet is also very old, inefficient and gross…so it needed replacing anyhow. This just pushes us to replace it sooner, rather then later. So we are replacing it with a more ecologically sound version. One with dual flush options for a half use of water or a full use.

Add that to my list of Eco Efficient options I have introduced into my day to day living. We have been on a mission since purchasing our home to make it as eco efficient as possible. We heat with wood, laid bamboo flooring, got all new vinyl windows, placed a water efficiency nozzle on every tap and shower. We use non-toxic cleaning products-or are replacing them accordingly one at a time as they run out.  We recycle and compost everything recyclable and compostable in our home AND we grow 60% of our own produce (this increases each year as we become better urban gardeners), what we don’t grow we get from local farmers.    I use cloth diapers on our toddler and breastfeed. Hell, even E.’s potty is Eco friendly and fully Biodegradable. Yup, were doing our part. Are you?

I like to constantly challenge myself to do one more small thing that can make a big difference in the long run. That latest ‘thing’ came to me yesterday. Stop getting stupid mindless magazine subscriptions..Seriously, I can learn about fashion trends online and that means one less tree becoming one less magazine that I read for 2 hours and toss into the the recycling. Any that I currently have I am going to donate to shelters and gyms so that at least they get some more use.

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About mommamaynard

“Life is like riding a bicycle. To keep your balance you must keep moving.” — Albert Einstein. When it feels like your world has been shattered, and you have reached rock bottom, you must make a choice: Stay where you are and fade away, or keep moving forward. Thankfully I chose to move forward and was blessed with the two most wonderful children after the death of my first in early labor. Things are looking up.

Posted on June 15, 2011, in Uncategorized. Bookmark the permalink. 1 Comment.

  1. I stopped getting most magazines awhile ago, but I kind of miss them (for collaging/ decoupage). So, I still pick some up at the bookstore occasionally. I also LOVE zinio.com for the magazines that you just like to read (and don't need printed copies of). My one small step will be setting up our compost after we move and possibly starting a small (container?) garden this year. which will get bigger and better each year, hopefully 😀

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