Wow, Jan, I discovered I can list lots of things we do to be environmentally friendly- so here is a long list:
For years we have used [B]cloth table napkins[/B]. Instead of paper. Avaialble at any department store, Goodwill or even garage sales. Several styles need ironing-but I don’t bother. Just wash dry and fold and put in a basket on the table. They don’t always match each other either. I just choose ones I like when I buy more. Which is not very often, they last for years. I’ve been considering knitting some linen ones for nice meals…or one could sew themselves napkins.
Also I use an [B]outdoor clothesline [/B]from May till about September here. Availabe at hardware stores. We have the retractable style where you mount the unit on a wall and pull the lines out and mount the other end on a post or a tree. Our other end is on an extneded piece of wood from the shed; my husband rigged it up. Here is a place that sells them. http://www.clotheslineshop.com In the summer it off sets the cost of running the air conditioner.
My husband uses a [B]push mower[/B], the kind with a rotating blade. Like they used in the old days. We’ve used that for 10 years now. We do have a relatively small lawn in the front and the back. These are available at hardware stores-usually smaller independent ones. Here is a link http://www.cleanairgardening.com/reelmowers.html for some. No mowing over electric cords. No gas to buy. The emissions from gas mowers are worse than from cars.
We ride [B]bikes[/B] lots of places and on another thread I posted a pic of our new [B]electric car[/B]. We are also seriously considering adding solar to our house, maybe next year. We also recycle extensively, we have a [B]worm compost bin[/B], but I admit I leave the management of that to my husband and kids primarily. http://www.composters.com/verm.php?gclid=CKap-4-B7I0CFRK2YAod2iC4vg
When the kids were small I put them in [B]cloth diapers. [/B]We also have [B]flourescent light bulbs[/B] in most of the house. Oh and last fall we bought a [B]front loading washing machine[/B], we have an [B]LG [/B]and our water use, according to our bill dropped dramatically. We also got an Energy Trust rebate and a state tax rebate and a rebate from the city! http://us.lge.com/products/category/list/home%20appliances_laundry.jhtml