More Green for Less Gold


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OK, going green might be a bit passé. Your ex-girlfriend carried a cloth shopping bag as a fashion accessory, your mother drives a Prius and even your Uncle Bill, who is sceptical about global warming, occasionally buys organic vegetables at his local Wal-Mart. But some of us were recycling, biking instead of driving and composting long before it was trendy and we’ll be doing it long after. So, with that, and the precarious state of most of our wallets, in mind, we here at Curve would like to share some of the little, cost-effective ways we’re being green.

“I save all my packing peanuts and take them to the UPS store regularly for re-use.”  — Lori Selke

“When I realized I was going through several boxes of tissues a month, I decided to invest in a small package of cloth hankies. You can buy them cheaply in the men's department of almost any store. (Why not the women's department? I don’t know, maybe buying ladies hankies went out with wearing gloves every time you went out.) I haven't bought tissues in months. Not only are trees everywhere thanking me but during a recent flu I didn't have that telltale red bulbous nose from scratchy paper tissues.”  — Jamie Anderson

“What about bucket-flushing? Keep a bucket in the shower to catch the excess water and then use it to flush the toilet. It's saved on my water bill, fo’ sho’.”  — Marcie Bianco

“Try wanking off manually.”  — Lynnee Breedlove

“I like to use Seventh Generation diapers that are chlorine- and latex-free. However, I recently came across a brand made in Sweden called Nature Babycare that are also chlorine-free and have no oil-based plastics. Both brands are non-toxic which benefits the environment as well as keeping our children healthier.”  — Aislinn Clevenger

“I wear extra sweaters and use blankets and body heat to keep warm instead of turning on the heater. My heater happens to be broken, but I still want the green points on this one. I also make my own cards from old books and magazines.”  — Heather Robinson

“I form relationships with people interested in sustainability.”  — Tania Hammidi

“Clean your house with baking soda and white distilled vinegar. These two ingredients alone and in conjunction with other inexpensive items save your lungs from toxic chemicals, the water supply from being contaminated by chemicals and put more cash back in your wallet. Also the rubber broom is a great tool that I heard about from a book called Organic Housekeeping. The author mentions the broom in it as a great sweeping tool and offers suggestions on how to clean your floor the green way, as well as keep the water you are using clean. It looks like a broom, but is made of rubber. It attracts dust and dirt when you sweep. I used to use a Swiffer in the same way, but now I don’t need to—saving the environment and myself money.”  — Bree Clarke

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