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A year of living slightly differently
fiddledragon
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What a great idea for a community! I just graduated from college last may, so for the first time I've been able to have almost complete control over what kind of food, products, etc I have :-) I'm living with my boyfriend, who is also committed to trying to live more sustainably, so I don't even have to deal with inconvenient roommates. I can't afford to go completely organic and all that, but I'm gradually switching to what eco-friendly alternatives I can manage. A few things so far:

--We've switched all possible lights in the apartment to compact fluorescents, and watched them pay for themselves in about a week! Our electric usage has dropped almost in half.

--Trader Joe's has turned out to be one of the best sources of affordable organic produce. All frozen, but that just means we can buy it in unreasonable quantities at once and don't have to worry about it going bad. The fresh veggies at this branch are, alas, mostly sad and overpriced.

--While most of the time there's a price difference beyond which I can't afford to buy organic, chocolate has been declared a luxury, and thus I will pay however much it costs for organic Fair Trade chocolate, and if it's too expensive, then I eat less chocolate. Tea will probably go that way when I buy more of it, but this household currently contains more tea than two people should really have been able to accumulate.

--I still eat some seafood (hopefully that won't get me labeled as hopelessly evil here), and I've found some wonderful resources on how to pick local sustainably-harvested species.

--This summer, we've bought a share in the Community Supported Agriculture farm in the area. Local organic produce that we get to help grow all summer! And then lots more root veggies and winter squash in the winter!

--All the cleaning supplies and most of the toiletries are now non-toxic.

--I'm trying to find a drying rack to cut down on electric usage from the dryer...they're surprisingly difficult to find. There's no convenient tethers for a clothesline in the basement and they'd just freeze solid rather than drying in this weather if I set one up outside!
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From: raspberrytue Date: February 22nd, 2007 03:51 pm (UTC) (Link)
My boyfriend is really funny about his sea food, when ever we're at a resturant he'll ask for Turtle-Safe shrimp, and people either look at him like he justed asked for a baked yeti, or give it to him. It's always funny to see what they're reaction is.

In other stuff: Australia's Bans on Old-Style Lightbulbs for flourescent ones. http://www.livescience.com/environment/070220_ap_australia_bulbs.html

I'm with you on the tea thing, I practically have an either cupboard filled with it. Guilty pleasure >.>
soulcatcher318 From: soulcatcher318 Date: February 22nd, 2007 06:01 pm (UTC) (Link)
Mmmmmmmmmmmmmmmmm Tea.

:}

Yeah, I've got half a shelf in the pantry full of tea. I consider myself a collector of all things tea. Well maybe not all things, but close.



And yeah, Trader Joes sure can be a handy thing!
alovecycle From: alovecycle Date: February 28th, 2007 11:16 pm (UTC) (Link)
here is a link for organic fair trade loose leaf tea. i haven't ordered anything from them yet, but i plan on it. hope that helps a little bit with the tea situation :)
good thing about tea leaves is you can use them as compost instead of throwing away all those bags. i'm sure you already knew that, but in case you didn't :)
sorry for posting twice, i messed up the link the first time.
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