Sunday, November 30, 2008

Green Meme #2

Well, Lisa tagged us for the Green Meme blogger. Here is our post.

1) Link to Green Meme Bloggers. (use image if you like)
2) Link back to whoever tagged you. (no need to wait to be tagged!)
3) Include meme number
4) Include these guidelines in your post
5) Tag 3 other green bloggers.

1. Do you use baking soda toothpaste or baking soda shampoo? If not, would you consider it?
Not yet, but we are probably considered a bit odd, as we only shower/bath once a week using a bath like the Ingalls used to do. The kids go first, then Heidi, and finally me. We do have to top of the warm water by the time Heidi is going in, but only by maybe 5-10 gallons and we only fill it maybe with 20-25 gallons total. No soakers for us.

2. Do you make any home cleaning products?
Not really, but Heidi's saying if it does not come out with vinegar and elbow grease, it can be lived with.
3. What is your top green issue at the moment?
Over consumption of everything! We need to realize that we CANNOT continue to live at the rate we as a human race do. We need to make a change to a more simple lifestyle and yes I see the irony of that statement while I use a computer to post this.
4. Given unlimited cash, what is on your green wish list?
Everything wool and sustainable products :). In addition, we would completely renovate our house to off-grid with wind, passive solar, and ditch our stove/oven for a wood burning oven and stove used both for heating and cooking. We would also add a real root cellar downstairs in the basement. Replacing the roof with a living roof would be the last thing I can think of currently.

5. Have you implemented any new green act/behavior/product this month?
Not to toot our horn too much, but we have been living a green life much longer than "Green" as existed as a trend the way it does now. This makes it very hard to implement new things easily. While we have always practiced water conservation in ways from yellow let it mellow to rain barrels and water redirection for watering our homestead gardens, this month we started something new. We have 1 bathroom that gets 99% of the use and we disconnected the trap to the sink and harvest the water into a 5 gallon bucket that we use for flushing the toilet instead of wasting 1.6 gallons for the 3-5 flushes a day in addition to the water used for washing hands, etc. Hearing the water hit the bottom of the bucket or the water already there really makes hit home the amount of water being used/wasted.

Let's see who I can come up with for people to tag.
1. The Brazeltons since Paul has been slacking in his posting duties
2. Barb, our new neighbor who is building an awesome green house next to us.
3. Sashsa who I am very much admiring in her moving to Amish house :).


LisaZ said...

Cool, Quinces. You're not the only ones who only bathe once a week. Well, for me it's about two times, for the kids one but for George it's most days. Still, good idea. And I've always thought the old-fashioned "Ingalls style" to be very sensible.

Mon (global homestead) said...

Nice responses.

There is NO WAY I would share my husband's bathwater! I love your Heidi's saying, "if it does not come out with vinegar and elbow grease, it can be lived with."