Monday, April 30, 2007

Have tire will travel

I finally have a fully inflated bicycle tire. I was stood up by the Sexy Bastard at work who was going to show me how to take care of it so that added a few more days CO2 release. Thankfully, my wonderful friend, Alene, helped me with the endeavor and I am now mobile on 2 wheels.

I'm not sure what should count as CO2 lbs saved. I walked to the Sunday Market yesterday, but I would have done that anyway. It's not so much an effort in saving CO2, but more a way to avoid parking. I think I am going to stick to counting the times that I would normally drive but make the effort to walk or bike. And not count the places that I just walk to anyway...such as the market or the grocery.

I need to go the gym so I am going to bump up my numbers on the side now so that I feel guilty and force myself to go.

Friday, April 27, 2007

Worm bin construction

I was lucky enough to find a roommate who had a worm bin already constructed, and a coworker whose worms were having way too much sex.

These instructions look very similar to what roomie built. When I got the worms from Madame Coworker, we put them in the bottom container. In the upper container we put bedding (shredded newspaper about as damp as a wrung out sponge) and a little bit of food. Eventually the worms made their way up to the upper bin through the holes in the bottom and are now happily munching away.

I haven't gotten to harvest castings yet. Except what came with Madame Coworkers stock. There are several methods, one is just to switch those two containers again and harvest once they've moved out. Another is to shove everything to one side and start putting new food on the other side...or simply take out a handful and pick the worms out.

It doesn't smell at all. I can't even believe it. It might smell a little like compost on warm days when you open it up but I like that smell. Haven't had to troubleshoot anything yet either. So we're doing well!

The only thing that annoys me is that they don't really eat the egg shells. And Roomie eats a lot of eggs.

Thursday, April 19, 2007

The trouble with worms

Worms require newspaper or some sort of clean bedding to help insulate them. This is great for those who have lots of paper to recycle. But we don't get a paper delivered. So I end up going to pick up a free copy of The Stranger to cut up, soak and lay as bedding. Does this cancel out any good the worms are doing in the first place?

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Tuesday, April 17, 2007

zut alors!

I found a great recipe for all natural "soft scrub." Cleans my bathtub like a charm, even when it's grody! It just takes baking soda, castille soap, vinegar and a little water. I got the recipe out of Clean House, Clean Planet, By Karen Logan. You should check it out!

I went downstairs this morning to find my bicycle tire flat! It took all morning to get my motivation up to ride to work and then my efforts were thwarted! I'm not exactly sure what to do now....

I also found a figure that suggested we waste 33lbs of CO2 for every hour of television watched. Thankfully I live in WA where the energy is mostly hydroelectric so I assume the number is lower than that but I will still be more conscious about how much time I leave the boob tube on. Guess it's time for a trip to the library or used bookstore!

Saturday, April 14, 2007

Back to Seattle

I was on the road in Wenatchee for work this past week. But I've been back for one day and already I get to bump my lbs. of CO2 saved and miles biked! This pleases me, the planet and my tush!

Thursday, April 12, 2007

Sugar Daddy?

Where's my sugar daddy to buy me this?!

yuck, garbage

My garbage sense is heightened these days. Which is good! But on the road it's hard. It was really hard for me to throw my pear core and plum remains into a normal garbage can today. If I had a receptacle I probably would've brought them home to my worms.

I also nearly exploded when I was stuck using styrofoam for my continental cereal at the hotel. I know, I could have forgone, it's true, but I needed to eat. When this bluebird doesn't get fed she gets CRANKY! Good news is I bought a bowl, cup, fork and spoon that will travel with me from now on for just such an occasion.

I'm also tempted by the idea of carrying a "cloth" with me where ever I go. No Impact Man and his family are doing it, why can't I? Think of the trees that can be saved. Plus, if I'm considering it, others must be too. So let's say that brings it up to a total of 10 people who start doing it this week. 90 more and perhaps we'll reach the 100th monkey.

Tuesday, April 10, 2007

No Impact Man on The Colbert Report

Awesome! My motel doesn't get Comedy Central and so I thought I was going to miss this. Thank gawd for the internet!

Look for it on Comedy Central. His name is Colin Beaven.

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Here's a picture I just uploaded from my camera of my Netherlands bulbs blooming on my patio. Enjoy!

Sunday, April 08, 2007

Back to the city that holds my heart

I realized this weekend I'm more "green" than I thought. It kind of helped my green-esteem. At the airport I was astounded at the lack of recycling receptacles and carried my juice container all the way to my sister's because I figured they wouldn't recycle it on the airplane either. Think of the amount of trash the airport must toss! Surely they have someone go through things and take the recycling out! Ok, I'm sure that's not true but it might be the only way I'll get through the night.

I did give in to two weaknesses, though. I had to buy two magazines. Ok, I didn't HAVE to but I did. I bought the green issue of Outdoor, which was very interesting and I don't feel as guilty about that as I do buying Glamour. But they will be read by others and recycled! I promise.

On the way to the airport I took the bus so I"m counting those miles as lbs. CO2 saved. The trip home I took Shuttle Express. Now, I am NOT going to claim all 21 miles as lbs. of CO2 saved They do use compressed natural gas but the van was not going past my house even if I hadn't asked. I do think it should count as carpooling and the cleaner fuel is a nice bonus too. So how about 10 lbs? Sound good to everyone?

I'm happy to be back to my worm bin, and no waste work environment. : )

Wednesday, April 04, 2007

I saved 1.4 lbs. of CO2 today!

Alright. I believe if you proclaim a goal publicly you are more likely to achieve it. So here I go: I am going to be a better environmentalist. That means, less driving, no more plastic bags, eating locally, being a part of my community, using environmentally friendly cleaning products, and much more.

Today I start. Not from ground zero as I've already started implementing some eco-friendly practices in my daily life. I use toilet paper and paper towels from 100% recycled materials, my soaps/detergents are friendly, I've reduced the number of times I wash my hair a week down to two and I try my damnedest to avoid vinyl.

They say that you release 1 lb of CO2 for every mile you drive. I got my lazy ass on my bike and rode to the gym. It's such a pleasant ride, I'm not sure why I wasn't doing it before. Ok, partly because it was cold, dark and wet. But now it's spring.

I rode my bike the 1.9 miles to work the other day. Up hill. Killed me. But I plan to find a new route around those hills so I can make the ride more often.

And I plan to record my progress right here. so stay tuned!