Todd and I watched Al Gore's movie a few weeks ago, and when it was over I found myself thinking that we were doing fairly well in terms of not contributing much to emissions. After all, we don't own a car, we recycle much of our packaging and paper, and I make a point of using my knitted market bag and a backpack when Tsia and I buy our groceries instead of getting plastic bags from the store. However, I've since realized how much more we can be doing. For example, we need to replace our lightbulbs with compact fluorescent bulbs, and I'm looking into community supported agriculture programs in our area.
And what's up with those tacky paper napkins we've been using? I finally took the time to make a set of everyday cloth napkins to coordinate with my beloved sashiko placemats (my favorite souvenir from a trip to Tokyo). I followed Molly's instructions and used the walking foot on my new machine.
Here are a few other environmentally oriented, nifty things I'm liking:
The sun jar looks like an ordinary mason jar but actually contains a solar cell, batteries, and a warm-colored LED bulb to resemble sunlight. A sensor activates the bulb, and the battery recharges with just a few hours of sunlight.
A more environmental, low-cost laundry detergent.
And for the truly dedicated, your very own under-the-sink composting. I'm not ready for this and, quite frankly, may never be. After all, it really wouldn't be fair to the little worms (gulp!), since I have enough trouble remembering to feed the cat. And no green thumb to speak of, at that. With my history, I'd probably kill the poor things.