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1.       oeince
582 posts
 06 Oct 2010 Wed 08:43 pm

I have begun a kind of sustainability game in my life.

The game is so easy.  Consume less!

Such as, if i turn an unnecessery light off, i get points. I begin to like the louche light as long as i begin that game. My house turned to be more silent because i do not keep the TV on just to hear some voices.  You know, a smile appears in my face when i realize that i wash my hands more hygenic when i turn down the tap.

What kind of creative or very simple recommendations do you have to adapt sustainability to our lives?

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2.       Elisabeth
5732 posts
 06 Oct 2010 Wed 09:26 pm

About two years ago, I bought a water filter for my kitchen sink.  I no longer buy all those individual plastic water bottles for drinking water.  I can use a reusable bottle and get my water right from my own sink.  A few months ago they finally installed one in my office and bought everyone a reusable water bottle.  Wahoo!



Edited (10/6/2010) by Elisabeth

3.       oeince
582 posts
 06 Oct 2010 Wed 09:39 pm

Wowww Elisabethh!! Thats great! +1000 points. I am really impressed. Congragulations

Once a UN expert told me that he has installed a system to his house for the turbination of water. He said he no longer waste even a piece of water at home. May be we all can´t install that system to our houses but i support and reccomend Elisabeth´s method for all.

By the way have you ever heard that producing 1 kg of red meat costs 70 times more water than 1 kg vegetable? So by eating vegetables, we can both live healthier and we can save the world



Edited (10/6/2010) by oeince

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4.       Adam25
369 posts
 06 Oct 2010 Wed 10:19 pm

 

Quoting oeince

I have begun a kind of sustainability game in my life.

The game is so easy.  Consume less!

Such as, if i turn an unnecessery light off, i get points. I begin to like the louche light as long as i begin that game. My house turned to be more silent because i do not keep the TV on just to hear some voices.  You know, a smile appears in my face when i realize that i wash my hands more hygenic when i turn down the tap.

What kind of creative or very simple recommendations do you have to adapt sustainability to our lives?

 

good idea to turn unnecessary lights off although some say that the actual turning on/off of lights uses more electricity than leaving them on!  do you know what ´louche´ means btw? - seems a strange word to use in this context

 

5.       Adam25
369 posts
 06 Oct 2010 Wed 10:19 pm

...double post



Edited (10/6/2010) by Adam25

6.       oeince
582 posts
 06 Oct 2010 Wed 10:29 pm

I think your saving from keeping the lights off for such as 1o mins would meet a 1 minute uses turn on/turn off expense. However i would be glad if someone who understands of electicity can enlighten us.

I used louche to express less light. We use it a lot in Turkish as "loş". What do the native speakers use the word louche for? Which word would be more suitable to mention less light?



Edited (10/6/2010) by oeince

7.       Adam25
369 posts
 06 Oct 2010 Wed 11:12 pm

 

Quoting oeince

I think your saving from keeping the lights off for such as 1o mins would meet a 1 minute uses turn on/turn off expense. However i would be glad if someone who understands of electicity can enlighten us.

I used louche to express less light. We use it a lot in Turkish as "loş". What do the native speakers use the word louche for? Which word would be more suitable to mention less light?

 

ok - just what i heard - i´m not an expert on electricity

 

in english we would use ´louche´ to mean ´disreputable´, ´unsavoury´, ´of loose morals´ - referring to people´s character - however i wouldn´t say it´s in everyday use.  I notice in the dictionary that the turkish word ´loş´ translates as ´dim/dark/murky´.  I suppose we could say that someone has a ´dark and murky´ character in that sense but it doesn´t really translate to describing ´light´ in English. I would just use ´dimmer´ where you used ´louche´.

 

However, i´m sure zeytinne will be along soon to correct me



Edited (10/6/2010) by Adam25

8.       thehandsom
7403 posts
 06 Oct 2010 Wed 11:39 pm

Anybody who does not want to eat the juicy beef stake to save the world, please feel free to do so. 

But I am not giving up mine... {#emotions_dlg.whistle}

http://static-p4.fotolia.com/jpg/00/16/54/61/400_F_16546129_GPMrxLYOLHiyEL7YkivQqAdxMK7G0Hl7.jpg

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9.       oeince
582 posts
 07 Oct 2010 Thu 12:20 am

You are proveking me dude

Böyle güzel güzel resmini koyunca benim de canım çekti ama ben anlamam. Ben dünyayı kurtarıcam {#emotions_dlg.angel}



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10.       barba_mama
1629 posts
 07 Oct 2010 Thu 09:14 pm

Turnin lights on and off doesn´t consume more electricity than leaving them on. In the golden olden days the early days of the low energy light bulb, it was the case that leaving the lights on for half an hour was cheaper than turning it on and off twice. But today even the low energy light bulbs don´t have this problem anymore, so don´t believe the myth and turn your lights off!

 

I have a switch on my electricity socket. For some reason my tv and my tv-tuner have an off button, but it just makes them go on stand-by. So, I bought an electricity socket with a switch so I can actually turn them totally off now. That´s also better for fire-safety.

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11.       slavica
814 posts
 07 Oct 2010 Thu 11:36 pm

 

Quoting oeince

What kind of creative or very simple recommendations do you have to adapt sustainability to our lives?

 

 I quit smoking seven years ago. Does it count?

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12.       alameda
3499 posts
 08 Oct 2010 Fri 12:24 am

 

Quoting slavica

 

 

 I quit smoking seven years ago. Does it count?

 

Congratulations! It probably counts a lot....I quite a year and 3 months ago, and have saved so much money....and I feel better too. My cloths don´t stink, and I don´t have to look for a place to smoke anymore...{#emotions_dlg.flowers}

Other things I´ve done....grow a lot of my own veggies, I buy local milk and eggs, use none electric food processing tools...you know the manual kind, turn the crank? Started walking a lot.  Buy as local as possible to lower the carbon footprint. I don´t have a blender, rather I shake or use an egg beater. My new car is a standard transmission, gets 34 mpg.

I´ve never bought bottled water, but I did get a water filter. I save bags for shopping. The plastic you get here when shopping is a big problem. I bought some food storage bags that are supposed to be reusable and help keep things fresh longer. I wish thing had less packaging. Sometimes you buy a tiny thing only to be confronted with 200% more plastics to get your purchase.....{#emotions_dlg.head_bang}

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13.       oeince
582 posts
 08 Oct 2010 Fri 12:39 am

When i talk to you, i believe in a brighter world!

Slavica, ofcourse it counts! It counts from many aspects like,sustainable life, health, environment, energy and so on...

Congragulations!

14.       si++
3785 posts
 08 Oct 2010 Fri 09:52 am

 

Quoting alameda

 

 

Congratulations! It probably counts a lot....I quite a year and 3 months ago, and have saved so much money....and I feel better too. My cloths don´t stink, and I don´t have to look for a place to smoke anymore...{#emotions_dlg.flowers}

Other things I´ve done....grow a lot of my own veggies, I buy local milk and eggs, use none electric food processing tools...you know the manual kind, turn the crank? Started walking a lot.  Buy as local as possible to lower the carbon footprint. I don´t have a blender, rather I shake or use an egg beater. My new car is a standard transmission, gets 34 mpg.

I´ve never bought bottled water, but I did get a water filter. I save bags for shopping. The plastic you get here when shopping is a big problem. I bought some food storage bags that are supposed to be reusable and help keep things fresh longer. I wish thing had less packaging. Sometimes you buy a tiny thing only to be confronted with 200% more plastics to get your purchase.....{#emotions_dlg.head_bang}

 

Congrats alameda!

 

I also try to use less plastic bags. In some countries it is also encouraged by the state itself. In Ireland for example, they give paper bags for free and charge for the plastic bags. The market itself do not sell the plastic bags for money but it´s the state tax for them the customers have to pay when they choose plastic bags over paper ones. It´s the cost of contaminating the environment actually. I hope our government do such things here as well. It´s sad to see how people waste plastic bags unneccesarrily.

15.       libralady
5152 posts
 08 Oct 2010 Fri 11:15 am

Where do I start:

 

I get very angry when people say "well it won´t happen in my lifetime, so why bother? But I am concerned for my children and the grandchildren I don´t yet have.  My job involves environmental, corporate responsibility, sustainability and I have been a keen environmentalist for many years and these are the things that I do personally to reduce my contribution to anthropogenic global warming.

 

Don´t use plastic bags ever

Never buy bottled water

Recycle anything that can be recycled

Compost all vegitables peelings

Don´t buy what we can´t eat in a week

Don´t take any notice of sell by dates or use by dates (we survived without them before they existed)

Cycle when I can instead of using the car

Turn down the heating

Turn off all electrical equipiment not being used - no standby as this uses 25% of the energy the equipoment uses when it is on and HEY YOU PAY FOR THAT!

I wash most of our clothes at 30 deg

 

At work I am now looking into Voltage Optimisation and various other energy saving technology, also reducing business mileage

I manage the Green Team - eliminate, reduce, reuse, recycle

 

Is that enough to get millions of points???? {#emotions_dlg.lol_fast}

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16.       elenagabriela
2040 posts
 08 Oct 2010 Fri 01:36 pm

 

Quoting slavica

 

 

 I quit smoking seven years ago. Does it count?

 

 me too{#emotions_dlg.bigsmile}..but sometimes I like to smoke some nargile...does it count{#emotions_dlg.confused}

17.       oeince
582 posts
 08 Oct 2010 Fri 08:49 pm

Si++ you are my champion

Today, i have walked a distance, for which i would usually take a taxi. So i saved 10 liras, prevented the world from some carbondioxide, and walked about 1000 steps.

 

So, 1 points for each liras i saved regarding my sustainable personal finance. 5 points for less carbondioxide emission regarding sustainable environment and 1 points for each 100 steps for sustainable personal health. Totally 25 points.

Wohoo, the game is really being profitable!{#emotions_dlg.ty_ty}

18.       barba_mama
1629 posts
 08 Oct 2010 Fri 09:10 pm

The cashiers at the BIM used to laugh at me when I came along with my own shopping bag From the look on their faces when I pulled out my fold-up shopping-bag, I guess they were thinking "What´s up with that weird gringo and her cloth bag?"

19.       oeince
582 posts
 08 Oct 2010 Fri 09:48 pm

Resist BM. We are with you! Remember, we will save the world!

20.       Daydreamer
3743 posts
 09 Oct 2010 Sat 12:31 am

A lot of people in Ireland use reusable shopping bags. Ever since there´s a levy on plastic bags (22cents), it not only helps the environment but helps you to save money.

Unfortunately for me I´m not a very ecological person, I don´t recycle (although I was  meaning to start ages ago), I don´t unplug electric appliances and I always buy my water bottled.

In my defence, I quit smoking when I learnt I was pregnant (still miss it a lot as I loved smoking) and I walk everywhere (probably because I can´t drive and there´s no public transport in my town).

21.       oeince
582 posts
 09 Oct 2010 Sat 12:50 am

Libralady, i think that title fits you the most:

MS SUSTAINABILITY 2010

10000 Congragulations!

22.       si++
3785 posts
 09 Oct 2010 Sat 10:11 am

 

Quoting oeince

Si++ you are my champion

Today, i have walked a distance, for which i would usually take a taxi. So i saved 10 liras, prevented the world from some carbondioxide, and walked about 1000 steps.

 

So, 1 points for each liras i saved regarding my sustainable personal finance. 5 points for less carbondioxide emission regarding sustainable environment and 1 points for each 100 steps for sustainable personal health. Totally 25 points.

Wohoo, the game is really being profitable!{#emotions_dlg.ty_ty}

 

How ´bout this trick?

 

When I return to Istanbul, tired and having to take a taxi (no bus option for me), I don´t go and get in one in the queue. I go upstairs and take one of the taxis which has just arrived with people coming to the airport. They usually go back with no one inside.

23.       lemon
1374 posts
 09 Oct 2010 Sat 04:33 pm

Hahaha

A year ago this would be my favourite subject. I was an obsessive pro-ecological and recycling freak. Most of my friends laughed at my practicality. I probably wanted to be more German than Germans themselves. {#emotions_dlg.silenced}

However, being still practical I no longer hold pro-ecological beliefs like BM or Libra and Oeince.

I´ve learnt theres no global warming or climate change. At the same time I´ve understood one thing that as human beings we wont be able to save the world.

All I can add is: Do not save the world but seek your own salvation.

24.       TheAenigma
5001 posts
 09 Oct 2010 Sat 04:59 pm

 

Quoting oeince

.

What kind of creative or very simple recommendations do you have to adapt sustainability to our lives?

 

I recently got one of those Electricity Monitors - its fantastic! It tells you how much energy you are using at any one time, how much each day/month etc.  When I first got it I became obsessed!  Even when I thought everything was switched off it was still using quite a lot...eventually found that my PC in the spare room was switched off but still plugged into the socket.  When I unplugged it the electricity level dropped a LOT!  Scary stuff! Also things like switching on the kettle to boil water are horrifying!

 

Have got a bit less obsessed now, but notice that my electricity bills have dropped by one third

http://www.electricity-monitor.com/wireless-energy-monitors-c-37.html

 

 



Edited (10/9/2010) by TheAenigma
Edited (10/9/2010) by TheAenigma

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25.       oeince
582 posts
 09 Oct 2010 Sat 09:38 pm

Woww, i didn´t know about portable monitors. Lets see if I can find it in Turkey too. Thanks.

26.       barba_mama
1629 posts
 09 Oct 2010 Sat 10:32 pm

I have to say, I´m not as pro-ecological as I should be Most of my power-saving and resource-saving efforts have to do with saving my own money (except for the cloth bag, that´s just more fashionable). But what´s wrong with a win-win situation? I have more money for fun things, and the environment doesn´t have to suffer

My biggest eco-failure is... Turkey! I have to get there by airplane, which burns fuel like a ***. I thought about taking the train But it is a hassle, and takes a minimum of 48 hours of travel

27.       busyb
117 posts
 10 Oct 2010 Sun 03:38 am

All this talk about helping to save planet Earth (I do my bit too) but I was curious, does anyone know how much it costs to keep Las Vegas lit up? {#emotions_dlg.think}

28.       Daydreamer
3743 posts
 10 Oct 2010 Sun 12:42 pm

I´ve read somewhere that the US and China are the biggest eco-enemies of the earth, both use way too much energy and pollute beyond reason.

29.       TheAenigma
5001 posts
 10 Oct 2010 Sun 12:59 pm

 

Quoting Daydreamer

I´ve read somewhere that the US and China are the biggest eco-enemies of the earth, both use way too much energy and pollute beyond reason.

 

China IS the largest eco enemy and they are building new power stations every day.  The trouble is....its a political minefield and the "West" are loathe to condemn them because they are merely doing what we did 100 years ago.  The feeling is that we have no right to prevent their industrial revolution.. 

30.       Daydreamer
3743 posts
 10 Oct 2010 Sun 01:24 pm

I´m not condemning their industrial revolution, au contraire, I hope it´ll bring improvement of the living conditions of the Chinese.

True I´m not too happy seeing 90% of the things I possess are made in China, as it means less jobs in Europe (but, on the other hand, it means I get them cheaper).

I just wonder if, since they´re starting off having advanced technology and years of European experience at hand, it´s possible to kill two birds with one stone: develop industry and harm the environment as little as possible

31.       oeince
582 posts
 10 Oct 2010 Sun 01:42 pm

Quote: busyb 

All this talk about helping to save planet Earth (I do my bit too) but I was curious, does anyone know how much it costs to keep Las Vegas lit up? {#emotions_dlg.think}

 

Bingo! This is the right question to be asked on that subject.

Energy monitors, carrying bags etc. are just a drop in the ocean comparing to superpowers political decisions. However, i definitely don´t say that these are unnecessery and sisyphean task. Quite the contrary, that is what we must do seriously! All these games are just played to increase the public awareness. Because, Nothing but an aware society is able to stop the goverments mistakes! Indeed, we just do our bit by playing these games, and replace the idea of sustainability to our brains. Just a person who does his bit calls the account if the goverments doesn´t do their bits!

The superpowers, G8+China, steals our sustainable lifes. They steal our sustainable environment, sustainable peace, sustainable health sustainable happiness etc.! According to world comission for environment and development, sustainable development is; "development that meets the needs of the present without compromising the ability of future generations to meet their own needs."

If we don´t take action now, we ourselves will be stealing from our own kids!

That is why, we alltogether supposed to say in harmony, Stop anything that doesn´t fit human life! Basicly the economical rotor shall be stopped to turn with unnecessery consumption

I think, there is nothing more serious than those for our and our kids own lifes!

So, Open up your eyes! If we don´t attuned to the environment and peaceful human nature, the world will punish us very soon unbelievably hard!

Don´t let the world to turn an empire of scary!



Edited (10/10/2010) by oeince
Edited (10/11/2010) by oeince

32.       busyb
117 posts
 14 Oct 2010 Thu 01:24 pm

 

Quoting TheAenigma

 

 

I recently got one of those Electricity Monitors - its fantastic! It tells you how much energy you are using at any one time, how much each day/month etc.  When I first got it I became obsessed!  Even when I thought everything was switched off it was still using quite a lot...eventually found that my PC in the spare room was switched off but still plugged into the socket.  When I unplugged it the electricity level dropped a LOT!  Scary stuff! Also things like switching on the kettle to boil water are horrifying!

 

Have got a bit less obsessed now, but notice that my electricity bills have dropped by one third

http://www.electricity-monitor.com/wireless-energy-monitors-c-37.html

 

 

 

 

Ohhh I´ve always wanted one of these. just to see how much things cost in the house etc so I can tell others and have my own bills dropped but I´ve only seen it recently on TV being advertised under EDF energy so I thought you had to be with them, now I know you don´t have to!

 

33.       alameda
3499 posts
 15 Oct 2010 Fri 12:22 am

I don´t do a fraction enough, I do try to do more and become more aware of how to reduce my footprint. In that search, I have found some companies that are doing some amazing things....like Solar Ivy...

 Solar Ivy is a solar energy delivery device that draws inspiration from ivy growing on a building. I read they were also working on integrating tiny wind turbines with the solar cells, but it´s not ready yet.

There are some nice things being developed in Wind Power Technology. I particularly love the work of  Michael Jantzen.

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