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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:


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


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




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

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