I took a couple of quizes to check my ecological friendliness vs my ecological footprint...
The Ecological Footprint is a resource management tool that measures how much land and water area a human population requires to produce the resources it consumes and to absorb its wastes under prevailing technology.
In order to live, we consume what nature offers. Every action impacts the planet's ecosystems. This is of little concern as long as human use of resources does not exceed what the Earth can renew.
But are we taking more?"
Calculating this number can be a real eye opener. I recycle, I try to think green, we only own one car, and I personally walk to work more often than not. We try to conserve energy, keep lights off, turn the water off while we brush, remove ourselves from junkmail lists, receive our bills via email to reduce paper usage... etc, but our results shocked me.
I'll have to try harder!
visit http://www.earthday.net/footprint/ to calculate your Ecological Footprint.
Our Household results:
TOTAL FOOTPRINT 11
IN COMPARISON, THE AVERAGE ECOLOGICAL FOOTPRINT IN YOUR COUNTRY IS 24 ACRES PER PERSON.
WORLDWIDE, THERE EXIST 4.5 BIOLOGICALLY PRODUCTIVE ACRES PER PERSON. IF EVERYONE LIVED LIKE YOU, WE WOULD NEED 2.5 PLANETS.
So, in addition to the the things we already do, I'm going to try to do more...
~buy/use CFLs (x22)
(2/3 less energy than standard incandescent light bulbs, and last up to 10 times longer. Replacing a 60-watt incandescent with a 13-watt CFL can save you at least $30 in energy costs over the life of the bulb... So not only is this an ecologically sound choice, it's also a $660 savings in my energy bill over the lifetime of these bulbs!)
~Recycle more efficiently, repurpose more of our waste via freecycle/goodwill etc...
~Eat less meat (not thinking that's really going to happen)
~Shop at the local farmer's market (do they sell meats there?)
~Keep an eye on the thermostat, keep it a notch or two lower in winter, a notch or two higher in summer - close the blinds on south side to reduce cooling bills and energy consumption when it's hot out.
~Find more eco-friendly cleaning products (that I can live with, that vinegar friggin' stinks! Suggestions anyone?)
Help me out people, what do you do? What am I not thinking of?
I already use hand towels vs paper towels most of the time... I suppose I should stop using paper plates for dinner huh? :-| I reuse and/or recycle grocery bags (who doesn't use the grocery bags for every damn thing, right?) I'll bet there are 100 stupid-easy things I'm not thinking of...