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Gaurav Gupta

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Do you have a small idea to make this world Green? Mention if you already use it.

My big greening idea is really small. I want to help households in reducing its carbon footprint. Simply by using more efficient lighting, cooling and windows. Budget all of this from ones annual energy spend.

The small acts I use to have a greener presence is to recycle every scrap of paper, even envelops that come in post.

Plus, I never travel to a place if the work can be done over the internet, like banking / shopping / meetings.

Curious for more small ideas that can have a large impact.

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    Jun 4 2012: Tree lovers bear with me on this one. I get paper bags when shop. I always ask for paper. The reason I do this however is because paper bags are food too. Food for worms that is. About once a month I take all the paper bags I have saved and shred them. I then mix them into my compost. In the compost pile the paper sheds act in two ways 1) They hold moisture in and speed up the breakdown process 2) they encourage earth worms to eat, grow, flourish etc. Earth worm castings are just about the best ingredient for an organic garden on this planet.
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      Jun 4 2012: YES!!! Compost is a WONDERFUL thing!!!
    • Jun 4 2012: Hi Adam,
      I think you have been misinformed about the most "green" action for your case scenario.
      It is better to re-use materials. The embodied energy spent in making your paper bags that you shred is wasted.
      To be more "green" I would suggest buying some cotton or hemp bags and using indefinitely. Or at least until over worn and torn up. Then the cotton/hemp can be used for patching clothes, for rags, or composted if necessary.
      Continually obtaining paper bags is wasteful and contributes to logging - even if 100% recycled since the recycled paper would be better used to replace virgin paper elsewhere.

      I honestly can't remember the last time I used a store-supplied bag... I always use my rucksack.
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        Jun 4 2012: Dear Enrico,
        The question is..."Do you have a small idea to make this world Green? Mention if you already use it".

        Adam apparently chooses paper over plastic, which seems to be accepted as a step in the right direction, and he DOES re-use materials. His idea is not "misinformed" at all.

        You offer another good idea...thanks:>) BTW, I'm sure you know there is also a cost to producing cotton and hemp bags. I use canvas bags which have been passed out for free at conferences, meetings, etc.:>) They last FOREVER!!!
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          Jun 4 2012: I really like that idea I hate moving my compost across the yard.
        • Jun 4 2012: I agree Collen, a canvas bag-for-life really does seem to last for life!
          Though I dont really want to get into semantics, shredding paper and feeding to worms is disposal (composting). Though home composting is appropriate for involuntarily consumed paper (junk mail, etc), my point is that one can easily go beyond the "paper or plastic" question and intentionally consume neither.

          Adam, I am sure that you try to be very sustainable and my comment was meant with the best intentions.

          :)
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        Jun 4 2012: I am not sure you realize how much earth worms love shredded paper bags.
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          Jun 4 2012: It's important to keep those earth worms healthy and content Adam. I LOVE digging into the compost...it is so...earthy!

          Here's another idea, which I started doing a few years ago. I call it "on site composting".

          I lay black plastic between the vegetable plants (recycled bags that potting soil comes in, and I re-use them every year), and all summer, pile compostable matter on the plastic. The sun, on the black plastic generates heat, which facilitates composting, and it serves as mulch while it is composting. At the beginning of the next season, I simply pick up the plastic, the composted material drops into the earth and is worked into the soil. The worms seem happy with the process, and so am I! It saves the old body from moving material around too many times:>)
        • Jun 4 2012: I suspect your worms "like" the shredding about as much as dried old tree leaves.
          Or about as much as finely chopped cellulosic vegetable waste.

          None of my wormeries have needed paper...

          Any cellulose will do.
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        Jun 4 2012: Enrico,
        I had a conversation with the worms just the other day...they are really very "flexible"...LOL:>)

        Adam,
        That's why I started "on site composting"...I didn't like carrying things around the yard too many times:>)
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        Jun 4 2012: I totally agree Enrico....there are many different levels of awareness. I like encouraging every effort to be aware of our environment, because many times, people believe their small efforts do not make a difference, so they don't make the effort.

        Awareness is the first step, and once we start with small steps, it's really fun to move forward...in my humble opinion:>)
    • Jun 9 2012: Adam, you are spot on. At Lane Cover River National Park Sydney Australia (top camping spot) in the cabins they provide paper bags for you to put food scraps, you then ace these PAPER bags in a special bin and they are fed to the worms. YES they love the paper and the craps inside.

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