PriceMinister launched a great new eco-blogging initiative. The Green Chain enables bloggers to raise money for charity just by taking part in in their eco interview. For each interview blogged, they will donate £10 to one of three great environmental charities -Surfers Against Sewage, Trees for Cities and the Young People’s Trust for the Environment.You can also tweet or join the Green Chain Facebook page as well as blogging,PriceMinister will donate an extra £1 for each. You can read all about The Green Chain and how to take part here.
I was tagged Liz over at Me And My Shadow.
Here is my interview, and if you’re also ‘super lucky’ I may have tagged you!
Turning the heating down by just one degree in your house saves 240kg of CO2 a year. It would take eight trees to soak up this amount of CO2! Are you currently doing anything to make your home eco-friendly?
My “favourite” energy saving activity, is to put the all appliciances (Washing Machine, Dishwasher, Breadmachine) on only after 9pm and before 8am. I manage this about 95% of the time.
I also invested in some heavy duty curtains both for the conservatory and the very drafty front door – made a huge difference to the warmth in the house. (Oh and we double glazing too of course). I usually add a layer of clothing rather than turn the heating on.
We don’t have a tumble dryer as I think they are environmentally evil: nature does this for us anyway, so why have one? If in “need” for something to dry quickly, I put it on the radiator.
Rainforests once covered 14% of the earth’s land surface, now they only cover 2%. How are you reducing your use of paper?
My whole family is on “office paper recycle” alert.. and regularly bring home old paper/ file dividers and presentation covers. We use this for crafting with the children (and for ourselves) and it saves a MASSIVE amount of paper.
I also recycle envelopes, where I can, by sticking a new label over the top.
I try and use everything at least twice in our house!
The majority of cardboard boxes get turned into a recycled craft or a toy in our house!
At PriceMinister we believe that trading second hand items online is a great way to extend the life span of products. Have you ever thought of buying or selling second hand items on or off line?
I use ebay alot both for buying and selling. My children pretty much *only* wear hand me downs (I have some very generous neighbours) and we use freecycle. Both to give and receive.
One of the biggest environmental challenges we face is Freshwater Shortages. Are you taking measures to reduce your water consumption?
We have a make shift water butt in our garden – but we really do need to get a better one. I bought a water saving dishwasher – which apparently uses less water than I would washing up. Water off when brushing taps. Share a bath with the children (sometimes). Any leftover water (left in our drinking bottles or glasses) I use for the indoor plants. Cooking water (e.g. from boiling potatoes) goes in the compost.
Could be better on this front!
How do you choose the produce that goes into your shopping basket?
Food shopping is probably my weakest point. I am price driven and don’t but as much organic as I should. I am however aware of “modern day” portion sizes and try and reduce the amount of meat we eat.
We also grow some veg and fruit in the garden.
And we use our local milkman for milk!
What is your favourite green space near home?
Richmond park is wonderful.
Which charity will you support and why?
I’d like to donate to the Young People’s Trust for the Environment a charity which aims to educate and inform youngsters about sustainability.
Please give us the url of a fellow blogger (or bloggers) you would like us to contact to raise an extra £10.
I tag Becky at Babybudgeting
And Jess at Green Families UK
You will find more about me and all my recycled crafts over at Red Ted Art