I love the coloured pencil filter!
It's been a been a while since I did a green/greener post! if you missed it the first one is here and the second is here. This is a little different to my last 2 green/greener posts which have been art focused. In a round-a-bout way it was actually creativitiy that inspired me to write this post though! Last night while I was looking at home made wreaths for imspiration and I came across this blog, The Zero Waste Home. I thouroughly enoyed reading here, not just the recent christmas post but also through the archives. This lady has some great ideas and is refreshingly honest about how hard a goal like this is to achieve! Please go check out the link to her blog and also the link on her blog about the christmas card exchange which not only recycles cards but helps a charity too. Very cool!
Here is a link to another green christmas post which I enjoyed. Nice to read that the White House is using LED lights this christmas- I hope the NZ government is following this example!
By now nearly everyone on the planet should be aware that we each have a carbon footprint but most of us don't have any idea how big that actually is. I decided to work out my own footrpint after reading this article where the author talks about the hidden mess we make in/of the planet. My score result showed that I would need 2.41 planets to sustain my lifestyle which is actually considered to be fairly small by comparrison with the majority of results, but it's obviously not small or alright. The test isn't extremely detailed (I would have liked it to be more specific) but it dosn't take too long to answer so please give it a go. Admittedly, it is a little disheartening to realise that my footprint is 2.41 planets and to be honest, I don't think I have a hope of getting it down to just one planet, but the test (and the articles mentioned) did atleast get me thinking about ways I can improve on things. Because the test is generalised and not that specific it may not register as a change when I test it again next year but I will know it's better and hopefully at least a little bit smaller.
So..whose brave enough to share? What's your score?
PS: This score if 2.41 planets is my household's footprint, not my indiviual one. There are 5 of us but as I make most of the purchasing decisions and other evironmental choices, my decisions influence our footprint the greatest. Ultimately the desicions I make also influence those that my children make. I hope that they will hold the things I believe in as their own values when they are older and not just do it 'cos Mum said!'