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The Green Chain – supporting environmental charities

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little-green-blog-homeThe website PriceMinister wouldn’t seem ‘green’ on first glance. They are yet another online site for selling and buying ‘stuff’.

But if you think about it, selling our old stuff instead of purchasing new is a greener form of consumerism. I’m not advocating new things for the sake of it; the whole point of  ‘eco’ living is to pull away from consumerism; but if you need something isn’t it better to get something pre-loved and to give it a second lease of life?

In order to boost their eco credentials, PriceMinister has launched ‘The Green Chain’ for bloggers to raise money for charity. They say if you take part in their eco interview, they’ll donate £10 to either Surfers Against Sewage, Trees for Cities or Young People’s Trust for the Environment.

As my lovely friend Wendy tagged me, I’m going to play along.

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?

Here’s what we have in place already:

maximum insulation
Double glazing
Draught excluders
Wood burner for heating home and water during the winter
Solar powered LED lighting
Growing some of our own food
Tankless water heater in the kitchen
we use ecloths and essential oils along with bicarbonate of soda and vinegar for most cleaning jobs
we use an electricity monitor for a constant read out of how much fuel we are using and thus turn things off standby
We only boil the amount of water we need

Our plans are to put a shower over the bath and to replace the back door which isn’t double glazed.

Rainforests once covered 14% of the earth’s land surface, now they only cover 2%. How are you reducing your use of paper?

Only print when necessary
We use paperless billing, which is great because it saves us money too
We’ve opted out of junk mail
I wrap presents in fabric such as scarves and tea towels rather than paper or offer things in gift bags instead which can be reused
I blag magazines and newspapers from our neighbour and my Mum instead of buying new

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 do all the time. Books come second hand from Amazon of Green metropolis or Book Depository
Cds are second hand from Amazon but we’ve now switched to buying downloads
We rent dvds instead of buying and again use downloads
I sell old books and toys online or donate to a charity shop
80% of our clothes and shoes comes from charity shops
We go to yard sales
And I love eBay!
I also set up our local Freecycle group

One of my ‘resolutions’ is to check out our local LETS and transition town

One of the biggest environmental challenges we face is Freshwater Shortages. Are you taking measures to reduce your water consumption?

I have 4 water barrels in the garden which I use for watering our seedlings
I reuse cooking water to make gravy and stock
We turn off the tap when brushing teeth
Unfortunately we have old toilets which use a lot of water so we adopt the ‘if it’s yellow let it mellow’ mantra
Oh, and I bathe with my husband a lot of the time 😉

How do you choose the produce that goes into your shopping basket?

It has to match at least one of these criteria and preferably more

seasonal
local
organic
naked
fairtrade
free range / ethically farmed

What is your favourite green space near home?

I am fortunate to be surrounded by hills, trees and fields. I often joke to my husband that people pay money to go on holiday to places similar to where we live. There’s never a day when I take it all for granted.

Which charity will you support and why?

Trees for cities. I have a strong connection with trees and so does my daughter so she will be thrilled. The trees are the lungs of our planet…

Please give us the url of a fellow blogger (or bloggers) you would like us to contact to raise an extra £10.

I’d like my friend Brenda at The Green Familia to take part

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