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Up 'til the last month, I was an unbelievable energy waster. Everything from leaving lights on to ripping up blank sheets of paper because I was bored. I've been doing a lot of thinking, and I've decided to change my habits.

No, I'm not doing it 'cos it's popular right now. I'm a loner. What do I care about fitting in or being trendy? I dunno, I guess something out there just finally got through my thick head. But I don't want to be wasteful anymore. And I want to help promote the changing of personal habits in others. *pompous ass of the year award goes to...*

At any rate, here's what I've done so far:

I turn lights off now. This was one of my biggest issues, and I still forget once in a while, but I'm a damn sight better than I was.

I've started to replace our regular lightbulbs with compact fluorescents.

I've stopped putting food for at work in plastic bags. Now I use reusable containers.

I bought a bunch of reusable shopping bags (now if I can just remember to keep some with me at all times, I'll be set, lol)

I bought an eco-friendly all purpose cleaner (great, now I just need similar products for...everything else)

I've also been looking deeper into the facts of climate change, the science and (unfortunately) politics behind it. I'm planning on taking a few courses concerning the environment at our local college, too.

On the volunteer front, I've signed up with a group called NEAT (Northern Environmental Action Team) for Arbor Day planting on June 7th. Not much, but it's a start. Hopefully I'll find a way to get involved before then. Donations, at the very least.

There are a lot of things that I want to start spreading the word about in my town. Non-bottle and can recycling, for instance. I mean, what's the point in having recyclable packaging/products if there's no place to recycle them?

And Kenaf paper. Man, there's one that drives me nuts. In all the tests that have been run (that I know of. God knows, I'm not an expert), it's been shown to be just as good, if not better than paper made from trees. It also produces less chemical waste and doesn't require as much energy to produce. Yet hardly anyone knows about it. If you were to ask someone in my town what they think of Kenaf paper, they'd just go 'huh'?

It baffles me that so few people have heard of it. It's still more confusing to me that it hasn't become our number one source of paper. It's not exactly a new concept. It was proven to work decades ago. What happened to make it sink back into obscurity?

Yes, I have an obsession with Kenaf.

At any rate. It's 4am. I need sleep. Wow, how do I always do that? I mean to write a few paragraphs, end up with a novel. Lovely.



July 2008

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