Jocelyn Campbell wrote:From an e-mail forward:
I do think it's interesting how our "green washing" makes it seem people are environmentally virtuous if they take reusable bags to the store, but still drive everywhere in gas guzzlers, still use their clothes dryers, and on and on.
I'm not as truly environmentally virtuous as I'd like to be, but I keep making changes where I can. Most of these "green thing" changes save money, too (hence the frugality post). Like line-drying instead of using the dryer - that, combined with hand-washing dishes, cut 40% off my power bill!
My Grandma still wraps gifts in the comics pages of the newspaper. I received an online order with a bunch of brown kraft paper as the filler and it smoothed out nicely as gift wrap one Christmas. What other ways do you save money by doing a "green thing?"
Lee Einer wrote:I started a program a few years ago called "Computers for Kids" which rebuilt donated computers, loaded them with linux and gave them out to kids and anyone else who wanted them, free of charge.
Gave out more than a hundred computers, one year.
Didn't attract a lot of volunteers to help, and the project has ramped down, but I still do this on a small scale from home.
Turns out that most computers people get rid of are being chucked not because of fried motherboards, blown power supplies, etc, but because they are either old and not powerful enough to run the latest and greatest Windoze, or because they were running Windows and got so crapped up with viruses and malware that the owner decided to get a new one (which will do the same in time.)
Thing is, many of these will run Linux just fine, and there are Linux distros for the real clunkers that will even run on a Pentium II.
I have gotten fine computers from thrift stores for less than ten bucks. All that was needed was to wipe the hard drive and install Linux, a process generally accomplished in under 20 minutes.
I occasionally buy new components for my home PC, when one goes south on me, but I haven't bought a new computer in close to a decade.
Cr Baker wrote:I've cooked some meals from scratch for quite a few years, now, but trying to put it all together has been challenging for me. About 3 months ago, I started trying to cook all of our family's foods from scratch -- 3 meals a day, not counting bread, yogurt, butter, or canning projects. And between the cooking and the dishes, I feel like I am completely tied to my kitchen.
Isobel Brodie wrote:Hello,
I am currently completing my Year 12 Research project. My question is “To what extent can medicinal plants be used to alleviate or cure symptoms of the common cold?”.
I was wondering what your opinions are on medicinal plants are and also what medicinal plants or remedies you would recommend to treat symptoms of the common cold.
Philip Heinemeyer wrote:At the same time i am asking myself if i couldn't just cut off any flower stalks and thereby "train" or "convince" the kale along the lines of "no,no you don't flower. Bad kale! Stop running to seed!"
And then one or two years later it would give up trying to go to seed. I don't know. But it seems logical and worthwhile to me to have selected all the plants that didn't go to seed.
It may not be that obvious from the pictures but there is quite a diversity in terms of leaf shape, colour and taste of these new perennial kales.
Hans Quistorff wrote:What I use is whey that separates from the yogurt I make, usually about 1/4 cup. I put it in a quart or liter spray bottle and fill with water. I spray that on as a fine mist until damp but not dripping. Leaves will vary as to how much they will hold so area covered will vary. Observe what the results are in the next few days. If some leaves shrivel and die but others get green and healthy thtn some leaves may have been infected with a pathogenic agent but the colonization with lacto bacillus has protected other leaves from infestation.