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Do you try to live sustainably?

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We may not be able to single-handedly prevent climate change, stop the destruction of global rainforests or save endangered wildlife, although many of us make simple life choices which we believe are better for us, and the environment.

Do you try to live sustainably? If so, how?

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I always try to buy second hand things instead of new.

That go's for clothes-shoes-handbags-house hold furniture.
I am very much aware of electricity, and water we use.We now have a very small car, $50 a week less in fuel.We also have a very very small house.Do not have a dryer, and always hang out the washing.

I even bought my Grand kids second hand toys for Christmas... some were $15 each, so they are still in excellent condition.That is a pet hate of mine, that toys are always being consumed...and no care for land fill.

We always use both sides of paper, and we don't throw out even little scraps, we use them again.
We do not use the outside light at night, we have solar lamps.

No ceiling light has ever been on in the lounge room for 7 years...we use a small lamp, that has a 40 watt globe.Makes the room very cosy and nice anyway.We try hard to be aware and mindful.
I do my best to be vigilant with electricity use. I use candles instead of lights where possible. I also turn PowerPoints off when not in use. Also recycle, compost and minimise waste where possible.
I try to wear things out to their limit before I buy anything new, switch electrical devices off when they are not being used and recycle as much as I can.
We recycle as much as possible, eat from the garden, use energy efficient lights, light fires for warmth and are looking into getting solar panels. We also have a compost and use dams for watering the garden rather than town water.

I use as little electricity as possible, turning lights off and not using heaters until it's really cold and we've already put extra jumpers on. We have fluro lights in the kitchen and study. We recycle everything possible, eat organic food (which is more sustainably grown) and don't buy unnecessary things.
I try to limit electricity use in the house. I hang my laundry out in the sun instead of using a clothes dryer. I don't drive. Instead, I have a bicycle and use public transport for far distance.
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