Sunday, February 8, 2009

Green Thinking

- With thousands (probably millions) of incandescent light bulbs on the roads, couldn't they replace them with more efficient light bulbs? I mean, this thought crosses my minds probably every time we drive around at night. There are tonnes on them on the roads, and we all know how inefficient they are, so why don't governments replace them?
My main concern is not the electricity that they consume, but more on the enormous heat they produce, I mean light three or four in a room and see how hot it gets.
I don't know if my thoughts are right really, I just had to talk about this, because one day I really need to know the truth about street lights, and who knows? Maybe I will, and get to post about it here!

For more info though, check this: Street Lights (Yes! It's a wiki site.)

- Recycling is a very big issue that is on my mind, I mean we don't get to recycle here because there isn't a facility that would do the purpose. There is really not much awareness on the issue, but it's getting better now that we're seeing signs telling people to use less plastic, they're a very good start I think. The best would be actually starting a recycling system.
I'd like to start buying rechargeable batteries, although I have no idea how they work, but at least I learned something today while browsing a few "green" articles online, and that is our usual batteries contain very harmful substances. And I'll definitely try to buy a reusable water container for school, instead of the bottled water I used before. I feel guilty about how much I used!!! But it's high time I start acting like a responsible citizen of the world, or do it in a more conscious way.

- These grocery bags get on my nerves. I am aware of the fact that plastic bags in general are very harmful to the environment. Here at our house we reuse them for rubbish and stuff like that, but those transparent grocery bags that you put the tomatoes, potatoes, cucumber, etc. in them so that they can weigh them and stick a price tag on them and then they'll seal them. They end up being ripped open, and then thrown away, totally no second usage of them. WHY CAN'T THEY COME UP WITH A MORE EFFICIENT, GREEN WAY FOR US TO DO GROCERY SHOPPING?!!! Like maybe baskets that the shop has that we just use for putting our grocery and then we'll put them in a more-environmentally-friendly bag so that we can take them home.
Yes, it is indeed getting on my nerves.

I'd really appreciate any green tips that you follow, or have heard of. :)

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