Wednesday, December 3, 2008

Green memes #1 and #2

I got tagged with 2 green memes by my friend anastasia_wolf at Live Dreaming :)

1) Link to Green Meme Bloggers. (use image if you like)
2) Link back to whoever tagged you. (no need to wait to be tagged!)
3) Include meme number
4) Include these guidelines in your post
5) Tag 3 other green bloggers.

I tag Strawberrypot at Postcards from the Hedge,

Pagan Rach, whose lovely blog is at left of the middle,

and Possum, whose consumption challenge is blogged at Possum's Journey.

So here goes!

1) Name two motivations for being green?

Common sense. We are clearly living in an unsustainable way. There is a limit to what the planet can take.

Responsibility. When you know better, you should do better.

2) Name 2 eco-UNfriendly items you refuse to give up?

TV - and it's a biggun!

A car. We live a fair way out in the sticks.

3) Are you at peace with or do you feel guilty about number 2?

Currently at peace-ish. We are looking to minimise our impact and offset the less sound aspects of our lifestyle, so there's definitely guilt too!

4) What are you willing to change but feel unable to/stuck with/unsure how to go about it?

Locally grown and bulk food. Convenience still wins the day a lot here ;)

5) Do you know your carbon footprint for your home? If so, is it larger/smaller than your national average? (

Don't know, but it's about average (don't have the figure...). Looking to lower it, definitely!

6) What's eco-frustrating and/or eco-fantastic about where you live?

Eco-frustrating - distance to things, we do a lot of driving and have 3 vehicles.

Eco-fantastic - acerage! We have great plans for sustainability here, and the space to do it!

7) Do you eat local/organic/vegetarian/forage/grow your own?

Some local, are starting to grow our own.

8) What do you personally find the most challenging in being green?

At times it feels like a constant guilt and constant struggle that will never be "done". It also seems insurmountable. So many issues, just the one family!

9) Do you have a green confession?

I love driving! Oh yeah...the open road! I feel bad about petrol, but fervently hope that some substitute is eventually widely available so we can all keep our cars!

10) Do you have the support of family and/or friends?

Yes, family and friends are supportive and/or green themselves.

Geen meme #2

1. Do you use baking soda toothpaste or baking soda shampoo? If not, would you consider it?

Nope to both of these, would probably try the shampoo.

2. Do you make any home cleaning products?

Yes, I've made "smelly disks" from baking soda (use in nappy buckets/stinky zones/bins). I also use plain vinegar and baking soda for a lot of jobs.

3. What is your top green issue at the moment?

Growing our own food. We have the motivation, and the space, and we've started out, but time is against us. It takes ages to set this up, we are moving slowly.

4. Given unlimited cash, what is on your fantasy green wishlist?

Permaculture gardens all done (that is, Dave no longer has to work, so can garden more!), solar power, solar hot water, more water tanks, some cool bikes to tow the kids in, more land and trees to plant on it!

5. Have you implemented any new green act/behaviour/product this month?

We had a water tank installed in the past few weeks. It's plumbed to the loo, and also will water our vege garden.

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