Category Archives: Conservation

Population over 7 billion – don’t exhale!

I’m sure everyone that follows Low Carbon Girl’s facebook page saw the Seattle PI article about  National Oceanic & Atmospheric Administration’s (NOAA) report that our global CO2 levels have gone over 400 parts per million. NOAA’s widget (left) resides in … Continue reading

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How to Kick the Plastic Wrap Habit

A couple of years ago, before I began to give the idea of zero waste any thought, I was in a meeting when someone at the end of the table announced, “I never use plastic wrap.” How could this be? … Continue reading

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Earth First

Is there any chance that we can put the earth’s needs before our own and conserve resources? It’s a tall order and I’m not really sure it’s possible. Not because we don’t want to save resources in theory but because … Continue reading

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Buying Bottled Water Benefits the OIL Industry

Yup, that’s right, the oil industry. The production of plastic bottles uses more than 17 million barrels of oil annually, enough to fuel more than one million U.S. cars for a year! Plus, it benefits the largest bottled water companies: … Continue reading

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Climate Shame

Or, climate change: it’s a shame. I’m starting to notice a trend, are you? A trend where people probably with the best intentions, use guilt and shame to try to get the rest of us to sacrifice for the greater good. … Continue reading

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Solar Chargers – not just for vacation anymore

Spoiler alert: the following may seem like a no-brainer. And, it is. Sometimes it just takes someone else to reframe things for me to see something clearly, differently, or to apply a new use – does that ever happen to … Continue reading

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Hot Tub vs. Bath Tub

Ok, I was pretty sure I knew the answer to this question before I started to do any research: which consumed more energy: running the hot tub full bore all winter or taking baths? But, I had to do the … Continue reading

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CO2 Baseline

The idea that a person should be concerned about the parts per million of CO2 in our atmosphere entered my consciousness four years ago when I read an article about NASA’s James Hansen with the unsavory message that our CO2 … Continue reading

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What Lifestyle Changes Have the Biggest CO2 Impact?

Joy brought up another good question while we were having lunch the other day: if a person wanted to reduce their carbon footprint, what change would have the most impact? Most resources agree that reducing motorized travel of any kind … Continue reading

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Eco-Shopping What’s a Girl to do?

Buying local clothing is NOT the same as buying local produce. There is a trend to buy locally, which on the whole is a good thing for the local economy, but most clothes, and raw materials to produce those clothes … Continue reading

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