Being Green Isn't Easy

I try to be Green as much as possible. I really do. Just this morning I was belaboring whether I should throw the styro-esque egg cartons away or save them. Our local recycling place doesn’t take them and my curbside recycling doesn’t take them, so what is a earth friend activist to do? I saved them and will “attempt” to use them as a starter tray for seeds next spring.

However, being green was not very helpful today, at lunchtime. I have written most of the script for my next episode of Gravity@1053′ and this episode is going to be more of a studio feel to it, less of me talking while running. I think when I describe the training programs, that sitting calmly will translate better than trying to remember what I wrote while running. But I did want to add a running segment and I thought that I would talk about what I am doing for my WorldWideHalf training.

Yeah, I thought…

In my effort to “save the world”, I try to use Rechargeable batteries for most uses. I have a number of AA and AAA batteries as well as a few 9V as well. And they truly are cost effective, being that a $10 set of 4 AA will last much much longer than a $3 set of 4 AA of regular Alkaline. However, the trade off is reliability and time. A rechargeable set won’t last (based on my observations) as long as a regular battery. And this is both in the device or outside of the device. So there is some timing that you have to have to make sure that you have batteries that are charged for when you want to use your device. But, you also have to be aware that the rechargeables will lose their charge all by themselves as well. So, if you have some rechargeables that were charged a while ago, chances are they are not at 100%.

Today, I brought my studio (iRiver) with me on my run so that I could go ahead and recorded the part about my specific training. All was dandy until I tried to turn the IRiver on, only for the blank screen to look back at me like a teenager when you asked “What where you thinking?” Nothing, no electrons. GRRRRRRRRRRRRRR.

Had I had the foresight to check the iRiver before I left my office, things would have been different. But all during my run I was thinking on what I would say about rechargeable batteries and saving the world. After a good run, I toned it down.

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0 Responses to Being Green Isn't Easy

  1. Stacie says:

    I SWEAR by my rechargeable Duracells. I have Energizers too, but they never hold a charge more than a day for me, the Duracells can last in my camera for up to 3 days of heavy use. The Rayovacs aren’t even worth a mention. Nothing touches my Canon unless it has Duracell written on the side of it (or unless it’s a photographic emergency!)
    Stacie

  2. planet3rry says:

    [quote comment=”5754″]I SWEAR by my rechargeable Duracells. I have Energizers too, but they never hold a charge more than a day for me, the Duracells can last in my camera for up to 3 days of heavy use. The Rayovacs aren’t even worth a mention. Nothing touches my Canon unless it has Duracell written on the side of it (or unless it’s a photographic emergency!)
    Stacie[/quote]

    I know that most of mine are Energizers, so I might look into the duracells!

  3. Marianna says:

    I’m too lazy to go look up what brand mine are, but I definitely use rechargeables in my camera. The other camera I got from Leesa takes a special battery, but it’s rechargeable too.

    I turn off lights in the building when they are not used. People get ticked because I turn off the bathroom light, but hey! If you’re not in there, TURN IT OFF!

    M~

  4. Leesa says:

    I try to be green too, but not as easy up here, believe it or not.

    I make my own cleaning supplies, I recycle cardboard, magazines, paper, aluminum and glass, but there isn’t any place around here for plastic.

    Oh.. and Marianna’s a dork.

  5. Marianna says:

    Meanie… she’s SUCH a meanie!

    😛
    M~

  6. DPeach says:

    I was in a grocery store line and drank the bottle of water and sports drink I was going to buy before I got to the cashier. She said, “Oh, good for you, these are recyclable.” “Great,” I thought, “The store has a recycling program and will take my bottles.”

    I told her that she could take the bottles and recycle them for me.

    “Oh, we only take recyclables on certain days of the week for just a couple of hours.”

    Big help that was. But she at least offered to throw them away for me.

    So much for being green.

  7. Astrid says:

    oi, those stores should put out bins for the recyclables. that would certainly boost the number of people who would recycle there.
    i get angry because in my state you can’t recycle frozen food boxes (is it just my state or is it everywhere?) i think that’s stupid because most people (at least here) eat LOTS of frozen meals, for lunch and even breakfast.
    if it weren’t for the packaging i think that frozen meals themselves would be much more green than home-cooked meals (my aunt joann would kill me for saying that) because overall they save energy and time – microwave for minutes versus buying and preparing the food normally.

    in my effort to be green i just keep electronics unplugged when not in use (turned off works, but it still uses some power even when off). i also wash my clothes on the cold/cold setting, to save energy.

    woo-hoo for me, i guess.

  8. DPeach says:

    [quote post=”1129″]in my effort to be green i just keep electronics unplugged when not in use (turned off works, but it still uses some power even when off).[/quote]
    Anything with a power transformer (those boxes that plug into the wall like your cell phone charger), draw power at all times. Not just when charging. It is a great idea to unplug them when not in use.

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