April 24, 2013

stories from the curious city

To celebrate Earth Day I decided to participate in the H&M Conscious campaign. For every bag of clothes you bring into the store to donate, H&M will give you a 15% off voucher for one item of clothing.
Anything in my closet that I hadn't worn in 2 years or would never wear again went into the donation bin. With my 15% off voucher I got this silky black blouse from the H&M Conscious collection. It is made from 100% recycled polyester from post-consumer waste. The idea is to buy less by buying basics and staples instead of frivolous trends. It's a win for me and a win for the earth!

After I went to college in Berkeley,  I became very conscious of being green. Being conscious and actually taking action are two different things. It's not easy to be green in everyday living. Today, I'll share one small and one big small thing I do.

Use washable rags. Since I moved into my place almost 2 years ago, I've only gone through less than 5 rolls of paper towels. I have a stack of rags that I use for cleaning the bathrooms, wiping the mirrors, wiping up spills, etc. After I use them, I throw them into the laundry machine and store them with my cleaning supplies until the dogs make another mess!

Ride public transit. I walk 10 minutes to and from the subway station, hop on the subway for 9 minutes, and pop into work about 25 minutes after I leave my place. I've taken the subway while at my previous job, but it was just too convoluted and time-consuming. Now that it's much more reasonable to do so, I've abandoned my car and enjoy my 20 daily minutes on the subway. Right now, I'm reading Genghis Khan and the Making of the Modern World while saving the earth!

What do you do to be green?

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