The List

Disclaimer: This page is a work in progress!!! And its endless too.

  1. Sometimes I leave the lights on when I don’t need them.
  2. I use non-fluorescent lights Edit: I have one several CFL.
  3. Worse than that, last time a CFL bulb burnt out I replaced it with another CFL… and then i threw it away in the trash bacause I didn’t know any better… I still can’t get over the guilt…
  4. I watch TV. Now I’m only watching Desperate Housewives and Lost on DVD/computer.
  5. I leave the TV on while Im blogging.
  6. I leave the computer on when Im whatching TV.
  7. I turn off the TV with the remote control…
  8. I leave the laptop on when I’m not home.
  9. I leave the phone charger in the socket.
  10. I don’t unplug the laptops and ipod power adaptors.
  11. I have a monster freezer sucking up power to freeze last century veggies, ice bags and half-pack of ice-cr… nope, nevermind, not even ice-cream now.
  12. I use too much central heating.
  13. I fly. Frequently.
  14. Sometimes my supermarket decisions are governed by “whatever is cheaper”.
  15. I eat meat every day once-twice a week.
  16. Sometimes organic meat, but not always.
  17. Most of my veggies are not organic.
  18. I buy bananas and mangos and pinnapples from Costa Rica and from who-knows where else.
  19. Sometimes I buy overpackaged goods. Sometimes I overpackage them myself
  20. I throw away food because I let it go bad.
  21. I don’t turn off the shower while I’m soaping.
  22. I use toilet paper. Not recycled.
  23. I use disposable tampons and pads.
  24. I use napkins and paper towels, not recycled.
  25. I use paper tissues.
  26. All some none of my cleaning products are environmentally-nasty. I don’t know what’s in them and I never cared. Edit: I know there is nasty stuff in them.
  27. My toiletries and cosmetics are Eco-nasty and most of them must be tested on animals (except the Body Shop ones). Edit: I have all natural, organic, shower gel, tooth paste, sunscreen body lotion and lip balm.
  28. I take the pill, contributing to all those hormones in the sewer that cause sexual disfunctions in fish.
  29. I use clumping kitty litter.
  30. I get plastic bags I don’t need and use them to throw away daily kitty clumps.
  31. I use non-biodegradable trash-bags, litter scoopings bags, sandwich bags, ice bags.
  32. I have refused to recycle organic waste. (There is even a special bin for that just outside my bulding…)
  33. I’ve made fun of my friend Ana for being a naive environmentalist.
  34. I wear leather. In fact, I can’t wear shoes in anything but leather. When are “organic leather” shoes going to be widely available?
  35. My clothes are all either regular cotton or synthetic from-oil fibers…
  36. My internet addiction is getting outta hand… 😦 What should I do???

11 Comments Add your own

  • 1. Suhit Anantula  |  June 23, 2007 at 4:39 am

    Amazing! The honesty and the effort to improve is fantastic. All the best,


  • 2. grdnrofeden  |  June 27, 2007 at 5:50 am

    Thanks for the post on recycling. I’m an addict and learned a lot.

  • 3. Angel  |  June 28, 2007 at 6:10 am

    My food co-op sells bulk soap, conditioner, shampoo, lotion, etc.

  • 4. ClareSnow  |  July 3, 2007 at 7:27 am

    Hi Alina,

    I’ve been reading your blog for a while and you’ve taught me lots. I’m sorry to hear your thesis is taking over your life. I have the opposite problem – I ignore my thesis too much!

    I liked the idea of your list and want to steal the idea for my blog, with a link to your blog. My list is way longer than yours, but I first decided to do it a month ago and now I’m getting around to uploading it, I’ve already crossed some things off πŸ™‚

    Cheers, Clare.

  • 5. Alina  |  July 4, 2007 at 12:16 am

    Hi Clare, steal away. Hehe, actually, ignoring my thesis for too long was what got me into this mess in the first place.

  • 6. tomonz  |  August 4, 2007 at 7:58 pm

    Lists are a great way to procrastinate from dealing with the seemingly neverending pleasure that is derived from working on a thesis. But, writing is writing, that is what I tell myself anyway. πŸ˜‰

  • 7. Ellisa  |  December 10, 2007 at 2:31 am

    Great idea to have a list. I do this often – I am getting my master’s in sustainable management so all too aware of environmental issues. And I also watch Desperate Housewives – one of my guilty pleasures πŸ™‚

  • 8. David  |  March 6, 2008 at 6:33 pm

    Hey! Number 29 can be un-crossed-off: we use a natural corn-cob-based clumping kitty-kat litter available through the local Canadian mega-grocer Loblaws (cower, cower… the store is not exactly a good example of sustainability). However, the litter works relatively well, creates almost no dust and uses what is normally considered to be a useless by-product of the farming industry (no one eats cobs). But PLEASE enlighten me if I’m wrong!
    Thanks for the site. Very cool.

  • 9. Alina  |  March 6, 2008 at 6:50 pm

    Well, the reason #29 is crossed off is actually because I don’t have a cat at the moment.

  • 10. michel  |  December 1, 2010 at 11:10 pm

    Super! Welll done and very honestly. Maybe also add the alternative when you don’t do anything anymore like you mention after #4. Keep on the good track!

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