Thursday, June 28, 2007

Going Going Gone Green

Devizes Market Day. There are advantages to being here on the Wharf on a Thursday. The market is in walking distance. We are not using a car to go to it so maybe doing our bit to reduce our carbon footprint. We are also supporting the local economy, not the multi nationals, and the food is fresh = no food miles.

I think my train of thought is being influenced by the TV programme running in the background - The Money Programme on Supermarkets and Banks going "green". One day we hope to reduce our emissions by getting rid of the cars. At the moment I need one for work and we are waiting to get confirmation of John's retirement status before we sell the other. At least we have reduced our high fuel consumption when we lived in a four bedroom house! Hot water can be a by product of the engine running as can electricity. The stove can burn some rubbish in small quantities and waste wood to provide heat.

Household cleaners etc have alternatives like lemon juice, white vinegar and bicarbonate of soda. Ecover products can also be very useful and are in most supermarkets now. We reuse all our plastic bags as much as possible and take our own bags shopping. Kennet is very good at providing recycling facilities. Near the marina is a very big recycling centre that takes everything from compost to engine oil and household waste to building materials. Most car parks and all supermarkets have recycling bins. They appear in all sorts of odd places and even at some canal wharfs.

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