Green Tip #243 – Return Your Empties to the Beer Store


I like beer. Yes, a PF blogger who will spend money on something like the latte factor instead of putting every penny in an effort to save for retirement. Here in Ontario we have a glorious store rightly called 'The Beer Store'.  Guess what you can buy there?  Beer! For as long as I can remember each bottle of beer has had a $0.10 refundable deposit - if you return your empties.  By doing so the Beer Store claims their recycling activities help to avoid over 174,000 tonnes of green house gases which is the equivalent of removing over 33,000 cars…

Green Tip #242: Sharing Toys


Anyone who has looked after kids knows that they have short attention spans. Moreover babies grow at such a rapid pace in their first year that a toy that was intriguing and difficult to manipulable one month is easy and boring the next. So you go through a lot of toys, keeping them entertained and aiding in their development. You can spend a lot of money on 1st year kids toys. SPF and I have bought toys both new and used and received others as gifts for lil' SPF. I was recently very happy to discover a toy library in town recently. It is…

Green Tip #241 – Water Down Your Juice


Surprise! We do not get our juice directly from fruit and a juicer.  We buy frozen orange juice for our morning constitutional. The directions on the (recyclable) container instructs to put the juice contents into a jug and then add 3 parts water. The result?  Some pretty potent juice. If you have kids, especially if the juice you mix contains sugar, you will want to water down the juice or suffer hyped up sugar children until such time they crash and get cranky.  But think about yourself too - do you really need more sugar? Even if you get pure…

Green Tip #240 – Rain Barrel


Water is being metered in more and more cities and we are starting to see a pay for use business model for the most basic of necessities.  Let's face it - clean and fresh water is quickly becoming a sought after commodity.  Many folks will still want to water plants, or better yet vegetable gardens but few of us want to increase our monthly bills to enjoy greenery.  Installing a rain barrel via the water that drains from your roof is a great way to have easy to access to free water.  If you are somewhat industrious you can build your…

Green Tip #239: Cloth Napkins


[caption id="" align="alignright" width="300" caption="Image via Wikipedia"] [/caption] If you think about it, using cloth napkins seems like a pain in the neck. After all, with cloth napkins, you have to wash them after one or two uses. You may be wondering if that doesn't really up the amount of laundry you are doing? Here’s My Story When our daughter was little, one of her friend’s moms said she used cloth napkins. I thought I would give it a try, never imagining that many years later I would still be using (many of the same) cloth napkins. Let me digress, I am lazy. I don’t…

Green Tip #238: Bulk Shipping


As you know we do some internet shopping, especially these days for baby gear. There is always an option to have items shipped to you as they become available or ship them one at a time. Now although it does not technically cost you any more for your order to have items shipped separately, you will pay for this in gas and energy as you go and pick up every single order item. So I would recommend, if you can wait on all items, wait and use bulk shipping. Plus its more exiting to open one huge box! Which do…