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Then: Indian Print

Now: Footprint

When I was in college my roommate and I covered our couches with Indian print bedspreads.  We hung beads in the doorway and painted a florescent peace sign on them.  I wore Indian print blouses, long beaded earrings and flowery headbands.  We marched for the causes we thought were important, showing the world who we were and what we stood for.

Of course we were conscious of our own little world, too.  After all we had dirty clothes to wash, sociology tests to pass, and fraternity parties to go to.  

But we were also aware of the big picture.  Of the impact we were making on this earth.  

In today's lingo, that would be referred to as one's Footprint.  

In terms of carbon it means the total amount of green house gas emissions caused directly by one's actions.  In terms of ecological it refers to the measure of human demand on the Earth's ecosystems.

In either sense of the word, it boils down to how our actions are affecting the planet.

Back then we weren't measuring every move we made.  We just made them.    

Because the earth's resources are now running low and everyone is talking "green" this and "green" that, our lives are being scrutinized. Unfairly at times because one's economic situation affects how one lives.  

What I'd like to think is that everyone is doing the best they can.

I recycle all my wine and vodka bottles.  Even on the hottest days when my hot flashes are the most intense, I try not to keep the air conditioner on too much.  And I try to turn off the lights after leaving a room, but sometimes a "senior moment" interferes with my thinking.    

But at the end of the day, when I cuddle up with my Indian print blanket and reflect back on my actions, I'd like to  think that I've left a pretty decent Footprint for the historians of tomorrow.

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      Tinaf wrote Oct 4, 2009
    • Great, Janie!  I recycle like crazy, too, and try to be power conscious.  But the biggest conservation I am doing—here in draught-infested California—is trying to keep my water usage down.



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      Janie Emaus wrote Oct 4, 2009
    • Tina,

       I forgot about the water.  I try to do watch that too.  In fact, my lawn is turning all brown.



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      Yana Berlin wrote Oct 4, 2009
    • I try, but with so many teens in the house I can’t claim complete success estatic



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      Deefna wrote Oct 4, 2009
    • i’m no where near what i should be, but I have been doing what I can for years now.

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      Janie Emaus wrote Oct 4, 2009
    • Hi Yana,

       It’s hard isn’t it?  I wish I were in Vegas with you guys.  It looks like you‘re having a blast!



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      Janie Emaus wrote Oct 4, 2009
    • Deefna - All we can do is try to do our best.  Thanks for commenting.



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      Vikki Hall wrote Oct 4, 2009
    • I too try to do the best I can... I all energy star appliances, unplug things, recycle when I can and have recently started using a tote to grocery shop with.

      Janie I like your memories of younger days....happy



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      Janie Emaus wrote Oct 4, 2009
    • Vikki- Thanks for your comment and your compliment.



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      Sandra Palm wrote Oct 4, 2009
    • I try to be more mindful about recycling...I separate the garbage now.



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      Lisa Wald Guarino wrote Oct 4, 2009
    • I recycle and energy conserve.
      It does come down to doing the best one can.

      Thanks

      Lisa G.



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      Janie Emaus wrote Oct 4, 2009
    • Kanani -  I actually just came back from the grocery store and remembered to use my recycling bags.

      Sandra  - Me, too.

      Lisa - Yes, all we can do is the very best.



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      Coralee Flug wrote Oct 4, 2009
    • Love my recycled bags. I am using eco-friendly products for laundry and dishes to not impact the water ways.

      My entire family is in on the recycling.I do seem to go around behind them turning of lights.

      I work at home and put less than 10 miles a week on my truck. We ride bikes to school. We have energy efficient appliances and bulbs.



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      Janet Wooley wrote Oct 4, 2009
    • I try my best too, recycle, conserve energy and try not to use the car unless I have to. Cut way down on water use, shower together, jk but I might try it. I do take way shorter showers than I use to.Don’t run water like when brushing my teeth etc. I think if we all just did alittle it does make a difference.



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      Lazylola wrote Oct 4, 2009
    • Every little bit we each do helps, I’m thankful that our schools are also teaching our kids, our high school has a recycling program where kids get extra credit for participating, they do it in the early morning and evenings and go around different business and collect paper that would otherwise go to the landfill. I am also a fan of freecycle and pass on what I can, again to keep it out of our landfill. Great post Janie. estatic



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      Mzd3 wrote Oct 4, 2009
    • We too do what we can. We recycle quite a bit weekly, conserve water and electic , take shorter showers, reuse bags. The one thing we do though is buy bottled water, but we do recycle the bottles.



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      Faye43 wrote Oct 4, 2009
    • I have always been into picking up other people's litter. I can't stand to see garbage on the ground. One day at an ice cream place in Elmira, NY I did my thing (picking up litter). I bent down and picked up the trash. With it was a $10.00 bill. See it really pays off, both short term and long term, Faye estatic



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      Encee wrote Oct 5, 2009
    • Enjoy the article, Janie!  We recycle as much as possible - I reuse the glass bottles from my Bustelo Coffee and make candy jars out of them as an example.  They also are great for freezing sauce or soup that won’t be in the freezer for more than a couple of weeks or so.  Living in South Florida we do need our A/C, so we make the effort to do our bit for recycling.  

      Love the beads in the doorway!  My daughter is in college and I get catalogs on dorm decor, and guess what?  They‘re using beads everywhere - almost just as you described!  

      Thanks Janie!



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      Lindao wrote Oct 5, 2009
    • I try to do my part and keep water usage down, and also recycle.  But it’s no fun to hear in the news that the companies handling the recycling are throwing away a lot of stuff that should be reusable. —LindaO



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      Janie Emaus wrote Oct 5, 2009
    • Coralee  - I work from home too.  It does help on gas.

      Janet  - I like your part about showering together!

      Lazylola - It is great that the schools are teaching recycling.  It’s going to be up the next generation to keep our planet safe.

      Bernadette - I’m trying to reduce, too.  Someone told me that for every new thing they buy, they give away two old items



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      Janie Emaus wrote Oct 5, 2009
    • Kandy - Thanks for the compliment.

      Dianne - I drink bottled water, too and like you I recycle the bottles.

      Faye - Good for you.  You deserve to have found that $10.00.

      Faith - Every little bit helps.



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      Janie Emaus wrote Oct 5, 2009
    • Nancy - What a great idea for candy jars.  We save Bob’s Blue Cheese glass containers and us them as glasses.  We have a set for twelve!



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      Paula Bertucci wrote Nov 13, 2009
    • I recycle, turn of lights when not in immediate use...and trying to be more conservative in spending. I don’t wash my car as often...does it always have to be squeaky clean. Reuse my ziploc bags.....my mother was the queen of recycle....being a depression era child...so I grew up with these habits and more...though I wish I could curb my love of clothes.



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