Thursday, May 8, 2008

Going Green!

With the green push I'm sure everyone has felt, we too have decided to do our part to be good stewards to the environment. I have been more mindful in shopping to look for more natural or recyclable products, use paper bags instead of plastic, turn off the lights and any other appliance that sucks electricity when not in use (I guess Mom and Dad knew what they were talking about all those years ago when we would get nagged for leaving lights on), and I am seriously considering using gdiapers, a new biodegradable (and flushable) diaper for the boy!

Did you know...
  • For every ton of paper that is recycled, the following is saved: 7,000 gallons of water; 380 gallons of oil; and enough electricity to power an average house for six months.

  • You can run a TV for six hours on the amount of electricity that is saved by recycling one aluminum can.

  • By recycling just one glass bottle, you save enough electricity to power a 100-watt bulb for four hours.

However, this post is more about our own selfish ambitions to get some green in our yard for aesthetic purposes, although it does add to the friendliness of the environment! And we are pleased to present the next completed step to the backyard saga. Among the plants we've got Mexican Fan Palms, Pygmy Date Palms, Ash trees, a Sissoo tree, Mexican Lime, Tangelo, Pomegranite tree, some Oleander shrubs, Arizona Yellow Bells, Honeysuckle shrubs, Lantana ground cover and Boxwood Beauties!

The next set of pictures were taken clock-wise around the backyard

These are the Bougainvillea plants we wanted outside the windows! They have the most beautiful colors and I can't wait till they flower!


Jenny Brooks said...

You need to get some reusable bags - sold at many places now. I love them! At first, I would forget them in the car, (at least I don't forget my son in the car...), but now, it comes quite naturally to me. They reported in the news a while back, that in Ireland (I think it was) they have made it a law that people have to use those bags or they get fined. If only America would sometimes mandate things, but we're always afraid to step on people's toes. God forbid we infringe upon "freedom"...

Mom said...

A little green adds so much, but can hardly wait until there's green in the middle to fill in for that finished appearance. It's looking REALLY nice! Good job you guys!!!

Lord Family said...

I've heard good things about G Diapers. And Fuzzy Buns. You're better than me for even considering them.