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    • JAMIEDODGER
    • By JAMIEDODGER 15th Jul 06, 7:43 AM
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    Striking the balance between DFW and conscience
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    • 15th Jul 06, 7:43 AM
    Striking the balance between DFW and conscience 15th Jul 06 at 7:43 AM
    hi all,

    recently i have been thinking about how my moneysaving and wish to be debtfree can work alongside my need to be making an effort to make a difference on this planet.

    this week i checked out my ecological footprint and really, it wasnt good enough, i do quite a bit already, recycle and compost, but to quote a good friend... "no one ever does enough"

    but being ecologically conscious costs doesnt it? well, armed with my calculator i planned to check this out...

    this week after lots of research and plenty of tapping into my calculator, i decided to purchase some reusable nappies. i didnt buy the cheapest ones, my baby deserves to be comfortable, i also bought some biodegradeable paper nappy liners. I have in the past with my other three children used terrys and tbh it never bothered me in the slightest using them...once you get used to it. Anyways, I paid 67 for the lot and they will be winging their way to me next week. this set of nappies will have paid for themselves in about 12 weeks. this will mean an extra 5 staying in my pocket every week. and we all know that EVERY disposable nappy sent to landfill is STILL THERE!!!!

    i am now researching into eco balls. a natty little gadget that goes in your washing and erradicates the need for nasty detergent that makes your skin itch and does horrid things to the water supply. they are quite costly at 39.95!!!!!! but it works out to about 4p a wash, this is MUCH cheaper than i paying at the moment, with four children there is always far too much washing!! and obviously there is also added bonus of no yukky detergents.

    My plan is once i have paid off all the debt then i can start buying a few more recycled products, more organic produce. I already grow some of my own veg and keep chickens.

    can anyone think of any other things they can do to money save and bring that DFD a little closer, which could also be kinder to the enviroment?

    Last edited by MSE Archna; 18-07-2006 at 6:51 PM.
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  • Hereward
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    • 15th Jul 06, 8:25 AM
    Green and Ethical Moneysaving
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    • 15th Jul 06, 8:25 AM
    There is a whole board of ideas for you here http://forums.moneysavingexpert.com/forumdisplay.html?f=100
    • Bagpuss741
    • By Bagpuss741 15th Jul 06, 9:10 AM
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    • 15th Jul 06, 9:10 AM
    How many do you get for 39.95? I've seen these in Lakeland Limited
    www.lakelandlimited.co.uk/product.aspx/!5718 Hope this helps.
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    • nearlyrich
    • By nearlyrich 15th Jul 06, 9:17 AM
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    • 15th Jul 06, 9:17 AM
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    • 15th Jul 06, 9:17 AM
    How many do you get for 39.95? I've seen these in Lakeland Limited
    www.lakelandlimited.co.uk/product.aspx/!5718 Hope this helps.
    by Bagpuss741

    I believe you get one set and they are reusable so if you work out how many washes of your normal powder/tablets/liquid you can get for the 39.95 and if the lifespan of the eco balls is longer you are in front. However Lakeland Ltd, wonderful though they are are quite expensive and I am sure if you have a search on the Old Style or Green & Eyhical Boards you will find something similar for a lot less money.
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  • Miss Penny Pincher
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    • 15th Jul 06, 9:25 AM
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    • 15th Jul 06, 9:25 AM
    I received the Kleeneze catalogue yesterday and they have a wash ball which is anti-bacterial, detergent free and hypo-allergenic - up to 50 loads for £5.99 = nearly 8.4p per load.

    Also they have a 'magic washing ball' which looks like a pink hedgehog. It's £7.99 for 2 with each lasting 50 washes = 8p per wash but then refills are only £1.99 = 4p per wash. It does say that it slowly releases detergent though so it doesn't sound as green? The bumph says "excellent results. The nodules massage and condition your clothes as the machine spins".

    I haven't tried either of these (this is my first Kleeneze catalogue ever) but possibly cheaper green options than the £40 one?
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  • Dr.Shoe
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    • 15th Jul 06, 9:44 AM
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    • 15th Jul 06, 9:44 AM
    What £40 one? The one I saw at lakeland was £7.95...
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  • Miss Penny Pincher
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    • 15th Jul 06, 10:41 AM
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    • 15th Jul 06, 10:41 AM
    This one:

    i am now researching into eco balls. a natty little gadget that goes in your washing and erradicates the need for nasty detergent that makes your skin itch and does horrid things to the water supply. they are quite costly at 39.95!!!!!! but it works out to about 4p a wash, this is MUCH cheaper than i paying at the moment, with four children there is always far too much washing!! and obviously there is also added bonus of no yukky detergents.
    by JAMIEDODGER
    Does that eco ball last 1000 washes which makes it only 4p a wash?
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    • JAMIEDODGER
    • By JAMIEDODGER 15th Jul 06, 11:09 AM
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    • 15th Jul 06, 11:09 AM
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    • 15th Jul 06, 11:09 AM
    yes thats right miss penny pincher. and the refills are £18 so makes it less than 2p after that! seemed like a good idea to me
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    • lynzpower
    • By lynzpower 15th Jul 06, 11:38 AM
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    • 15th Jul 06, 11:38 AM
    have you got a wormery as well jamie? I got mine from the local council for a fiver - all the food that cant go into a standard composter can go in as well ( cooked food ends type stuff) Saves bin bags, buying compost and te planet
    Well aint funny how its the little things in life that mean the most? Not where you live, the car you drive or the price tag on your clothes.
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  • Ryan.Maloney
    Everytime someone gets a cheap easyjet flight they are messing up all this energy saving lark

    Seriously, there's no point, you'll be dead anyway. Also the crazy religious fundamentalists will have blown everyone up.

    So just enjoy yourself, you can't make a difference

    Hope this helps
    • JAMIEDODGER
    • By JAMIEDODGER 15th Jul 06, 1:13 PM
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    hi lynz, no i havent got a wormery but that sounds like a really good idea!!!
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    • JAMIEDODGER
    • By JAMIEDODGER 15th Jul 06, 1:16 PM
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    ryan.maloney

    well, i hope that everyone doesnt take your negative views otherwise this world really will be in a sorry state!

    i was asking people for there helpful hints, not an unhelpful and really pointless comment. and no...it didnt help.
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  • MinnieSpender
    I suppose the most obvious (and it doesn't need saying, does it?) is never to buy bottled water.
    What if the hokey cokey is what it's all about?

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  • Miss Penny Pincher
    ooh but the tap water here is so skank even when I use Brita filters I can't stand the taste I don't know why because when I lived a mile away in old rented house I really liked the tap water and didn't even filter it! I buy Aldi mineral water - is that very not green? surely better than buying coke et al?
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  • Miss Penny Pincher
    Just a thought... if you are on a water meter water hippos in the cistern can save money and water. I've got 2 in my loo at the moment - both free from united utilities.
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  • homersimpson
    this week i checked out my ecological footprint
    sounds interesting- where did you check it?
    • GingerSte
    • By GingerSte 15th Jul 06, 6:48 PM
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    Just a thought... if you are on a water meter water hippos in the cistern can save money and water. I've got 2 in my loo at the moment - both free from united utilities.
    by Miss Penny Pincher
    What... full size hippos?
    • Ali-OK
    • By Ali-OK 15th Jul 06, 6:50 PM
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    Just a thought... if you are on a water meter water hippos in the cistern can save money and water. I've got 2 in my loo at the moment - both free from united utilities.
    by Miss Penny Pincher
    Good point. The Anglian Water website are also giving Freddie Frogs for free - just requested mine.

    I'm hunting down a water butt now to collect rainwater for garden use.
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  • Miss Penny Pincher
    groans@gingerste

    Ali-Ok - I've been thinking about buying a water butt - please will you let me know what you find?
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    • Ali-OK
    • By Ali-OK 15th Jul 06, 7:06 PM
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    groans@gingerste

    Ali-Ok - I've been thinking about buying a water butt - please will you let me know what you find?
    by Miss Penny Pincher
    I will indeed! I'm going for a google - will report back later!
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