Hmm, good discussion, Lovey! Hopefully, it will stay fun and light.
Personally, I have stopped throwing out the coffee grinds from work and bring them home for the compost and garden. About a shopping bags worth every other day. I also have started "crushing" the milk containers down via the use of the steam wand, as per someone elses suggestion here that I read. I think TG talked about that one somewhere.
As we work in an industry that has been blamed for terrible things being done to the environment over the years, I actually think that we are more conscious of what we do do to our own little part of the world. Spraying has over the years been an ugly business and especially over the cotton, however, I can tell you now that things are way different and that most of you use worse chemicals in your own homes than we do over a field of whatever crop.
Also, I think at home, Ive been made to rethink what chemicals I use around the house due to having a biocycle septic system. In order to keep it functioning with the good bacteria, we cant just throw just any old chemical into it as it will kill the bacteria. So things like bleaches are not biocycle friendly. However, stuff like food scraps and the like are well liked by the septic! It does really make you think about what you buy and use in the house. I am very careful of not using products high in phosphorus and I actually use a soap powder in the laundry that claims to be phosporus free. Of course, the upshot to all of this is we have the greenest patch of lawn out round the back of the house that is kept nicely watered by the treated water from the septic.
On the water saving issue, Im probably a bit slack there as we have bore water which is not unlimited. (However we do pay for it and that is probably just as a good way to limit usage.) Having horses and other domestic animals it is vital, IMO that they have as much water as they need. Weve installed on most of the water troughs automatic fillers, whether they are water saving or not I am not sure. I do have gardens that are fairly drought tolerant, anything that cant survive drought for any length of time is not "drought tolerant" and wont be planted again!
No one washes cars out in the bush and one friend has even stated that she is not going to wash the car until it rains. So, imagine her disappointment the other week when she took it to get a service and the very nice men gave her car a wash! I had a laugh! Even my scooter is dirty but the Duke gets a cover put over her so shes kept nice and shiney. Except for the spiders of course! Cant stop them!
They also say that frogs are a great indicator of a healthy eco system. Well, if that is true then out here were doing very well! I dont know where frogs go when there is no rain but as soon as there is a hint of it, my house echos with the sound of big green frogs trying to out do one another in the bellowing stakes! And I am always chasing them out of the toilet! Which is no mean feat considering that we are 12 feet up off the ground! Talk about persistent!
I like to think we dont have a huge impact on the environment, though in reality we probably do. I do after all own two cats! :D ;D