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March 27, 2010

Our Planet Matters: Eco Ideas Net

A Greener future starts with you!

That’s the line that greets you on visiting Eco Ideas. net, an environmental site launched in November 2009:

Welcome to ecoideasnet, the new environmental website with fresh stories and simple ideas for your green lifestyle. Our blog will keep bringing you the latest eco-ideas and happenings from around the globe. And the eco+you section lets you see how your actions make a real difference right now. Join us at ecoideasnet and show the world that you care about our precious environment.

The core areas of the Eco Ideas Network...

Like My Green Nappy, the Eco Ideas Network  is based on the premise that every little effort contributes to making a big difference.

Suggestions for what you could do in a range of areas.

This is a social networking site, in which you can record your actions when visiting, comment on what other people are doing and suggesting, and vote for their ideas too. What you can do that is different is find eco friendly activities that suit your lifestyle in a range of areas. Energy, CO2 reduction, water, waste and community are the areas highlighted. You get ranked in relation to all the other members on the site!

'My Actions' - a personal area of what I'm doing

When you join this network, you create a little profile about yourself, and then select an area, look through the suggestions and select what you are doing or can do, adding it to your total. Above is my first go – I considered that My Green Nappy was my ‘Come up with an eco idea’ and of course all my sites mean I thing and learn about the environment and the planet everyday, and share it with my friends!

I had a look at the Water one first – and the first suggestion is to take shorter showers!  This is a good one for me, as I usually shower with one or two children, and although group showers are a good thing, far too much playing goes on, and showers have been known to drift on… not good! A member of our family, Anita, gave us a spare shower timer – an egg timer set to four minutes, and we have that on the door now, it is great being able to use that to get a better feel for what a four minute shower feels like.

I guess that once really really strict water restrictions kick in – or the price rises so high – we’ll all be learning about ‘Navy Showers’ – where the idea is that you have a quick rinse, turn off the water, lather up, then turn it on again to rinse off. You’d certainly want to have continuous flow hot water though – I was horrified when we were living in a rental place in Canberra and had a water system that meant all this cold water pouring down the drain before it would heat up enough to get in! Sure, you can put a bucket under it, but it is still a waste, really.

So, if you would like to see how much you already do and find some new ideas, pop over and join in. It was easy as pie.

Visit Eco…

Creator of My Green Nappy

A question for you about water:

Are you good at saving water? What strategy is the one you always practice, and how do you remember to do it?


  1. What a good idea! Just like this website. It’s so good to see the will and motivation to change people’s attitudes about helping the environment and [bonus] saving money!!!

    Comment by Ames — March 29, 2010 @ 7:52 am

  2. RE: saving water: it was investing in a good washing machine which has a great water rating! And of course dry pailing. And the toilet poem my kids love: if it’s yellow let it mellow: if it’s brown send it DOWN!

    Comment by Jo — March 29, 2010 @ 1:58 pm

  3. That’s a great site I love it. Thanks for sharing.

    Comment by carol — March 29, 2010 @ 10:04 pm

  4. We recycle all of our washing water (except for nappy wash water) onto our lawn and non-food plants via a grey water bin. The bin has a pump so that we can hose the water onto the upper sections of our garden (we have a slopey block). We keep buckets in the shower to catch some of the water for the plants too. And during summer we even try to bucket out the kids bath water.

    Comment by Sara — March 30, 2010 @ 2:26 pm

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