Dec 11

Eco Links: Tell One Person Edition

Reminder: You can still enter to win one of my Garage Sale Giveaway prizes until the end of the day. Get to it!

whisperingI’m going to let you in on a little secret.  Actually, it’s not a secret at all. I just haven’t told you yet.

When I started Frugally Green in April, I made a few a goals for the site.  By the end of the year, I wanted 100 people to feel like they had gotten so much out of this site that they were willing to let me into their life by subscribing to my updates.

Whether through RSS or email, I wanted 100 of of you to feel like I was your friend – like you could knock on my door, asking for a cup of sugar and I’d smile and oblige.

Well, I want you to know that as of today, Frugally Green has 96 subscribers.  If you’re one of them, I want to say thank you.  You rock.

96 is a very respectable number.  I could end the year right here and be very happy to know that I’ve been able to provide value to that many people. It’s very humbling.

Yet, I would love nothing more than to reach my goal.  Doing so would provide a very concrete ending to a tremendous year.

That’s why I’m going to ask you for your help.

If you’ve been reading for awhile and thinking you’d like to subscribe but just haven’t clicked that little button yet, will you do it now?  If you need some more time, that’s cool.  I’m a patient guy.

I just don’t want you to miss out on any posts that could help you reach your goals.

If you feel like Frugally Green has contributed positively to your goals to lead a more sustainable life, will you take a second in the coming weeks to tell someone about it – your significant other, a friend, a family member?

I want to help even more people reach the sustainability goals they have without breaking the piggy bank.

Seeing my subscriber number grow is more than just an ego boost.  It means I’m actually touching peoples’ lives.  It lets me know I’m headed in the right direction.

If you think I’m headed in the right direction, I would really love your support.

Thanks for kicking ass.


Ok, enough of the mushy stuff.  Here’s what’s been swimming around my head from the green web this week. Bon apetit.

Prostitutes Offer Free Sex at Climate Summit in Copenhagen – As if you needed another reason to get yourself to Denmark.  Interestingly enough, this “freebie” deal has nothing to do with the climate summit and everything to do with a battle between sex workers (yes, it’s legal in Denmark) and the mayor of Copenhagen.

Perhaps, if only for a short time, we can re-coin the phrase, “Make love and war.”

Going Greener by Going Bigger: Does it Work? – We’ve certainly proved that big apartment complexes are far more sustainable than single family homes and it’s quite obvious that buses go a long way to reduce carbon emissions from cars, but the argument that “bigger is greener” just doesn’t hold up across the board.

This article at Ecogeek explains how huge airplanes, cruise ships, and freeways simply created a way for people to “overconsume efficiently” rather than solve an existing problem.

Should We Bring Back the Bidet for the Sake of the Environment? – This article from The Good Human is all about one of my favorite topics: poop!  Here in the States, we seem to have some sort of deep seeded fear of bidets.

When my girlfriend Jessie and I were in Europe last summer, we used them all the time and I can assure you that they’re:

  • A lot of fun
  • Very cleansing
  • A lot of fun

Bidets always seem to get criticized as water wasters, but not so fast!  Do you know how much water it takes to manufacture a roll of toilet paper? Answer: a lot.

I Finally Sold My Car - My buddy Sean over at Location 180 finally, well, sold his car.  And guess what?  It’s actually made him happier.  He’s getting more exercise, he’s seeing more of the details of his city, and he’s saving a bunch of money.  Oh yeah, and he’s not spitting CO2 out of a tailpipe all over town.  I wish I could say the same.  Good job Sean.

Pretty soon, Sean is headed on a one way trip to Thailand where he’ll likely grow very fond of bidets.  Wish him luck.


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This will likely be the last of the carnivals I participate in for awhile as I shift my “outreach strategy” a bit to focus more on guest posting for other blogs that I connect with.  My guest post on Get Rich Slowly was extremely successful and I look forward to finding more opportunities like this.  I hope you do, too.  Frugally Green is growing and it’s all thanks to you.


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  1. ConsciouslyFrugal

    Dude! I check this baby everyday via the sidebar on my blog. I even come back to check out the comments to see what other folks say. Do you feel the love? It didn’t even occur to me to subscribe, but of course I should. Ya need to know who reads this puppy regularly! Doing that right now.

    And as a woman who has worked with organizations fighting human trafficking and the violence of prostitution, I would like to offer some other links regarding that topic.

    ‘Cuz seriously, the whole “Jenny’s just doing this to make money for college!” “This is woman’s empowerment!” is an anomaly experience. The vast majority of “sex workers” across the globe are in some form of slavery, and everytime we make light of prostitution, we invalidate the living nightmare it is for nearly all the women and children forced into it. The fact that “sex work” is the only way in which some women can feed their families in many areas is a testament to how vital economic opportunities are for women worldwide. And when women do well, the whole community does well. I’ll shut up now and let these folks do the talking (I know you were intending to be lighthearted about this, but there’s just nothing lighthearted about this subject)–

  2. Kevin M

    I’ve always wanted a bidet, but the cost to install one is prohibitive. I’ve threatened to buy the in-seat variety, but haven’t found one I like at a good price so far. Have a good weekend!

  3. Jeff9

    A hand held bathroom bidet sprayer is so much better than a stand alone bidet or bidet seat and this is why:1. It’s less expensive (potentially allot less) 2. You can install in yourself = no plumber expense 3. It works better by providing more control of where the water spray goes and a greater volume of water flow. 4. It requires no electricity and there are few things that can go wrong with it. 5. It doesn’t take up any more space, many bathrooms don’t have room for a stand alone bidet. 6. You don’t have to get up and move from the toilet to the bidet which can be rather awkward at times to say the least. Available at http://www.bathroomsprayers.com One review: http://jonathanandandrea.blogspot.com/2009/04/spray-it-or-scrub-it.html

  4. Michael Thomas

    Aldra (Consciously Frugal), Thanks for the links. You’re right, the vast majority of women around the globe are forced into the trade against their will and it is, without a doubt, a crime against humanity.

    That said, I respect governments that do their best to fight that circumstance by trying to create a legitimate and safe working environment for the profession. In my opinion, it’s one of those catch 22 situations where “the lesser evil” must be selected in order to create the safest environment possible for a very treacherous industry.

    I certainly had no intention to make light of the suffering of the many unwilling sex workers worldwide.

    Kevin – Check out Jeff’s comment. A hand held model might be just what you’re looking for.

  5. ConsciouslyFrugal

    No worries, brother in green. I know you’re a good hearted soul!

    On another note, bidets scare me. I’ve never used one, but they still scare me.

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