Another CarbonNeutral CD

The CarbonNeutral CompanyDavid’s ‘Live in Gdańsk’ album, I’m so glad to say, is going to be carbon neutral.

Both ‘On an Island’ and ‘Remember That Night’ were CarbonNeutral releases, using the most environmentally-friendly packaging available instead of traditional (evil) plastic.

In keeping with the green theme, I’d like to know five very simple things that you’ve been doing to reduce your carbon footprint. So simple, in fact, that everyone could do the same and it really wouldn’t seem as though any real effort was being expended.

These small things might seem silly, and you might not believe that the minor actions of one insignificant human being can make a jot of difference on a global scale, particularly when industry and air travel seem to be sticking two fingers up at the compost heap and solar panels in your back garden. But it’s something, and I happen to believe that old, often misused quote: If you’re not part of the solution, you’re part of the problem (or even the precipitate, if you prefer four syllables to two and have a fondness for chemistry jokes).

So, five things that you do regularly to try and help the planet, if you can, please. Inspire us.

There’s been no word on a delayed release date as yet, by the way, so “mid-September… hopefully” is still looking good for ‘Live in Gdańsk’. Keep those fingers – and toes – crossed that it stays that way.

Author: FEd

Features Editor of David Gilmour’s official blog, The Blog (‘Features’ previously being its rather naff title), affectionately – or lazily – shortened to ‘FEd’.

86 thoughts on “Another CarbonNeutral CD”

  1. Well, I don’t know about 5 things but I am very conscientous.

    The main thing that I do is I walk wherever possible. I really am a big car hater so walking and catching the train suits me fine. To me, cars are a reflection of how selfish our society is. Car drivers just park their cars anywhere without considering anyone else too.

    I have a nice big compost heap in the back of my garden.

    I recycle paper, plastic and glass.

    I teach my daughter not to throw rubbish on the ground.

    And I always turn off telly, computer and lights in my house when I am not in a room and close the doors so that heat does not escape from the room.

    Best regards.

  2. I’d have to say I do at least 4 things to help (hope they help!):

    1) unplug any cell phone chargers and other non-essential battery chargers/electrical utensils when not in use. Learned that from a buddy of mine.

    2) recycle ink jet cartridges (via mailers supplied from Petsmart)

    3) planting grass and trees on my acreage to help boost the CO2 utilizing function of the flora around my lot, specifically, and the neighborhood in general.

    4) put garbage in its proper place (plastic in one container, paper in the other).

    Just trying to do my part…..

  3. Don’t accept plastic bags from shops. Invest in a shopping bag that you can use over and over and over again.

    Walk more.

    Ensure you recycle packaging, bottles etc.

    Holiday at home more. It’s amazing what is on your doorstep.

    Dont accept the free newspapers. Particularly on places like London Underground.

    Every little helps.

  4. I do very minor things, nothing extravagent.

    1. Turn the tap off while brushing teeth.
    2. Never bath, only shower (I dont smell, ok!).
    3. I’m not a good recycler, so what I do is fill food boxes (i.e Pizza boxes), with all those niggly plastic coverings on food, Junk Mail etc., and then put them in the bin. Saves some room, I guess.
    4. Leave leftover bread etc out for the birdies.
    5. Finally, to help save the planet, I vote Tory, ’cause I dont think this motley crew have quite got the hang of it!

    Don’t think 3, 4 and 5 are that good, but it’s still all Happy Days.

    Simon J

  5. Hi Fed.

    very interesting theme. So what I do at home is:

    1. No plastic bags. We carry the shopping in a basket.
    2. We use rainwater for toilet flush and gardening.
    3. Going with bike to the supermarket. Which is really not far away. I try not to use the car when its just around the corner.
    4. No Stand By.
    5. We buy fruits and vegetables which grow in my country. No Apples from Argentina or Pears from South Africa. With a few exceptions: Watermelon, Bananas (fair trade).


  6. My 5 in saving the planet:

    1. Since the beginning of this year I have been taking the train to work instead of driving.

    2. Shut the car off instead of letting it idle when waiting for someone. Heck as long as the radio still works, why burn the gas?

    3. Recycle, recycle, recycle and then, when I can, I recycle more.

    4. Turn it off when not in use or not really needed. C’mon, it’s a nice day out, open the shades and shut off that light. Open the window too instead of turning on that AC unit.

    5. Talk to my kids about all the items above and the importance of them. They are the future and it is the best way to institute a change for the better.



  7. ‘Reduce Reuse Recycle’ make up my first three but they need to be followed in that order.

    Reduce – don’t buy anything that you don’t need.
    Reuse – Keep using something and when it breaks repair it.
    Recycle – Only when the item has reached the end of it’s useful life.

    Nothing annoys me more that seeing bags stuffed full of carrier bags that have only been used once in the ‘Plastic Bag Recycling’ bins!

    Try something like Freecycle to help you recycle your unwanted stuff (click my name).

    When shopping I try to remember to take reusable bags. I have a nice set of ‘Climate Neutral’ Jute ones from Waitrose.

    I purposely bought a flat in the centre of a small town so that I could walk to the Bank, Post Office and Shops. I never drive if it’s a distance that can be walk. I often don’t see my car all week!

    However, in the interests of full disclosure, I will be driving down to London tomorrow and on June 15th 🙂

  8. I’m very impressed with David’s attitude to the environment – when you go to buy a CD or DVD not many people will think of the effect it will have on the world around us, however small.

    It’s also something the consumer can do little about (apart from offsetting it) so it’s nice to be able to buy a CD that is carbon neutral. Thanks David!

    Things I regularly do to help the planet:

    1- recycle
    2- I walk to places if I can- if not drive as efficiently as possible
    3- turn off lights when I leave a room
    4- turn off computer monitors when I’m not using them
    5- turn off tv/dvd players properly (not standby)

    (6- buying carbon neutral David Gilmour CDs/DVDs?)

    Nice chemistry joke by the way FEd, I myself am going to do science at university and hope one day I can use that to make a more positive difference to the world’s environment.

    Hope everyone had a nice weekend!


  9. Change to energy saving light bulbs when tradional bulbs “blow”. By the way, has anyone noticed that they cause the switch to buzz if you install them with a dimmer switch?

    Turning off electrical equipment when not in use rather than leave it on stand by. This should be easy to do but by getting into bad habit of using the remote to turn TVs off over the years may taking some prodding from everyone in our house.

    We have 2 composts on the go at the moment.

    Walk or cycle when possible instead of driving.

    Look for products with less packaging or buy goods produced locally. This is difficult when supermarket food is so cheap but I can see how transporting food can add to the problem. Maybe Gordon Ramsey has a good point about seasonal food!!

  10. 1. Fill the kettle just enough.
    2. Buy fruit and veg that are in season and not air freighted from the other side of the world.
    3. Download music rather than buying CDs.
    4. Wash clothes at 30 degrees.
    5. Switch off lights (and indeed anything else) when they’re not needed.

  11. 1. turn the pc off when not in use – don’t use standby – this applies to tv, stereo, any device (obviously except the sky+ box)

    2. Recycle your IT equipment responsibly. An IT theme is brewing I fear… Seriously though, as I work in IT, we come across mountains of old IT equipment – old CRT screens especially. Don’t just dump them down the tip, use a proper recycling center, donate it to charity.

    3.Car pool. You migth have to drive a little further to pick up local coworkers, but it saves on however many extra cars on the road. Also, when it is their turn to drive, it saves your ridiculously priced fuel.

    4. Get a smart car. Not something I have done, but am seriously considering replacing both mine and the missus’ cars with smart cars. £35 a year on tax, and they go 1000 miles on a thimble full of cooking oil 😉

    5. Recognise you ARE making a difference. Probably sounds quite corny, but anyone making any seemingly insignificant change is helping, as FEd said. So why not feel good about it!

  12. 1. I moved closer to work. I used to have a 50 minute drive each way, now it’s a 3 minute drive.

    2. I walk to work whenever I don’t need my car for the day. My job does require that I drive a bit, but on those days I don’t need it I’ll walk or ride my bike.

    3. I print on paper only when I need to. I print to PDF if I want to archive something.

    4. No more incandescent light bulbs in my house. They are all fluorescent.

    5. No more 30 minute showers. If I need a long soak I’ll take a bath, otherwise it’s 3 minutes and out.

  13. Good point about the energy saving bulbs causing problems with dimmer switches Graham.

    There are, however, some ‘dimmable’ ones just coming onto the market.

  14. 1)I use canvas tote bags instead of plastic.

    2)I make sure that all lights are out when not needed and I’m transitioning all my light bulbs to the new
    energy efficient type (expensive little buggers).

    3)I buy organic when I can (another expense).

    4)I help maintain animal habitats by planting trees and shrubs. A large area in my garden is wooded, so I have a brush pile in my back garden that might look like an eye sore to some, but to me, I see it as a home to many a small fella. I have chipmunks, ground squirrels, birdies and who knows what else. We need these little fellas and they need a place to live.

    5)I recycle all plastics, glass, aluminum, tin…

  15. 1) I bought a bike and ride to work (about three days a week). I have to move the car at least two days a week because they clean the streets here, but when I find good parking I’m set.

    2) I don’t waste water. We drink a lot of water and sometimes leave a little left over in cups around the house. Instead of dumping in the sink I throw it in my plants. My plants have been healthier and happier ever since…

    3) I bought reusable grocery bags. They actually hold a lot more than I thought and are sturdier.

    4) I return recyclables to the store with my daughter for money. She gets to keep whatever we return and we deposit it in her child bank account. She has $88 saved so far.

    5) I turn off lights n stuff. We used to leave far too many lights on. We have energy saver bulbs, but now we save even more.

  16. Another CarbonNeutral from David is great news, and just another good reason to buy this forthcoming awesome CD 😉

  17. …and cardboard. Everything I use here at home which can be reused, I recycle it.

    At my old job, I set up recycling containers in our break room, and would bring it home with me and drop it by the recycling center. That was not an easy task, let me tell you. It amazed me to see just how unwilling these people were to take care of their own waste! They would throw their recyclables in the regular trash because they were too lazy to wash them out.

    These same people all went to the same church and seemed to have a common goal of trying to make you feel like something on the bottom of their shoes. Their mouths would collectively drop to the floor if they knew you drank a beer or enjoyed a glass of wine. Seems to me that by not recycling they were helping to destroy the Earth and were not respecting a gift that GOD had given them, and that’s a sin in my book.

    I still think prison inmates should have to work at landfills sorting and washing recycling materials. 🙂

  18. I do the best I can. I am a green spirit!

    1. I have a bag in my car to throw rubbish into (my friends always pull my leg for that, but in Rome a lot of people put fliers on your car-windows and I hate who throws them on the ground).

    2. I go to work by bus (45 minutes rather than 15 by car. But I listen to my mp3 player, so it is very well spent time!).

    3. I recycle all and I do my best turning off the lights and the water at home.

    4. Oh, my parents have solar pannels at home. It’s not something I made, but is something “in the family”, so I deserve some merit too!

    5. I applaud David and all the others who make something to reduce the impact on the planet.

    The list of bad things I do would be longer and longer…but there is time to improve!

    Have a nice week

  19. I:

    1. Turn off the tv from standby
    2. Take the bus/train rather than drive
    3. Try not to take plastic bags at shops
    4. Do not boil too much water in the kettle
    5. Encourage others to do the same!

  20. Thank you, David Gilmour, for the way you obviously care about the planet that you live on. I sure wish American Republicans did.

  21. 1. Take a bag when going shopping to avoid plastic carriers.
    2. Recycle cardboard, paper, glass and plastic bottles.
    3. Get vegetables from a local farm co-operative. Fresher produce and fewer food miles.
    4. Unplug chargers when not in use.
    5. Wash clothes at 30 degrees.

  22. I do the usual things…kettle, lights, recycle etc, but a friend of mine is saving all the plastic he gets from the packaging at Tesco’s, he intends to take it back to them quoting “Every little helps”!


    [Very good. There’s no need for half of it, is there? – FEd]

  23. Nothing really glorious, but a few things (“une goutte d’eau dans l’océan”, we say):

    – Remplacer toutes les ampoules à incandescence de la maison par des ampoules à basse consommation. Utiliser au maximum la lumière naturelle.

    – Ne pas chauffer la maison l’hiver à plus de 19°C, et même moins dans les chambres.

    – Reduce water consumption (ex, take short showers instead of baths).

    – Think more before acting (ex, avoid buying things that are wasteful).

    – Teach our kids (dès leur plus jeune âge) to be responsible, to respect environment, to behave as ‘citizens of the world’.

    * What I have not yet been able to do : use the computer/internet less often, but …

    * PS: Do you know the CIVB (Conseil Interprofessionnel du Vin de Bordeaux) action: ‘Le Bilan Carbone des vins de Bordeaux’ to struggle against Global Warming? (Click my name.)


    [Another good reason to drink Bordeaux wines, then. – FEd]

  24. Hi Fed,

    I am glad to see David going CN again. It’s great to see someone practicing what they preach.

    My 5 are about the same as everyone else’s, except to add when I am driving, I slow down. I don’t race to the next light.

    Talking about eeevil plastic, many of us at my company got a big kick out of our Environmental manager’s campaign to reduce styrofoam cup usage (which is noble) so he ordered these re-useable drink containers (again, galliant effort), but failed to notice that they were made out of ‘#7’ plastic. Needless to say, he had a little embarassment over that.

    As far as the CFL lights, they are almost a double edged sword, because they do contain mercury, albeit very miniscule amounts. I use them, though.

    Have a great day, all

  25. The list of things I do badly is longer I’m afraid ….

    1. I’ve driven a diesel for years – the weblink on F’eds header tells me this saves 0.4 tonnes of carbon per annum. This is incentivised by the UK Company car tax system
    2. Don’t complain about the price of fuel – use less, it’s the whole point. Do not ask your Government to cut fuel taxes so that we can all buy more crap we don’t need.
    3. Turn the heating down 10% and put a bloody sweater on. Or turn the Air-con down and take a bloody sweater off! Jumping in bed with a good friend can raise body temperature very quickly. Sharing a bath or shower is also very efficient.
    4. If thistles, weeds and nettles consume CO2 then my garden may save us all.
    5. I buy local products where available – this has the added incentive of them being fresh! I do not buy asparagus from Chile thanks very much (and please feel free not to buy asparagus from Norfolk in Santiago!)

  26. It’s always encouraging and satisfying to know that David Gilmour and company is environmentally conscientious. Thank you for that.

    Here’s what we do –

    – When buying electronic equipment / appliances, we look for Energy Star compliance label.

    – No more “Screen Savers” in our house. We feel that screen savers merely a waste energy by keeping the monitor active. We simply shut down the system to save.

    – To save trees, we use online publications instead of subscriptions to magazines and newspapers; unless it is something worth keeping – my most recent purchase was “The Word/Oct 07”.

    – We changed all light bulbs to compact fluorescent light bulbs.

    – We compress the cardboard boxes and recycle them along with plastic bottles, cans, paper etc.

    Not only do we help out the environment, we also save significantly on our expenses.

  27. Just a note on the energy efficient bulbs. Make sure that you dispose of them properly. Many of them have mercury inside and you don’t want to just throw them in the garbage. I always take mine to the recycle yard and throw them in with the batteries (at least that is where they told me to put them).

    FEd, are you going to share your 5 ways of saving the planet? Maybe you have an idea that will inspire someone.



    [I was going to see what you lot come up with first and see if I can add anything obscure. One thing I do, which is of miniscule effect, I’m sure, is not buy my chewing gum in individually-wrapped packets. I buy a box instead, which can, of course, then be recycled. – FEd]

  28. I have been very impressed with David’s recent releases being made from sustainable resorces.

    I am a firm believer that if we all do a little, then combined, it will make a huge difference.

    1. Buy a smaller car, most journeys are with only one occupant & on the rare occasions you need a bigger car, hire one. It is surprising how well you can cope & how much fuel you save.
    2. Recycle all plastics, these are made from oil & this uses far less carbon than manufacturing from new.
    3. Re-use glass jars & bottles if possible rather than recycle. To recycle glass it takes a lot of energy to melt & re-form the glass, therefore re-using it is much better. However it is still better to recycle than throw it away!
    4. Compost everything, this saves landfill space & the transport to get it to the landfill.
    5. Fit as many water butts as you can. Use this for all the vegetables you grow in the garden.

    Enjoy life responsibly for our children & the animals we share the planet with.

  29. 1. It’s a big political issue: vote the right government!
    Countries (like China) are going to be a big problem. But all the countries buying these products can do something…

    2. Within your company, a lot can be done. Empty rooms with: light on, room temperature in winter, running airco’s. etc. etc. …

    3. Buy “friendly” products when shopping.

    4. Buy Gilmour CDs.

    5. How about, TAX refund when people buy products to keep the earth healthy.

    [I agree, Ernest. Governments could do a lot more, that’s for sure. Maybe they could start by rewarding people for recycling and fining those that can’t be bothered (as opposed to what we have in the UK at the moment, which is a system that fines pensioners – who are trying to recycle, after all – for putting glass in with their newspaper by mistake). – FEd]

  30. Hi guys,

    my 5 rules of thumb to keep this planet a nice place to live?

    1) Reduce energy consumption as best as possible.
    2) Buy things that last.
    3) Buy local products whenever possible.
    4) Pay a fair amount of money for service and product because the cheaper the stuff, the more they pollute.
    5) Be a model for my children by acting as responsible human being.



    PS. I just read Bo Diddley ain’t anymore, another sad day 🙁

  31. 1) Since CD trays are hard to find, I use boxes from my job (when we get CDs in) to put my CDs in.
    2) Don’t use tap water when brushing my teeth nor drink it.
    3) I redeemed plastic bottles when I lived in Mass, now just re-use and fill with either cream for coffee or cereal for milk when I go to work in morning (put it all in a cooler then put in fridge at work) or water for the money tree in my house.
    4) I don’t smoke anything (in fact I detest it, so right there I am helping. I have a type of autism called Aspergers and I find smoking despicable).
    5) I am semi-vegetarian (working on going vegetarian, vegan will be impossible but classic vegetarian will suffice). I don’t eat beef, pork nor lamb but love vegetables, fish and poultry.

    PS I too shut off things when not in use.

  32. There are a number of thing that we do as a family; recycle, turn the heating down, no lights left on when a room is unattended, make our own compost, reuse bags, don’t use the car for local journeys and stress the importance of the environment to our son; BUT I get really depressed by the waste that industry creates in the name of packaging.

    I am fortunate that I am able to influence my companies recycling policies and my biggest achievement is ensuring that the majority of packaging received via our goods-influence is reused. Of course I was able to win over the management by showing that we would save at least £500 a month by doing so.

    Apologies for preaching but I am afraid that for the majority of business in these fast paced times, unless you can show the financial benefits, doing the right thing is not supported.

    Rant over.

    [Good one, Jeremy. – FEd]

  33. i’m an american republican …and i definitely care and recycle. are you a discriminator, new york dan? no, i’m not voting for obama but i sure hope he gets the nomination. i love ‘change’!

    unplug chargers
    walk to store and ride bike as often as i can
    recycle all paper and plastics
    leave all lights off when not in use
    have a hybrid vehicle
    dont use those wasteful water bottles…i have a filter in my spout

  34. Hello FEd, David, Polly, and fellow Bloggers!!

    Long time no see!! I hope everybody is doing well.
    I can finally say “I’m in remission!” from my ovarian
    cancer and now just recovering from the brutal chemo.
    It’s good to be back! I’ve missed everyone…

    I love today’s theme. I have always tried to recycle as much a possible; and conserve water and energy sources.

    I recycle all plastic (makes me sick when I see people tossing their water bottles into a trash bin!)

    I also recycle all aluminum, newspapers, and cardboard.

    I wash most laundry with cold water; and use towels more
    than once. (You’re clean when you dry off; so hang the towel to dry for re-use!) Saves water, gas, and electricity, as well as reducing your laundry pile!

    When possible, practice “every other flush”… you know; on the liquid stuff… (well! it saves lots of water!!) – “If it’s yellow, let it mellow… if it’s brown, flush it down” LOL

    See you in chat! xoxo

    [It’s very good to hear from you, Susan. Keep at it. – FEd]

  35. I’m that into my dvds of pulse & RTN, as much as I’ll be buying the cd, a film of the gig would get bought too!

    I’ve been recycling the glass plastic paper & cardboard for 10 years now – you ask the family it really annoys them – are you listening C???

    I’ve cut down on the car, twice a week, once for shopping once for fun.

    I’d really like to start a campaign that gets all domestic users switched to solar radiation panels and turbines – there must be some companies out there that can install it – their costs and profits can be recovered from selling the ‘leccy’ back to the power grid – which then lets businesses who may not have the facilities or room for the equipment needed to opt out, but still pay for their usage.

    just needs some public figure with the right connections? hmmmm, I wonder who?

    * all these companies involved in wind farms/ocean power, they’re only in it for profit. their desire to save the planet is extremely questionable.

  36. I carry a totebag to avoid getting more plastic bags, and take paper bags back to grocery stores.

    Recyle all paper, cardboard, newsprint (we only take weekend paper) plastic, glass.

    Use energy saving lightbulbs, always turn off in unoccupied rooms.

    Don’t use clothes dryer often, let things air dry.

    Ride share to work, and don’t ride the gas pedal when the car can coast along (saves gas).

    Trim the yard by hand. We use as little machinery as possible.

    Have my own cup for the coffee at work (actually our coffee shop gives a discount on coffee for not using paper cups).

    Don’t use plastic water bottles. Back to glass.

    I hear that studies are being done about plastic bottles (ie. baby bottles) that get reheated. Supposedly releases a chemical which accumulated effect may be harmful to infants.

    This new generation is giving us hope and setting a good example.

    All my best,

  37. -My wife and I are lucky enough to live in a place where we don’t need a car. So we walk most of the time, or take the bus/subway.
    -Every lights in our house are energy saver lights. Of course, we turn them off when we leave the room. Turn TV, DVD player, computer off instead of standby.
    -I always have a bag on me for shopping, instead of using the ones from the stores.
    -Buy organic food and/or equitable trade as most as we can. Also buy organic products for cleaning the house.
    -Buy fresh vegetables from my area/country, instead of buying something that comes from the other side of the planet.

    There are many other things that we do… Though we always feel we could do better…

    Excellent idea, this new CarbonNeutral CD. A lot of respect to the peoples who made this possible.

  38. 1. Carpool
    2. Recycle
    3. Turn off lights/unplug cell phone chargers/etc.
    4. Avoid using plastic bags when grocery shopping
    5. I’ve bought one of those water purifier thingies that you attach to the faucet, so that I stop buying bottled water. Even if we recycled all plastic bottles, they’d still cause an impact to the environment.

    This ‘rule’ has been kind of tricky to follow though, only because buying bottled water is so much more practical. I can’t carry my purifier to work and other places! I’m trying though!

  39. 1. In the summer we grow our own vegetables. That saves us from using plastic bags to store them, like when you go to the grocer.

    2. I don’t own a car anymore and use either my feet or the local transit system.

    3. I am the holy protector of my beautiful trees. We have so many, and I lobby my parents not to touch them (so far I’m doing very well).

    4. I turn off electronics when not in use.

    5. I make sure that the air in the tyres of the family cars are filled and we do our best to keep our tanks filled (crashing dollar isn’t really helping with that).

    On a side note, I walked the AIDS awareness walk in Boston yesterday. I did it as part of my orientation team (26 signed up, only six of us committed…pathetic). As a community, the walkers raised over $1 Million for research and treatment of AIDS.

    I think it taught me a good lesson: Just because you aren’t personally affected by something, doesnt mean you can’t champion its cause. Everyone benefits from an extra voice…

    [Good for you, Ax. – FEd]

  40. – Use powerstrips with on/off switch for electronics and also set up powerstrip re-charging station for Phone/earbud, camera/video, flashlights, etc.
    – Strive for some level of self-sufficiency with well water, septic system, veggies from garden, eggs from chix, fiber from goats/alpacas – spin wool and knit toasty items. Solar panels next on list.
    – All energy-efficient lighting throughout the house and un-plug all appliances.
    – One big trip to “bulk” store monthly, rather than frequent grocery store trips – use discarded boxes and reusable bags to cart home.
    – Carpool to work/school.

    Take Care. CT

  41. 1. Only buy draught beer.
    2. No more plastic bottles.
    3. Take the train to Toronto when going in once a month for meetings.
    4. Bought my wife a push lawnmower. Hey, she loves it.
    5. Sold the snowblower and bought my wife a shovel. Hey, she loves it.


    [George, I see you’re really getting the hang of this. (Good exercise, too…) – FEd]

  42. Howdy there FEd,

    How was your weekend?

    What we do to help is;

    1. We use “natural products”, like cleansers, laundry detergents, etc…
    2. We grow a few of our own veggies.
    3. We turn off the water while brushing our teeth. And I try to wash clothing with cold water, and try to wash only full loads.
    4. We turn off lights, when leaving rooms. (I even watch the telly with no other lights on.)
    5. We recycle.

    There are other things that come to mind, but I’ll leave it at 5.


    [My weekend wasn’t bad, thank you for asking. I’m missing the football, though. – FEd]

  43. Apart from many of the above,

    1] Grow my own food where I can, buy local for the rest; that is practical. We have no local chocolate industry 🙂

    2] No sprays in the garden. Pest control is spiders and wasps … collect spiders from elsewhere and put them in the veg/fruit patches and leave a bare patch of dirt, dampened, during laying season for wasps to harvest for nest building.

    3] No-Poo shampoo (search it). Baking soda and apple cider vinegar. Best shampoo I’ve ever had; cheap, easy and effective.

    4] Rain water for the food garden and recycled water (treatment tanks) from all our house usage for the trees, shrubs etc.

    5] Ignore all the excuses people give to why they don’t do any of the above etc. because where there truly is a will there is a way.

    Plenty more that I/we do (but rules is rules), plenty more I could.


    [Great ideas, Christopher. Please feel free – and the same applies to anyone reading this, by the way – to break the rules if you can add some new, particularly unusual, ones. – FEd]

  44. Fed

    Interesting subject and one close to my heart. As a family we do try to do better things and some are as follows;

    -Store our own water in tanks for household use.
    -Install energy efficient lighting.
    -Install photovoltaic panels to feed into the grid.
    -Recycle as much stuff as possible.
    -Design and build an energy efficient house.

    I must admit it’s hard to get teenagers to cut down on the length of their showers and turn off lights.

    Have a good one Fed

  45. Great question!…. you know me, I could give you a list of one hundred easy things.

    1. HYBRID; our honda civic gets 45 miles to the gallon, my wife drives farther to work and is using it. She used to use $65.00 a week in gas, now she uses $35.00 every two weeks….we save about $2,500 a year, plus the one time tax write off of $2,000. We have had it 3 years now.

    2. LED CHRISTMAS LIGHTS; start throwing out the old strands, and replace them with “LED” lights….the average strand uses about 10% of the electricity.

    3. SOLAR WALKWAY LIGHTS; they are self contained led lights, solar cells and a couple of rechargable aa batteries.

    4. ORGANIC; very important! The problem with chemical crops is the flavinoids do not have the time to mature, and the product does not taste as good… also, they have recently discovered that the flavinoids contain several key antioxidants. Be healthy, eat organic!

    5. REUSABLE CANVAS BAGS; this is a very important one, REFUSE PLASTIC!!

  46. This post made me wonder what everyone is currently paying for Gas. I paid $3.97 a gallon today in WI and hear that I shouldn’t be complaining…

    1. All CFL throughout the house.
    2. Fill sink w/ hot water for shaving.
    3. No plastic bags.
    4. Recylce.
    5. Watch electric consumption.

  47. 1. Shop at Farmer’s Markets.
    2. Recycle, Reduce, Reuse (as the saying goes).
    3. Take public transportation or bike to school.
    4. Use Energy Efficient lightbubs.
    5. Unplug kitchen appliances when not in use (credit goes to Marcus on that).

    FEd, I was trying to find out how much David’s guitar went for, but couldn’t find anything. What’s the word?


    [Please see the ‘Guitar auction, New York’ post for lots of comments about that. Click your name above or the Recent Posts list on the right. – FEd]

  48. The five things that I do regularly to try and help the planet are:

    1) Minimize personal waste.
    2) Use alternative transportation.
    3) Buy environmentally friendly products, only!
    4) Recycle.
    5) Conserve energy.

    Love all the great ideas everyone, keep them coming?

    [Please do. – FEd]

  49. Well, firstly, I’m never going to have a child. That way I’m not adding to the world population. I know 1 child is not going to make a huge difference, but that’s what everyone thinks and keeps increasing the population.

    Instead I’m going to adopt children (as many as possible), create a trust and build a school for them for educating them.

    Apart from that… these…

    2) I don’t smoke.
    3) I’m vegetarian.
    4) I don’t waste, water, electricity or any resources.
    5) Try not to use papers as much as possible. And if I do, I use it to the fullest and not waste them.
    6) And trying to create a site to increase this awareness and use that money on these children.

  50. Paper, Plastic, Canvas bags, Batteries and once a year Household Hazardous Waste Day.

  51. 1. When the weather cooperates, I ride a bicycle to work (as opposed to driving). That’s about 8 miles round-trip, reducing my carbon footprint and gaining valuable exercise at the same time.

    2. I drink tap water rather than bottled. Every time I don’t buy bottled water, it saves money while reducing the need for more bottles.

    3. I use re-usable grocery bags. The monetary savings is negligable (pennies per use) but it cuts down on plastic in the landfill.

    4. I don’t buy chicken parts at the grocery store. I buy the whole chicken and butcher it myself. It saves on packaging, because whole chickens usually don’t come on a styrofoam tray like the parts do. And, it comes with giblets. I cook the giblets and feed them to the cat — he gets a treat, and it saves on the cans that his food usually comes in.

    5. I have a vegetable garden. Every time I eat my own, it doesn’t have to be shipped from thousands of miles away. It saves on the fuel that such shipping requires.

  52. Dear F.Ed.

    in the office:

    – we use both sides of paper for printing internal copies
    – we recycle toner cartridges
    – we turn off printers, computers and lights in the lunch break

    at home:

    – we use solar panels in every season
    – we recycle paper, plastic, glass and we put all garden and kitchen scraps into the compost bin

    every single step and efforts, like this further carbonneutral cd, are very important.

    bye/ciao Elisabetta

  53. FEd chews Wrigley’s Extra!!!

    I recycle all my paper, glass, aluminium, tin and plastic.
    I put all my garden waste out for the council to compost.
    I take all my cardboard to my local dump to be recycled.
    I only use rechargeable batteries.
    I only use energy efficient lightbulbs.

    [My secret’s out… By the way, couldn’t non-rechargeable batteries be banned? That way, people would have no choice but to buy them. The same goes for old-style lightbulbs. – FEd]

  54. 1. Walk to University (I’m a student)
    2. Recycle
    3. Use a ‘bag for life’ rather than plastic bags
    4. Use energy saving lightbulbs
    5. Turn off lights, tv etc. when I leave a room

    Not only do these things help the environment, they also help save money (always popular with students!), giving me more to spend on David’s fantastic (and carbon neutral) CDs and DVDs – that’s definitely a win-win situation!

  55. Many good ideas, most of which I do, too.

    Here are a couple more (can’t remember of they’ve been mentioned):

    – Ask friends/family if they want your childrens outgrown clothes, if not, give it to charity orginasations. (They grow so fast, the little ones, and suddenly their clothes is still as good as new – but too short/tight.)
    – Store tapwater in fridge for cold water.
    – I teach my kids to use the bike for transportation. (Sometimes I see parents driving their kids to school, even though they live nearby – it makes me mad, makes the kids fat, and the way to school more dangerous for everyone else.)
    – Buy organic food (local is best, saves transportation too). However I feel I have to compromise sometimes – they don’t grow many bananas in my country!
    – I use rainwater to water my garden, in a big wine-barrel. It looks kind of pretty, too.


  56. [Good point about the energy saving bulbs causing problems with dimmer switches Graham. There are, however, some ‘dimmable’ ones just coming onto the market. – Nate]

    There are also problems with the correct disposal of these bulbs. A friend of mine has had his house decked out in them but when one of the bulbs blows he has to have the Council pick them up and dispose of them correctly. I think they are in a the same category as batteries like AA, the bulbs might even be worse. When I get a moment, I will do some further research on the light bulbs.

    Whilst on the subject of dimmer switches, these things cause terrible buzz noises to come through on my Strat. Probably due to the fact that my Stratocaster has single coil pick ups. It drives me mad so I go and turn the dimmer switch off.


  57. hello mate,

    what on earth is going on with this glastonbury nonsense?

    (a question probably asked for the millionth time already today, sorry for that.)

    but i want the official line 😉

    [There isn’t one, I’m afraid. You probably know as much about it as I do. By the way, it’s the third time I’ve been asked about it today. That’s not bad, is it? There were a few yesterday. Please click your name above for my wee rant about The Sun. – FEd]

  58. [Minimize personal waste. – James Mickelson]

    Does that mean that James eats lots of bananas and rice in order to stay constipated?

    FEd, you ask about rechargable batteries. I have a question. Why doesn’t Apple allow you to replace the rechargable battery in your iPod? Once your battery doesn’t hold a charge, you have to scrap it and get a new one. Seems like a waste as well.



    [Absolutely. – FEd]

  59. I forgot one of my few contributions to help our Planet to survive:

    I forbid my pupils to chew gum in my classroom. (It seems that chewing gum takes five years to disappear…)

    Lol, Fed ! You could never enter my classroom! (Oh, I know you don’t care…)

    But, do you at least use these wonderful and decorative pink things? (Click my name.)


    [I know, I know. It’s ecologically incorrect to chew gum. If there was natural, sustainable, bio-degradable gum, I’d chew that instead. Maybe governments should take a leaf out of Singapore’s book and ban it. If America doesn’t mind, that is. – FEd]

  60. Re: Glastonbury

    well, to be fair, i read it on the bbc news site :p


    [A day after The Sun had it? The BBC have an update today (click your name), now acknowledging, funnily enough, that it was a ‘tabloid report’. Good old Beeb. There are also comments from former Floyd manager, Peter Jenner, on this year’s ‘wonderful’ line-up. – FEd]

  61. [Whilst on the subject of dimmer switches… – Julie]

    Thanks, Julie. Perhaps changing to energy saving light bulbs is not such a good idea after all. They also seem to take ages to fully illuminate & the light seems somewhat “colder” than traditional bulbs.

    Perhaps I should go & light a faggot instead!

  62. Here is an article I have found regarding the problems with the disposal of low energy light bulbs (click my name).

    It would appear that every thing has a down side. Safe disposal of things is a major problem. We thought landfill was bad.

    I mean look at nuclear energy. I heard that the government (UK) are trying to force us to go that way – using nuclear energy that is – by hiking up gas and oil prices to the point of strangling us. We will have no choice but to go nuclear if we are made to be so poor due to the expensive fuel and energy bills etc. Or will there be a civil war in the end? Who knows?

    Whilst nuclear energy is cleaner and more efficient there is the problem of disposal again. If we are forced to go nuclear by this big brother style government, will we have to jetison the nuclear waste into space?

    As our feeble minds ponder over these issues, at the end of the day, Mother Nature always has the upper hand. She is the power.

  63. Re: Glastonbury

    I kind of hope that story is true, because maybe now David will write a song about it. (I know, I am shameless when it comes to begging for new material.)

    And maybe, just maybe, this news plus the upcoming Chelsea appearance is a signal that he is “getting the itch”. Kind of like how the Meltdown shows seemed to be the seed for that blossom called On An Island.

  64. Hey FE’d

    I’m sure Mr Gilmour could always pop up north of the border for a festival?

    Rock-Ness? DSotM on a boat, on the loch, nessies givin’ it some air guitar in the background?

    Not that I’m suggesting that because I missed the last show at the armadillo! no not at all I wouldn’t even think of it

    Oh, and I sold the second car! 🙁

  65. For once…I got this.

    1.) Bring my own reusable tote bags to do marketing. This despite having to at least three times (so far) then put what I bought in my own bags because the poor kid behind the till froze when confronted by a choice other than paper or plastic.

    2.) Shop at my local (five miles from here) farmers’ market. Lots of local farmers here. It’s a cornucopia of goodness. You save transport fuel (get your tomatoes locally as opposed to having them driven in from hundreds of miles away) and you support your local small organic farmer. They’re good people.

    3.) Replace disposable with rewashable/reusable when possible. Cling film makes me twitch.

    4.) Make cleaning stuff with natural substances. Vinegar is your friend.

    5.) Make as much at home as possible. The difference in waste between a sac of good bread flour and six plastic bread wrappers (and the fuel used to transport them) counts.

    Al Gore is right. Well, leaving out marrying Tipper. 😉

    [Cling film has the same effect on me, sister. And how about those polystyrene balls? – FEd]

  66. good old beeb indeed.

    or perhaps rather more worryingly the beginning of a shocking decline in which, suffering from the enormous cost of jonathan woss’s wage bill, the newsdesk is forced to resort to reading the sun for the days headlines…

    [I read something yesterday about the BBC not paying presenters enough. Click your name above, if you’re interested. (£18m over three years?! Now, Simon Cowell may be worth that, but…) – FEd]

  67. Re: Biodegradable gum

    At the University of Illinois (US), scientists/researchers are working to create biodegradable gum (click my name).

    Maybe, one day…


  68. hey fed…

    i was just flipping thru the tv channels and saw adam sandler playing ‘knowbody does it better”…the Bond movie song. he had apparently just received a ‘lifetime achievement award’ and he was singing it @ himself.

    anyway, he played a solo in the middle of the song and he started playing the solo from “mother’ from the wall. it sounded pretty good …but i thought it was pretty cool that he matched that up.

    then, when he was finished, he spoke and in the background was a big hiwatt half stack. i wonder who ‘the sandman’ has been emulating lately?

    just thought you gilmour freaks would enjoy that…this one does! you can probably find it online somewhere to see it for yourself. did he witness the ‘on an island tour’ I wonder!

    Blake in Nashville

    [I wonder. He seems to have good taste, anyway. Thanks for sharing that, Blake. – FEd]

  69. To avoid repetition, I’ll just mention 2 that I don’t think I noted above..

    If you are able to (truck owners), purchase your gardening needs (topsoil, stone etc) at a landscaping yard where you help yourself from a hill or heap, rather than buying it from stores where it comes packaged.

    Since I park my truck in the garage only in the winter, I disable my electric garage door opener in spring, summer and fall.

    Small things I know, but every little bit helps.

    [Good idea, John. – FEd]

  70. Our Legion in town collects aluminium pop tabs and converts the weight for money to purchase wheelchairs. It takes 2,500,000 tabs to purchase one. To date, we have bought 950 chairs that are given generously to those that need them and they are recycled at hand as free donations always.

    What a novel concept.

  71. Welcome back, Susan! You’re a champ! May that dreaded illness not sneak its way back over your horizon again…

    Here’s a slice of pizza….LOL!

  72. Here’s one that no one has mentioned yet.

    Yesterday I read an article online about people who go dumpster diving. Nothing new there as I’ve heard of people picking out all kinds of things out of the trash. Sure, I’ve even picked up a thing or two at the curb at times.

    But these people also go dumpster diving for FOOD. No they are not picking out half eaten sandwiches, although the one woman admits that she does feed those to her dog at times. They go to the dumpsters at food stores and pick out the packaged items that were thrown away such as opened bags of rice, damaged canned goods, crushed boxes. They even go to the bakery to pick out loaves of bread from the trash.

    Mind you, these are not homeless people. These are people who have jobs and choose to live a frugal lifestyle. And they certainly are helping with limiting what goes to the landfill.




  73. [Ban non-rechargeable batteries. That way, people would have no choice but to buy them. The same goes for old-style lightbulbs. – FEd]

    Great idea FEd! And Andrew, when it comes to my consumption practices, I usually keep myself soo busy that I forget to eat sometimes, which does help to keep personal output to a minimum…8^) Although, the banana and rice diet seems very interesting and I’ll need to give it try sometime.

    What I really meant is that I always leave a place better than it was when I found it, if you catch my drift…8^I




    [Hey, and he cycles. Who can forget him falling off his bike at Gleneagles? – FEd]

  75. A wasteful pet peeve of mine: Idling in line at a fast food drive-thru. Get out of the car, and go in for GOD’S sake!

    I no longer eat at McDonald’s because they purchase beef from China, but today my resolve was crushed by the heat, which forced me to pull the parking lot, in in search of one large diet coke. There were 2 lanes of mini vans and SUVs idling as I walked inside, and not one person was in line inside.

    In about 2 minutes I had my giant icy cup of evil love and was out the door, and the same idiots were still sitting there in the blazing hot sun, in their air conditioned autos just waiting.

    As I drove around the building I counted the lines to be 15 cars deep. How lazy and wasteful is that? They deserve to pay $4/gallon for petrol and eat foreign flesh.

    Them burgers sure did smell nice, but I was strong!

    [Keep fighting, Melissa. (Do you ever get the urge to punch Ronald McDonald in his big, smug mouth, or is that just another of my twisted fantasies?) – FEd]

  76. Andrew

    Those people are wittily called “Freegans” – and good luck to them I say.

  77. I wanted to add a couple of things I haven’t seen here yet.

    Rather than wash my clothes after one use, I will wear pants, and some shirts more than once, because they simply are not dirty. Re-washing clean clothes is a waste. Also, fill your washer full for more efficiency.

    Also, while CFLs are OK (bad mercury), LEDs are even MORE efficient. The cost is still pretty high, but CFLs will be replaced by LEDs in the not too distant future.

    Incandescent bulbs have been outlawed in Australia, and there is a movement in the US to do the same thing. San Francisco has also made it illegal to distribute plastic grocery bags. They are trying to do the same thing here in Oakland.

    Finally, I am a member of Slow Food (do a search) and as such adhere to their principals. Too much detail for a blog entry, but the most significant life change I have made in the last 10 years and is something I highly recommend to everyone.

  78. Hello Melissa,

    Interesting what you said about McDonalds. I heard a long time ago that they were buying beef reared on land that had been cleared of Amazon rain forest to turn into pasture for cattle. Another good reason to not buy their rubbish.

    I do most of the same things others have mentioned to save the planet. A lot of us here signed the save the whales petition, no one mentioned it but the seas are also an important ecosystem. We can all vote with our purses/wallets. (Sorry, that sounded like preaching and I know that most of us are already the converted.)

    I am currently growing some tree seedlings which I will plant out when mature enough, give away, plant (responsibly) in public open spaces that no one seems to be taking care of. (I need to research this more. I know some people have been doing this but I am concerned not to make a mistake and upset the balance of some rare habitat.)

    ash X

    [Good luck with that, Ash. – FEd]





  80. [Great ideas, Christopher. Please feel free – and the same applies to anyone reading this, by the way – to break the rules if you can add some new, particularly unusual, ones. – FEd]

    Well if you insist. 🙂

    We usually go to bed once it gets dark … saves the whole lightbulb debate for starters.

    I recycle long term “dangerous” biodegradables such as meat scraps and pet poo … I have two seperate bins for these next to and hidden by trees. This compost is not put onto the vege patch etc (salmonella is not your friend). A good secure lid prevents pests from birds to flies as well as smells.

    I put up an owl perch in the middle of the veg patch for them to sit on at night and hunt pests (instead of trapping or baiting them) such as mice.

    We use non-power tools where possible.

    We barter for stuff, sharing garden produce, craft things with folks who are better at growing/making things we’re crap at.

    We encourage non-turf ground cover as they use less resources and need far less care.

    We air dry all clothes (plan ahead for bad weather etc) except in prolonged periods of wet (not often in our drought sticken area).

    More to come…

  81. …We use vinegar (white) instead of cleaners for benches, bleeches for dishwashers etc. Vinegar will kill bacteria just as well and clears grease far better, and longer than antibacterial sprays etc. A friend of mine uses it in his dishwasher (I don’t own one) and says it works perfectly.

    We have planted deciduous trees on the western side of our house for summer shade, winter sun.

    We try for multiple uses for everything … passion fruit vine doubles as a shade for the garden shed to keep it cooler in summer … various grape vines offer summer shade for the more delicate herbs etc.

    I recycle old timbers and bricks for retaining walls or garden beds instead of harvesting/making new ones.

    …We generally don’t go out at night. All the clubs, cinemas etc. that use ridiculous amounts of power and resources because people are convinced that they have to go out at night to be happy.

    From that, we have leisure activities that use as little resources as possible … watching sunsets is quite a good one.

    From that, I would encourage folks to only swim, skate, ski etc. in oceans, lakes, rivers, ponds etc … ban swimming pools, rinks, artificial everything.

    We research, and act on, where prepared food comes from. This includes Maccas. Not all of them get meat from China. Our five local ones (why we have 5, I don’t know) buy all their base ingredients (including meat) locally, which is far better than buying food for home that is from overseas…

  82. …Even better, cook your own food, from base ingredients … you will soon get the hang of it when your first efforts taste bad. Base ingredients tend to not have lots of packaging/advertising as well.

    We butcher our own food … no you don’t have to kill it, but you can buy in bulk and cut it up yourself.

    Where/when possible we eat wild animals … no resources were used to raise them (and they taste much better).

    We drink more water (always tap water), not soft drinks, tea, coffee etc. for day to day intake of water.

    We avoid powered gadgets … like electric toothbrushes.

    We pay more to buy things that will last longer and can be repaired instead of disposable stuff.

    We wear more clothes in winter to keep warm … be it at home, in the car, at work. And we wear less clothes in summer to keep cool. 🙂

    I try to embrace old age … (so stop buying all the gunk you use to hide wrinkles and grey hair).

    I use non-hybrid seeds and implement a seed saving process for my veges.

    Because I have to have a computer on a lot at work, the desktop is black; it uses less power.

    One more left…

  83. And lastly …

    I am educating (or is it indoctrinating!) my child from day one so for him it will be second nature.

    When I break a rule by wasting something for my own pleasure … such as buying all the available versions of Live in Gdansk to play one and collect the rest … I don’t feel guilty and make up excuses. I embrace the fact that it is part of life and makes me happy; a happy person will do more to help others and the planet.

    I try not to preach to those who don’t do what we do. Instead I live and lead by example, encouraging others to follow.

    That’s about it … you did ask FEd. 🙂

    For a “not directly related” topic, this has been the best one and there have been plenty of things folks have written that I have noted to do in the future. Thanks.

    [Some excellent suggestions, Christopher. Many thanks for sharing them – and, please, keep it up. Posts like yours make me realise that there’s so much more that I should be doing. If we all took on board just one of the suggestions listed above each month… It’s really not asking much, is it? – FEd]

  84. Surely the best way for the CD/DVD to be carbon neutral is if it wasn’t produced in a hard format at all and was only available electronically – thus saving any hard resources – carbon neutral or not?

    Besides yet another version of the same album? Is not the Floyd related re re re re re reissue bandwagon not getting a little tired now?

  85. [Is not the Floyd related re re re re re reissue bandwagon not getting a little tired now? – jce]

    It’s not a reissue. It’s new concert footage with lots of extras.

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