A record of my efforts to live a more sustainable life.

A Lemon-Powered Clock

It's discoveries like this that make writing this blog fun. I was at Chapters, browsing through their ever-changing collection of amusing knick-knacks, when I found this little gem. It is a clock, and it runs on water and lemon juice. In other words, it's a kid's science project, but fancier looking. Yet it's somehow so exciting! I needed a clock for my room, and while I would have preferred one with an alarm in it, I couldn't resist a clock that doesn't take up one of my much-in-demand plugs, and also doesn't need batteries.

Wikipedia can tell you more about lemon batteries, if you're interested.

For this clock to work, you just fill it up mostly with water, plus a couple splashes of lemon juice (it says "fresh," but I used some from a bottle and it works fine), set the time, and you're good to go.

It won't be saving the world any time soon, but if you live in an area where your electricity comes from, say, coal, every little bit you can save helps.

Show Us Your Plastic Challenge - October 17 - October 23, 2010

Recyclable Items (2)
  • 1 soy milk carton
  • 1 doughnut container (PETE 1)

Non-Recyclable Items (2):
  • 1 candy bag
  • 1 soy milk seal

Total Items: 4 (another new record!)

Recyclable Items (0)

Non-Recyclable Items (5):
  • 1 cereal bag
  • 1 pistachios bag
  • 1 carton seal
  • 2 bags from pumpkin leaf bags

Total Items: 5 (a new record!)

Show Us Your Plastic Challenge - October 3 - October 9, 2010

Recyclable Items (3)
  • 1 soy milk carton
  • 1 Tim Horton's lid (I lost the lid from my travel mug, so I had to use a cup, and, unlike every other Tim Horton's I've ever been to, the one on campus wouldn't let me have no lid!)
  • 1 orange juice carton

Non-Recyclable Items (12):
  • 1 soy milk seal
  • 1 Skittles bag
  • 1 pill package
  • 9 wrappers from various housewares (early Christmas presents from my grandparents)

Total Items: 15

Show Us Your Plastic Challenge - September 26 - October 2, 2010

Recyclable Items (2)
  • 1 envelope with window
  • 1 hummus container (PETE 1)

Non-Recyclable Items (4):
  • 1 cereal bag
  • 1 bunch of plastic wrapping and tape from the Charmed: The Complete Series on DVD
  • 1 waffle package
  • 1 toothbrush wrapper (I went to Toronto, and forgot my toothbrush! So I had to get a complimentary hotel one.)

Total Items: 6