Zoe (z303) wrote,

More on being green (or at least trying to be)

Some more background on why I feel so bad about not using public transport. Until I came to Bristol I did not own a car, I walked most places (to/from work, the supermarket, to the pub (but shambled back sometimes)) or took the train for longer journeys. This was partly for environmental reasons, partly just being practical, most of my friends were nearby as was work and the shops.

Then I got a job in Bristol and I got warned my some friends that it was a very car centered city, so I got a car. I ended up with a Mini for many reasons, cheap to run, small and maneuverable on the roads here and that I had wanted one since before I started infant school plus with it good fuel economy and small engine it could be seen as being at least semi-green.

Now I drive to and from work everyday noticing all the other cars with just a single person in them just like mine. At weekends I do better, I tend not to use my car much still walking most places. Of course I recycle my stuff, which is one thing Bristol does very well, we have a box for all the paper/cans/bottles which is collected once a week.

So with my car being ill I have been thinking about replacing it (whenever I talk about no longer owning a mini people seem to always tell me I can't do that, which I do find strange, next time it happens I must ask why they see it as such a bad thing), and so thinking all green. I thought about the Toyota Primus, then I looked at the cost, £17,545.00 for the base model to £20,045.00 for the top of the range, plus any options you want. I was a little shocked, I thought they would be more than a normal family hatchback but only by 1-2 grand not being nice sport cars money (MR2 start at £17,150.00), so it was a nice idea but its not going to happen, maybe the price will have come down by the next time I'm looking.

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