Have You Gone Green?


Photo by momof3angela

That's the million dollar question all right—have you gone green? In your home? What about in your garden? That's the poll being put forth by babyjakesmama over in the CafeMom Polls.

As a spoiled city-dweller with weekly garbage and recycling pickup, I'm really out of touch with the rest of the world. I just returned from my family's place in the Virginia countryside and was shocked to realize it's not so easy even to simply recycle there.

Of course, I don't want to look at what we're *NOT* doing for the environment. Remember even the small stuff is BIG when we're all doing it. Today, let's celebrate what we *ARE* doing to help the planet—even if it seems small.

Five Eco-Friendly Changes My Family's Made This Year:

  1. Cloth napkins. Seriously, with the amount of laundry we already do, a few napkins don't even make a dent. This goes for using rags and small towels rather than paper towels whenever possible too.
  2. Cold water washes. Prevents colors from fading, and I read somewhere that many detergents like Tide are made for cold water washes anyway.
  3. Weekly produce box subscription from a local farm. This means less fossil fuels and more nutritional and season-ripened produce, and it keeps my husband from buying those apples all the way from New Zealand.
  4. White vinegar for mopping. Honestly, many of the other "fresh smelling" cleaners made me sneeze. A lot. I'm sneezy.
  5. Paper reduced. I get all my bank statements and bills online now, and I "just say no" to ATM and gas station receipts. I love this way of living because it's such a clutter reducer too, and most companies keep an archive online so you don't have to. Say goodbye to adding one more shoebox full of this stuff to your household.

Name five eco-friendly changes you've made in your household and/or garden this year. C'mon, show us what you got. Even if your approach to greener living seems small or obvious, not everyone may have thought of it.

You can find lots of other good eco-friendly tips and discussions in the Green Mommas group. And if going green seems costly, get inspired further over in the Organic & Green Life on a Budget group.

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babyj... babyjakesmama

Thanks for featuring my poll today! ;)  We've made huge changes this year with the addition of our son, Jake, to the family!  First and foremost, we've gone green with all of our cleaning and household supplies.  This was a big one for me as I wanted to do something for our environment and also didn't want the toxic products in our home.  Second, my hubby has always been a paper towel waster.  Well, we bought shammies to use for our kitchen and bathroom to save on paper waste.  It's made a big difference.  We also only use cold water to wash our clothing.  We also recycle anything we can!  Lastly, cloth shopping bags!  We use them at the grocery store and the farmer's market to reduce plastic waste.

Have a GREEN day!


Jonie... Jonie1027s

Lets see five things I am doing to go green, well lets see,

1. For my swiffer wet jet instead of those throw away pads for scrubbing the floor, I have made some microfiber towels into the pads and use those and then wash them when they get all dirty and I am sure it protects my tile too.

2. My family uses cloth sanitary napkins, for the babies and the adults.

3. My hubby collects all his papers from work and around the house and lets the boy go outside and they make paper crafts once every other week, that way Davin gets to have fun and the paper is reused a couple of times before we send it out to be recycled.

4. I reuse all my hubbies boxes and packaging bubbles from work for shipping my items from my etsy store.

5. I have made the family some cloth shopping bags, they are fun prints and zip up,  Making it easy to carry them into the store, when not in use.

momof... momof3angela

Thank you very much for using my photo to help promote keeping our environment cleaner and safer. 

1.  Using  leftover food garbage to make composte for future fertilizer for our garden is a big one.

2.  Can't say enough about recycling.....it's a must.

3.  Using reusable grocery bag's when shopping.

4.  Conserving enery with changing to more efficient light bulbs.

5.  Changing the way we drive.....compacting trips to use less fuel.  And driving at no higher than 65 mph.


pt4now pt4now

I have found a company that uses effective, naturally derived ingredients in their cleaners which are super-concentrated so I have less waste.  Not to mention that they are extremely safe for my 4 and 6 year old.  I can use these products safely while saving money.  In addition, I can earn extra income encouraging others to use these products.  If you want to use better, safer products in your home visit my website http://www.MyDolphinDreams.com to learn how.

just4... just4today21

1. I use all natural cleaning products

2. I recycle everything possible

3. I unplug things when they are not being used.

4. I have cut back on driving

5. I buy as much organic/ local food that I can afford. 

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