Posts Tagged ‘green living’

Cloth Diapers: Real Simple, Real Risks

Friday, April 20th, 2012 by by

So day 2 is all about Waste Reduction (Environmental benefits & Elimination Communication)! Waste reduction is just a plus for most families. A good portion of families who use cloth diapers chose it for cost purposes, not for environmental benefits. But we should really look at that aspect when considering using Cloth. And, for those families who chose to cloth for cost purposes, you should look into Elimination Communication, because that will save you TONS more cash!

Now I can go on and on about how Eco-Friendly using cloth is, but instead….

Using Disposables:

  1. Sodium polycrylate, and dioxin = Toxic shock syndrome, allergic reaction, damage central nervous system, kidneys and liver.
  2. Consumer Protection Agency has received reports of chemical burns, noxious chemical and insecticide odors, choking on tabs and lining of the diaper.
  3. Babies have a 54% chance of getting diaper rashes, and since families have been choosing disposables more often, the percentage of rashes increased from 7.1% to 61%
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Green Tip Tuesday – New Ideas

Tuesday, January 10th, 2012 by by

don’t know where I saw it or read it, but I remember seeing that there are now a lot more companies that use or recycle their “trash” into something useful, and I think that is awesome and they should get some recognition. Anyways, I wanted to share with you some tips that I saw/read somewhere about something new you can do this year!

  1. Cleaning with Baking Soda… pots, pans, shoes, cabinets and MORE!
  2. Add LEMON to sterilize.
  3. Save all the wrapping paper to use as packing paper!
  4. Donate some of your holiday decorations – lots of Green used throughout the year.
  5. If you aren’t going to finish the LEFTOVERS, donate those too!
  6. Have too much candy? Make a candy pie!
  7. Clean your broom & steam clean your floors too, helps you breathe easier.
  8. Use a Cloth Diaper (or gift) twice a day.
  9. Ask your local store to carry Cloth Diapers (gDiapers).
  10. Make birthday gifts this year, instead of buying gifts!

Green Tip Tuesday – Sock Puppets

Tuesday, December 6th, 2011 by by

Who has a bag of unmatched socks?!

Waiting for all the “MEs” to stop……….

Okay, well, why do you still have that bag?! Get crafty & RE-USE! Here are a few tips on what you can do with those socks:

  1. DON’T THROW THEM AWAY!
  2. Mark an “X” (sew an “X”) and use those for cleaning, dusting and picking up messes
  3. Give them to your kids! Super fun. Sew two small torn brown socks to the sides to make puppy puppets!
  4. Slip them onto the side of your dust broom and spray your own cleaning spray onto them for quick cleaning
  5. Recycle the socks by wearing mis-matched socks while your home to keep your feet warm. If you have teenager, have them re-style their own socks…
  6. Dye them so that they MATCH again!
  7. Use them to keep breakables from breaking when you store them away (and then tag them, punch a hole in a piece of paper and slip a ribbon through it and tie it at the neck of the sock to keep it closed & labeled!)

I hope you enjoy these tips and get crafty & RE-USE this holiday season.

Green Tip Tuesday – Holidays are Coming

Tuesday, November 22nd, 2011 by by

So, this week we’ve been cleaning! Holidays are coming up, and one of my pet peeves is that darn cleaning smell! I hate that chemical smell, and I just hate it when I walk into someones house and smell Clorox or other cleaning products.

We clean with soap and water. My girls are actually cleaning the windows right now with just a damp face towel, and my 7 year old has a bit of soap in it. We clean the floors with a steam mop with warm water and vinegar, which we can add tea tree oil or some lemon for a fresh scent instead of the chemical smell.

So if you need to do some cleaning this week just use soap and water!

And enjoy the upcoming holidays!

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CTWW – Woof Woof

Wednesday, October 26th, 2011 by by

Change The World Wednesday is hosted by Reduce Footprints, an awesome blog that I came across through the Green Blog Hop and jumped right into the challenge. I plan to participate every week and hope to inspire and spread the word so that others can participate as well. If you participate, just leave a comment on the current challenge and you will get featured on the following weeks challenge. You can learn all about it HERE!

We completed last weeks challenge, all of our lights are CFL’s! We called our electric company about the power surges, and they said they can’t do anything about it. It just depends on the usage in our area. They said they occasionally run tests but don’t know what we could do about our lights burning out. I asked to talk to a supervisor, because I think that wasn’t a good enough answer…. I got put on hold and then heard a dial tone. I’m going to have hubs call to see what they tell him.

This Week’s Challenge:

This week’s challenge comes from Jennifer. I think it’s going to be a fun challenge! Here you go:

This week, find one way to lower the environmental impact of your pet.
OR …
If you don’t have a pet, suggest ways that we can protect wild animals.
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I have never really thought about how we can go “green” with our pup. But after doing some research, here are some things I found and some may consider. (more…)

Green Tip Tuesday – Cover

Tuesday, October 18th, 2011 by by

Today this green tip comes from grandma and me! She loves to cover her tables with a home-made embroidered table cloth! It is still very popular in our area! What was the last embroidered thing you saw or own?

My idea is to put a new hippy twist on it. I just started mine today! Grab your favorite or scraps of used material to make your own personalized table covering. I’m going to make mine with some fall/winter colors to cover our small side table that we sometimes use to give the girls snacks on after school.

It’s a great way to get rid of those scraps instead of throwing them in the garbage!

What do you think?

Change the World Wednesday

Wednesday, October 12th, 2011 by by


Change The World Wednesday is hosted by Reduce Footprints, an awesome blog that I came across through the Green Blog Hop and jumped right into the challenge. I plan to participate every week and hope to inspire and spread the word so that others can participate as well. If you participate, just leave a comment on the current challenge and you will get featured on the following weeks challenge. You can learn all about it HERE!

Last weeks challenge was to WALK! And Walk we did… we got sooo tired over the weekend, it wasn’t funny. Haha. So it was hubs birthday weekend, and we visited our local college and walked and walked during their science celebration called HESTEC. It was so interesting, and we all learned something new and also got to see the famous annual Magic Show that the students put on. We had a blast.

I hope ya’ll enjoyed some RAYS while you did some walking last week. Our weather was perfect. We had some rain on Saturday afternoon, but it cleared up just in time for the festivities.

This Week’s Challenge:

This week’s challenge comes from Jen:


Halloween is coming up so … this week consider the environmental impact of the treats we give out and offer suggestions for better alternatives. Let’s expand on Jen’s idea and include parties, costumes, etc.
OR …

If you don’t celebrate Halloween, please offer us some ideas for Eco-friendly snacks and entertaining.
Are you up for this challenge? I know that you are! Thanks to Jen for the idea!!

Ready for our mantra? Here we go … (more…)

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Change the World Wednesday

Wednesday, September 28th, 2011 by by

Change The World Wednesday is hosted by Reduce Footprints, an awesome blog that I came across through the Green Blog Hop and jumped right into the challenge. I plan to participate every week and hope to inspire and spread the word so that others can participate as well. If you participate, just leave a comment on the current challenge and you will get featured on the following weeks challenge. You can learn all about it HERE!

Let’s jump right into this week’s challenge:

Refrigerators use a lot of energy. We can minimize their impact by making sure they operate efficiently. So this week let’s do a little refrigerator maintenance. Here you go:

Check that your refrigerator is level – the door should automatically swing shut instead of staying open. Check the seal on the door – try closing it on a piece of paper. If you can pull the paper out easily, it’s time to replace the gaskets. Check the back of your refrigerator to be sure that it’s clean – vacuum coils if you have them to ensure that the compressor runs efficiently. How full is your refrigerator? Be sure that it isn’t too full; allow room for cool air to circulate, which will keep everything at the right temperature.

Or …

If you are already diligent at keeping your refrigerator in tip-top condition, please tell us about another electrical device that could run more efficiently with a little “TLC.”

Until next time…

WE’RE CHANGING THE WORLD … ONE CHALLENGE AT A TIME!

Join in and share tips, pics, posts on the weekly CTWW post HERE!

Green Tip Tuesday – Newspapers

Tuesday, September 20th, 2011 by by

The couponing world has taken flight, and everyone now knows how much you can save by using coupons. But how many actually read the paper?? I DO! But what do you do with all the leftover paper, ads, and coupon trash??

My grandpa recycles them about twice a month. He’s an avid newspaper reader. What most people don’t know is that most recycle banks can’t or won’t recycle the “shiny” coupon paper, so I help out and take out the coupons & ads for him!

Coupon paper is great for mail packages! I keep a bin full of the extra clippings from my coupon inserts and store ads, and right before the holidays I go and make “silly string” out of them. I just roll them or fold them up and cut them in slices, or sometimes use a hole punch. It’s not just great for the holidays… In all most all my packages, I use them as fillers and for extra protection as well.

So think about this next time you read your paper, and call to ask if you can recycle the coupon inserts and ads.

Happy Tuesday!

Green Tip Tuesday – HAB

Tuesday, June 14th, 2011 by by


Good afternoon…. this week I got some samples in the mail from Garnier Fuctis. I don’t use this kinda of shampoo but then I kept on reading about their new initiative, “Pure Clean.” They have joined up with TerraCycle, which I support (turn trash into new things) and thought I’d let ya’ll know and see what you thought?

Would you pay more money for an item that will be recycled and turned into a new product (sold again)? Me? I really wouldn’t, but I thought about it and I have bought “Green Toys.” Which are also made of recycled items. And there are some pretty good (more…)

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