Sunday, June 14, 2009

Go Green

Everywhere you look you hear and see people "going green". I'm no activist and I'm more than sure that there is much more I could do to help the environment but I thought I would share what we do in our home...

Of course we recycle. Most cities provide you with a recycling trash can that is picked up on regular trash days and with two kids we fill that thing up every week!
I always have a shopping bag hanging in our laundry room that I put our recyclables in and then when it's full we empty it into the large city provided can in the garage.
Do you realize how important it is to properly dispose of batteries and that all rechargeable batteries are recyclable? Click HERE and HERE to find out more or click on the images.

Have you taken the time to look up the active ingredients in your household cleaners? OMG! I don't want my kids coming in contact with any of that! I purchase the Babyganics at

I admit it... I am not going to give up Pampers BUT I am did switch the wipes. I am in love with Earth's Best Chlorine Free Wipes. They are better than Pamper & Huggies and are much gentler on my baby boy's bottom!

I also insist on organic foods and milk for our boys. It is crazy the amount of hormones and pesticides used in farming! Earth's Best is easily available in most grocery stores but I order it with our diapers and wipes on Horizon milk is YUMMY! We all can tell the difference between organic and non organic and Devin clearly prefers the organic.

An ENERGY STAR qualified compact fluorescent light bulb (CFL) will save about $30 over its lifetime and pay for itself in about 6 months. It uses 75 percent less energy and lasts about 10 times longer than an incandescent bulb. Click HERE for more info on ENERGY STAR products.

Using washcloths, scrubber and hand towels in place of using costly and wasteful paper towels and disposable sponges.

Plastic bags are a constant! They are cheap to produce so retailers keep using them. So you can use your own reusable bags or save a few to use as small trash can liners, lunch bags, etc.

Collect them to take to a recycling center...

... and our Diaper Champ diaper pale takes grocery bags instead of having to buy special bags or kitchen trash bags.

Purchase refills instead of small containers that you have to buy again and again. Cuts down on waste and is cost efficient.

If you bag the yard clippings you can purchase "yard bags" at any home improvement store instead of putting them in garbage bags. These will allow the yard "trash" to decompose.
And this is the "funest" way to be GREEN. RE PURPOSE!

I bought this table at a garage sale for $20. It didn't look so great when I brought it home but some white spray paint did it wonders!

So before you buy new or throw something in the garbage and let it take up space in a landfill somewhere...

check out other avenues to

find "trashy treasures"

...and ways to get rid of junk and get a tax deduction. You never know who might think your trash is a treasure!


HD said...

i was just lecturing my hubby about recycling about 2 minutes ago. he had the regular trash can open and was going to put his dp can inside it. i quickly scolded him and told him to recycle; it's our grandkids future he's messing with!
i so enjoyed meeting you last night! your kiddos are precious:)

Christine said...

Good tips here...I need to do a better job in this area.

debra said...

Great post! I am always looking for new ideas that I may have missed. We also only do organic milk here. Most other things are negotiable (ie. price matters) but milk is not. I hope it will pay off in the long run. But I feel better about it.

I hope your foot feels better.