Monday, May 4, 2009

Green Moms!

The first time I heard about people "going green" I figured it was just another Hollywood fad, and it would pass. I now realize that it's more than just a trend, it's an effort to better the world we are giving to our kids. So what, now I have to change my whole lifestyle, or something? NO! Transitioning into a greener mom can be easy. You don't have to make drastic changes. (But you can if you want!) It is important to remember that making changes to your lifestyle shouldn't stress you or your budget. There are many ways to live greener without spending a fortune, in fact, most of my tips will save you money. I know I personally can't afford solar panels on my house!

Simple Steps to Greener Living

Be Garbage Conscious!
Separate what you throw away into recyclable, compost, consumable and toxic. Call your local garbage service and find out what to do with toxic waste such as paint, paint thinner, car oil, etc. Recycle and reuse when possible. Buy in bulk to minimize excess packaging.

Shop Greener-Remember, Less Waste=Less Cost!
Next time you go shopping for the usual household items, swap out what you normally use for more eco friendly products where possible. For example, buy
  • rechargeable batteries
  • mesh coffee filters as apposed to disposable
  • Use organic household cleaners
  • Energy saving light bulbs, like Energy Smart and SLI Lighting
  • Recyclable and refillable office supplies, like refillable ink cartridges, HP Office Recycled Paper, Paper Mate Earth Write recycled pencils,
  • DON'T BUY BOTTLED WATER! Get a brita filter or something! Bottled water creates SO much unnecessary waste!

Use Reusable Shopping Bags/Totes
Make it fun and fashionable! There are lots of cute and eco friendly totes, that you can use over and over, wash if they get dirty and even have your logo embroidered on.

Drink "Certified" Coffee
Certified coffee is coffee grown under a certain code of conduct, such as the UTZ certified code. This Code is an internationally recognized set of criteria for professional coffee growing, which includes socially and environmentally appropriate coffee growing practices, and efficient farm management...In other words, it's good for the environment and the coffee growers industry.

Recycle Digital rechargeables
Find a nearby store that will recycle your digital batteries for you; just go to and type in your zip code. These batteries include cell phone, camcorder, digi cam, etc. In some states it is even ILLEGAL to throw these batteries away. (I know, I didn't know that either!) These states include: Florida, Iowa, Maine, Maryland, Minnesota, New Jersey, and Vermont

Use Organic Fertilizer
Many traditional fertilizers are made out of petroleum products and are being phased out by legislation due to concerns that they're causing health problems.Companies such as AgraQuest have devised biopesticides, which kill fungi and other material with bacteria that's not harmful to humans. Meanwhile, Novazone has created a system for farmers that kills pests with ozone. Although conventional food processors use this type of technology too, it's more prevalent in the organic world.

Adjust fridge and freezer temps
Refrigerators eat up the most electricity in the household. Maximize efficiency by keeping the fridge at 37°F. and the freezer at 0°F.

Have Plants in the Home

Having houseplants is great for many reasons! They can be purchased to match any decor, they can be beneficial to your health, they can aid in teaching kids responsibility, they can create a more relaxed, serene environment and create an overall more pleasant feel in your home. We all know that plants provide us the oxygen we need to breath, but did you know that plants also absorb pollutants from the air,(besides the carbon dioxide that we exhale) such as smoke and chemical fumes given off by plastics, hygiene products, and office machinery. Of course you can buy air purifying machine to do the same thing, but then you're using energy that could be saved by using house plants instead. Besides, plants are more attractive. One study suggested that students study more effectively in classrooms that had houseplants in them. The calming effect the plants had helped them to concentrate.

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Green Cooking/Eating

Golden Moon Tea-This is a great site for fine tea and exotic tea. Drinking tea is a great way to live a healthier lifestyle.
  • Grow an Herb Garden
  • Grill Corn in the Husk- Instead of stripping off the green leaves, soak the ear whole, then place it right on the barbecue-no aluminum foil required.
  • Avoid drive-through windows-Not only will this save your heart, but you will be saving the environment by avoiding unnecessary fuel emissions in to the ozone.
  • Use reusable coffee filters