On green ness.

I suppose I should begin by sharing my desire to adapt a "greener" lifestyle. I think that if we all set an example for our children to make choices that will help to preserve the world we live in, we can make great impacts on future generations and their quality of life.

There are some green habits/practices I readily accept and am trying to adapt into my life:
1. I traded in my car for a hybrid car. This made economic sense for me as well, as I was able to reduce my payment and my gas bill.
2. I have replaced household chemicals with biodegradable/environmentally friendly formulas, as they run out. Occasionally the cost is slightly higher, but I think it's worth it. Plus, I feel better about my son's exposure to my cleaning products. One thing to note, there are a few things I have not replaced with green products, for example my laundry pre-treater and my toilet bowl cleaner- as I have not yet found a green version as effective.
3. Whenever possible, we use organic foods. Doing the majority of our shopping at Trader Joe's makes this pretty easy. Many items come in an organic version at a minimally higher cost (if any increase at all) and a lot of items are only in an organic version there- and are priced very reasonably. If you have a Trader Joe's in your area, but have not tried it- please do! Awesome selection, normal stuff + a lot of stuff you won't find anywhere else, and at great prices.
4. I use reuasable grocery bags. (This is the area that gives me trouble though at times, as I frequently forget to throw them in the car! Argh!)
5. We recycle. Our recycle bin fills up much faster than our trash. I've started saving the cans and bottles separately, rather than put them in with the curbside pile, so that we can turn them in and get a little money from it.
6. I shop at the local farmer's market when possible, to purchase locally grown produce. (Less transport = less polution + it supports local farmers).

Yesterday, I felt VERY green, as I drove the Prius to turn in the recyclables and then use the money to buy produce at the Farmer's Market which I placed in my reusable bag :-) It felt good!

I guess the point of my posting all of this, is to point out how easy it can be to make a few changes in your life that are large enough to make a positive impact. Readers... how are you "turning green"?

Here is a picture highlighting a few of my finds from yesterday's Vineyard Farmer's Market

4 comments:

  1. I've been hesitant to use switch laundry detergent and dishwashing detergent - have you found ones that work?

    I'm there with you on the grocery bags - we always forget those. ;)

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  2. There are actually three eco-friendly laundry detergents I like:
    1. Costco carries ECOS brand, it is very economical, smells great and works great.
    2. Tide's eco-friendly version cleaned even my son's heavily "soiled" potty training undies and smelled AWESOME. (A little pricey though, but Tide tends to be as a brand, unless you get it on sale)
    3. I am currently testing out Target's UP and Up (generic) eco-friendly detergent, and so far, I am very happy with it, but I'm only three loads in.

    Dishwashing detergent:
    I have heard good things about Method brand, but we had just bought a LARGE container of the Cascade gel packs when I made the decision to go green- tossing them out to replace with a green product, seemed ungreen, so I'm finishing them off first :-)

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  3. i lOVE COSTCO FOR OUR BIG FAMILY! WE USE ALL THERE CLEANING ITEMS AND LOVE THEM. NATALIE YOU MAY WANT TO TRY YOUR OWN GARDEN, WHICH WOULD BE WAY GREEN LOOK INTO PLANTING IN JANUARY OR SO WE PLANTED LATE THIS YEAR NOT THAT GREAT OF A TURN OUT BUT NOW WE KNOW. GOOD LUCK WITH ALL YOUR CHANGES. TRY TO REMEMBER TO PUT YOUR BAGS UNDER THE SEAT IN YOUR CAR RIGHT AFTER YOU ARE DONE USING THEM, LOL!!!!

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  4. I very much want to plant my own garden- it is just going to require some work, and $$$ as we have two dogs who roam the backyard and I can easily picture them devouring anything that grows that is edible (maybe even things that grow that are NOT edible..) so I will need to build some sort of raised bed with a fence around it before I can get started. But it is definitely on my "really want to do it" list! :-) I need to buy more reusable bags. Using them to bring things to potlucks has left me with one insulated one and one regular one, dangit!

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