Do you find that being "green" is less affordable?
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Jennifer - posted on 10/22/2010
the dirty dozen is a list of 12 kinds of fruit and veggies that have the highest pesticide amount, and it is recommended that you buy them organic
here is the 2010 list:
7. bell peppers
12. imported grapes
then there is the "clean 15" list that is fine to buy non organic:
3. sweet corn
6. sweet peas
14. sweet potato
15. honeydew melon
Richelle - posted on 10/21/2010
It depends. You can be green by walking instead of driving, by hanging your laundry outside to dry, by not flushing the toilet if it's just pee, (some people have no clean water to drink and here we are using ours to flush away a little bit of pee!) by using cloth diapers (yep they are expensive upfront but cost less in the long run) and buying local. You don't necessarily have to buy organic - but try to buy local. It benefits your community and there's less chemicals polluting the planet because it wasn't hauled in a truck all the way from Timbuktu.
Vicki - posted on 10/05/2010
Depends what you mean by being green. You could buy expensive green cleaning products or use bicarb, vinegar and eucalyptus oil. You can buy every organic baby product or just use water to wash your baby and a bit of olive oil sometimes. Eco disposables are expensive, cloth nappies are cheaper, old fashioned terry nappies cheaper still. A hybrid car is expensive, a bicycle is cheap! Healthy fresh local food is sometimes more expensive than processed crapola, but cheaper in the long run as you will be healthier. Depends on what choices you make.
Jennifer - posted on 10/05/2010
with a lot of things "green" and organic is more expensive. we have a limited income, so we pick and chose what is most important to us. organic cow's milk (when we buy milk), organic meat (i'm veggie but my husband eats meat from time to time), we avoid the "dirty dozen."
our biggest contribution to "going green" is that we use cloth diapers now, which saves us a LOT of money. from birth to potty training, you can save around $1500 compared to disposables! better for the environment, better for baby, better for the pocket book.
being green doesn't depend on what you buy...even the most limited of incomes can make a positive impact...a great way to be green is reuse whatever you can, and remember to recycle!
Being green even a little bit isn't that hard. We recycle everything we can which cut our trash down to 1 bag per week for 6 people which is amazing. 2 of us have currently gone on a complete diet change so we have less throw away trash as well. We have designated a section of our garden for a compost pile and that takes care of a lot of out food waste. We keep the lights off during the day except in the schoolroom and we don't turn on the A/C or furnace unless we have to. We have a "paper box" for all of our paper trash and when the kids want to craft or color they find something out of the paper box to use. We free-cycle and recycle when and where possible. We aren't green freaks but we know that we are teaching our children to be as kind as they can to mother earth and to do as much as they can to keep her healthy.
Amy - posted on 07/19/2011
we grow/raise/hunt. I just canned 19 quarts of green beans. we'll freeze corn. broccoli's coming on. Hunting season almost here.. Food we save lots of money on. reuse the glass mason jars obviously. Did I rip out all the carpet in my house for the sake of being green - no way. that kind of stuff i can't afford.
clothes line - i can get laundry done SO much faster. Dryer takes forever and double the time that it takes on a summer day to line dry. I do cloth diapers - but not always. rinsing them in public places or at friends' houses isn't my fave thing.
For cleaning supplies, there isn't much good ole vinegar, soap, baking soda..those kinds of things. not much they can't clean. Even made own granite cleaner with rubbing alcohol, dawn dish soap and water.
i do like method products. Only thing I'm really not green about is using dishwasher. yeah, it says energy efficient, but....i use it a lot. i just dont have time with gardening/canning, and cutting/stacking firewood to also do dishes by hand. With three kids? heck, I'd NEVER sleep!
Katrina - posted on 07/18/2011
I have actually been forced to become more green to cut expenses. I buy Melaleuca products because they are concentrate & a better value than anything else. I now carpool everytime I go to the store. We don't run the ac as much to save electricity. I buy discounted food as much as possible. Most of our clothes are gently worn. I tried growing my own veggies, but I have a black thumb. I never realized it, but my parents were green before it was a household word.
Recycling costs nothing, but buying organic food, energy saving light bulbs etc. do. Unfortunately here in the UK normal lightbulbs are not allowed to be sold anymore but luckily lots of places sell the standard ones cheap enough and they last longer.
Jennifer - posted on 10/29/2010
nikki, cloth diapers really are a lot easier than most people think. we use modern cloth diapers...they have velcro and operate exactly the same as a disposable...no pins, no plastic pants. its only one extra load of laundry every 2 days. we even installed a sprayer onto our toilet (its like a sprayer on your kitchen sink) to make messy diapers super easy to deal with. cloth isn't for everyone, but a lot of people have the old school cloth diaper image in their head but cloth diapers have come a lllooooooong way :)
Nikki - posted on 10/29/2010
It's really hard! We tried the e-diapers and they did not work well for me but I refuse to use cloth diapers! And organic food is more expensive. To help we recycle everything we can and use energy wisely! It sucks it's SO expensive to help the environment!
Jennifer - posted on 10/26/2010
For cleaning supplies - I use Melaleuca and Quixtar and I love them! We get all our other food from Aldi's or Walmart. My kids love the food from both places. So, yes, we do save $$$ and all our cleaning supplies are GREEN or healthy for you to be around.
Kelly - posted on 10/25/2010
I find that using green cleaning products can be more affordable. For instance, I use Sensaria's Citrus Cleaner, which is a multipurpose cleaner that is hands-down the cheapest in the long run. It would cost hundreds to use similar "green" products off the store shelf.
I find that eating healthy is expensive in itself, so paying a little extra for "green" groceries is sometimes not that bad.If you can afford to buy organic, do.
Tania - posted on 10/23/2010
I'd say it depends. I've been able to save money...I grow a lot of my own vegetables and fruit. I wash my clothes with soapnuts and hang them to dry when the weather allows. We've used cloth diapers from day one, breast fed only and made our own baby food. I adjust my thermostat up to 78 in the summer and down to 66 in the winter, and we dress accordingly. Cutting a lemon in half and sprinkling kosher salt on it is a great way to clean the bathroom without harsh chemicals. It may take some research up front, but saving money can go hand-in-hand with being green...really this is just a small sample of how we try to do both. HTH :)
Adriane - posted on 10/23/2010
I pick and choose the things i am "green" with. we recycle and that has made a big difference in what we send to the land fill. I use environmentally friendly cleaning sprays. i buy organic veggies and other foods when they are on sale. If it is something that has a long shelf life then i will stock up on it. I have started buying all my meat local at the butchers shoppe. it does cost more but the difference in taste quality and what you get out of it when it cooks is totally worth it. and they do have deals that make it cheaper sometimes!
Brittany - posted on 10/22/2010
Yes, most definately. So we pick and choose. We use organic when we can. But we are all on limited budgets. So, we use "green" cleaner where the baby plays, but regular cleaner for the toilet. Do your research and figure out the foods that it is most important to buy organic (you can easily find "the dirty dozen" list). It's definately expensive, so pick and choose.
Alexis - posted on 10/22/2010
I just heard a stat on the radio about this yesterday, that to eat healthy and organic (green) it costs about $30 a day. To eat unhealthy it could cost you as little as $3 a day. So yes I would agree with you that being "green" overall is probably far more expensive if just the food aspect is drastically different.
Christine - posted on 10/20/2010
Hell yeah! It's a damn shame, too. This society preaches green, but not to where a lot of people can afford it. I'd be a lot more "green" if I could, but like just about everyone else said with regard to this question, I pick and choose what to go green with.
Tiffany - posted on 10/20/2010
It is a more expensive, but we do as much as we can. We recycle EVERYTHING that we can, we buy organic milk for our daughter and as many organic veggies as we can. We do the same as Jennifer, avoid the 'dirty dozen'. I use 'green' dish liquid and we use laundry detergent that is free and clear....we try as much as we can. We have stopped driving as much, turn off lights when we're not using them, energy saver light bulbs...Any small step helps. =)
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