About Gretchen Covine & her Blog
Gretchen is a winner of Top 25 Eco-Friendly Moms
What inspired you to start blogging?
Observing the toll that lifestyles based upon consumerism are having on our environment, our health, our families, our society, and our happiness, led me and my family to pursue a more sustainable and balanced lifestyle. We hope that speaking about our experiences helps generate awareness and appreciation as well as offer support to others seeking their own more sustainable lifestyle.
What are 3 things you can teach other moms to make their lives more eco-friendly?
1. How to balance your life so that you can enjoy yourself more.
2. How to work with Mother Nature to create a more rewarding, sustainable, productive home
3. How to raise children that are well balanced, attuned with nature, accustomed to maximizing the resources and skills they have, and better prepared to be global citizens.
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What's an easy, eco-friendly habit that could help families save money?
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We save money and reduce our environmental impact with this one question… “Can I EASILY accomplish the same thing with less waste, expense and/or processing and transportation?”
Take something as simple as popcorn for example. Popcorn is a popular snack in our home. Once I started making and throwing away a bag or two of microwave popcorn a day I tried making it myself from kernels. I remembered my parents making it in a pan over the stovetop with a little oil. So I bought a bag of popcorn seeds which will last me usually at least a month or more for under $2.00. Throw in a shaker of popcorn seasonings and for the same price as box of microwave popcorn (which would be gone in less than a week) we had a month’s worth or more of popcorn supplies. Popping the corn did not take any more time or inconvenience as sitting watching a bag or two of popcorn in the microwave. So now we enjoy the same snack with much less waste, expense, and processing. Not to mention it is healthier too.
This same equation can be applied to just about everything. It goes way beyond the kitchen …
• Household cleaners – baking soda and vinegar can tackle most of what you use chemicals to clean. Even if you still want to occasionally clean with chemicals substituting vinegar and water a couple of cleaning a month will reduce environmental impact and expense.
• Egg trays for seedling trays.
• The library for books, movies, magazines and eBooks instead of the bookstore.
• Plugging in entertainment center equipment into power strips that can be turned off when not in use or leaving the house with one switch.
• Programming your thermostat to be warmer or cooler when no one is home.
• Reusing glass and plastic containers that come with your groceries.
• Buying second-hand. One second-hand big ticket purchase alone can save your household thousands of dollars and reduce environmental impact.
• Grouping your errand running by locations to save time and gas.
• When you are grocery shopping purchase a couple of easy dinner items so you can skip takeout the next time you are short on time or energy.
I could go on and on, but you get the picture. If you are short on time or inclination start with just one simple change and when you see how easy it is to save money and reduce your environmental footprint without additional inconvenience or diminishing your quality of life you will want to do more. Pick a starting place that will give you the most personal satisfaction and go from there.