Bernadette - posted on 12/02/2009
For us, "green" is more about quality of life. It's using our resources (including our $$) in the most responsible way. Using non-toxic cleaners, recycling, changing lightbulbs to CFLs, & programming the thermostat - all easy. Composting, buying local & organic as possible, and cutting down on packaging when shopping take a little more effort.
Do what you can, what you're comfortable with.
Sharon - posted on 12/01/2009
I have to say I drew the line at cloth diapers.
I wanted to, I really really wanted to be proactive and use cloth diapers and they had the cutest covers and all. But I my water didn't get hot enough to sterilise unless I used my dishwasher and that just wasn't happening & diaper services were a fortune. I wouldn't have saved any money at all.
Considering how I try to cut down my carbon footprint in other areas, I feel justified in the disposable diapers we did use. And puppy pads....
Martha - posted on 12/01/2009
I think that every little bit counts - individuals can make a difference if there are enough of us. I use cloth diapers, buy my vegetables at the farmers' market, hang my laundry to dry, use environmentally-friendly cleaning products, recycle/reuse... I've been doing it for years and it's not any more difficult than not being green.
Heidi - posted on 12/01/2009
I just recently started but mostly for health reasons for my own family and love telling and helping people mostly my family through my blog. modern-green.blogspot.com I do recycle and use cloth diapers which definitely helps the environment but also saves on my wallet.
Nicole - posted on 12/01/2009
I totally agree with you, Anna, except I do feel that every individual makes a difference. It doesn't matter that walking to work leaves more gas for other people; what matters it what *you* are doing for your own peace of mind. If you walk instead of drive, maybe that would influence one or two other people, who would influence one or two other people each, and so on and so forth.
Legislation and government changes will make a huge difference, but it will take time, and in the meanwhile we need to do what we can as individuals.
Each and every person's positive actions can help.
Sharolett - posted on 12/01/2009
I went green a few years ago also. We do alot of walking and recycling. My kids love it to! I made a game to show what goes where! I use only green products. Like one of the ladies said before it doesn't seem like alot but you would be surprised at how much it helps.
Anna - posted on 12/01/2009
I have given up meat and dairy products, try to avoid buying new things when I can get something 2nd hand/recycled. I use cloth diapers, grow my own veges, recycle. But the truth is, buying "green" products at the supermarket doesn't make any difference. If you walk to work instead of driving, that just leaves more gas for someone else to waste. It's too far gone to stop climate change by making individual changes. We have to start getting the message to our political leaders that we want to make serious plans for saving the planet - it means creating strong regulations for industry and producing less junk that we don't really need. It also means getting together with your local community and preparing for some major changes in the world because with the growing shortages of food, water and other basic resources, we should expect a lot more war and oppressive governments.
Jodi - posted on 12/01/2009
Ladies, in responding to the OP, please do NOT promote your own products or businesses in this thread. If this continues (given the number of posts I have had to delete), I will have to lock the thread. Business promotion, solicitation and advertising is not tolerated.
Edited to Add: This INCLUDES anyone posting how they know where to get products, please email me on "...." or send me a PM. This is ALSO considered solicitation. When will people learn??
Stina - posted on 12/01/2009
We've been using cloth napkins since we got married. I also make my own cleaners- for cost cutting more than anything else... but we compost, recycle, energy efficient light bulbs, using public transportation and walking instead of using the car for everything etc. It's just a way of life- I don't think of it as going green or being green. We just do it because it makes sense to waste less.
Gabriella - posted on 12/01/2009
I have green for years and it's not a problem for me. I use green cleaning products, car cleaning products, fluorescent bulbs, recycle, you name it. I even teach the kids to separate the recycling and show them how not to be wasteful. Once it becomes a part of your life, it's really easy. Once your kids learn and practice it, it's part of their routine for life. I buy fruits and vegetables in season (farmer's markets are great) and I find ways to make little changes each day. I walk to stores that are 2 miles or less away. I walk with the kids as well, it's great exercise for them.
Really, you can look at the things that you do and the small things that you can do to save energy and the environment. There are tons of websites out there that give ideas. Every little bit helps and if each of us does even a little, we can do a lot to salvage a world for our future generations to enjoy.
Sharon - posted on 12/01/2009
Eh - I dunno. I've got all these ducks outside and let me tell you they are raising some serious emissions. The rabbits aren't helping either and they don't produce ANYTHING but poop and stinky pee.
I do use mostly earth safe stuff to clean the house. Not out of overwhelming concern for the earth but mostly because its simple & cheap to use, gentle on my appliances and I don't have to worry that I grabbed the wrong bottle and its going to eat the finish off my stove or anything.
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