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recycle
My family recently moved into a new home, and for the past few weeks I’ve heard my dad say the same saying over and over - Recycling takes a beating during a move. Recycling takes a beating during rebuilding. Recycling takes a beating after a party. I kept thinking these are the most important moments when recycling should not “take a beating.” During our move, so many things were being thrown away. I would cringe to see things go straight into the trash when they could be recycled. It’s the day-to-day recycling is what’s easy. When people get lazy, and have to put more effort into recycling, so much gets wasted. I couldn’t understand how my parents could feel PL about throwing away trash bags of plastic, paper, and cans. I felt I needed to open their eyes so they were seeing not just their own future, but their children’s and their future grandchildren’s. So how did I try to correct this dangerous habit? I gave my parents two suggestions:
Starbucks cold cup
Anonymous
I’ve been seeing them around town. You know, those Starbucks reusable iced coffee cups. I was curious. I mean, I love the Starbucks brand and carrying one of those around might boost my cool factor by 1%, but do they really work? I was determined to find out, there is nothing worse than a hot summer day turning your iced coffee into watery yuck.   So I shelled out the $12.95 at my local Starbucks for the grande size version and ordered an iced coffee. I was impressed by the vessel’s ability to keep my beverage cold. I had been double-cupping my iced coffee on especially hot days for insulation. I agree it was wasteful, which was why I was open to this alternative. It’s also been a great help in keeping me hydrated. I feel a little bit more sophisticated drinking my water with ice and a straw. While I love my stainless steel water bottle, I feel a little more, I don’t know, chic using this reusable cold cup.  
When it comes to food, staying organic can be as simple as checking the label, but what about fashion? Keeping your carbon footprint in mind can be difficult when a 50% clearance sale is going on! Here are just a few tips to feel a little better when it comes to fashion and staying green. Donate your clothes: I know it’s hard to give away that shirt you bought because it goes so great with those shoes you swear you’ll find around your place somewhere, but there may be someone out there who will need and wear it more. Try giving away some clothes every season instead of throwing them away or letting them go to waste in the back of your closet. You’d be helping someone and need and keeping the environment from collecting thrown out, inorganic clothes. Clothes too torn to donate? Try turning them into rags for cleaning around the house!
go green
If you’re anything like me, you like the idea of being green more than you actually practice being green. I try to recycle as much as I can, I use power strips, and I wash my laundry in cold water, but that’s about it. I’m a little embarrassed to say that I love my 20-minute showers and often forget to turn the lights off when I leave a room. I love the idea of being greener, but since I have no idea what is green and why, I could use some help.
mom goes green
Anonymous
Since many of us moms rely on word-of-mouth for advice and recommendations on a variety of things, I thought I’d reach out to my mom network for just that. This week I have gathered thoughts from my fellow new moms to ask them how they have “greened” their life since baby. I received many valuable tips just proving that my mom friends rock. Tricia told me: I found that I was using was WAY too many paper towels - cleaning up spills, cleaning the high chair, wiping Kylie's hands and face after meals etc. So I bought a bunch of cheap dish towels from Target. I use them instead of the paper towels and just wash them once a week. Saves money, too! I do this too! Keep a steady supply of face clothes right under the high chair to grab for those especially messy moments. Chris wrote:
electrical plugs
Anonymous
We’re all guilty of it. We plug in our phones to charge and then grab it off the charger as we run out the door, not bothering to unplug it from the wall. Or what about our fully charged lap tops that we leave plugged in? These common items, among many others in our homes, suck pricey energy from our homes with their fang like prongs. If we just make a few changes, we can save on our electricity bills as well as reducing pounds of CO2. One of the best ways to reduce your energy usage is to go around your home and unplug appliances that are not in use. There are many items, especially kitchen appliances, which remain plugged in but may not be used frequently. Getting in the habit of plugging in an appliance when you need it and unplugging it when you’re done will eventually feel natural and can save you lots of wasted energy.
Anonymous
When I think baking soda, the only two uses that come to mind are baking and eliminating odors in my refrigerator. Mom Central Consulting is currently working on a campaign for Arm & Hammer Baking Soda for, get this, beauty uses! Not only that, but the addition and use of baking soda is inexpensive and environmentally friendly Did you know that you can easily use baking soda as a facial scrub and body exfoliant? Me neither. For smooth, radiant skin, give yourself a gentle facial and body scrub with baking soda. Make a paste of three parts baking soda to one part water. Rub in a gentle circular motion to exfoliate skin and remove dead skin cells. Rinse clean. Gentle enough for daily use!
family
Anonymous
Radon kills 20,000 Americans each year - it is odorless, colorless, and tasteless. It is everywhere. This month, the EPA and US Surgeon General urge all Americans to protect their health by testing their homes, schools, and other buildings for radon. Exposure to radon is a preventable health risk, and testing radon levels in your home can help prevent unnecessary exposure. If a high radon level is detected in your home, you can take steps to fix the problem to protect yourself and your family. Here are four things you can do during National Radon Action Month provided by EPA.gov:
Snow Wovel
Anonymous
As more and more snow falls this winter, we tend to forget about being green and focus on the white – getting rid of it, that is. We plow, throw down salt, and break our backs shoveling just to get out onto the treacherous snow and ice covered roads, moving at a snail’s pace. There are, however, ways to make the winter months easier on us as well as the environment. Alternatives to the snow blower While no one enjoys shoveling, snow blowing is detrimental to the environment. Its gas consumption and pollution do more harm than good so if you can, shovel to remove snow. One alternative to the snow blower is the Sno Wovel. The Wovel is a shovel on a wheel and is said to perform equally or better than a snow blower, with zero carbon footprint. After you shovel, use sand instead of salt to keep from slipping on ice. Salt contains cyanide and can pollute vegetation and water supplies. Sand is equally effective at reducing slippage and is less damaging to the surrounding areas, but it can still do harm to storm drains if too much is used.