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gDiaper care and laundering Many cloth diapering sites recommend washing diapers with vinegar to remove soap buildup. However, if you use vinegar to wash waterproof materials, you'll ruin it's waterproof properties. I had to replace some of my nylon liners for this reason. Other than that, care for the gDiapers is really simple. I washed them with a cloth diapersafe detergent (less than usual since I have an HE machine) and then line dried the plastic inners. I machine dried the cloth prefolds I was using, only because I didn't have enough to wait for them to line dry. (With microfleece inserts like gCloth, it would take quite a while for all of the moisture to evaporate.) An occasional machine dry of the nylon liners is recommended in order to “reset” the elastic at the legs. If there were issues with a pooh diaper staining the white nylon snap-in liner, being laid out on a sunny day made the stain disappear. Ah, the healing powers of the sun!
This year's BlogHer conference definitely had a greener feel to it. Not only did the conference organizers take steps to be green, many of the vendors and brands were showing their greener side. Scotch-Brite was one of these companies. Scotch-Brite collects green tips At the Scotch-Brite booth, they asked bloggers to share green cleaning tips on video. I received a link to all the videos and was able to locate the video with me in it!
As the first weeks of school wrap up, it's inevitable that the first colds of the year are already making their way through our house. While I'm not hesitant at all about using Motrin or Tylenol for teething pain or fevers, I shy away from giving my five year-old cold medicine since the four major cough and cold ingredients are no longer approved for children under four due to accidental over-doses. Additionally, the American Academy of Pediatrics has made statements that they're largely ineffective in treating the symptoms of colds in children under the age of six.
The other day my neighbor and I were discussing the current hurricane season and her recent trip to Bermuda. She was fascinated to learn that the island has basically no public water system and thus, has perfected a method to build very strong roofs that also collect water. It turns out, the little island of Bermuda has made big progress in harvesting rain water and has even written the practice into law! Collecting water a fact of life According to the US Consulate in Bermuda,
Today I put my kindergartner on the bus for the first time. I struggled with whether or not to let him ride as opposed to driving him, because we live just 2.3 miles from the school. Any child who lives more than one mile from the school is eligible to ride. Plus my son really, really wants to ride the bus to school. However, the deciding factor was when I realized that school pick-up time would be smack in the middle of my younger son’s nap. Every. Single. Day. There was no way I was going to make my life miserable by eliminating his afternoon nap at the tender age of two! So it was decided - my big boy would be a bus boy.
Many of us who dabble in greener living consider the environment first, and our wallet second. Sometimes we have to spend a little money to invest in a cleaner future. The smart people at Practecol want you to remember that eventually, this investment will pay off in savings. Everything but lighting Practecol took a cue from the movement to switch to CFL bulbs and noticed how quickly people joined in. However, light bulbs only cover 11% of a typical household energy spend. If they were to develop a line of “Sustainable Solutions,” the products would need to be easy to use, easy to install, and address the other 89% of our home's energy use.
With the recent scare over salmonella and the recall of millions of eggs, it's made me take yet another look at how I purchase the food for my family. When I started researching what local farms sold eggs, I found a number from which I could buy and also some information I hadn't thought about. Namely, there was the suggestion that supermarket eggs are less nutritious than those laid by hens that are allowed to peck in a pasture and do other things chickens do. The Mother Earth News study
What do you have lying around the house that might be made into something else? For Anthony Regole, he had a collection of old hockey sticks. He also has quite a story. According to Anthony, “It all started when I was a freshman in high school and one of my projects for English class was an assignment to do something you have always wanted to do but you never followed through with doing it.” Anthony's father was a trim carpenter and he had always had big dreams of building something original all his own. He had heard of other people building chairs with hockey sticks. Anthony decided to try building an Adirondack chair with his used hockey sticks. He received an A.
Last week I stepped into a little eco-boutique in a small New England town and saw a display of beautiful colored circles. Upon close inspection I realized it was a collection known as Smart Glass Jewelry. Each piece is handmade from recycled glass bottles of every color, plus sterling silver or gold fill. Glass jewelry is an art I decided to look up the artist, Kathleen Plate, and found out she was a stained glass artist who had learned the skill from working with her mother. While in graduate school, Kathleen was in need of a gift for a friend so she decided to make a pair of earrings from stained glass. The gift was a hit with her friends and later with festivals and the collection took off when Aveda placed an order after seeing a necklace made from their own glass bottles.
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