Mom Central Goes Green

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Since I started making a true effort to be as green as possible almost two years ago, I've found that there are a couple of areas that I really struggle with and one of them came to the front lines today as I was at Costco shopping for school lunch supplies. The struggle I have is between getting the mega portion of something and doling it out in to containers that he'll bring home, or getting the mega pack of single serve items. As this is my first year as a “school mom'” (preschool didn't really count since it wasn't every day and I only had to pack lunch and have to pack lunch and snack) I'm trying to make it as simple as possible for us to find a groove.
Here's a great idea for a gift when you are buying for someone who is known to either have everything, or has no problem going out and buying whatever it is they don't have. Sign them up for a monthly organic club where they will receive a delivery every month of something unique and organic! There are lots of clubs to choose from and each one states whether it is certified USDA organic, or even Fair Trade. You can buy a three, six or 12-month membership depending on how much you want to spend. Here are a few interesting organic monthly clubs I found browsing online. Who knows...you may want to treat yourself to one of these!
In her post last week, Janine talked about choosing organic wines for your next get together with the ladies. I have tried a few really great organic wines, especially since moving back to the Northwest, and I heartily second the motion. Alone the same vine, er line, if you're looking for something affordable and eco-chic, look no further than Bota Box. Boxed wine?
Growing up in Eastern Oregon, you could always count on a lot of windy days and wind that blew against your car and forced it to the side. Or wind that made it pointless to spend too much time on anything but a ponytail. And now wind that is making a statement in the majestic wind farms along all the mountain ridges and in the valley. Their size can be deceiving until you see a semi carrying just a single blade that takes up the full length of the truck.
I enjoy getting out with my girlfriends every once in a while. A little “GNO” (girl's night out) helps me break away from the pressures of work, motherhood, and blog. A GNO with wine is that much better in my book. So I decided to look into buying organic wine for our next get-together, and I was pleasantly surprised.
I am an avid knitter, and I started out the same way that a lot of people do - giant needles using a ball of acrylic yarn to bust out a scarf. After a couple of years, I've learned that it's fun to use really nice yarn, especially if it's for a gift. If you've got the time and space, you can spin your own wool yarn from organic rovings, but it's now easier than ever to purchase yarn that's been created in an eco-friendly way, there are many ways that you can make an environmentally conscious item for your next project.
I had heard about Preserve toothbrushes from a friend – a toothbrush that comes in their own mail-back package so that you can return them to the manufacturer be recycled! Dentists love the idea because they recommend you change your toothbrush every three to four months. (Raise your hand if you only get a new brush during your annual dental check-up). And we eco-friendly folk love it simply because they have made it easy for us.
Chances are if you are reading this site, you are already buying some form of organic food and cleaners. Those are the first two areas most people test when they opt for a greener lifestyle. Strange as it may seem, what we put ON our bodies, like organic lotions is a distant third. Eventually, we start to look at eco-friendly and organic personal products, including feminine care. A quick lesson in pesticides According to the USDA, in 2003 almost 55 million pounds of pesticides were sprayed on cotton fields each year. The World Health Organization has classified many pesticides as “extremely hazardous,” and some have been identified as possible human carcinogens. Not only are pesticides dangerous to your health, they pollute groundwater and soil.
What's old is new again when you take something such as the wood from an old barn and turn it into a functional and beautiful piece of furniture that will most likely be one-of-a-kind. I love scouring etsy and eBay for hardware that has been taken from old cabinets or windows that have been removed from homes before they were gutted with so many ideas of how those things could take shape as a key rack in the front entry or a funky stained glass window separating a pass-through as my friend did with hers.
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