Posts Tagged by go green
|June 4, 2011||Filled under Get Clean, Shaklee, Uncategorized|
I lived in California over 2o years ago and the lifestyles and awareness about environmental issues were much more advanced than where I had grown up in Georgia. It was there that I first learned about recycling and conservation.
Having lived in many places since…including Okinawa, Japan where water conservation was a necessity, I’ve learned a lot about these topics.
Now, back in a small town in Georgia where it’s quite difficult to recycle and buy organic and so forth, I’ve learned to adapt. I’ve regressed in my own habits and though I still feel a twinge of guilt when I throw plastics in the trash, but I sense a growing change in our community and in the United States.
It seems that rising gas and food prices are forcing us to be more economical.
There are thousands of sites about Going Green on the internet, but this one will be different because it will be my personal experience as a mom who has decided to make a difference by making small changes being green but….not going extreme.
My primary focus is a simple change we can make by changing our household cleaners to a more economical and environmentally friendlier brand like Shaklee’s Get Clean products. This small act alone can reduce waste in the landfills, keep toxic chemicals from our home, and save lots of money in our household budgets!
|April 23, 2011||Filled under Uncategorized|
Today we went as a family to a local Strawberry Patch and picked 10 pounds of strawberries…
Well, they picked and I took pictures…
The Strawberry Patch is located in Meansville, Georgia. I met the owners last year when they were just getting the farm started. I was excited to see on Facebook that their strawberries were ready for picking today. So we headed to the farm.
They don’t spray pesticides on their strawberries so we can eat them right from the field!
Strawberries are very fragile and are one of the most heavily sprayed with pesticides, so buying from someone you trust is a great way to keep your family safe from toxic chemicals.
Only $1.50 pound for naturally grown strawberries!
Going green saves money!
The strawberries are unbelievably sweet and juicy…
The girls just had to make funny faces too!
There were a few sours ones in the bunch! Look at my daughter’s face. That was for real…not posed.
When we got home, I washed and cut them into bite sizes so I could put them in the freezer.
I put some in the refrigerator for us to eat right away.
(I’m looking forward to some fruit smoothies made from the frozen strawberries.)
This was my first time picking strawberries (well..watching) direct from the grower. I hope to continue this tradition. I like supporting my local economy.
This is an easy way to go green and to keep your family healthy.
Do you buy your produce direct from the farmers in your area?
Become a fan of The Strawberry Patch!
*Greener Cleaning Moms received no compensation or free product from The Strawberry Patch and these opinions are my own.
|February 15, 2011||Filled under Get Clean|
The new “green” is about using products that are safer for your family and the community in which you live. Becoming a greener mom is not a political movement. It is a personal health issue for you and your family.
So here are 10 Reasons you should consider becoming a Greener Cleaning Mom. Notice, I said green-er. This is about making small changes to how we clean our homes so we can keep our family safer and healthier.
Did you know?
1. 90% of all poison exposures occur at home
2. 90% of our time is spent indoors. EPA
reports that air pollution is up to five
times higher inside than outside
3. Indoor pollutants come from all sorts of
chemicals we use to make our lives
easier every day—paints, carpets,
furniture, household cleaners, personal
care, among others
4. EPA studies indicate that elevated
concentration of household chemicals
persist in the air. Long-term exposure to
chemicals inside our homes may be
harmful to us and our families
5. Some 20 million Americans have
6. An average of one out of every 13
school-aged children has asthma
7. Asthma rates in children under age five
have increased more than 160% from
8. Common household cleaners and
appliances give off fumes, which can
potentially increase the risk of children
9. The average U.S. household generates
more than 20 pounds of hazardous
waste each year
10. The following household cleaning
products are designated as
household hazardous waste by the
EPA, and “improper disposal of
these wastes can pollute the
environment and pose a threat
to human health”
Wood and metal cleaners and polishes
Tub, tile, and shower cleaners
We are supposed to separate them from household trash. How many of us just put these in the trash cans? I’m guilty too! And where does this waste go? More on that later!
So, what is a mom to do?
• Step One: Go to the National
Institutes of Health Household
Products Database and find out what
you have in your home
• Step Two: Enter names of chemicals
and see which brands contain them
• Step Three: Look up Toxicity
Information or Health Information for
• Step Four: Properly dispose of harmful products
• Step Five: Find safer choices
Leave a comment and let me know what surprised you about this list.