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Go Green ’
Tuesday, January 27th, 2009
Thought this was totally awesome and mod, so had to share….. With this ReMake It kit you can recycle pretty glass bottles into a cool lamp! When you grow tired of one look, toss the bottles in the recycling bin and start over. Just a little reminder of how one person's trash in another person's treasure.
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Tuesday, January 20th, 2009
I've posted about eco-friendly cleaners in the past, but this one tops the list. E-cloth is a revolutionary cleaning method that literally allows you to sanitize your home with just the special microfiber cloth and water. Now, I know what you're thinking… how does that actually disinfect anything? But I'm happy to report (after having had the pleasure to meet with the company's CEO and hearing his in-depth version of "how") that, very basically, the "cleaning" happens at the microbial level. The high-quality fibers that make up the cloth are engineered and fabricated by a rare, specialized machine to be razor sharp (of course not to the touch) so that they scrape up bacteria, dirt, oil, grease, grime, germs – you name it – from any hard surface. And all of this disinfecting happens sans chemicals or residues. Amazing, huh?
Now, after seeing a live demo, I was naturally overcome by the urge to clean and try it out for myself! So I did. At work I tackled my desk, my file cabinets, my colleague's workspace, and the hallway walls. Then at home I sanitized my kitchen, my bathroom, my husband (well, not really, but I would have had he been a hard surface!), and my living room. And now I'm sold! Not only did the E-cloth clean sauce spots on my stove, toothpaste off my sink, and mud marks on my floors, I honestly felt like I used less elbow grease than normal, plus there were no lingering fumes. In between cleaning high-bacteria areas (like the kitchen counter) I machine washed the cloth in hot water (as directed) to kill any germs it successfully trapped, then went on cleaning the next space. I'm hooked…
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Wednesday, January 14th, 2009
It's not too late to get your hands on a cool calendar for 2009! Now, obviously an online calendar is much more eco-friendly than any paper one, but if you're seeking daily green inspiration in traditional form, the Living Green: 365 ways to make a difference page-a-day desk top calendar is a perfect fit. It's printed on recycled paper, has a recyclable plastic backer, and can double as a notepad (the back of each sheet is blank). Not to mention it has an encouraging eco-advice for every single day!
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Tuesday, January 6th, 2009
As promised, I'm kicking off January with a new green goal: I want to be a better recycler! I just hate not knowing if something can be recycled or how it should be placed in the bin. This morning I visited my town's website for a refresher course on the dos and don'ts of recycling in my neighborhood. And I have to admit, a few quick minutes on this site has made me aware of some very important things. For starters, I didn't know I need to remove labels from cans, but not bottles, before I place them in the bin. Or that I should remove all caps from bottles too (they're often made from a different, non-recyclable plastic). And I can't put newspapers out to the curb in a brown paper bag like I had been, they need to be tied up with twine. So there you have it, three easy steps I now know to take from here on in to make sure that I do my part – the right way! Did you know that a single unrecyclable item can actually contaminate the whole lot if not caught in time?
Want to take this green challenge with me? Visit your town's website to brush up on your community's recycling guidelines, then use what you learn to make a sign with your kids that you can hang above your recycling bin. On it, write three new rules your family should follow when placing something in the recycling bin. If you have little kids, print out pictures of cans, bottles, newspapers and other things you recycle, then have them cut out the shapes and attach them to the side of the bin as a cheat sheet. Do you have other fun ways to teach recycling to your family? Share them with us in the comments!
Already an avid recycler? Try learning the best ways to recycle or dispose of materials like car parts, electronics, pvc, batteries, light bulbs, carpet padding and more.
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Wednesday, December 31st, 2008
For this green blogger, 2008 was a year full of new eco-initiatives, both at home and work. The rundown: I've increased my dedication to the BYOB(ag) trend and now methodically tote along reusable produce bags to the food store. I clean my house with all-natural cleaning agents. I perform nearly all of my internet searches through ecosearch.org and consequently support our environment with every click. I've read countless inspiring green living books. I've become practically obsessed with an amazing little eco-textile (maybe you've heard of it?) called bamboo. I religiously take my lunch to work in the same cute lunch bag and use reusable containers and utensils. I still cringe at the sight of styrofoam (gulp!) and paper plates and, when I must, use compostable/biodegradable types instead. And I continue to scour the market for eco-friendly, yet practical products to share with all of my fellow tree-hugging GoodyBlog readers.
That said, I have big goals for 2009 (and I hope you do too)! And while keeping my apartment tidy is for sure at the top of my list, I've come up with a way to continue to introduce new environmentally-friendly practices into my daily grind. I pledge to take a new eco-step every month no matter how big or small. For example, in January I plan to learn how to be a better recycler (does my town recycle plastic #3 or no? hmmm), in February I will find a way to repurpose 3 things at home so they become useful instead of trash, in March I will cut a minute from my morning shower every day to save on water, and so forth and so on. I'm thinking this will be an effective way continue moving my lifestyle in the green direction without feeling totally overwhelmed.
So stay tuned for lots of Goody Green updates in 2009 and be sure to share your family's green resolutions for the new year in the comments (we can be eco-conscious together)!
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Wednesday, December 17th, 2008
I'm a huge fan of Etsy (at this point, who isn't?) so when they asked to me to contribute to the Etsy Finds section of their blog, I couldn't say no. My assignment was to "shop" for great gifts for a baby's first holiday, so I dove into hundreds of pages of gorgeous, well-considered toys for little ones.
The article was published today, and a conversation began in the comment section about the CPSIA (Consumer Product Safety Improvement Act) legislation that will go into effect February 10, 2009, requiring testing on all toys brought to market. While this legislation is enormously important to keep our little ones safe (Parents reported on this in the October issue), it will effectively put a number of independent toy makers out of business due to the steep charge of each toy test. Amber Dusick of Woodmouse Toys commented: “I'd be more than happy to have each of my toys tested, if it wasn't so
cost prohibitive. It is the COST involved in testing that will shut us
down, it isn't that anyone refuses to have their work tested."
Etsy points out that these toys are "…made with love, care, the human touch and—often—all-natural materials. These items bring the consumer marketplace back to a personal level
where customers can chat with toy makers and even create custom items
for specific needs."
For more information, you can check out the US Consumer product Safety Commission site, the Handmade Toy Alliance's website or Etsy's call to action.
What are your thoughts on this issue? Are you a buyer of handmade toys for children? Do you think that handmade toys should fall under the same testing guidelines as toys made in China, for example?
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Tuesday, December 16th, 2008
You've got to deck the halls, trim the tree, stuff the stockings, sing yuletide carols along with a ton of other jolly things this holiday season. So what difference does one more little task make? Actually, a whole lot if you put your mind to it! This year try tackling the holidays with an eco-conscious approach. These quick tips can help start you on the right track:
Decorating Your house has to be nice and bright if Santa's going to land that big ol' sleigh on top. Light the way with a set of LEDs this year! They use 90% less energy, are long-lasting and affordable (they cost about $1 per season to operate) and are cool to touch, which means you can toss them on your tree too!
Shopping While there are definite perks to purchasing presents online (no parking lot mayhem, no large crowds, no long lines, etc.), shipping costs are larger than you may realize. Many products are shipped long and far, which requires a ton of fuel, and boxes are packed with materials which usually aren't recyclable or made from recycled materials. Really think about what you need to buy online, then try to order from eco-friendly sites like worldofgood.com or ecofriendlygifts.com if you can't buy them near home.
Wrapping You know all those reusable shopping bags you've collected over the last year or two? Use them as gift bags! Just cinch the top and tie with ribbon for a pretty presentation. If you're nostalgic for wrapping paper, spruce up a piece of newspaper with a bright red bow or buy recycled gift wrap. Better yet, have your child decorate brown recycled craft or shipping paper (both can be recycled afterwards!) with their favorite rubber stamps.
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Don't worry about having matching dishes and glasses for the whole fam,
just set the table with whatever you find in your cabinets to create a
cool mix-n-match look. (Remember to let everything air dry to save energy!.) If you must use disposable
tableware, try a biodegradable brand like EarthShell or a recyclable brand like Recycline.
Wednesday, December 10th, 2008
We are all trying to be eco-minded these days, and crafting is a great way to turn trash into treasure. Here are three clever and earth conscious ways to give paper back to the trees.
Starting from the left, Bella Dia made this sweet tree from newspaper and glitter. Just Like Martha will show you step by step how to fold down pages of a magazine to make a tiny spruce, and AlphaMom offers up this sweet craft that will brighten your bleak winter windows by using up craft paper scraps. (Okay so maybe it's really only green in color, but it was too cute to resist!)
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