Monday, December 10, 2007

New Year's Resolution: Save The Planet Our Way

We stand now where two roads diverge. But they are not equally fair. The road we have long been traveling is deceptively easy, a smooth superhighway on which we progress with great speed, but at its end lies disaster. The other fork of the road-the one "less traveled by"-offers our last, our only chance to reach a destination that assures the preservation of the earth.
~ Rachel Carson

So we already recycle, take showers instead of baths, buy organic and local, reuse plastic bags, use cloth diapers, insulate our pipes and water heaters, turn off lights we don't use... We also had our own 'eco' tree this year... i.e. we picked up pine cones from the yard, coloured them and hang them on our tree outside. Well, what else can we do?

This is what we got ourselves for Christmas:

1. Cloth Napkins - so we can do away with paper napkins

2. Cloth Towels - so we can do away with paper towels. We love our microfibre towels.

3. Dr. Bronner's Sal Suds - our new all-purpose cleaner. For safe cleaning solutions, Clean House, Clean Planet is an easy read. Shaklee is giving a 33% discount on their Get Clean Kit!

4. A pledge to use our own bags when shopping. Try to use less plastic in general. Take a look at these Snack Sacks.

5. The best compost solution out there - we will produce fresh compost every 2 weeks with minimal work! Take a look!

Also - apparantly placing foods in the rubbish bin is better than placing them in the rubbish disposal! Article here.

FYI - we ditched our machine after a year... old fashioned compost works much better!!!

6. Glass containers - so we can reduce our use of plastic (saranwrap, ziplock) for keeping foods

7. A small crockpot so now I have 1 small and 1 big so we can enjoy slow cooked organic meals and still have lots of quality time together (instead of me being in the kitchen most of the day or being tempted to buy food elsewhere!). We love slow cooked porridges!

8. A dehydrator - so we can make our own organic healthy snacks.

9. A drying rack - so we can save energy.

10. A mental note to be less of a consumer and live consciously.

11. Try to end junkmail in our house by eliminating unwanted catalogs, reducing unsolicited mail and opting out of The Direct Marketing Association.

What we still have to do:

1. For car washing, we have yet to try Simple Green Pro Max Series and Car Wash or we hear Dr. Bronner's Sal Suds works too.

2. Hygiene cloth for a woman's monthly needs... ugh! sounds disgusting and non-viable at this point in my life.

3. Get a hybrid car sometime.

4. Register on paperbackswap, swaptree and freecycle - exchange instead of buying new.

5. Acqiure a Dutch Cargo Bike!!!

6. Change our light bulbs to LED lightbulbs NOT CFLs (compact fluorescent light bulbs) because the latter contain 5 mg of mercury - a highly toxic substance. Clean up can cost around $2,000 to effectively dispose of all the mercury in a room if one of these bulbs shatters. Why the extra headache when LED lightbulbs can save up to 90% energy without the toxicity of mercury?

Other Green Resources:
Be Green Now
Beyond Pesticides
Coop America: Economic Action for a Just Planet
Environmental Working Group
Going Green 101 on the Oprah Show
Healthy Child Healthy World
Healthy Toys
Coalition to End Childhood Lead Poisoning
New American Dream Home
Ten Days to a Greener You
US Environmental Protection Agency

Green Blogs:

Green and Clean Mom
Green Mom Finds
Healthy Parenting
No Impact Man (my favorite!)
Verda Vivo


  1. I was just looking at your blog and I love it, you have inspired me to be more eco friendly and less of a consumer (i'm still gonna use disposable diapers though :)

  2. Carissa, I LOVE that composter...I had never seen that before and now I REALLY want cool! I look forward to keeping up with your blog!