Friday, March 20, 2009

a natural woman

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It's so chic to go green. Or so they say.

At every intersection, I see a new environmental bumper sticker on the zillions of hybrids that have taken over the streets in my 'burb. And it seems there's always a commercial on explaining the damage we're doing to the earth.

I never used to care about the environment. I'll admit it.

But then I became Mom2Amara.

I felt obligated to take care of the earth my daughter is to inherit. And I wanted her to breathe easy. And to walk barefoot in the backyard.

For me, it's not a trend. It's a way of life.

So first, I said no to bottled water. I carry a reusable water bottle with me so that I won't feel guilty about an empty bottle sitting in a landfill forever.

There are other things Amara's family does to live green.

I encouraged Dad2Amara to go organic with our lawn care service.

We still get a Sunday newspaper. And it's no secret that I heart magazines. But Amara keeps us accountable. She's made a game out of recycling. And our blue bags end up curbside every week.

I buy organic whenever I can. The farmers market is one of my favorite stops in the summer. Local farmers have the best prices around. And once you get to know them, you know what the farmers are putting on and in their produce. It really is comforting to know.

And now that the farmers market is close to the Grey House, I'm thinking I'm going to bike there instead of driving when the season opens up.

But I don't stop there. We have granite in the kitchen and the thought of chemicals being placed on the same counter as some foods freaks me out! So I searched for a cleaner that was safe to use.

I now make sure all the products we have are made with natural materials. I like Nature's Source cleaners because its glass cleaner is safe for stainless steel. It's hard to find an all-in-one biodegradable cleaner that can be used on my appliances. And they have a natural toilet bowl cleaner too. It's so nice to see trusted brand names like SC Johnson stepping up to the plate and helping save the earth.

It really isn't that hard to be a natural woman!

Do you live green? How?

Let me know.

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3 comments :

  1. I dont do too much but I do recycle my glass, paper and plastic. I have one of the largest containers out on the street every week. We dont buy plastic bottles either. Every bit counts!

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  2. I seriously have a hard time sticking to it. It is so awesome how you've adapted seamlessly. I tried...I guess because I'm lazy and spoiled. Which most Americans are today. That's why we are the most wasteful country...Feeling mighty guilty after reading your post.

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