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So, I went to Chicago for a certification and I must say, my Type Aism made my trip question the worthiness of it all.  I love to learn and have wanted to do something instead of learning and nothing materializes.  So, here I am sitting in a class with others who are anxious to learn so much and have their senses and curiousities peaked.

The problem?  It never comes.  The large binder packed with information we were to receive never came, instead we received a 1-inch binder with very little in it.  Right...it was the green concept of conservation.  

Well, we had a CD, and when I popped it in my laptop, some items were in 2003 and some in 2007 and some wouldn’t open and some items didn’t exist!  This were crazy.

Four days, not enough information, unhappy folks, and half of the time were pitches for other things that would generate money for the founder.  

At the end, the best part was the people I met.

So, I am encouraged to create my own educational and certification program with the resources I already have and do your best to ensure that you are getting your money’s worth.  Ask for references, talk to the company more than one time and be aware of inconsistencies.

Have you attended a green class or seminar and was disappointed?

There is more to green than turning off lights and lighbulbs.  The technology and new innovations are amazing and so many people are working on making everyday items green, organic, natural, and just plan healthy.  

What would you love to use everyday or in your normal use that is green, organic, natural, and just plan healthy?

Here I want to feed you the information that you would want to learn.  I am also creating a website with even more helpful information that you can use everyday for personal or professional use.

Green Girl



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      Waxwing wrote Feb 24, 2009
    • Hi Green Girl ;

       Your question, “What would you love to use everyday or in your normal use that is green, organic, natural, and just plan healthy?

      The answer for me is food ( at a reasonable price, organic food here is so expensive ) and anything I put on my body or my children’s bodies.

      I am also very interested in disposal of things. For example, I just learned that when throwing out foundation or medicines, they should be mixed in cat litter and then put in the garbage so that they don’t end up in our water supply !

      THANK YOU SOOOO MUCH FOR THIS BLOG !!!!



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      Sherry wrote Feb 24, 2009
    • Green Girl,

      I only use products that are from a company that specializes in safer, non-caustic products - even my makeup is safe. This company was “green” before it became the “thing” to do. Read the information on www.Greenhome-GreenPlanet.com and you will see why it is so important that others learn about the dangers in their everyday household and personal care products. There are some scary products out on the market place shelves.

      Sherry



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      Gogreen wrote Feb 24, 2009
    • Waxwin and Sherry, thank you so much for your posts!  I will fully answer you at another time because I am running right now and I am on a conference call, however, I want to make sure that I afford the right amount of attention to your concerns and comments.

      I am glad that you are enjoying this blog.

      Green Girl



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      Waxwing wrote Feb 25, 2009
    • Hi green girl,

      I didn’t mean to give you the impression that I wanted this addressed right away.  Sorry about that.

      I am just throwing out some things for future pondering and direction as you do this blog for us !!  I am just so glad for this.

      Thanks again.



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      Linni wrote Feb 25, 2009
    • what items can be used for everyday cleaning?

      as far as medications go, i had no idea that kitty litter could be used to dispose meds! i tried taking them to the pharmacy, and they couldn’t take them!  

      looking forward to hearing from you when you can!



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      Waxwing wrote Feb 25, 2009
    • Hi Linni _ Yeah, isn’t that crazy about the meds and other hazardous stuff ?? You have one up on me, I never thought to take it to the pharmacy...though our town administrator told me to take my stuff to the local Board of Health who also didn’t know what to do.  

      After quite a bit of research I learned the best thing is to mix it with kitty litter and put it in a garbage bag....the same for liquid foundation, sunscreen and household cleaning items.  ( This is also ensures that animals and children don’t get a hold of this stuff and ingest it - so it is good all around. I learned that some people go through the garbage looking for meds that have been thrown out .)

      The litter absorbs alot of things that would otherwise leech into the soil - then the stuff degrades as the kitty litter does over time. Plus it is confined to the dump which should be safe from contaminating water sources.

      Who knew ?????

      Regarding cleaning products, it is amazing what you can do with vinegar and baking soda. I’ll look up some cleaning recipes for you with thist stuff.

      Also look on the green post here for  :  25 Ways to go green at home ( Jan 12, 2009 ) and What is Keeping you from going green ? ( Jan 20, 2009 ).  Some really great suggestions.



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      Linni wrote Feb 25, 2009
    • WOW! thanks for the info.. i have a DRAWER FULL of meds that we either don’t need, or ones that have changed doses! i was just shocked when the pharmacy wouldn’t take them!  

      i will check out the posts you refered too..
      thank you!



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      Sherry wrote Feb 25, 2009
    • Hey everyone, if the sanitation workers are on top of the game, they will tell you that cleaning products need to go to a bio-hazard dump and not to the regular garbage dump.  Check with your local sanitation department and see what they tell you - I know when we moved to Texas we were given information from our sanitation department that bleach bottles were not to go into the regular trash.  If the dump doesn’t want these chemicals then why on earth is anyone buying them and using them in their homes?  It is unbelievable that women don’t know about these dangers and that they are exposing themselves and their families!  If you want to find out how to switch to safer, environmentally friendly products, let me know.



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      Waxwing wrote Feb 25, 2009
    • Sherry, you bring up a good point ; different areas of the country have different rules. Where I live, unless it is something like plumbing solution, paints or solvents, which they have a special place for at the dump, it can be mixed with kitty litter which absorbs alot of the toxins - this includes medicines.  

      And I am in full agreement - no one should use bleach at all, but if you feel you can’t give it up completely, then one should at least cut down as much as possible.



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      Gogreen wrote Mar 4, 2009
    • I love the kitty litter tip!  I haven’t seen that in any book thus far.  That is why I love you girls!

      I totally agree with the bleach non-usage.

      I would suggest that everyone look at their town and county government sites to see what they need to do.

      Waxwing, for food choices, it can be expensive or not.  My favorite is farmer’s markets about 30 minutes before they close...soemtimes you get good deals because they don’t want to take all that stuff back.  You still have to price compare but it can be fun; especially with the weather changing.

      You still have grocery stores with their own lines of natural foods but read the labels whatever you do.  Whole Foods is the easiest place to go and then there’s Harris Teeter’s, Trader Joe’s, and I would check in the phone book (though some of then are not in there) for Natural Stores or Grocers.  

      L. Denise



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      Gogreen wrote Mar 4, 2009
    • Check out this [Link Removed] 


      Gogreen, Your links have been removed, please consider upgrading to premium membership.



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      Polly W wrote Mar 7, 2009
    • I try to do all things in moderation. The most recent change for me was turning down the thermostat and switchin lightbulbs, but I have always been frugal and avoided a tendency to waste, so those things really have not changed much. I re-use a lot of things, and freecycle frequently. Freecycling keeps my unwanted but usable items out of landfills, and someone who wants and needs them get the benefit of them for free! I am also in a book trade group, so I never have to throw them out, or sell them, I just trade them in for something I want to read. That’s frugal enough and green enough for me, but maybe soon I will add another green item to my list of “to do“.



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      Waxwing wrote Mar 22, 2009
    • Linni,

      I said that I would post a couple of recipes for cleaning with non-toxic everyday stuff.

      www.thebudgetecoist.com/main/easy-eco-inexpensive-ways-to-clean-your-bathroom-go-green/  

      has some great stuff. From their site :

      Baking soda scrub - cleans grout, sinks, tubs
      2 tablespoons baking soda + enough castile soap to create a foamy paste. Use a sponge to treat the affected areas. Leave on surface for up to fifteen minutes, then spray with vinegar and wash down with water.  

      All-Purpose Cleaner - use on most surfaces including counters and walls
      Fill a 16 ounce spray bottle with 2 teaspoons borax, 1/4 teaspoon castile soap and hot water. Simply spray the solution on the surface, let sit for a few minutes, then wipe down with a sponge. For large surfaces such as floors, fill a bucket with a gallon of hot water, one teaspoon baking soda and two tablespoons of castile soap.  

      You can find Dr. Bonner’s liquid castile soap almost anywhere. Target may carry it...otherwise, you can get it on line at drugstore.com   There is alot more on the webpage.

      Happy cleaning !!!!



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      Waxwing wrote Mar 22, 2009
    • Oh, I should tell you that I have been using this now for a year and it really really works..



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