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So you want to go green in 2009? Going green can seem complex and plain inconvenient really there is value in the idea that less is more. The big focus it to spend the least with the greatest long-term reward.  This is like investing.  Nothing new just different resources.

You can change lightbulbs, cleaning supplies, clothing, or simply every day habits and you can save money, energy, and effots and protect the future for generations to come.

The “go green movement” seems to make people feel overwhelmed to be energy efficient but there is just a lot of information out there and it seems to just keep coming with new ideas and things coming out all the time.  From solar panels to reusing rainwater to green building and certifications.  Even if your living conditions cannot support green transportaion and the like, you can find ways to live green no matter where you live.  

The other distration that some people face is they think that a little change is not change enough.  Given our historic moment today, everyone should know that it starts with a little change.  That is all!  One step and then keep moving is key!

Cleaning supplies, use Energy Star products, and conservation are the easiest things to start doing. Going green should never be a chore. There are many simple changes that can make your life eco-friendly and begin to develop your shade of green.

So the challenge is what will you do to begin green your 2009 now?



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      Yana Berlin wrote Jan 20, 2009
    • I’m trying...how about some tips on some the green cleaners?



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      Jacquie6363 wrote Jan 21, 2009
    • No stopping, I have started, changed out lightbulbs and using green household products.



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      Tuliplady wrote Jan 24, 2009
    • Coffee filters are an easy place to start going green.  Get yourself a reuseable basket and quit buying disposable filters.  That little reusable basket it pretty inexpensive and is sold right beside the coffee filters and lasts for ages and ages.

      I use Seventh Generation dish soap and am quite happy with it.  It’s no more expensive than any other name brand.



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      Mary Clark wrote Jan 24, 2009
    • I started making changes last year.  Not so much on cleaners....but I am striving to make those changes...but in recycling....saving energy...water.  Walking when I can....

      Last year I grew my first garden...and did okay with it...but this year I will do better.  I learned from the first one.  It was fun and I grew my own pesticide free fruits and vegetables.  

      This spring...I’m going to install a new clothesline.  I grew up with my family having a clothesline.  I can remember my mother asking me to go and get the clothes off the line.  Sheets hung on a clothesline smell and feel wonderful on a bed.

      Your clothes I promise will be in much better shape (where do you think all of that lint comes from in your dryer) and it’s free!!!! In fact the U.S. Dept of Energy had an article on their website about hanging clothes outside again.  There is an attorney in NC that is fighting subdivision ordinances so that people can install clotheslines again...it’s a matter of conserving energy.



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      Linni wrote Jan 24, 2009
    • tuliplady, i LOVE those reusable coffee filter baskets!

      i need to start changing things too, but like annie said, im brand loyal..so it will be a challenge, but one im going to try



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      Doreen XoXo wrote Jan 24, 2009
    • I have no time to time trial any new products.  Sad but true.  Ive always recycled (I hate doing it but I do).  Have a few of those new lightbulbs in my kitchen ceiling but they dont work on a dimmer.  frown



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      Gogreen wrote Jan 24, 2009
    • Yana there are various green cleaners/cleansers out there.  Seventh Generation is good and here are some others are truly green:

      Simply WoW Cleaner, Green Scene, Oxy-Clean Powered Bleach, Office Depot Green cleansers, Responsibly Clean, Green4Kleen, Bayes Premium Cleaners, and Citrus Magic.

      There are indpendent people, companies too that say they are green, do be careful and read the ingredients.  If you can’t pronounce it, it isn’t green.

      Go Green!



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      Waxwing wrote Feb 23, 2009
    • Yana, Drugstore.com has some great green cleaners in their Green Section. Though if you can get it locally, it is better for the environment.  We started going green two years ago. It was confusing and overwhelming, at first.

      The fastest way to have impact is to start with what you use most - for me it was laundry detergent, fabric softner and dishwashing soap.

      Anything Seventh Generation is good. Also, Ecover is excellent ( though it is made in Sweden - so the energy spent to ship here is big ) and I love Method,  made in CA ( Method even has all purpose wipes made of bamboo and soft as regular wipes which are excellent and flushable ). Most of these are found at Target here on the East Coast.  

      I have also cut back on using fabric softener. Though I use Ecover, I only use it every other load and now I use a tennis ball in the dryer instead of dryer sheets. Works just as well and things seem to dry faster.

      For scrubbing, I use baking soda like a mad-woman.  Every once in a great while I will use Ajax in the bathtub, but generally the baking soda is enough. It even removes coffee stains from coffee cups.

      Finally, we use cellulose garbage bags called Biobags from drugstore.com that are biodegradeable in 3 months ( CVS now carries similar bags. )

      If you look to do too many things at once, it is just too overwhelming.



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      Timbuktu wrote Feb 27, 2010
    • Here in UK recycling is a way of life - paper, cardboard, glass, textiles, and some plastics are picked up by our local Authorities from our homes. Also garden and food waste, although I compast a lot of mine and put it back into the soil.  

      I use Ecover cleaning products - don’t know if they are available in US.

      Where I live in North London we are setting up a Transition Town movement geared at lowering our carbon footprint, local food growing, yes even in London we have allotments and gardens, freecycling stuff we don’t need any more, and upcycling stuff that needs a makeover! This is producing less waste. It’s also bringing local people together more.

      Timbuktu



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