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Jun. 22nd, 2008 | 01:35 pm
posted by: lady_ashe in green_mamas

Ok, so I can build up a resource list for our members, and anyone who wants it, what are your favorite methods for living green? What products do you use around the house (like Seventh Generation, Method, etc)? Have you tried Clorox new Green line? I haven't yet, but am curious to know what others think of it.

What food items do you think it's worth buying organic on, what do you think you can skip it on if you don't have the money? Do you spend the money to buy organic cotton clothes? Where do you shop for clothes? Do you favor hand-made items from places like Etsy? Do you avoid shopping at places that you know use sweatshops and other less-kind practices (Old Navy, Gap, etc)?  Do you avoid buying new, and prefer to shop at consignment stores, thrift stores, and the like?

Any advice you would give to someone new to green living?

I'll add to this as I think of it.

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Jessica

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from: amethystrse
date: Jun. 22nd, 2008 11:36 pm (UTC)
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I use the Clorox Green line actually. Their window cleaner is great on my windows and mirrors and TV and whatnot. It works just like windex (and it takes less than windex to clean a mirror too). Their general purpose cleaner is wonderful too. I use it everywhere. Kitchen counters, the stove, the bathroom, the floors, etc. It rocks! Works just as well as other Clorox products. I looked at the ingredients list and it seems pretty natural.

I don't usually buy organic because it's so expensive. Most of my kids' clothes are handmedowns and I'm not going to turn away free clothes! lol And as for food, I buy organic fruits and veggies when I can afford it. The supermarket I go to doesn't carry organic meat but considering the price of meat lately I doubt I would be able to afford it anyway.

I usually either make my own clothes or shop at thrift stores. I try to avoid corporations when possible (though I'll admit that I shop at walmart for a lot of stuff...I just haven't found a better store yet...mostly because we're still new to the area).

I also try to keep chemicals out of other areas of our lives. I buy my deodorant from http://www.terressentials.com/. I buy my shampoo and soap and henna (for hair dye) from http://www.mehandi.com. I haven't changed our toothpaste yet but I'm going to when we're about to run out.

I try to use natural/herbal remedies whenever possible. Sometimes conventional medicine is needed. I try to use my best judgement to determine which would be better.

The best advice I could give to someone who is new to going green is to start off slow. Trying to do everything at once is overwhelming and expensive. Replace chemically filled items with natural items as needed. Experiment with different brands of food (like buying organic veggie chips instead of the brand name potato chips). Do the research (a lot of "natural" products aren't as natural as they claim).

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A.S. Brown

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from: sandandsilk
date: Jun. 23rd, 2008 05:27 pm (UTC)
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We do use a few of the Clorox products, but buyers should be aware that some of the ingredients are still left rather vague, like colors and fragrances. I prefer to make my own cleaning supplies from vinegar, baking soda, borax, etc. They clean just as well and are SUPER cheap!

We try to buy organic when price isn't prohibitive. I wish we could get all our dairy and meat products organic since I have one growing toddler and another baby on the way. I'd rather not expose either child to growth hormones and such. If we can't buy organic, I have a rule for most food. If it has more than 5 ingredients, or has unpronouncable names of ingredients, I don't buy it. We've also banned high fructose corn syrup from the house. It's actually made a HUGE difference in the behavior of my 19 month old. He was turning into a terrible-two-toddler, but after we cut out the HFCS, he's a completely different child. So much less calm, less frustrated, etc.

I LOVE buying handmade goods. Again, we don't always get to because of cost, but I fully support artisans whenever I can. Etsy is such an inspiring place to shop.

SO much of living green comes down to making conscientious purchases. That may be different for every person, like you mentioned no-sweatshop shopping, or it could be no animal products, or no petroleum based products, etc. The more you learn about the practices of most manufacturers, the easier it is to make decisions based on your own ethics. I try to make most purchases in an ethical way but, as I mentioned already, sometimes price is prohibitive.

I do prefer to buy second-hand, especially for kids clothes. If I can't do that, I make the next best choice, whether that's organic, handmade, or fair trade.

It's about making informed choices, deciding what your comfort level is (this will probably change as you learn more), and learning to deal with your eco-sins in a way that doesn't cripple your forward motion.

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DiAnna

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from: lady_ashe
date: Sep. 3rd, 2008 03:38 am (UTC)
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My problem with using anything from Clorox now is the fact that their 'greenwashing' meaning take a look at their history. Just because they've come out with a green line doesn't make them ecologically friendly. They have been abusing our environment for YEARS, decades, and now that green is in, they've come out with a green line. Yeah, I appreciate another line of eco-friendly products, but I want to support companies that are truly green, know what I mean? Companies like Seventh Generation and Method are truly Green companies, and are trying to take care of our earth and our environment. I'm going to check out the other links you left me, tho. Thanks. I'm really sorry I haven't gotten back to you guys sooner on this. I've been INSANELY busy this summer. I apologize. But, I am around, honest. ;)

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DiAnna

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from: lady_ashe
date: Sep. 3rd, 2008 03:42 am (UTC)
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Ooh, I forgot to mention that one of my favorite "green" companies I won't buy from anymore.... Burt's Bees, because apparently Clorox bought them out recently. So, no more of their really awesome lip balm. I'm really upset about that, too. :(

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