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Jun. 13th, 2008 | 05:14 pm
posted by: spook_n_run in green_mamas

Just thought I would introduce myself too!

I'm a 32-year-old mom of one boy. He's 13 months and *this close* to walking! He's also our "sucker baby"--a baby who is so good and easy that he makes you want more! How true it is!!! We'll be starting on #2 by the end of this summer! We're planning a HBAC! (we want three total) We're sure the next one will be a hellion! ;-)

I've been a vegetarian (lacto-ovo) for 16 years. My DH is not and neither is the baby (I'll let that be his decision, but he hasn't had red meat at all yet), but I try to buy as much organic & free-range meat for them as possible. My son is still BF morning and night--never had formula!! So much $$ saved! We use cloth produce and grocery bags and I even do all my non-food shopping with my Envirosax ("I don't need a bag, thanks!") Oh, and I LOVE my Sigg bottles and I cringe when I see people buying cases of bottled water--ARGH!!

I work in gov't but my husband works in the energy industry as the director of a carbon management division of an energy consulting firm--his clients are the big bads, but they've hired him to help them be greener! :-)

We recycle EVERYTHING we can, compost, use all CFLs and are getting ready to switch exclusively to CD! I just need the go-ahead from daycare that we can do it there and I will never buy one of those giant packs of Pampers again--woo hoo!!

We have a cleaning service and use Maid Brigade because they are certified Green Cleaners--safe, clean floors for my son to crawl on!

I even take our dry cleaner hangers back to get re-used! ;-)

I go to Starbucks, but not without my "personal mug"--10 cents off!

We live just outside DC, which is a fast-paced, busy, me-me-me place to be. We're trying to do our part! In this area, we are definitely going above and beyond and I know people think we are pretty extreme, but that's the attitude of this area, unfortunately. I have gotten people at work more into recycling at least, and my husband has voluntarily headed up a sustainability program for his office!

Happy Friday!

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from: serenitysoars
date: Jun. 15th, 2008 06:38 am (UTC)
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Hi, nice to meet you! That's a great intro you did. I'm 35, have three kids, they've all be trained to recycle positively everything. We're in an Alternative Energy Industry. It's kinda funny when big oil companies use our systems because they want to save money, but they do.

Do you know: Does Starbucks have fair trade coffee?

I've been amazed at how quickly attitudes turn by a single shift in policy. I'd bring my reusable bags to the grocery stores and get frowns from clerks for the inconvenience of slowing down there crappy plastic system. Then, one day, I go to the same store and they are discounting my grocery price for the amount of all the plastic bags I don't use and they are all happy about it.

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DiAnna

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from: lady_ashe
date: Jun. 22nd, 2008 08:32 pm (UTC)
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Welcome!

I wish I had used CD with my kiddos. Disposables are such a nasty thing for the environment. :( So are feminine products. :p

I have thought about vegetarianism (Dang, that's not a word to type when you're half asleep! At least not for me, the queen of typos!), but love my cheeseburgers and chicken too much. But, I try very hard to keep it as healthy for us AND the earth as possible.

My husband doesn't agree with my lifestyle changes, sez we can't afford to 'live healthy' or 'live green' and won't listen to me when I tell him that it's a bit more expensive in the beginning, but in the LONG RUN, it's cheaper! AND that we can't afford NOT to. With cancer in the immediate family (my mom's a breast cancer survivor), and fibromyalgia, asthma, eczema, and allergies in the immediate family, and heart disease ALSO in my grandparents' generation. We can't afford to NOT live healthy.

I'm sure living in DC it's not easy to live greener. DC seems to be a rather self-absorbed place. BUT, you're in the perfect place to work towards affecting the whole country!

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