Saturday, April 04, 2009

Happy Earth Day!

This week's Etsy Blog Carnival is all about Going Green in honor of Earth Day on April 22nd. And for once I have good answers for both questions!

1)What is Green in your shop? (This can be something literally green in color, or something eco-friendly.)

Tink and Corine are both decked out in Green!

2) What do you do (or what can you do!) to make your Etsy business or home a little bit greener?

I use recycled materials whenever possible- lots of my Pipettes are made with odds and ends that might normally go in the garbage. And I love to recycle packing materials too- we get lots of Amazon deliveries at our house and I reuse all of those boxes and plastic cushions! (It seems to me that going green and being thrifty often go hand in hand- packaging can be expensive!)

My best Green habit is also the most fun- I love thrifting and buying second hand. One man's junk is another man's treasure, but it's also a way to recycle and reduce waste in landfills. (I try to donate a bag for every bag I bring home, but it doesn't always work out that way...)

One can always do better- now that the weather has warmed up I'm planning to bike a lot more- especially now that I've got these babiesto take boxes to the post office and cart the groceries home in!

What about you? What are your best Green habits?


raina said...

Green you say...

I use non-chemical cleaners featuring GSE, vinegar, and baking soda. I got started doing this mostly because my birds can become ill or die from fumes or harsh chemicals. It is cheaper at any rate.

I'm slowly converting all of my "products" into natural alternatives--shampoo, deodorant, yadda yadda yadda.

No paper towels or other disposables (okay, we use them to clean the toilet and clean up cat barf...). All ziploc bags get cleaned and reused until they break.

Recently joined a CSA to support our local community of farmers and get organic produce straight from the source, decreasing the mileage on our meals.

Not eating meat. The beef industry in particular strains the environment in many different ways and pollutes like none other. Organic and free-range, grass-fed beef is another good way to decrease environmental impacts.

On the last two points, I highly recommend reading Omnivore's Dilemma by Michael Pollan if where your food comes from interests you.

There is probably more, but I already wrote a novel. This is obviously a subject near and dear to my heart. Everyone just needs to do as much as they can to be conscious and compassionate to the other creatures sharing out planet.

The Fab Miss B said...

I agree! And besides, eating locally and in season just tastes so much betteer! Being green seems to go hand in hand with good quality of life and that is my objective every single day. (P.S- You totally inspired me to start making my own cleaning supplies with your post of recipes a few months back...)

storybeader said...

I think my worst habits, of the three Rs is to reduce. I'm going to try to reduce my gasoline intact, and walk to work once a week. I usually go home for lunch, to visit the dog, but I don't HAVE to!

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