As I try to green up my life a little at a time I thought I would share a few more earthy tidbits.

 

IDEAL BITE

ideal bite Here is a website I think is worth signing up with.  It's called Ideal Bite and in a nutshell it gives you 'bite-sized' ideas for greener living.  When you sign up they send you a daily email with a little 'green' tip.  Their tips so far have been fabulous (fitness, food, painting rooms etc) but unlike most other websites I've been on they don't preach, they just offer a few ideas and they make it fun.  It's FREE too and you can also sign up for 'green' ideas based on where you live – at the moment this is only for NY, San Fransisco, Chicago, LA, Seattle, Denver, London and D.C … hopefully they'll add more places.

 

RE:VOLVE

I was reading in Rachael Ray mag today that RE:VOLVE has teamed up with Coca Cola.  Apparently apparel is now being made using recycled plastic bottles.  So each of the graphic t-shirts made by RE:VOLVE keep about 5 plastic bottles out of landfills. 

 

JUNK MAIL CATALOGS

I'm a bit of a junk mail junkie – I love my Pottery Barn Kids catalogue along with a few others and I hold off on making purchases until I get those wonderful coupons from Bath & Body Works and Michaels. I was however getting a little tired of receiving stuff from companies I'd never heard of and never ordered from so I have started emailing them and guess what, all of the ones I've contacted so far have been more than happy to stop sending me stuff in the mail.  I explained my need to save a few trees and to save my mailman's back and they were more than apologetic in their replies to me and were more than happy to let me search their websites for products in the future instead of receiving catalogues in the mail.  So if you are tired of the mountain of paper you receive each day, try contacting the companies directly, hopefully they'll be as happy to oblige as the ones I've contacted.

 

BIKE TO WORK DAY

Don't forget that tomorrow is 'bike to work day'.  So get those legs moving and ride to work or school or just to run a few quick errands instead of taking the car.  Just think of it this way, you save on gas money, get some exercise, help with the pollution problem and if you don't have too far to go hopefully you'll get to work or school a little quicker seeing as you won't be sitting in traffic.

 

…. and now I'm off to clean out the 3 kids wardrobes and pack up a bag of clothing that they no longer fit into to drop off at the military thrift shop tomorrow.

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7 comments

Kj May 15, 2008 - 5:00 pm

major kudos for emailing the companies and requesting your name to be removed.i know there’s a few web sites out there where you can enter your name (and variations of it)with your mailing address and they somehow also stop all the junk coming to your house. here’s one i randomly found but i believe there are dozens of others too. i’d love to see someone post others they know of…http://www.41pounds.org/

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BoufMom9 May 15, 2008 - 5:00 pm

I have been “greening” up a bit too! Thanks for the link to the sites! 🙂

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cat May 15, 2008 - 5:00 pm

You go girl! Widh we had a site for South-Africa. We have started a major paper recycling drive in the office – both sides of a sheet must be used before it is placed in the bin for the recysle van to pick up. Lots of paper for the kids to draw on.

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Lisa amp; Gerald May 15, 2008 - 5:00 pm

Hi Tonya Im glad to hear that you are also Green every bit helps! Did you know that water bottles are being made into Brooms ?Yes they are I have few links that I would love to share with you from cleaning tips to reusing tips or even to get skippes out of CD and Its all safe to use. Please send me your email and I would love to send you all the links my email is [email protected] to you for being green also !hehehe hope you have a great weekend girl ! hope to hear from ya soon!

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Harris Boys May 15, 2008 - 5:00 pm

great post. we try to do our best, I appreicate the website!!!

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albert amp; angela fontenot May 15, 2008 - 5:00 pm

T,I’m quite proud of you. I so need to become greener but alas my family remains directly responsible for the devestation of several rainforests. Only my kids recycle and they tend to recycle things I’d rather them not…such as Jackson gets caught recycling his underwear…for several days if you don’t catch him. Brandon conserves water, by attempting to skip out on his nightly shower.Seriously, they do recycle soda and beer cans but not for the sake of the planet…it’s becasue they save extra $$$ up for a trip to the movies. Yes, we have work to do….love,ang

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Sonya May 18, 2008 - 5:00 pm

You are doing a great job ‘going green’. When I first saw the commercial for those t-shirts made from coke bottles, it said they were to be sold at WAlmart…but when I went to find them at the one in Grossmont “I’ve never heard of such a product” is what I got! :)Let me know if you find any!

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