Family Guide to Going Green 2009

The Family Guide to Going Green 2009 is a great resource for any household.  As low-income individuals and families, some greening efforts can go a long way in saving us money. What could be better than that? (Except for saving the planet, of course.)

 I, personally, found the guide very useful. I am already doing some things in the guide, and my daughter and I will be incorporating more things into our daily lives as well. For instance, here is what we have already done:

1. Zowie now has a less toxic water bottle for Upward Bound this summer.

2. We reuse old towels, dishcloths, etc., as rags.

3. I have cleared the cupboard of all plastic containers, replacing them with glass jars with metal/glass lids.

4. We have switched out the light bulbs.

5. We grow some of our own food.

6. We are eating more fruits and vegetables.

7. We are purchasing more organic/all natural foods and other products.

8. We have a compost bin.

9. We uses canvas shopping bags.

10. We dry clothes outside.

11. We use only cold water to wash clothing.

There are likely other things that we do as well. What greening efforts are your family working on incorporating into your daily lives? Feel free to post about them in the comments. Shannon


2 thoughts on “Family Guide to Going Green 2009

  1. This covers all the bases = saves you money, helps the environment, helps your health, makes you feel better, it’s so easy to do and it costs less than $50.00; Save money and the Earth and be clean at the same time! Add Bathroom Bidet Sprayers to all your bathrooms. I think Dr. Oz on Oprah said it best: “if you had pee or poop on your hand, you wouldn’t wipe it off with paper, would you? You’d wash it off” Available at with these you won’t even need toilet paper any more, just a towel to dry off! Don’t worry, you can still leave some out for guests and can even make it the soft stuff without felling guilty. It’s cheap and can be installed without a plumber; and runs off the same water line to your toilet. You’ll probably pay for it in a few months of toilet paper savings. And after using one of these you won’t know how you lasted all those years with wadded up handfuls of toilet paper. As for water use a drought is always a concern and must be dealt with prudently but please remember that in the big picture the industrial water users always far exceed the water use of household users and in the case of toilet paper manufacture it is huge. The pollution and significant power use from that manufacturing process also contributes to global warming so switching to a hand bidet sprayer and lowering your toilet paper use is very green in multiple ways. Blog;

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