Wednesday, January 28, 2009

Going "Green"

I would like to send a shout out to my friend's blog..."Green Gracious". She is truly making attempts to live her life with the least negative impact on the earth. Willow has taken the time to do a lot of research on some pretty easy ways to lessen our carbon footprint.
With that said...I get pretty annoyed at certain things now. I got frustrated at Christmas time when every gift we got was drowned in so much packaging that it took us hours to break down the boxes, and sort through what was recyclable and reusable. Needless to say, I get really frustrated at the amount of junk mail I get on a daily basis (which I will be canceling), and the HUGE yellow pages book that I found on my doorstep. Luckily, after just mentioning this concern to Willow...she was on it! She linked to, which allows you to opt out of the phone book services. I've already opted out (seriously...I use the internet for everything...why do I need this huge waste of paper?).
So...I implore you to check out some of this stuff too! Check out Willow's blog, and try some of her ideas. Chris and I have already tried her use of honey (to suppress Avery's cough), and I plan to give her "lemon cleaning" a try too. We've cut back on our cleaning supplies to cut out the toxic cleaning stuff, and replace it with products like Method, Vinegar/Water and other more organic supplies. We've changed all of our bulbs in the house to higher efficiency models, and attempt to be a little more educated when making big decisions. It hasn't been hard to make these little changes, but there are a lot more big changes to be made. I hope we're moving in the right direction.


Jenni Jiggety said...

I had no idea you could opt out of getting the phonebook! That is terrific!

Willo said...

Awww thanks Michele! I am glad it is helping someone!

tania said...

I'm totally going to opt out of receiving the yellow pages - I can't remember the last time I used an actual phone book and I end up tossing it in the trash every year!