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How to save 67 lbs of trash a year?

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Q: How to save 67 lbs of trash a year?

A: Send you child to school with a reusable lunch kit!

•A child generates about 67 lbs of lunchtime trash/school year
•By using a reusable lunch sack and other storage items, a parent can save over $200/year not only in disposable bags but also by purchasing larger quantities of food and only packing what your child will eat
•Packaging accounts for nearly 1/3 of all household waste

 

Unfortunately my 13 year old son will no longer take a lunch box to school. I guess it’s not cool? He will only take a brown bag, I don’t want to him to uncool, but those bags and baggies add up!

 

                  Does your son or daughter refuse to take a lunch box to school? At what age did that start?

Natural Dyed Eggs

Natural dyed eggs

I’ve been wanting to color my eggs naturally for several years now. This is the first year I’ve tried and I wanted to share with you! I’ve read several websites with ideas and several of the items we don’t normally have in our house. So instead of going to buy items to use –  I decided to use only what I found in my house.

So I hunted around and came up with these 12 items to try…

Household items to dye eggs with

(Not everything is shown in this picture, after I started working I found more stuff.)

 

Paprika
Yellow Onion Skins – I only had about 3/4 of an onion left.
Red Wine
Green Tea
Grape Juice
Coffee
Strawberry Milk Mix
Red Cherry Juice
Green Cherry Juice
Emergen Vit. C Drnk mix – Pink Lemonade
Grape Jelly
Orange Nerds

Natural dyed eggs

My favorites are the Orange Nerds and the Red and Green Cherry Juice. Oh and the Green Tea and Coffee! The Strawberry Milk Mix came out pretty too.

All I did was mix the ingredients in a different cup with water (if needed) and added a few tablespoons of vinegar. It was really easy. Not all the eggs came out pretty and some came out weird (wine and grape juice).

 

Natural dyed Easter Eggs

There are so many ways to dye eggs. We will be doing a marble egg swirl in a few days with the kids.

                                                   What is your favorite way to color eggs?

Be Green This Holiday Season! #greenliving

Green Christmas

 

Everyone is busy during the holidays and there is so much to do. However take a moment to consider what you can do to make a difference on our environment. During the holidays, Americans create an extra million tons of waste each week and we boost our energy consumption by 27%. We purchase over 2.6 billion holiday cards and half of the paper Americans consume yearly is used to wrap and decorate products.

Below are some simple things we can do to help reduce our impact and protect our natural resources or our children and generations to come:

* Recycle your Christmas tree by leaving it out for curbside recycling. Please remove decorations and tinsel beforehand. Or you may be able to take it to a local mulch company to be recycled into mulch. One year, we took ours in and received a free bag of mulch in return.

* During the year, collect paper goods that you can later use for wrapping. I have tons of brown packing paper that I smooth out and stamp. It looks so pretty! You can also get creative and use the comic pages, old maps or re-use gift bags.

* Save boxes you might get in the mail or from products and use them instead of buying boxes. I love doing this! I might put a gift card in a odd shaped box. My mom uses food boxes and  cereal boxes. They are great for clothes or movies.

* Recycle or re-use all he paper and boxes used for the gift you receive.

* Don’t forget all the plastic containers that come with all those toys. That can all be recycled.

* Give gifts that require little or no packaging and consider the durability of a product before buying it. Buying cheaper items often mean they will wear out faster. Personally, I asked my mom to no longer buy dollar store items for my children. I’d rather her out that money into a movie or books that my children will more out of and last longer.

* Purchase LED lights. LED lights use 90% less energy than traditional lights. I still have some traditional lights but all w lights purchased are LED.

* Eat up all those leftovers from all those holiday celebrations! More food goes into the garbage during the holiday than any other time of the year.

 

 

                                                                                What do you do to be green at this time of year?

 

Save on Energy Costs with Best Buy and ENERGY STAR

The reviewer has been compensated in the form of a Best Buy Gift Card and/or received the product/service at a reduced price or for free.

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For the past five years my family has been all about living and promoting a green and eco-friendly lifestyle. I’m not sure what in me changed, maybe my daughter turning one or reading more blogs and seeing what others were doing. Whatever the case it has changed the way we do things. We use less paper, recycle everything and encourage others to do the same.

Those are all great ways to go “green” but there is more to it than that.

October is Energy Awareness Month. It has been since 1991 when the federal government designated it as such. What a great time to go out and replace or upgrade those old appliances to new ENERGY STAR® certified products. Best Buy can help you online and in their stores. I love Best Buy! In fact my husband is on his way there now to buy a HD TV for my son’s birthday. It will have the ENERGY STAR logo on it to make sure we are doing our part. Best Buy can also help you with local utility rebates on the energy-efficient products. That’s right – you can get a rebate for buying smarter. Beyond savings from simply having energy efficient products, local utility companies provide additional rebates that can save you up to $300.  To find rebates available in your area, check out the Best Buy online rebate find here:http://www.bestbuy.com/site/Appliances-Promotions/Appliances-Eco-Rebate-Finder-Tool/pcmcat239700050034.c?id=pcmcat239700050034&ref=184&loc=01

Best Buy has more than 2,300 unique ENERGY STAR certified products available in Best Buy stores and online at http://www.bestbuy.com/site/Global-Promotions/ENERGY-STAR/pcmcat149900050024.c?id=pcmcat149900050024&ref=184&loc=0

I love watching shows on  Green homes. We have a new home and the appliances are ENERGY STAR and is was built to be energy efficient. But I wish we could get solar panels. That is something I would like to look into in a few years.

 

What is ENERGY STAR? ENERGY STAR is a U.S. Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) voluntary program that helps businesses and individuals save money and protect our climate through superior energy efficiency. See http://www.energystar.gov/index.cfm?c=about.ab_index for more information. I was just there and found so many useful sites and information.

My husband just came home with this!

ENERGY STAR

 

Green Works Fun Pinterest Game! #sponsored

“I participated in a campaign on behalf of Mom Central Consulting for Green Works. I received a product sample to facilitate my review and promotional item as a thank you for participating.”

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I guess it started when I had my second child. I started to really think about how we recycled and what we could to do to better at it. I started thinking about how we cleaned and how we could clean more natural. One of my earliest giveaways was a green cleaner. I loved how it worked and I vowed to start cleaning more green. And living more green. I stopped buying paper napkins and made my own. I stopped using as many paper towels and use washcloths instead.

 

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We recycle everything we are allowed to recycle. Our recycle container outweighs our trash can. We started  teaching our children young what they can and can not recycle. Here is a picture of my daughter at 2 dinog her part and taking out the recycling bins.

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I love that my children know how to recycle and reuse items. My daughter has never known to grab a paper towel to wipe up a mess, she grabs a towel that we will wash and re-use. For the holidays and birthdays I use recycled boxes from the mail. I’d rather use them to wrap gifts in then buy boxes. I also save the brown paper that comes in shipping boxes and I press it out, sometimes iron it and then stamp it to make a lovely gift.

 

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One thing that we use to do and don’t is composting. I had made my own bin out of a Rubbermaid bin but that didn’t work as well as I would have liked. I do want to get a bin that I can turn. I know I can get one for around $100.

I love knowing that the cleaners I use are not harmful to my children and family. Green Works is one of my favorites! I feel comfortable with my daughter cleaning the shower or the glass windows. I know that she is not breathing in harmful chemicals. And she has fun cleaning!

Check out the Green Works Pinterest Page

So how can you play?

* Make sure to follow @greenworksclean on Pinterest and create one board titled “GreenWorks Games.”

* Then look for one of the GreenWorks Games. They have a word search, word unscramble or complete a word. Once you find a word, search Pinterest for that word and choose a photo that fits and makes sense to you! Natural will have a different meaning to many people. Pin the photo to your board with the “word” and #greenworksgames

See an example here: http://bit.ly/1f82jss

* Additional information on how to play can be found here: http://bit.ly/19f0N1u
Please pin a minimum of five images to your board.

Also see my board…..http://www.pinterest.com/mommyhastowork/greenworks-games/

 

How green are you?