On Being "Green" and a Giveaway!

I’m sure I’m not the first person to dislike the phrase “being green” but that certainly doesn’t keep me and my family from being as “green” as we can be.  I’m 100% behind taking care of this planet God gave us and while I’m still miles away from my ideal level of “green-ness” (anyone else sick of all these parentheses yet?) I think I am slowly getting there.

Anyway in recent years I’ve found it easier and easier to find more environmentally friendly products.  From 100% recycled toilet paper to chlorine free diapers it’s really not hard to find a better alternative.
Some of the ways that we work to make our home more earth friendly are:

Growing our own food!

 Using things like vinegar, baking soda, and essential oils for most of our daily cleaning.

Preserving our own food!

Hanging our laundry to dry! (lucky today I happen to be hanging mostly towels not undergarments 😉
I really do use vinegar and baking soda for most of the around the home cleaning but every once and while I just like to buy a bottle of some other kind of cleaner to switch things up.  I don’t know why but sometimes something new makes cleaning fun(?) again!
Here’s where the Give-away comes in!
Seventh Generation is giving you a chance to win a 100% organic cotton Seventh Gen Eco lunch bag as well as coupons for a FREE package of Seventh Generation Free & Clear Diapers, Free & Clear Baby Wipes and dish washing products to try for yourself!

Here are the give-away details:
  • Contest is open to Canadian residents only (sorry!)
  • contest runs until September 16th, 2011
  • Once the winner has been selected (I’ll use a random number generator) I’ll send the winner information along and the gift pack will be sent out.
  • To enter please leave a comment below stating what your best tip is on how to be more environmentally conscious.
  • You may only enter once!
Speaking from past experience, I really do love Seventh Generation products.  Seriously, I wouldn’t blog about them if I didn’t, that wouldn’t be cool.  

Want some Seventh Generation coupons?  Sign up for the Seventh Generation Nation and get access to coupons, special offers and tips on being “green” and healthy living.  

So enter the contest! Sign up for the nation and get some coupons, or if you only ever come here for sewing posts, ignore me for now 😉

Disclosure – I am participating in the Seventh Generation program by Mom Central Canada.  I received compensation as a thank you for my participation.  The opinions on this blog are my own. 

11 thoughts on “On Being "Green" and a Giveaway!

  1. Kara

    I use tea-tree oil for much of my cleaning. It smells good and it’s antibacterial, and all you need is a few drops in a spray bottle full of water, so it’s economical too! I find that somethings – cleaning the toilet, laundry and dish soap – I prefer to have a purchased product, which is where Seventh Generation would come in. And I totally get what you mean about “Fun” – I get some kind of thrill about trying a new (earth-friendly!) cleaning product too. :)

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  2. Christin Cote

    I use cloth diapers instead of disposables. I would feel so bad adding thousands of disposables to the landfill each year..

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  3. Miriam

    I use plain water for dusting most of the time, and I’ve found someone local who makes environmentally friendly, eco-safe cleaning products that works great in the bathroom, kitchen, cleaning upholstery, etc. I also despise disposable cleaning products like Swiffer cloths, etc. so I use re-usable versions that I can wash. Although I must admit to sometimes using Swiffer dusters this past year during renovations because of drywall dust.

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  4. ksutter

    We recycle everything we can.
    Don’t items we no longer use to others in need.
    Use environmentally friendly cleaning products.
    Such as vinegar, baking soda & water
    I love my Norwex mop & glass cleaning cloth!
    We also use public transport & walk as much as we can.
    I use reusable bags.
    We turn the thermostat down in the winter time and wear warmer clothes & have a fire.
    You have inspired me to hang my clothes to dry! Thanks! :)

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  5. erinll

    We try and reuse and pass on as many things as possible. We recycle everything possible and started composting this year which I am very excited about. We try and use as many green products as possible to clean with. I love my Norwex products… eco friendly and do an amazing job!

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  6. Rosie

    We’re recycle nuts over here! Even before the city had their curbside recycling, we paid for curbside pickup, as they accepted way more items than the city bins did. Even our 3yo loves to recycle! He never throws anything away without making sure it can’t be recycled first!
    My other “green” initiative is “early” (by N.American standards) potty training. Baby number 2 will be potty trained even earlier than baby #1 was! I’m very excited for that. 😉 I wish I had the time/energy for cloth diapers in the meantime. Will try the cholorine free this time, though!
    Thanks for this giveaway chance and great ideas!

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  7. Jenn

    I love their stuff! We do what we can, when we can. Cloth diapers, second hand clothes, up cycling, gardening, no chemical cleaners (or foods!). Little by little!

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  8. christigpa

    One example: we’re big recycling fans: like donations of used baby goods through Freecyle/family shelters/Goodwill or buying our children’s clothes at consignment shops.

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  9. KBisschop

    I make my own laundry detergent which is super easy, cost effective, and really cuts down on packaging waste! It only takes a few simple ingredients (ivory soap, borax, washing soda, and water, cleans well, and is gentle on my kids’ skin.

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