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245 green living article submissions by the Mothering community.

One momma’s crazy New Year’s Resolution to go 100% Renewable

I love stretch goals, so my husband is usually braced for my New Year’s resolutions.  There was the time I vowed to buy nothing new for a year.  There was my vetoed plan to save all our trash for a year in the basement, as an incentive to only bring things home that could be recycled (my husband is such a party pooper, right?).  And who didn’t love the year with no heat or air conditioning?  (Confession: I minded this more than my husband).  My most important New Year’s resolution came when I was pregnant and resolved to continue to decrease our carbon footprint even as... read more

Living With Less Infographic

By Laura Grace Weldon                     Today I'll be gardening, making kimchi, planning a baby shower, walking the dogs, and chatting with my kids. Frugality gives me the freedom to spend my time this way, even if my husband and I laugh about not replacing the tattered blanket on our bed. It has become a silly reminder of our penny-pinching attitude.    The phrase "spending time" is remarkably appropriate, because what any of us spend money on is a choice about how we use our time. A new blanket isn't out of reach for me, but I'm mindful that $35 or more for a... read more

The Best Non-Toxic Beeswax and Soy Crayons

This special section was created by natural product expert Amy Serotkin of The Mindful Home as part of Mothering's Ultimate Green Guide to Back to School Supplies. Check it out for many more eco-friendly, made in the USA picks for back to school.   The second most popular question posted on my natural toys buy/sell/trade group is regarding non-toxic crayons (the first is about play kitchens, and you can find my post on those here).  Time and time again, the moms there respond with the same #1 crayon recommendation.  Most commercial crayons are made with paraffin, a... read more

Would YOUR Dog Bite Me?

My blogging life (my entire life, actually) was rudely interrupted one week ago today, when I was badly bit by a neighbor's dog. It has put the issue of dog owner denial front and center for me. I realize it could have been much worse, and then my mind spins out further into other scenarios: What if I'd not picked up my dog in the nick of time? What if I'd been with a child? What if I had been a child? So I'm taking this opportunity to ask you to give some sober second thought to your own dog(s): they are your companions, your loves, your joy -- but they are... read more

5 Summer Skin Must-Haves for the Conscious Family

              Summer is synonymous with the great outdoors. Between playing in the sun at our community lake, weeks of swim lessons and evening walks and veggie BBQs, we will have logged MANY outdoor hours by the time summer comes to an end.  Effective, all-natural sun protection, after-sun skin care and insect repellent are staples of summertime fun and thankfully, there are an increasing number of options available.   I have compiled a list of my family’s top 5 favorite summer skincare products. Please add yours in the comments!   1.  Seventh Generation... read more

Local Vacations Save Money and the Planet

                       Summer is here!  Which means it’s vacation time!  Of course, vacations are a little different with a little one in tow.    Before having a baby, my husband and I used to love vacationing in Thailand.  We didn’t even mind the 24  hours in transit to get there, or the insane jet lag.   Things are a little different now though.  I have no desire to sit on a plane for hours, lug equipment through security, or deal with a jet lagged baby.  Also, since we are trying to reduce our carbon footprint below what it was before having a child, flying... read more

When to Let Go - Balloon Launch Activism

    What do you do when your knowledge and beliefs collide with those of your child's school? Do you prevent your child from participating? Do you compromise? Do you use it as an opportunity to educate people?     I've been called a rabble rouser, an activist and an educator. I think deeply about things, I enjoy research and I enjoy sharing my research and thoughts with others. I like to plant a seed and wait for it to grow. I especially enjoy engaging in dialogue and finding common ground and compromise. When the conversations go well, we both come away... read more

Lasting Gifts to Give Your Children

As fellow parents all over the world will relate, my husband and I are constantly thinking about our baby’s well-being and future. We brought him into this world, and we feel a lot of responsibility to make sure he’s able to thrive.   The baby-raising years (everything from the baby shower to the minivan) are deeply connected to consumption and waste – all contributing to the degradation of our Mother Earth. With Mother's day just behind us, Father's day ahead, and the regular drum beat of birthdays and anniversaries, I've been thinking a lot about gifts--... read more

This Earth Day Go Solar!

I have a 2 yr old. I want solar and wind energy now because I need the 'mid century' climate in 2050 to be to stable enough for him to thrive. That's why this Earth Day, I'm asking everyone to show mamma earth your love by going solar. There's enough sun and wind in the US everyday to power everything we do, and yet special interests try to prevent us from using these renewable sources of energy by painting them as unworkable. The good news is that the special interests are losing. Family by family, community by community, and country by country we have proven... read more

Eco-friendly Tips To Keep Things Clean Around The House

Recently, we ran a Spring Cleaning Contest and asked Mothering members to share the eco-friendly ways they've found to keep things clean. Below you'll find some of the great ideas our members shared, as well as awesome green cleaning products our community has recommended.   Photo by Suzettesuzette via Flickr.   Soak orange peels in vinegar "I love cleaning with vinegar, but not the vinegar smell.  So I saw on Pinterest the idea to soak orange peels in vinegar for 2 weeks- now it has a great orange... read more

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