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245 green living article submissions by the Mothering community.

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

Non Monsanto Seed Companies

Here are safe from Monsanto seed companies. Abundant Life Seeds (Cottage Grove, OR) Amishland Seeds Annapolis Valley Heritage Seed Company canada Baker Creek Seed Co. (Mansfield, MO) Berlin Seeds - they don't have a website. Atleast I didn't find one. Botanical Interests (Broomfield, CO) Bountiful Gardens (Willis, CA) Diane's Flower Seeds (she has veggies now, too) Fedco Seed Co. - phasing out seminis seeds. (Waterville, ME) Garden City Seeds Good Seed Company (Oroville WA) - cold hardy, short-growing season plant seeds Heirloom Acres Seeds -I've heard... read more

Frugal Living Benefits Kids

Five Ways Frugal Living Benefits Kids by Laura Grace Weldon Sophie is a single mother raising a five-year-old boy. She’s working to establish her own house cleaning business after losing her job nearly two years ago. Sophie and her son live in a small trailer home. Marissa and Jack run a thriving dental practice while raising five-year-old twin daughters. They live in a suburban home on several acres. The five-year-olds from these families are at opposite ends of the economic spectrum. But their parents are raising them in remarkably similar ways.... read more

No More Junk Toys: Rethinking Children's Gifts

By Judith L. Rubin Issue 121, November - December 2003 One night, not long after Christmas, my pacifist friends Jay Levy and Su Zuniga quietly crept down to the basement with a hammer while their three-year-old daughter, Samantha, slept. There, they methodically banged on the belly of her new mechanical dog until it stopped yapping. Another friend's daughter received a Victorian makeup table for her fourth birthday. "It's plastic, it's ugly, and it's huge. It's totally inappropriate for a four year old. Not to mention that my daughter is a tomboy." When asked about... 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

Mom Jessica Alba Shares Her Non-Toxic, Eco-Friendly Vision of the Future

Actress and The Honest Company co-founder shares her non-toxic, eco-friendly vision of the future.   By Sharon Kehoe   Mom always said honesty is the best policy, and the story behind The Honest Company is no exception. One day, actress Jessica Alba, mother and co-founder of The Honest Company, had an allergic reaction to a baby-friendly laundry detergent. Surprised by this, she began researching the ingredients found in conventional baby products, but didn’t find enough information to make her feel comfortable using... read more

Learn How to Avoid the Deception of Greenwashed Products

      Contains organic ingredients Made with nontoxic ingredients 100% Natural Plant Based Natural Botanical Ingredients Made with plant extracts Contains organic essential oils Earth-friendly Environmentally safe   Do these claims look familiar?  You now see them all over a wide variety of packages, from salad dressings to moisturizers.  They’re meant to lead us consumers to believe that we are buying a better and safer product than other options, and they work really well at doing just that!  Unfortunately, very few of products with such... read more

15 Ways to Save a Tree (or part of one anyway)

  Even though we can't hear them as well as our children can, the trees are trying to tell us to stop cutting them down 1. Let your hands air dry after you wash them in a public bathroom. 2. Ask for a ceramic mug for your low fat decaf latte. Often clerks default to paper if you don’t mention you’re staying put. 3. Keep a travel mug in your bag for when you want your drink-of-choice to go. 4. Bring your own plates to school dinners. 5. Carry a handkerchief to blow your nose and your kid’s nose. (Old-fashioned is the new... read more

The Politics of Diapers

By the Mothering Staff Issue 116, January - February 2003 1961 Proctor and Gamble (P&G) introduces Pampers. 1971 Pennsylvania Boy Scouts conducting a highway cleanup campaign report that the largest single source of litter is the disposable diaper. Disposable diapers contribute 171,000 dry weight tons of waste to be processed by US sewage systems. (M. A. Shapiro, Preliminary Study of the Environmental Impacts from Processing and Disposal of Diapers) 1975, February In comparing the effectiveness of several brands of disposable diapers, Consumer Reports notes that... read more

My First GladRags: One Woman's Happy Transition to Cloth

I was raised in an Attachment Parenting household, but I had never really been involved in the all-natural lifestyle until I went to college in Northern California.  There, my eyes were opened to an interest in composting, natural soaps and detergent and the Dirty Dozen.  But I have to admit: the idea of cloth pads, which I learned about only once I started working with Mothering, still kind of made me say “ew.”  I was one of those women (you know who you are!) who thought to herself, “That’s a cool idea – but it’s definitely not for me!”     After chatting with... read more

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