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Inspiration and fresh ideas for how to live as a sustainable family.

245 green living article submissions by the Mothering community.

Diapering Naturally

Cloth Diaper How-to: A Video Resource Section This video resource is a web exclusive addition to the feature article "The Diaper Dilemma" in the May/June 2010 issue of Mothering magazine. To read the article, and accompanying resources, order a digital subscription or a copy of the May/June issue. The following pages contain short videos from Mothering advertisers with helpful information, cloth diaper how-tos, and demonstrations on how to properly use the cloth diapers they sell.       Prefold and Flat Diapers - Watch the Videos What is a prefold... read more

Diaper Choices

Back in the early 1990s, when environmental awareness was at a peak, many states were considering taxing the sale of disposable diapers, or perhaps banning them altogether. The use of disposable diapers is now so prevalent that many parts of the country no longer have diaper services. What happened during this time that caused such a remarkable shift in thinking?In 1990, Proctor & Gamble, the nation’s largest manufacturer of disposable diapers, commissioned a study on the environmental impact of disposable diapers. The results of this study were used to create an... read more

Please Pass the Iodine: ways to protect ourselves and our children from the nuclear fall-out coming from Japan

No one is sure what the death toll in Japan will be from the massive earthquake that struck on Friday, creating a tsunami that then slammed into Japan’s north coast, but it has been estimated that more than 10,000 people may have died, just in the Miyagi Province. Then there’s the problem of Japan’s nuclear power plants. There have already been two hydrogen explosions at one plant and there are fears that a second plant may be facing a nuclear meltdown. When these nuclear power plants malfunction they can dump radiation into the atmosphere. It’s for... read more

Product Testing, Home Version

My kids occasionally call the kitchen Mom’s Evil Laboratory because I like to make our own soaps, lotions, and herbal tinctures. I’ll concede, some of my concoctions don’t smell wonderful. Okay, some don’t turn out too well either. These days we’re using the last remnants of salve that’s become a little too solid. And I’m the only one intrepid enough to use the latest batch of homemade chamomile shampoo. I don’t know what the big deal is, all that’s required is applying said shampoo milliseconds after shaking before it separates back into non-frothy greenness and soapy... read more

Video - Fun Upcycled Easter Baskets

  Looking for a fun family project for Easter? What could be more fun, and special, than homemade Easter baskets? Lynn Colwell from Celebrate Green! shows how easy it is to create your own heirloom Easter basket from upcycled fabric scraps. Click here for step-by-step instructions on the Celebrate Green! blog.    Also check out Safe and Natural Easter Egg Dye from the Celebrate Green! team.   Lynn Colwell and Corey Colwell-Lipson are the mother-daughter co-authors of the book, Celebrate Green! Creating Eco-Savvy Holidays, Celebrations and Traditions for the Whole... 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

How-to Diaper Naturally - All-in-one (AIO) and All-in-two (AI2) Diapers

Welcome to the all-in-one (AIO) and all-in-two (AI2) section of Mothering.com's special how-to video resource on cloth diapering. Following are videos from Mothering advertisers with helpful information and demonstrations on how to properly use the diapers they sell. This video resource is a web exclusive addition to the feature article "The Diaper Dilemma" in the May/June 2010 issue of Mothering magazine. To read the article, and accompanying resources, order a digital subscription or a copy of the May/June issue. What is an all-in-one? All-in-ones have an... read more

Minimalist Living: Before You De-Clutter--Reducing Consumption

Thank you to Rachel Jonat from Minimalist Mom for this guest post. This is part two of three posts on minimalist living. Read post one. Stay tuned for the third post from Rachel and check out her site for even more great information. If you’re thinking about paring down your possessions, or radically de-cluttering your home, I cannot over-emphasize the value in assessing your consumption patterns. Before I sold my wedding dress, and before I donated 80% of my wardrobe, I started a bigger journey to reduce what we brought into our home. In February... read more

Diggin' In The Earth Resources

  This resource list is intended to be a compilation of helpful MDC threads, Mothering articles and member-recommended website links of general interest to the Diggin' in the Earth forum participants.    MDC Threads  Compost 101 Seed Swap 2009-2010 Seed Starting Preserving 101: VEGGIES Preserving 101: FRUITS Seed Companies w/o Monsanto ties Monsanto-linked seed companies   Mothering Articles The Good Earth: A Farmer's View Rediscovering the Earth The Rabbit Restaurant and Other Gardening Secrets from My Daughter Homegrown... read more

How-to Diaper Naturally - Contour and Fitted Diapers

Welcome to the contour and fitted section of Mothering.com's special how-to video resource on cloth diapering. Following are videos from Mothering advertisers with helpful information and demonstrations on how to properly use the diapers they sell. This video resource is a web exclusive addition to the feature article "The Diaper Dilemma" in the May/June 2010 issue of Mothering magazine. To read the article, and accompanying resources, order a digital subscription or a copy of the May/June issue. What are fitted and contour diapers? Shaped like an... read more

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