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

29 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

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

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

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

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

Purify The Air In Your Home With Houseplants

  With fall and winter fast upon us, our time spent outdoors is going to diminish from what it’s been during these nice last days of summer.   Our windows will close up, and the heater and fireplace will turn on.  Now while I absolutely adore sitting by a roaring fire, cozied up on the couch with my little loves, I also realize that the health impact from those seemingly benign luxuries are not what I’d like them to be.   When I think of air pollution, I often think of the Southern California sky where I grew up.  On the vast majority of days throughout... read more

Ten tips: Beating the heat while beating back global warming

It’s not your imagination, it actually is hotter than it used to be.  Climate change has kicked in and we are breaking heat records left and right.  It was a spring for the record books and we may be in line for another record breaking summer.  No matter what state you live in, it is hotter on average now than it was forty years ago.  Of course one response to this heat is to crank up the A/C.  But unless you select a renewable energy  option from your utility (an option not everyone has), that response would actually cause more coal to be burned, and... read more

Make Over Your Cleaning Cabinet

I’m a lover of all plants in all of their forms, but do seem to be on an essential oil kick lately.  They are the most potent form of herbs, and when used appropriately can do wonders.  So to continue on my essential oil rant, here’s a list of do-it-yourself cleaning products that are not only safe and super easy to make, but work just as effectively, if not more so, than anything that you’ll find at a store.   All Purpose Spray 1/4 cup white vinegar (kills germs, cuts grease, deodorizes & dissolves mineral deposits) 2 cups water,... read more

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