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

38 green living article submissions by the Mothering community.

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

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

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

High hopes for a deal to stop planes from polluting the air our babies breath

 On Saturday morning I woke up just before 5 am to the sound of crying.  It turned out that a slight fever and teething were responsible.  After a few minutes of cuddling and reading a few books, all was well.  Since I was up, I checked my email.  I found out that a few hours earlier, just after 1 am, the Senate had passed a bill saying it would be okay with them if US planes landing in Europe ignored Europe’s climate laws.  The bill also gave a glimmer of hope.  It implied that the FAA and State Department needed to ramp up their efforts to negotiate a... read more

Natural Family Living

Issue 130By Peggy O'Mara A few months ago I got a call from a reporter who wanted me to define natural family living for an article she was writing for the Seattle Times. Just yesterday a friend told me that the article had turned up in the Baltimore Sun. Until now I have resisted defining natural family living, for several reasons. First, at its best, natural family living defies general definition because it is about discovering what is natural for each individual. Second, I don’t want parents to think they must follow rules in order to be good at parenting. And... read more

I took the train because we owe it to our kids to tackle climate change

 This week I did something that may sound a little crazy.  I took the Amtrak train from Washington, DC to Milwaukee, WI.  I had to make the trip for a work meeting, and I wanted to see if I could do my part to lower my carbon footprint by not flying.  The train was about 0.04 tons of carbon pollution, while a plane would have had nearly three times the emissions of the train.   Also, once we transition to renewable energy, trains will be an even better option since they can be powered by the wind and the sun.  The train was overnight, so I didn’t miss any... read more

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