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<p>We eat organic, whole foods - prepared traditionally, fermented foods, broths, and all! I use more cloth than my mom ever dreamed of, make my own cleaning and beauty products, and am all about alternative health!</p>
 

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<p>We definitely recycle and use green cleaning/beauty products more <em>now</em> than when I was a child. My parents were very crunchy (cloth-diapering, eating whole foods, home cooked meals, eating organic when we could find it, getting outdoors to play)! I think recycling is widely promoted and available nowadays. Also the availability of green cleaning and beauty products helps for our family to include them more readily than years ago when I was a child!<br>
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<p>So many "green" changes!  We recycle (started in childhood, but not until I was a teen), buy in bulk or returnable containers, use cloth grocery bags & napkins (also cloth diapered when anyone was wearing, but both DS & I were cloth diapered ourselves, so that was just normal!), Mama cloth, at least partially family cloth, backyard chickens, belong to a CSA, make our own cleaning products/toiletries or choose safer alternatives to conventional via the Environmental Working Group guidelines, use a steam household cleaner, thrift store & Freecycle just about everything, bicycle commute & errands, solar chargers for our electronic gadgets. . .</p>
 

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<p>And. . . shared :)</p>
 

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<p>I  focus on feeding my family organic, whole goods. I keep a garden and buy local as much as possible. I prefer alternative health care with a heavy focus on herbalism.  I also use cloth diapers.</p>
 

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<p>we live off-grid, grow our own food, built our own home from recycled materials and the resources already on our land. we grown our own organic food, cloth diaper, home school, breastfeed, and live as simply as possible. Ecology is our life, basically. I'm a midwife, and I believe it is even a more ecological way to birth! My kids, 17, 4 and 2 (especially the younger 2!) would love some new books! It would be good for them to know that what comes naturally to us is something other people in other situations may have to strive for. I don't want my kids being elitist! I think books showing the efforts people make would be valuable. thanks!</p>
 

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<p>I love Barefoot books.  We love their Dance Stories collection, as well as the book/cd sets in Spanish of Juan y los frijoles magicos and El fandango de Lola.<br>
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<p>As for being green in ways different from my growing up:</p>
<p>- cloth diapers</p>
<p>- EC</p>
<p>- CSAs and local foods</p>
<p>- living in town so we can walk and bike everywhere</p>
<p>- freecycling</p>
 

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<p>We recycle everything and less TV & video games. There is a whole world to explore and we read lots of books together <span><img alt="joy.gif" src="http://files.mothering.com/images/smilies/joy.gif">. I also buy non-processed foods, due to food allergies we are both on a GF/DF diet and try to buy more organic!</span></p>
 

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<p>Cloth diapers, recycling plastics, and cloth napkins  are a few that I do as an adult, I was not raised doing.  One I was raised doing and love is hanging clothes on the line to dry.</p>
 

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<p>Organic and CSAs are two green choices we make for our family these days that my parents were not hip to when I was little. </p>
 

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My patents cloth diapered with me as a baby, but not with my younger brother 6 years later.ive enjoyed cloth diapering 4 babies,composting, gardening (a bit mire than my mom did) and while my mom worked hard to provide healthy, well-balanced meals, I'm a little bit more over the top than she was (spinach powder in pancakes, quinoa veggie muffins, etc).
 

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<p>We compost, recycle, eat organic foods, eat healthy foods, exercise as a family, hike, camp, bicycle and think about our impact on the environment.  We didn't do any of this growing up.</p>
 

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<p>My family was/is pretty green, but we try and do even more. I grew up gardening and spending time outdoors and I continue those traditions, but I also cloth diaper, eat almost exclusively organic, and am trying to completely eliminate packaging and plastic from my life.</p>
 

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I use mamma cloth- this is the biggest thing- growing up it was the plastic junk. glad I know better now. also for cleaning, I use hot water, vinegar and essential oils versus the chemicals like windex and 409 while growing up. have cloth diapered all four of my children and I haven't taken medicine in about 8 years. (well except my placenta medicine!)feel better than ever! thanks for the opportunity! <3
 
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