#1: Ditch the Chemicals
- I am usually a big fan of using eco-friendly cleaners, but lately I've just been using whatever it is we have lying around the house. Note: I don't buy most of this. Other people do and I just use it. It's what happens when a ton (and by that I mean 4) people live in the same house. Cleaners pile up. The problem is, I'm the only one who really sees the benefits of having natural, eco-friendly cleaners that aren't laced with horrible chemicals lying around my house. Actually, my sister in law (who actually lives next door) does as well, but she doesn't live in my house so..., yeah. Anyway, my goal by next week is to reduce or eliminate those chemicals by replacing them with better quality, natural cleaners. In fact, I have a great review and GIVEAWAY for a company called Earth Friendly Products posting today, and they have really helped me in reaching this goal.
- But... what about the cleaners already in my home? Well, there are many great things you can do with half-filled bottles of cleaners in your house. Many places, like animal shelters and women's shelters, need all the supplies they can get and will accept opened bottles. Donating to these places is a great way to help them out. Of course, it would be AWESOME if you'd include a few new bottles of natural cleaners along with your others, but I do know that in places like animal shelters bleach-based cleaners are considered a necessity so it's OK to put those to good use there. Unfortunately, I know someone here would flip their lid if I tried to give away all of the cleaners, so my plan is to just hide them until they are forgotten about and then donate them. (Oh shoot, hopefully no one reads this post!).
- While it doesn't scream "GREEN!" necessarily, donating time and efforts to a good cause is a great way to give back on Earth Day. This week there is a consignment sale coming to town, which is a great way to get some affordable goodies for a baby or a child (hey, giving me a previously-loved gift for my shower is A-OK with me!). I have decided to volunteer a few hours of my day to helping set up for this sale. It's easy to do, takes just a few hours of time, and I get to shop a pre-sale as a result. Which is a double win for me!
- I was also hoping to do a walk/run for my local women's resource center this weekend, but unfortunately (or fortunately, depending on how you look at it), I have to work on Saturday and will no longer be able to do the walk/run. But, at least in my area, this is walk/run season and there's one almost every weekend, so even though time is a little crunched I am sure you can find one that you can participate in this weekend or next weekend that will contribute to a cause that you believe in. It's great for the cause and good for your health.
#3: Shop at a Farmer's Market or Shop Local
- Now, I am well aware that this may not be possible where you live. But where I live the Farmers Markets are in full swing since the beginning of the month! It is a great way to help out local farmers by getting fresh produce and other products. I personally love shopping my local farmer's markets, but since they are at times when I'm usually busy with something else I find I really have to remind and motivate myself to go. So, in honor of Earth Day, I am vowing to go either this week or next for sure, and get my family some great, locally-grown product and products.
- If Farmer's Markets aren't an option, look to see if there's a local craft or goods store near you. We have a great baby-themed one here in town where the entire front room is dedicated to products made by local artisans, sewers, knitters, and larger businesses like Chico Bags and Klean Kanteen (both of which are made here locally!). Usually you can find something in your town or in a nearby town that will help you contribute the local economy and check out some great home-grown products.
- Finally, should THAT not be an option, check out Etsy! You know I love Etsy and it has a great feature that lets you sort by location. You may be very surprised to find a talented artisan located right in your hometown with a neat shop on Etsy. I know I've been surprised to place an order only to find out that the seller lives just a few miles from me!
So thanks for stopping by and don't forget to check out that Earth Friendly Product review and GIVEAWAY that will be posting today!