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Suzanne says ...
To see how well your family can slow down and green up, play the game "power outage". This game was created by my three children after a power outage left us in the dark for almost 24 hours. The way you play the game is to shut off and unplug all appliances. Challenge each other to make up different games and activities that can be done in the dark and with no electricity! This is an absolute blast, the children were so creative and learned so much about what most people take for granted. My eight year old son especially loves the game and requests that we play at least once a month!! Try it at home and see how many ideas your family can come up with!
04/18/2008 12:01:24 PM CDT
Amy says ...
The "green" lifestyle has become so trendy lately, it seems to have been taken over by the same old consumer-centric message we've been trying to break free from. We're encouraged to buy reusable bags, buy bamboo dishes, buy CFLs, buy a hybrid car, buy, buy buy! More new things are not the solution, even if they're better than the old versions they're replacing. The key to a really green lifestyle is in consuming less in the first place. I really like that this Downshifting movement seems to emphasize reduced consumption, rather than simply consuming greener products.
04/18/2008 3:11:02 PM CDT
Vivienne says ...
Our family is trying to green our life. We have eliminated a plastic bottles, and are trying to reduce our driving. We plant an organic garden every year and can what we don't eat. Our next two big steps are to buy a barrel composter and an outdoor umbrella clothesline. My question is can I find either of these in Southeastern Wisconsin or Northern Illinios? I am trying to avoid the carbon footprint of having them delivered. I will check the blog again in the next few days. Thanks. Vivienne
04/18/2008 7:34:52 PM CDT
Sharon in Texas says ...
I enjoy reading the newspapers. But they make a mess of paper. I now subscribe to the New York Times and Washington Post and sometimes check out others online. Saves piles of paper and it's free! I also stopped my junkmail at the suggestion of Environmental Defense. .
04/18/2008 9:14:14 PM CDT
Kjersti - Minneapolis says ...
I've enjoyed reading all the comments posted here. I too am downshifting - and it feels right. I'm living more now like I did when I was in grade school - much simplier. I moved closer to work so I could walk instead of drive, I use canvas bags instead of paper, wax paper instead of plastic wrap, carry lunch to work, bicycle on our nearby commuter trail to stores, buy as much organic as I can, use biodegradable bags for garbage, live in an apartment complex, installed wood floors from an environmentally responsible source, buy 90% of my clothes at reuse shops, use environmentally friendly cleaning products and so on. I've gone green more and more because I became aware that my health issues are tied to the environment. The changes I've made have kept me out of the doctor's office and (knock on wood) off med's completely. Moving from a 2400 sq. ft. townhouse to a 900 sq. ft. condo has been a challenging but great experience. When the gas prices go up, I get a "raise" at work. Happy Earth Day to everyone.
04/19/2008 6:47:14 AM CDT
margarita castro says ...
iam feel beter before using .organic producs .y bay the meet vestebles and may body care and al feel beter and help the earth health go green thas life
04/19/2008 7:44:08 AM CDT
Deanna in Alabama says ...
It is so encouraging to see all of the helpful suggestions and to know there are people all over the USA who take this issue seriously. We are a nation of over consumers; I believe people are starting to realize that having more does not equal happiness or better quality of life. Thank goodness people seem to be waking up! On a lighter note, my boys and I went into the Whole Foods Market yesterday; it is a bit of a trip for us, so we don't get to go as often as I'd like. Well, you would have thought I'd told them we were going to Disney Land! The people are so friendly and helpful and the products are amazing; it is a pure joy to shop there. That store has opened their eyes and encreased their awareness about living a healthy lifestyle. My kids have tried new foods because of the free samples and I have been able to incorporate these into our diet at home. Whole Foods makes the entire experience fun! Thanks guys!
04/19/2008 8:21:52 AM CDT
Heidi says ...
One of the easiest ways we went green was by using cloth diapers. We love the Dream-Eze diapers. They are just as easy as disposable and we get fewer leaks than our friends who are using the plastic disposable monsters. I love that my baby is in a healthier, greener, softer alternative. If you dry them outside then a lot less energy is used and the new high efficiency washers are great. So many options, so cute, I will never turn back!
04/19/2008 12:51:17 PM CDT
Lauren says ...
I buy Bi-O-Kleen dish soap in the five gallon container with a pump. I just refill my liquid soap dispensers in the kitchen and baths to save on money and resources. It is so mild that it keeps our hands from drying out and has a nice orange fragrance.
04/19/2008 3:06:49 PM CDT
debra smith says ...
Hi Jerry! And a early Happy Earth Day to you, too. I applaud Whole Foods for leading the pack in recyclable/reusable grocery bags. However, with t he advent of cloth bags, it seems people may be using more inside plastic bags for produce, meats etc. First, are the inside bags recyclable? Second, can't you stock 2 sizes? Oftentimes I see people with one item in a whole, huge bags. Are we only creating a different problem with eliminating throw-out plastic grocery bags?
04/20/2008 9:21:16 AM CDT
Suzanne says ...
I agree with Debra on this one. I stopped using the produce bags and find it only slightly annoying. The cashier has to be extra cautious not to drop the apples as they roll aroud on the belt. I'm sure it is not the most convientient thing, however, maybe this will urge cashiers to ask their employer to come up with a better solution. I know they do make washable produce bags, but I would need like twenty and that's not something I want to spend money on. One of these days I will remember to bring my empty bread and bagel bags for my produce! Suzanne DeRosa The Little Green Tambourine, LLC. www.thelittlegreentambourine.com
04/20/2008 12:51:14 PM CDT
Sophia says ...
To answer Suzanne's dilemma: whenever you purchase strawberries or tomatoes or other produce in plastic tubs with hinged tops, wash them carefully and the reuse them the next time you go. They are plastic, but you can reuse them quite a few times and then recycle them when they become too old. I also find that reusing paper sacks or mesh bags (like the ones you get with onions) work well too. You're really only trying to keep things together so the associate can tally them up. Another great reuse for the mesh bags citrus fruit comes in is to put all your beach toys in them. Then when you get home, take to garden hose to them and hang to drip dry. Voila! They are ready for the next outing.
04/20/2008 3:32:28 PM CDT
DS says ...
The approach to downshifting is to evaluate every aspect of your lifestyle, make realistic goals and implement change one or two at a time. We did the following within 1 year: *Buy Organic Foods on a regular basis *Use a solar oven on sunny days *Changed to reusable shopping bags *Use compact flourescent bulbs *Unplugged all appliances - plug in only during use *No more cable tv - watch a few shows on the Internet *Use a high efficiency washing machine *Use speed wash setting and cold water *Hang up laundry to dry *Use eco-friendly cleaning products *Cloth napkins instead of paper towels *Changed to Native Plant Landscaping *Use solar lights front yard and backyard *Planted 5 fruit trees *Put in a small summer vegetable garden *Capture rain water in barrels *Reduced energy and water use by 50% *Reduced spending habits *Went from 2 cars down to 1 *Drive slower and reduce car use *Changed careers to environmental focus *Spend a lot of time outdoors! *Identify goals for the next 12 months
04/21/2008 3:16:58 AM CDT
Tracey Smith says ...
I love all those points but as you've raised, there are so many we can do that cost us NOTHING, in fact, they actually SAVE us lots! It is always so lovely when I get into conversation with somebody who has that light bulb moment....you can see the penny has dropped and they finally 'get' it! It's wonderful and you know, they are excited about stepping forward with a completely new way of tackling life. I will never tire of it. Tracey Smith Founder of InterNational Downshifting Week
04/21/2008 7:09:30 AM CDT
Rhonda Murphy says ...
I come from a small island nation, where we grew up 'Green". We did not know any other way, and foreigners who lived on the island, would look down on our simple yet very healthy lifestyle. Who knew , now it is the way it shoul be for the health of not only people but the planet. I have lived in he U.S for almost 25 years nowand have always l hve like I would at home, it was effortless and easy for me, . In addition to evrything on Sophia's list and more, something new that I started doig in my neighbourhood is on trash day, if I notice things that are still ggod being tossed out, I will pick them up and recycle by taking them to goodwill stores or recycling bins in the community. I have given to good will perfectly good toys, and a lot of household items. Our goowill store is just a few minutes away. I do this quietly, hoping that the neighbours will be encouraged to do the same. Every little bit counts.
04/21/2008 8:12:32 AM CDT
sharon clark says ...
I jumped on the band wagon to Go Green. Instead of pressing the "easy" button I visited worldcentric.com and ordered all green products for the office. I was suprised by how much was available cups, utensils, plates all made from corn and paper towels, TP and writing paper from recylced pulp! Costs a little more, but saving our wonderous earth is worth it!
04/21/2008 11:14:30 AM CDT
Ching says ...
Don't forget the "green" pet products. I use "the world's best cat litter", which is made out of natural corn kernals. No kidding, it is the world's best cat litter! Not only human consumption should go "green", the pets consumption can go "green" too!
04/22/2008 10:37:08 PM CDT
Kathleen Rushlow says ...
When I found out how long it takes for a plastic water bottle to break down, I stopped buying them, but still needed to have something for my gym workouts, so I bought a Pomegranate tea that came is a glass jar (the size of water drinking glass) with a snap on lid and after I finish the tea, I wash the glass and lid and use them for my water bottles. I may also use the bottom as extra water glasses!
04/27/2008 8:56:04 PM CDT
Brent Bielema says ...
My favorite green web site is Plants for a Future (pfaf.org), which is based in the UK and rates the edibility and medicinal properties of thousands of plants. So if you are thinking of growing something, you can just check it out in their handy database. You can also add comments if you have any questions or experiences with the plants to share. With the kind of thinking represented on this site, we sure wouldn't have to worry about energy crises and wars. We could simply grow our way into abundance and prosperity. And isn't that really the dream that Thomas Jefferson had -- carried on now by Dr. Ron Paul and company?! (He is an organic tomato farmer...)
05/01/2008 2:41:03 PM CDT
Sara Gardner says ...
I know you'll find informed, current information here in keeping with the Whole Foods philosophy. Please check it out and pass it on!
05/02/2008 4:16:15 PM CDT
Courtney says ...
I'm with Heidi, I went to cloth diapers. Actually less troublesome ( and cheaper) than one may think, and at least I can rest knowing I'm not filling the landfill with disposables. We also vowed to start buying in bulk and making alot of our everyday things (like bread, rolls, cereal etc..) rather than buying them and wasting packaging, So much better for you too!
05/02/2008 5:17:24 PM CDT

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