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Coleen W says ...
I do everything we can from little things like recycling and making some of my own eco-friendly cleaners to extremely low gas drinking car, energy star appliances, etc..
04/08/2012 6:07:45 AM CDT
Renee says ...
Plant two blueberry bushes in my backyard - so we can make blueberry crisp from scratch!
04/09/2012 3:44:05 PM CDT
Martha Lamarche says ...
I just began using a Smart Kleen ball instead of laundry detergent. No more chemicals in my laundry machines or on my family's clothing.
04/09/2012 3:23:17 PM CDT
Connie says ...
By using a water filter system & refillable alumunium water bottles & camelbacks, we have cut our use/purchase of bottled water by more than 90%. This is just one step we've taken to be more conservative & we're saving money in the process as well.
04/09/2012 2:37:25 PM CDT
Natalie says ...
My resolution is to slowly break the habit of using paper napkins. I've always been brought up on disposable paper towels and napkins, and it's taken a real mental shift to move towards more sustainable methods. Now that I have a nice supply of washable dishrags and chammies, it's time to get some cloth napkins to use on the daily! And, as always, my resolution is to try and rub off my environmental crazy on some more of my friends :P
04/09/2012 2:14:51 PM CDT
april says ...
I'm starting to take the bus more to cut back on gas usage.
04/09/2012 1:31:41 PM CDT
Elyse McGowan says ...
I have two older children and one young child in my household. When the the oldest were little I had no concept of eco-cleaners, the internet was only just getting poplar, my parents did not have this philosophy and I was the only one of my friends that even had children. It has amazed me to see the breadth of knowledge that one has to have in order to be eco-friendly. One can not only be aware, but educated. It is a good feeling that all of kids will learn, as I do.
04/07/2012 10:32:49 PM CDT
Emily says ...
We've bought a Brita water filter instead of buying bottled water. It saves money and the environment!
04/09/2012 12:20:41 PM CDT
Dana Kroh says ...
One change that I am making is incorporating more local foods into our diet. Local lessens our footprint eliminating the gases from delivery trucks-- I have enjoyed going to our local Farmer's Market once a month. And with the Summer coming, the Farmer's Market is soon to get a lot more variety of produce. :)
04/09/2012 12:09:00 PM CDT
Leah says ...
My daughter's and I have switched to glass water bottles - no chemicals and the glass keeps it cool longer!!
04/09/2012 10:17:56 AM CDT
Cassandra Smith says ...
Green Products all the way!
04/09/2012 10:03:58 AM CDT
Rachael S. says ...
This Earth Day we're making a commitment to go organic in EVERYTHING, have meatless Mondays, fish Fridays and salmon Sundays. I know they are steps that many households already do, some even doing much more...These are big, important, moral and health decisions for us to live healthfully and hopefully for the future in our house and the world as a whole.
04/09/2012 9:38:58 AM CDT
Rebecca says ...
I bought some tomato and orange trees. While we enjoy fresh veggies and fruit, I'm also teaching my son the importance of being good to the earth, and how important fresh and organic foods really are.
04/09/2012 9:29:48 AM CDT
john says ...
Recycle bags
04/09/2012 9:19:22 AM CDT
Beth Meier says ...
I will use People Towels at work to cut down on my use of paper towels & napkins.
04/09/2012 9:04:50 AM CDT
Penchant for Produce says ...
My fiancee and I have been chipping away little by little at our carbon footprint. First with simple things like turning off the water while brushing our teeth, turning off water, and general recycling. We have made strides towards up cycling by reusing small yogurt cups to start seedlings for our garden. We buy things in bulk and/or larger containers whenever possible. We run a food blog focused on healthy seasonal cooking and feature recipes that take advantage of a lot of ingredients that are unrefined and less processed. My fiancee now works in water resources engineering. This year we will be leveraging some of the skills he has learned in his profession when planting a vegetable garden for the first time. We will be experimenting with drip irrigation at the bed level to use as little water as possible to water our garden. Additionally we plan to install rain barrels to collect water that runs off the roof and down the downspout and will use this to water our crops. We took another big step this year - realizing that we did not really need two cars we recently sold one of our cars and are working together to make fewer trips around town by combining errands, riding our bikes, and carpooling whenever possible. We would love an opportunity to try out new cleaning products which do not contaminate the water supply. Water is such a precious commodity and the amount of scary chemicals, pharmaceuticals, and hormones in the existing supply is simply staggering. This earth day I would love to make a contribution by finding new ways to conserve this most precious commodity both by using less and by keeping it free of contaminants.
04/09/2012 8:51:53 AM CDT
Erin D. says ...
We are making the switch to cutting down on hot water use. We will wash our clothing in cold water as well as our dishes whenever possible. We also plan on cutting down our shower/bath times to use less hot water. Our three kids love this plan as they hate taking a bath :)
04/09/2012 8:21:57 AM CDT
Jen P says ...
I am planting a small garden with my children for the first time to help them understand where their food comes from!
04/09/2012 8:14:33 AM CDT
Jaimee says ...
I'd like to recycle more and use more environmentally friendly products.
04/09/2012 8:14:14 AM CDT
Amanda says ...
When I was younger I remember watching my grandmother bring out a green recycle container and she would tell me,"One day you will appreciate this." Now that I'm a mother of a 18 month old I started realizing what a difference I can make in my family's life and our world. So I began recycling and it's turned into a wonderful game. We sing," Save, Save don't throw away not going to stink up our earth today." I'm blessed I am able to share all these natural environmental ways with my daughter. And continue the memories she will carry with her just like I did with my grandmother.
04/09/2012 8:05:52 AM CDT
Sandy B. says ...
We've been using reuseable shopping bags and water bottles for years but, over the course of the last year, we have made alot of changes in our home. We switched to cleaning most things with baking soda, lemon juice and vinegar. When we need something stronger, we use only environmentally safe products. We even changes our laundry detergent and the soap and shampoo we use in the shower - all that stuff goes down the drain and into the water supply you know. We also started buying "paper" towels made out of bamboo. We planted our own container garden but also joined a CSA farm that is only 6 miles from our house. Finally, this past weekend, we embarked on our first composting experiment. Wish us luck!!!!
04/09/2012 7:59:56 AM CDT
Maria Puerta says ...
Health start here, understanding that we created a toxic live around us and now we have the chance to go back to natural products. This is paramount for our future. I'm so happy to see more personal responsibility. Having a baby was my awakening, realizing that in order to be happy and well I needed to start from the house, cleaning products, organic foods, filter water... Thank you for this products and this work.
04/09/2012 7:13:41 AM CDT
Joanna Kohlbus says ...
I teach 3 year olds and we'll be spending Earth Day (actually the whole week) talking about different things we can do at school and at home to help our Earth. At this age, the kids are VERY receptive to new ideas. We'll even be composting on the playground our leftover food scraps (on a small scale!)
04/09/2012 7:07:53 AM CDT
Megan says ...
No more Miracle-Gro! Instead I will use organic fertilizer for my garden.
04/09/2012 7:07:30 AM CDT
Sara says ...
I will use my eco-friendly Kangen water ionizer to produce strong alkaline water, which has detergent-like qualities, and strong acidic water, which has anti-bacterial qualities and can kill viruses within 30 seconds of contact. This strong water easily replaces and outperforms harsh and environmentally unfriendly chemicals and cleansers!
04/09/2012 6:50:33 AM CDT

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