Small Changes You Can Make This Earth Day

Kate Harrison, CEO of the Green Life Guides and GreenBrideGuide.com offers tips for kick-starting a green lifestyle this Earth Day 2013. You can easily conserve resources in your everyday life just by making a few small changes in and around your home.

Here are some other ways to green your day-to-day duties:

Grocery Shopping- Green your trash bags: It is so easy and inexpensive to get trash bags made from recycled or biodegradable material these days that there is little excuse not to use them. You can buy a roll at most supermarkets or online. Bring your own reusable tote to the grocery store with you. Leave a few totes in the trunk of your car or stash them away in your purse for unexpected trips.

Skip the Suds- Try a green detergent such as 7th Generation which comes in a recycled cardboard bottle. You can also use a detergent designed for cold water; using cold water for each wash load saves energy, which is good for the earth, and also saves money, which is great for your wallet. Cold water detergents are formulated to fight dirt and stains just as well as their warm water counterparts.

Use a dishwasher instead of washing plates by hand- Buy an Energy Star Rated washer, only run it when it is full and skip the pre-rinse cycle.

image courtesy of Pure Cleaning Agency

Choose Non-Toxic Cleaning Products- For every commercial and chemical based product on the market, there is probably a greener alternative…or even a homemade substitution!

  • Baking Soda: This is great for cleaning, deodorizing, softening water and scouring dishes.
  • Soap: Unscented soap in liquid, flake or powder form is biodegradable and will clean just about anything.
  • Lemon: A strong food acid effective against most household bacteria.
  • Borax: Cleans, deodorizes, disinfects, softens water, cleans wallpaper, painted walls and floors
  • White Vinegar: Cuts grease, removes mildew, odors, some stains and wax build-up.
  • Washing Soda: Cuts grease, removes stains, softens water, cleans walls, tiles, sinks and tubs.
  • Cornstarch: Can be used to clean windows, polish furniture, shampoo carpets and rugs.
  • Citrus Solvent: Cleans paintbrushes, oil and grease and some stains.

Green Your Pet- The carbon emissions emitted from the production and transportation of your pet’s food can be quite high; to offset this, look for healthy food alternatives. While organic pet food may cost a bit more, it is made with renewable resources and no pesticides or environmentally unfriendly fertilizers. Whether it comes in bottles, bags or cans, chances are that your pet’s food containers can be recycled. Also, scooping poop is no fun for anyone but you can make it more environmentally friendly by using biodegradable bags, which are available at most pet stores. This is an excellent alternative to using plastic bags which are nearly impossible to decompose.

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About GreenBrideGuide.com

GBG is one of the top sites for Green Wedding and they are launchingGreenHomeGuide.com this spring, which will be all about ecofriendly home décor. GBG’s CEO, Kate L. Harrison, has a JD in Environmental Law and a Master’s from Yale in Environmental Policy. She planned her own green wedding in 2007 and wrote the best selling green wedding book The Green Bride Guide: How to Plan an Earth-Friendly Wedding on Any Budget (Sourcebooks, 2008). In 2009, she founded www.greenbrideguide.com to help couples use their weddings to promote social and environmental change and support the local green economy. The site also has a green gift registry and wedding shop.

(Disclosure: This is not a compensated post. Just wanted to pass along the tips.)

 

Five Green Gifts Under $25

Still looking for a gift for that Eco-conscious friend or family member? The Green Bride Guide, the nation’s leading resource for eco-friendly wedding ideas, product and services, offers five great green gift ideas for under $25.

1)    HAPPINESS WOODEN COASTER SET

Price: $24.95 for a set of four

Description: This set of four coasters is handmade from the branch of a fallen maple tree, making them a unique and eco-friendly gift or decor piece. The coasters are kept as natural as possible. The bark has been removed and each one has been sanded smooth on all sides. Each coaster is finished with 2 coats of water based polyurethane that is traditionally used to seal hardwood floors. You will receive the 4 coasters that will look very similar to the photo.

2)    Hand & Foot Care Gift Set: Refresh

Price: $20.00

Description: Want to give someone a special gift? Give them the gift of touch. What better way to give a memorable gift than by giving someone a neck and shoulder massage, a hand or foot massage, maybe a mani-pedi, or all the above. Incorporate a little aromatherapy and you have the perfect formula for putting them into a state of bliss. This little Hand & Foot Care aromatherapy gift set keeps hands and feet in tip-top shape and smelling great.

3)    BEACHWOOD BIRD KITCHEN UTENSILS

Price: $16

Description: Liven up your kitchen this holiday season with this gorgeous set of whimsical beechwood bird kitchen utensils. These sensational spoons are laser-engraved to ensure the images will not fade, they won’t scratch or damage non-stick cookware, and they do not impart any flavor.

4)    RECYCLED GLASS RING

Price: $25

Description: These amazing eco friendly rings are created from the antique glass reclaimed throughout the wooded habitats in the Pennsylvania Amish Country.   The glass from vintage mason jars are hand cut and fired, producing tons of beautiful seed bubbles in the glass, then and mounted on a sterling plated platinum ring. The silver back reflects the light through the pretty transparent glass giving the look of a constant glow. Band is fully adjustable to fit everyone with a comfortable fit.

5)    PEARLESCENT SALT AND PEPPER SHAKERS

Price: $25

Description: Indonesian artistry is showcased in the opalescent mother of pearl with Pearlescent Salt and Pepper Shakers. These elegant serving accessories includes one of nature’s most beautiful offerings from a fully sustainable source.

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I received one of the beachwood bird kitchen utensils to review. The detailing on the spoon is beautiful and I like that the image won’t fade. The quality of this wood is really nice and the spoon is very sturdy. I also really like that it won’t scratch my expensive pans.

(Disclosure: I received a product for review but all thoughts are my own.)

 

Eco-Foil Baking Pans {Prize Pack Giveaway}

Eco-Foil is a revolutionary new foilware product designed to give consumers like you a convenient and affordable way to reduce your carbon footprint, live greener lifestyles, and do your part for the environment! Not only is it made from 100% recycled aluminum, but it is also 100% recyclable after use — making it part of a phenomenon called “closed-loop recycling.” When you purchase and use recycled Eco-Foil products, and then put them in your recycling bin to get recycled again, you complete the cycle — the aluminum is then re-made into another new recycled pan … and the cycle just goes on and on and on!

Eco-Foil offers a variety of products to choose from, including roasters, baking pans, and a broad line of favorites ranging from King Roaster® with handles (a Handi-Foil exclusive) to the Cook-N-Carry® line of pans with lids. All made from 100% recycled materials — even the plastic lids.Eco-Foil is the perfect eco-friendly choice for all your baking, roasting or grilling needs —and a great way for you to save natural resources and protect our earth, one pan at a time.

You can find Eco-Foil at major grocery chains and mass market retailers nationwide where Handi-Foil is sold. If your local retailer isn’t carrying Eco-Foil yet, tell them you care — and ask them for Eco-Foil products today!

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GIVEAWAY:

2 readers will each win one Eco-Foil Prize Pack ($30 value)

HOW TO ENTER:

{Do any or all of the following, leave a separate comment for each you do}

1) Tell me what your favorite food to cook in the oven is

2) Share this giveaway on the social network of your choice

3) Like Making Time For Mommy on Facebook

4) Like Eco-Foil on Facebook

5) Follow Alicia on Pinterest

6) Follow Handi-Foil on Pinterest

7) Comment on another one of my posts

Giveaway ends November 20, 2012 at 11:59pm Central time. US 18+ only.

(Disclosure: I was compensated for posting this giveaway but I’m happy to be able to offer these pans to my readers because my family loves using Eco-Foil pans. This giveaway is not associated with Facebook in any way.)

Earth Day Giveaway Hop {2 Winners}

Earth-Day-Event

This event is sponsored by Eco-Foil and co-hosted by Way 2 Good Life and She Promotes

The event takes place from April 12 at 11 PM EST and ends on April 22 at 11.59 PM EST

There are so many companies out there that help the environment – why not get to know more about them? Learn about great businesses, their products, and win some giveaways. Over 60 bloggers have prizes valued at $25+. After you enter the giveaway here at Making Time For Mommy, make sure to visit every blog for more chances to win. Eco-Foil provided a Kindle Fire ($199 value) as a grand prize. In order to win it – you need to enter some giveaways (the more you enter – the more entries you earn)! Take a moment – visit Eco-Foil and look for 100% recycled disposable aluminum pans at the local stores.

Enter to WIN the Grand Prize of the Event – KINDLE FIRE – Wi-Fi, Full Color 7″ Multi-Touch Display

GIVEAWAY #1

Sponsored by: Eco-Foil

Eco-Foil is a revolutionary new foilware product designed to give consumers like you a convenient and affordable way to reduce your carbon footprint, live greener lifestyles, and do your part for the environment! Not only is it made from 100% recycled aluminum, but it is also 100% recyclable after use — making it part of a phenomenon called “closed-loop recycling.” When you purchase and use recycled Eco-Foil products, and then put them in your recycling bin to get recycled again, you complete the cycle — the aluminum is then re-made into another new recycled pan … and the cycle just goes on and on and on!

Prize: “Are You Green” T-Shirt, 2 King Roaster Pans, 4 13×9 cake pans, and 6 small square cake pans

GIVEAWAY #2

Sponsored by: TriLight Health

For over 20 years now, we at TriLight Health have faithfully supplied our customers nationwide with our high quality line of liquid herbal products. We were the first company to specialize in great tasting, non-alcoholic herbal formulas for pregnancy, children and the family. Our products are fast acting and effective for adults, but Taste so good that children will love them!

Prize: $40 in products {winner’s choice} from their best seller list

MANDATORY ENTRY:

Tell me which giveaway you’d like to win {prize 1 or prize 2}

OPTIONAL ENTRIES:

{Do any or all of the following. Leave a separate comment for each you do.}

1) “Like” Making Time For Mommy on Facebook

2) “Like” Eco-Foil Pans on Facebook

3) “Like” TriLight Health on Facebook

4) Share this giveaway on a social network

5) Enter another one of my giveaways {found here}

Giveaway ends on April 22, 2012 at 11:59pm Central time. US only.

(Disclosure: I received products from both companies to review.)

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(Disclaimer: Please note that Way 2 Good Life, “Earth Day Giveaway Event” or the “Earth Day Event” bloggers are not responsible for sponsors that do not fulfill their prizes. We have represented each sponsor with the expectation they will fulfill their prize and in a timely manner. We will contact the sponsor regarding your prize(s). The sponsors, in most cases, are shipping their items to you directly. We will make every effort to assist you obtaining your prize. If there is an issue with a sponsor, please notify the blog you won a prize from within 4-6 weeks for assistance, after that we may be unable to assist you.)

Natural House Cleaners Review & Giveaway

Happy Mothering

Welcome to the Green Spring Clean Giveaway Hop, hosted by Happy Mothering and SAPsMaMa! With Spring quickly approaching I am excited to offer my readers the opportunity to win some great green cleaning prize packages. In addition to my giveaway, there are 20+ other blogs featuring Green Spring Clean prize packages. After you’re done entering my giveaway, please visit the other blogs, which you’ll find at the bottom of this post. Good luck!

For my giveaway I am offering three non-toxic cleaning products by Natural House that are strong enough for commercial clean-up, yet safe and gentle for everyone. They contain good probiotics which continue to scour, clean, consume odors, grime, grease, and germs, and they continue to do so until the next weekly treatment. You can watch the video that explains more about how these products work.

I like that the products are natural and contain probiotics so they continued to cut odors and germs until the next cleaning. I found the products  very easy to use and each one had step by step directions on the back. The smells were nice and not too overpowering. The trash one smelled minty upon spraying it but after a minute or so the fresh smell was gone and the trash can smell was neutralized.

GIVEAWAY:

One person will win a month worth of Natural House Cleaners & $5 cash

{Sinky, Trashy, Flushy}

HOW TO ENTER:

{Do any or all of the following, leave a comment for each you do}

1) Leave a comment telling me your least favorite thing to clean

2) Share this giveaway on a social network

3) Like Making Time For Mommy on Facebook

4) Like Natural House on Facebook

5) Follow me on Twitter

6) Follow Natural House on Twitter

7) Enter another one of my giveaways {found here}

Giveaway ends March 30, 2012 at 11:59pm CST. US Only.

(Disclosure: I received products to review. All thoughts are my own. This giveaway is not sponsored by or endorsed by Facebook.)

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