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Going green is gaining ground. Almost everyone is trying to throw some green into their lives. Maybe you recycle or buy recycled stuff. Perhaps you repurpose, buy organic, farm sustainably, buy local. There are so many ways to take better care of the earth and the people and animals who inhabit it.
Perhaps you are wondering what’s next.  What more can you do?  So I thought I would highlight a few green options you may not have thought of.

Un-Paper Towels

The average kitchen can go through quite  a lot of paper towels, especially if they have kids.  But if you switch to these pretty and functional un-paper towels all you have to do is toss them in the laundry when you are done with them.  You get to lessen your environmental impact AND coordinate with your kitchen!  You can find them from many WAHMs (Work At Home Mom), like Rumpsack, maker of the roll below (and also maker of awesome cloth diapers ).

Mama Cloth

Another way to pick pretty, soft and fun fabric in an effort to go green is mama cloth.  Mama cloth is what those in green circles call fabric menstrual pads.  Soft on the skin (hello, MINKY!!) and no nasty chemicals not to mention no dumping in the landfill.  There are both commercial and WAHM makers of mama cloth.  You can find many, like Pampered Mama and A Crafty Cottage, on Hyena Cart.

Diva Cup

If you’re replacing your disposable pads perhaps you want to also replace the vast number of tampons you use and toss each year.  You could try the Diva Cup, a reusable menstrual cup that is latex, BPA and plastic free.  It can be worn for up to 12 hours through any activity.

Reusable Produce Bags

There’s a good chance you already take your own reusable shopping bags to the store (if not, why??).  Perhaps, like me, you have then been frustrated by the vast amounts of plastic bags you use for your produce.  Enter the reusable produce bag!  They are lightweight so as to not add weight to foods you are paying for by the pound.  They are also breathable and can easily be tossed right into your shopping bag in the car.

Dryer Balls

You can eliminate dryer sheets be making or buying wool dryer balls.  This can eliminate wast as well as harmful chemicals that are often in these products.

Coffee Sleeve

If you frequent the local coffee shop or just drop in on occasion this is a fun way to be doubly green.  You can find tutorials online teaching you how to turn an old sweater in a coffee sleeve.  This reuses a sweater you may have tossed AND saves on those paper sleeves at the coffee shop.  Double duty!  You can easily stash one of these in your purse, car, or briefcase so that you have it on-hand (even if you do go the extra step of trying to use a reusable mug, sometimes coffee is impromptu!)

I hope this list has inspired you to find new ways to add a bit more green to your life.  🙂

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Author: leangreenmommy

Hi, I'm Sonia! I'm the mom of 4 wonderful daughters and wife to one amazing man, trying to live a healthier life, care for the earth and just survive the day. When I'm not cooking up new recipes in the kitchen or shuttling kids to soccer, volleyball and lacrosse I run an in-home daycare and am a freelance writer.

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