Tuesday, December 22, 2009

Green New Year Resolutions

Posted by Green Team at 9:15 PM 1 comments Links to this post
'Tis the Season for RESOLUTIONS! Here are some to get you started:

There are many more you can use too just be creative!

After Christmas, in addition to our other ideas:
  • Let your kids use the Christmas card backs to color on
  • Or one of my personal favorites Mail the fronts of cards UPS "ground" or "bound printed matter" to St. Jude's Card Recycling, 100 St. Jude Street, P.O. Box 60100, Boulder City, NV 89006 and then they reuse them to raise money
What can you start to do in the New Year:
  • Use cloth diapers and cloth wipes
  • Compost (watch for an article on my adventures in this to come in the New Year)
  • Plant a tree
  • Use cloth cleaning towels
  • Get a reusable coffee cup and use it!
  • Turn off the water in the shower when you soap
  • Use biodegradable laundry soap
  • Buy recycled products
  • Walk to some of your errands or bike to them
  • Consider donating when you do any home remodeling to Habitat for Humanity Restore
  • Try canning (this will be another article in the New Year)
  • Use Vinegar and baking soda to clean you may be amazed
  • Finally remember to recycle!
Merry Christmas and Happy New Year!

Monday, December 21, 2009

The Green Christmas

Posted by Green Team at 10:58 AM 4 comments Links to this post
Every year through the hustle and bustle, some of the true Christmas Spirit is lost. What is Christmas about? Is it about Santa? Is it about Gifts? Christmas Trees and Sleigh Bells, Snow and Reindeer? Wrapping Presents and Drinking Hot Cocoa?

Okay so maybe some of the stuff is SEASONAL, but lets not forget when Christmas began - a tiny baby was born in the town of Bethlehem, his mother Mary and Joseph. And with God the Fathers prompting, they named him Jesus. This little Baby Boy lying in a manger brought the GREATEST gift of all times. One that no one can top, the gift of Eternal Salvation! We no longer had separation from God, we can now have a personal relationship with him. AMAZING!

So the Spirit of Giving continues because of this amazing Gift we have been giving and we give because Christ gave to us! But let us not forget who the very first giver of life was.

On that note, his Gift was also very environmentally friendly - and of course it was because he wants us to protect the Earth he created!

So now, how can WE be more "green" as we share the Christmas cheer of giving? Here is a ROCK'N way to RECYCLE and REUSE:

1. Reuse Boxes - Instead of getting boxes from Kohl's or other stores that offer FREE boxes with gifts you purchase... you could reuse your Cereal Boxes and put items in there! Even Kleenex boxes

2. Open your gifts neatly
- Every year, I save as much of the wrapping paper as I can! Even if there are some rips in the paper, either a bow can be placed over it or you can wrap an item that is smaller and cut off the edges!

3. Collect Tissue Paper - Even when at friends parties, if they are not saving the tissue paper, I ask if I can have it. Why? Because that is a lot of waste that does not need to be wasted!

4. Keep the Bows
- Of course the kids always like placing these on their heads and playing with them - but if they don't stick after they are done playing with them, use tape to sticky them onto another gift!

5. Newspaper - Instead of Tissue paper, reuse newspaper ads - or use a certain section of the paper that you know someone would like to wrap their gift. If you know someone who likes jokes, wrap theirs with the Comics. If you are giving a gift to someone who is looking for a job, use the job listings - if they like talking about money and the economy, wrap their gift with that section! Not only are you being green, but thoughtful too! And it's the gift that keeps on giving!

One other idea would be to have your kids color pictures and wrap gifts with the pictures! Who wouldn't love that?

Now if you made it through this - we'd love for you to share your Green Christmas Tips!
Also when we reach 50 Followers, we are blessed to giveaway a $10 Gift Certificate to RG Natural Babies! IF we reach 50 Followers by December 31 - there will also be a $10 Gift Certificate given away from My Baby Pumpkin! If it is after, then the latter will be saved for another giveaway :) There will be a couple ways to enter and the first way is to become and follower and comment with a green Christmas tip or write that you have used one of these options! So that will give you two entries and look our for more ways soon!

So please, have a Merry Christmas from Go Green Wisconsin! Remember the TRUE reason for the season and remember to think of others and what you can do for them this year! And here is a link if you are unfamiliar with the original Christmas Story!

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