Archive for the ‘Living Green’ Category


Recyclable Shower Curtain by Ty

April 5, 2009

While looking for new bedroom curtains I stumbled on a recyclable shower curtain by Ty. It looks pretty cool. It is PVC free and 100% recyclable non-toxic, ethically produced and small a small U.S. business. All things I look for when making a new purchase. Grain’s website even gives the address to send it to when you’re ready to recycle it. I’m not in the market for a new shower curtain but if I was I would be on it like white on rice.


Fun Eco-Cloth Giveaway on An Island Review

March 11, 2009

I’ve been reading up on E-cloths and I have to say I am intrigued. They require water only to clean your home. The cloths are you need to clean – no sprays, no scrubbers, no sponges etc. just the cloth and some water. They are made of microfiber and the manufacturing process utilizes “technology to split and combine fibers which create millions of tiny scrapers that serve to cut through dust, dirt, grime, oils, grease, bacteria without scratching surfaces.” They are made from a “combination of two fibers, polyester and polyamide (a nylon by-product).” The Polyester is lyophilic which attracts oil and grease, while Polyamide is hydrophilic which attracts water.” They’re fascinating to me because if they work and lots of people say they do, they would cut down on items to buy, store, carry around and use while cleaning. An Island Review is doing a giveaway the Kitchen Pack.


A Green(er) Christmas

December 27, 2008

This year was a little different from past ones. We not only bought each other significantly less gifts we also tried to be cognizant of purchasing less waste. I bought John 3 desk organizer items made of bamboo for his new office. Mom bought me bamboo knitting needles and overall we had a large reduction in boxes, paper, tape etc. We saved all of our paper to use as fire starters. That is when the cold weather returns. Somehow 40 degrees doesn’t feel that cold anymore. I don’t even wear a normal coat for that…just a rain coat but I digress. This Christmas we put a lot more thought into our purchases and didn’t buy any large items. The largest thing purchased was an Ott light for John but if you have ever used an Ott light you understand. They’re fantastic!
Anyway, the point of all this is to say I think it’s important that we all think through our purchases and consider the impact of our choices on the environment.


Garden Goods

August 26, 2008

Two kinds of beans, cucumber, eggplant, green peppers and a jalapeno

This is some of what we harvested lately. When I checked there were 6 or so eggplants about the size of the one in this picture. It’s time to look up eggplant recipes. We’ve had loads of cucumbers this year until we got something like three weeks of rain. We made homemade pickles and gave them out. I couldn’t believe how well they turned out. Thanks Mom. Again because of the rain the tomatoes are slow coming this year. They’ve been on the vine for a while but their having trouble ripening. We have had lots of cherry tomatoes though. I gave everything a good supply of food this past weekend so here’s hoping. I really need to blog more about my gardening since it’s on my mind so much. Like where can I fit more next year, lots more. I learned a lot this summer so far such as eggplant grows ridiculously tall and I should put the carrots front and center in the raised beds so nothing crowds them out. I experimented with companion planting this year as a natural way of deterring harmful bugs. It seemed to work pretty well until we got all that rain, after that we learned how to use fungicides and pesticides. But they were organic. I have loads of pictures. I’ll try and post a few soon. For now here’s one nights harvest. I tend to only bring in what I think we’ll eat soon. We’re still picking up our local organic food share weekly so we have plenty of fruits and veggies.  🙂


We’re Going Green: Part II

May 5, 2008

I totally forgot in my last post all of the things that we are doing to go green with food! We joined a local food co-op and weekly we pick up our “share” of organic locally grown fruits and vegetables. Also, we pick up our bread and anti-biotic/hormone-free meats at Tendercrop.

We’re building two large raised beds to attempt to grow our own vegetables for the summer and we plan to experiment with canning.

Oh and I plan to use only organic treatments in my lawn/garden this year. Previously, I used Scott’s Step 1-4 but I haven’t figured out yet what I can replace that with. Any suggestions???


We Are Going Green

May 4, 2008

We’ve started the process of making our house more environmentally friendly. This is what we’ve done so far:

All organic, natural cleaning products
80% florescent lights (the rest have dimmers – need a florescent that can handle dimmers)
recycling all paper, plastic, glass, cans
composting kitchen waste
Bamboo sheets

Still To Do:

Call city recycling and buy the outdoor composter
Build boxes to collect larger yard debris to be used in the composter (50-50% green to brown ratio)
Paint the master bathroom with no VOC paint
Paint our bedroom with no VOC paint
Finish building the raised beds.