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4.19.2008







mod*mom earth day giveaway :: 10 earth-friendly lifestyle books

i have a degree in environmental science + i'm very concerned for the earth + our children's health + future, so i'm so excited to introduce my readers to stephanie uliano + her earth-friendly lifestyle book gorgeously green:
"When I had a little baby, I started to really wake up to the pollution in + around my home. Nothing was more important than providing the healthiest environment I could for the impossibly helpless little bundle that I carried around 24/7. Mercifully, many of us have recently become aware of the horrific childhood dangers of pesticide + insecticide use in + around the home + many moms now eschew the use of toxic cleaners. We are also beginning to realize that we can raise much healthier, happier children on organic food. A collective conscious is burgeoning + we cannot afford to let up for a minute.

I love that we can teach our children to have enormous respect for Mother Earth + what she gives to us. We can encourage them to become stewards of our gorgeously green planet so that we will see a new generation of compassionate + caring individuals who inherently know that everything is interrelated.

Many schools are now including environmental programs into their curriculum + our kids are tapping into a plethora of great, positive eco-information online. I firmly believe, however, that it all begins at home with the small details: explaining why its important not to waste paper, getting our children to sort out the recyclables + think about how each item can be re-used, conserving water + energy + watching something edible grow, even if its in a small planter on a window sill. These are things that your children will thank you for in years to come. Show your children how to “be the change."

resources:

the environmental protection agency is a great resource for so many family issues.
from air pollution to water quality, to asbestos, lead + mold abatement.

epa’s children’s environmental hotline 1-877-590-KIDS

healthychild, healthyworld

children's environmental health network

kidsforsavingearth.org

healthyschools.org

toysafety.net

national resources defense council what's in your tap water?

to enter to win a gorgeously green earth-friendly lifestyle book, tell me in the comments, what can/do you do to lead a more earth friendly lifestyle?
include your email address + url, before midnight, mother's day may 11

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by ~mod*mom~ at 19.4.08 ©

237 Comments:

I can (and will) buy a house close to my husband's office so he can bike to work everyday. Yay.

emilygcraig@hotmail.com

By Blogger Emily, at 4/20/2008 1:25 PM  

WoW! I'd love to read her whole book. The website has great information.

at_boltATyahoo.com

By Anonymous Anne, at 4/20/2008 3:59 PM  

Oh, I can follow the advice in this book and watch Oprah (haha, it's true). We'll be riding our bicycles now that it's warming.

By Anonymous Anne, at 4/20/2008 4:01 PM  

I can use reusable shopping bags every time I shop (I keep forgetting them in the car, errrr).

Mommie
mommie{at}mommieshome.net

By Anonymous Mommie, at 4/20/2008 7:38 PM  

One of many things we have done (that's not mentioned above) is switching to cloth napkins, kitchen washcloths and diapers. There's no need for a paper towel when you have scads of cheap kitchen washcloths--they wash easily and don't get thrown out!

clarinetpower AT gmail DOT com

By Blogger La Rêveuse, at 4/20/2008 7:56 PM  

I recycle every day. Plastics, papers, cardboards, cans, etc. If we all pitch in, the world will be a better place to live for all of us.

By Blogger RoyalCheryl, at 4/20/2008 9:47 PM  

We walk to school, use cloth grocery bags and eco-friendly cleaning products at home! Next, I'm working up the courage to start line-drying my sheets and towels instead of using our clothes dryer -- wish me luck!

By Blogger Bonggamom, at 4/20/2008 10:14 PM  

We joined a CSA for the summer! Use cloth bags, eco-friendly cleaners. We are learning to be a little more green everyday!

By Blogger Jenn, at 4/20/2008 10:56 PM  

Hello! I pledged at the beginning of this year that our family was going to take steps in helping the environment. We have turned down the temperature of the hot water tank and take shorter showers. Each family member now has their own refillable water bottle. Please enter me in your drawing. Thanks,Cindi
jchoppes[at]hotmail[dot]com

By Blogger windycindy, at 4/21/2008 12:05 AM  

Hi Mod*Mom, I love recycling, but re-using things is even better - so for example I swap baby and kids clothes with other mums, and any clothes that are too worn can be cut up and re-purposed for toys, craft activities or even just cleaning cloths! Hardly anything goes into landfill at our place!

By Blogger Lark, at 4/21/2008 1:12 AM  

We replaced almost all (I just can't give up my 150 watt reading lamp) of our lightbulbs with CLFs. We purchased reuseable bags from our local store and keep them in our trunk. We recycle almost everything--paper, glass, metal, food waste. I'd love this book to learn how to do more to save our environment.

By Blogger kate5405, at 4/21/2008 2:40 AM  

Would LOVE to win this!

We cloth diaper and are WORKING on reusable grocery bags (when I remember them!!) and recycling more. I also Freecyle a ton of stuff. That counts for something, right? :)

By Blogger Megan@SortaCrunchy, at 4/21/2008 4:37 AM  

I love this - my daughter (11) wrote a series of posts last year about earth-friendly practices. I'd love to read this with her. Thanks for offering! I'm hosting three contests. Stop by!

By Blogger Kelly - PTT, at 4/21/2008 5:58 AM  

It really all starts from re-thinking everything you buy.

We buy things in bulk, and recycle all the packing material, and don't buy products that can't be recycled. Buying better quality lasts for longer and we also repair is something breaks, instead just getting a new product.

We don't buy paper napkins, kitchen towels, wipes or paper plates etc. If I forget my grocery bag home, it's ok, we always reuse the plastic bags - we don't purchase trash bags, we use the free ones from grocery store.

I would love to win this book!

By Blogger Katja of skimbaco.com, at 4/21/2008 6:29 AM  

I wanna get more on the wagon about using reusable shopping bags.. I have one but I need a few more especially for trips to the Commisary.

I am running a bloggy party right now too with tons of prizes! Come check us out!
http://www.sevendogsandababy.com

By Blogger angelaandconnor at gmail.com, at 4/21/2008 6:38 AM  

I am all about doing the "little" things--conserving water/elect (my kids always say to each other if the water is on too long that they're wasting water--they're 2 &4), reusable bags, natural cleaning products, using the backs of paper my husband brings home from a class he teaches for artwork..

By Blogger Jules, at 4/21/2008 6:49 AM  

What an awesome book.

By Blogger We are THAT Family, at 4/21/2008 7:03 AM  

For the past 9 months or so, we have been using cloth napkins, reusable bags, cloth diapers, making a compost pile and a garden, and many other things to be more green... not because it's popular or cheaper but because it's our duty to take care of the Earth the way God gave it to us.

By Blogger jenna, at 4/21/2008 7:12 AM  

I can buy a house close to my husband's office so he can bike to work everyday.

By Blogger Timster, at 4/21/2008 7:34 AM  

Hi My husband reuses the plastic grocery bags to take his lunch in.I use them at times for garbage bags.I am sure there is so much more for me to learn.
Thanks!!!

By Anonymous Nina, at 4/21/2008 8:42 AM  

I asked my neighbor for her newspaper so I could recycle it for her. She was just throwing it away.

By Blogger Hélène, at 4/21/2008 8:54 AM  

Gosh..we do so many things! One of our newest things is joining the CSA, shopping local, smaller retailers (as opposed to Wally World), buying organic, cooking(as opposed to convenience foods). Our latest quest is environmentally friendly, organic health care products. We found one wonderful sunscreen...Badger brand...that is the only one where I knew every ingredient. And it smells wonderful! We use homemade scented castille soaps now and an organic shampoo. Life is good....

By Blogger jenniferi716, at 4/21/2008 9:10 AM  

I really do need to stop buying plastic water bottles.

By Blogger Keara, at 4/21/2008 9:31 AM  

Compost and use less in every aspect of your life.

By Blogger hetz-junk, at 4/21/2008 9:41 AM  

Gardening (organic style), not using paper napkins, no paper towels, cloth diapers and hopefully solar panels as soon as we can afford them ... many little things and planning for some larger items.

By Blogger Tanya, at 4/21/2008 10:25 AM  

I cram all three kids in the back seat of the prius.

By Blogger melonkelli, at 4/21/2008 10:28 AM  

My biggest things is to cut down my driving a lot. I'm always looking for ways to change, so I'd love to read this book.

By Blogger Ginny, at 4/21/2008 10:36 AM  

I am replacing our high-watt light bulbs with low ones. I am trying to composte. I recycle. And I can't remember the last time I bought clothing off the rack and not from a "recycling" environment.

By Blogger Jenna, at 4/21/2008 10:38 AM  

Hi mod*mom---I didn't realize that was your degree...very cool.

I've been replacing our household cleaners with natural, non-petroleum based cleaners and also replacing our lightbulbs with the energy saving ones.

This is an awesome book and I would love a copy for a friend!

By the way--stop by and see the one I'm hosting for the Bloggy Giveaways...you probably already know and like the store...

By Blogger Mama Luxe, at 4/21/2008 10:43 AM  

We recycle, use cloth bags, use CFL blubs, buy in bulk, garden, raise chickens for meat & eggs (all organic feed), have switched to all natural & organic cleansers, etc.

Thanks for the give a way!

By Blogger Mom 2 To Boys, at 4/21/2008 11:00 AM  

I cloth diaper! We recycle, too.

By Blogger Qtpies7, at 4/21/2008 11:05 AM  

Get my entire family involved in ways to go green by making it a contest

By Blogger kaylee8, at 4/21/2008 11:10 AM  

I use recycled grocery bags.

By Blogger Audrey, at 4/21/2008 11:33 AM  

we freecycle and shop thrift stores!

:)

ndisilvio at gmail dot com

By Blogger Niki, at 4/21/2008 11:44 AM  

I graduated with an Environmental Science degree too. Although I do tons (recycle, compost, use canvas bags for shopping, natural soaps, try to buy locally) I still feel there is SOO much more I can be doing.

By Anonymous Karmyn R, at 4/21/2008 12:01 PM  

Yay! I'm not entering, I just want to say thanks for joining the carnival!

Don't forget to link back to the master list of participants at http://www.bloggygiveaways.com.

Thanks! Melanie

By Blogger Bloggy Giveaways, at 4/21/2008 12:06 PM  

We do everything we know to do but it seems like every day, we learn a little more. That's great...
I would love to read this book!

By Blogger Misty, at 4/21/2008 2:04 PM  

Another great giveaway! Besides recycling and using earth friendly products, I think donating things is important. I take clothes and household items to Goodwill and magazines and books to the library.

By Blogger One La Costa Mom, at 4/21/2008 2:16 PM  

I use reuable grocery bags, shop vintage lots, and walk to most places I go to here in the city.

By OpenID cheaperthencheap, at 4/21/2008 3:01 PM  

We recycle.

By Blogger Paige, at 4/21/2008 3:51 PM  

I loved this book too! Dont enter me as I already have it...but one of the others will really love this book!

One thing I love is that my son already has more knowledge of the environment than I did at his age...which is a good thing. He is always keeping me in line and making sure we make better choices for the 'venerment'

By Blogger Kelley, at 4/21/2008 4:32 PM  

We find ways to recycle and reuse whatever we can. Instead of recycling magazines (which is better than throwing them in the trash) I donate them to the library's book store which is even better because someone else can read them and the library sells them for a quarter each so they make money.

By Blogger Suzie G., at 4/21/2008 5:23 PM  

We recycle and are participating in a CSA.

By Blogger The Mommy, at 4/21/2008 6:32 PM  

Not only do I use re-usable bags, recycle, turn off the water when I'm not using it, etc. but I also blog about it! (www.racheariel.typepad.com)

By Blogger racheariel, at 4/21/2008 6:43 PM  

Things my family does to be more green - use our car less, NEVER use our gas guzzling truck, recycle, compost, grow a garden, pack "naked" lunches, use reusable grocery bags. We are adding more measures as we learn them.

Thank you for doing this giveaway.
Tiffany Rosson

By Anonymous Tiffany Rosson, at 4/21/2008 6:50 PM  

not sure, i would really like to figure out how to move the recycling bin closer to the kitchen and out of the garage - think i would recycle more if it was more convenient

By Blogger Ebie, at 4/21/2008 7:04 PM  

we recycle
jen at whitty4jen@yahoo.com

By Blogger Our Home Schooler and Jen, at 4/21/2008 7:29 PM  

There are a lot of things we do to lead a green lifestyle. Something I feel very strong about is eating locally and organically.

We do the reduce, reuse, recycle; cloth diapers, cloth mama pads, cloth napkins, compost, lots of gardening, homemade natural cleaners and so forth.

By Blogger Erica, at 4/21/2008 7:42 PM  

I've been using solid shampoos and conditioners to save on packaging!

By Anonymous Christy, at 4/21/2008 8:18 PM  

we recycle everything we can and reuse as much as possible!

By Blogger stampedwithgrace, at 4/21/2008 8:19 PM  

We do cloth diapers and wipes, and we recycle! I'm all about being green!

By Blogger CanCan, at 4/21/2008 8:34 PM  

My husband and have started a garden, this year will be our second. We get lots of vegies from it! We compost. And I have purchased reuseable bags for grocery shopping. I also use organic cleaners from Shaklee to clean with. Taking one step at a time.

By Blogger Jennifer, at 4/21/2008 8:47 PM  

we garden, use reusable grocery bags, take and give hand me downs...
taradawnrobertson at hotmail dot com

By Blogger Tara, at 4/21/2008 9:03 PM  

we recycle plastic bags by using them as planters!
we've currently got a tomato garden hanging from our sun porch ceiling & growing upside down!

By Blogger Laura, at 4/21/2008 9:13 PM  

ive been hanging my clothes out to dry, recycle, and have been making more informed/environmental purchases at the store.

By Blogger JNM, at 4/21/2008 9:13 PM  

We're making the switch from plastic grocery bags to bringing our own to the store. Its not much, but its a start.

By Blogger Debbie#3, at 4/21/2008 10:18 PM  

I recycle paper, plastic, cans, just about everything I can.
digicat@sbcglobal.net

By Blogger carolsue, at 4/21/2008 10:18 PM  

I cloth diaper my kiddos.

By Blogger Dawn, at 4/22/2008 3:35 AM  

We recycle (which has cut our garbage down from 5 bags a week to 1!) and we cloth diaper, and this spring I'm going to learn a little more about composting so I can start (maybe I'll get down to 1/2 a bag of garbage a week!)

Fizz
fizzledink AT gmail DOT com

By Blogger Michelle, at 4/22/2008 3:48 AM  

I drive a Prius, line dry my laundry, use cloth bags, to name a few.

By OpenID louiseb130, at 4/22/2008 4:44 AM  

I recycle and use the bags also to take lunches to work and for everything that I can possibly think of. I also recycle and freecycle to keep items out of our landfill.

Nora
neneelynn@yahoo.com

By Anonymous Anonymous, at 4/22/2008 5:43 AM  

After all the rains go away (I live in the Pacific NW) I'm going to put up a clothesline. We already recycle everything. We are beginning to not eat out as much.

By Blogger Mya, at 4/22/2008 6:39 AM  

I've done all my spring cleaning with natural cleaners.

elkmeese (at) yahoo (dot) com

By Blogger frugallm, at 4/22/2008 6:51 AM  

I take my own bags to the grocery store, recycle and we have our own composting bin going.

By Blogger K.Cleaver, at 4/22/2008 7:35 AM  

We don't use papertowels, we use rags that are washed, we recycle, and we use newspapers for glass and mirror cleaning. The book would help with more ideas!

By Blogger Laura, at 4/22/2008 8:38 AM  

I recycle.

By Blogger quiltingreader, at 4/22/2008 8:42 AM  

Hi,
I think 'becoming green' has to do with awareness, of conciously growing and realising the earth is a breathing, living thing, just like we are.
So, if I can embrace a child, cuddle my cat, and hug a tree, I can have warm feelings toward mother earth, and thank her for
letting me stay with her.
tantedanny@hotmail.com

By Anonymous Anonymous, at 4/22/2008 9:17 AM  

We have started buying only organic, grass-fed beef from small family farms!

By Blogger Barb J., at 4/22/2008 9:30 AM  

Cloth diapering is our most recent and biggest step!

Thanks!
Tamara (AK)
mrshuntinak AT msn DOT com

By Anonymous Anonymous, at 4/22/2008 10:45 AM  

I recycle, compost, drive a hybrid Prius, buy local. We used cloth diapers, and DH bikes to work in the summer (a little too cold for that in Montana winters!... it's a 16 mile ride one way!) and carpools the rest of the year.

That book looks AWESOME!
elizabethwickland (at) gmail (dot) com

By Blogger Elizabeth Wickland, at 4/22/2008 11:32 AM  

I've been using my reusable grocery bags instead of plastic. Great giveaway!

By Blogger Cindy, at 4/22/2008 11:34 AM  

I try to buy local, and I hang my clothes to dry.

By Blogger dwarzel, at 4/22/2008 11:48 AM  

I just hung my clothes out to dry, only wash in cold water, only use reusable bags, and am sending a son off to college to major in Env. Science!
fourkidsrgreat(at)gmail(dot)com

By Blogger Debbie, at 4/22/2008 12:25 PM  

I'm letting my eight year old daughter set up a recycling system for our home. She's thrilled.

By Blogger WorldsGreatestMommy, at 4/22/2008 12:52 PM  

I've been doing so much for quite awhile now. I use cloth bags when I go shopping. If I forget those, I don't take a bag at all. Besides, I never buy too much. I also recycle so much stuff around the house. Glass jars can be reused to store other foods. I clean with natural products. They smell great and don't make me cough. Thanks.
Heidi
sweet_soul_sistermi@yahoo.com

By Anonymous Miss Heidi, at 4/22/2008 12:59 PM  

We use an eco-friendly dry cleaner that uses CO2 instead of chemicals to clean our clothing. We also recycle, use reusable bags for shopping, use Compact Fluorescent Light Bulbs, keep our cars tuned up and tires inflated to conserve gas, buy locally and organically whenever possible, run the dishwasher and washing machine for only full loads, take shorter showers, turn the water off while brushing our teeth, purchase all of our electricity from wind and solar power and anything else we can do to reduce our carbon footprint.

By Blogger Dawn, at 4/22/2008 1:14 PM  

Reusable bags at the grocery store! Every time!

By Blogger Scarlett, at 4/22/2008 1:31 PM  

recycle

By Blogger susan1215, at 4/22/2008 1:51 PM  

We have a one glass a day rule. It saves so much space in the dishwasher so I am running it less! The kids are great about just rinsing their cup quick when they want a new drink.

By Blogger PS, at 4/22/2008 2:13 PM  

* use reusable grocery bags
* use reusable produce/bulk bags
* recycle everything that is possible
* water my plants with cooled water from boiling veggies etc.
* use baking soda and vinegar as cleaning products

anne_c_taylor@hotmail.com

By Anonymous Anonymous, at 4/22/2008 2:15 PM  

recycle and clean up the roads

By Blogger mverno, at 4/22/2008 2:29 PM  

recycle and clean up the roads

By Blogger mverno, at 4/22/2008 2:29 PM  

REDUCE, RECYCLE, REUSE!!!

Amanda
dakotakaylee@comcast.net

By Anonymous Anonymous, at 4/22/2008 2:53 PM  

I truly believe that being green is about small changes we all can make that together, make a big difference. Things like flushing "selectively", showering WITH your partner (which can also be lots of fun), using fabric shopping bags, biking instead of taking a car, using a bath towel more than once between washes, put a two liter bottle of water in your toilet tank (so you use less water per flush). All really little things, but they all add up. :)

Hope to hear from you, as this is one book I'd LOVE to add to my library. :D

tdyandt@artbytd.com

By Anonymous TD Yandt, at 4/22/2008 3:07 PM  

I use baking soda and vinegar to make most of my cleaning products, we use very little chemical cleaners.

use cloth shopping bags

recycle everything because our city requires it

use the bath water to do the laundry, wash the laundry at night and always hang to dry.

we have a system where when you flush the toilet clean water comes out of a tap so you can wash your hands the drained water goes into the water tank for the next flush

By Blogger jojoebi, at 4/22/2008 3:38 PM  

We bike to baseball practice and recycle practically everything. I want to be green and gorgeous :)

By Anonymous chanelireli, at 4/22/2008 4:13 PM  

STOP EATING DEAD ANIMAL FLESH.

By Anonymous Anonymous, at 4/22/2008 4:18 PM  

I use a crystal for deodorant

By Blogger demmi, at 4/22/2008 4:19 PM  

I would love to start using the natural cleaning products. I haven't ventured out that far. We try to recycle what we can!

By Blogger Christi, at 4/22/2008 4:40 PM  

recycle

By Blogger susan1215, at 4/22/2008 5:28 PM  

something I would like to do is start using cloth diapers!

By Blogger Tiff, at 4/22/2008 6:43 PM  

What a great giveaway!!

We recycle everything possible right down to the toilet paper rolls. We also use cloth grocery bags and have enviro friendly light bulbs. The list goes on and on. I LOVE to recycle, we have at least recycle cans throughout our house. LOL

Please stop by and visit our contest if you have time.
http://weirdstuffinmydesk.com/?p=41
racoo. smith at gmail. com
Thanks and have a great day!

By Anonymous Rachel, at 4/22/2008 6:44 PM  

We recycle everything... I don't mean throw it in the recycle bin. I take old clothes and turn them into dresses, purses, pillows, etc... we purchase much of our food in bulk to cut down on containers, we reuse almost every container, reuse foil and ziplocs, shred paper for packing reuse envelopes for mailing, donate our hair from haircuts (locks of love), use worn towels for rags, turn notebooks upside down and use the opposite side. I have my entire seedlings for my garden planted in recycled food containers.

By Anonymous The Happy Housewife, at 4/22/2008 7:36 PM  

i reuse/recycle grocery bags

By Blogger chromiumman, at 4/22/2008 7:44 PM  

On my last trip to the store I bought some of HEB's reusable bags.

By Blogger Erin, at 4/22/2008 8:18 PM  

I turned the hot water heater diwn two degrees. We also recycle as much as we can. We are switching to earth friendly cleaners as our others run out.

By Blogger Erica G, at 4/22/2008 11:27 PM  

I live in a solar powered house!

By Blogger Roxy Jewelry, at 4/23/2008 4:28 AM  

We're on a tree-planting rampage! We have an garden, compost our organic trash, and we conserve energy by line-drying our clothes.

By Blogger Julie, at 4/23/2008 5:28 AM  

I just got a copy of the Big Green Purse. Other than what I do on a regular basis I hope it will encourage me to do more. I recycle cans, plastic, and furniture.

By Blogger Uniquely Yours, at 4/23/2008 5:59 AM  

There are a lot of things we are working to do - one of the big ones is bringing my own reusable bags to the grocery store and farmer's market!

By Blogger Alaina, at 4/23/2008 7:00 AM  

Saw the show, would love the book. We need to compost and stop buying bottled water!

By Blogger Susan, at 4/23/2008 7:09 AM  

Turn the lights out when not in the room.

By Blogger imjasonc, at 4/23/2008 8:15 AM  

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By Blogger Erika, at 4/23/2008 8:20 AM  

We recycle everyday (and I'm teaching my daughter how to do it too) cans, boxes, paper, and clothes! We use clothes we find in other places to make new outfits! (A men's shirt into a toddler dress, etc

By Blogger Chic Shopper Chick, at 4/23/2008 8:22 AM  

Please enter me, I saw this book in the store, I have started to recycle everything that I can and have since lowered our garbage to 2 bags a week!!

By Blogger Heather Graves, at 4/23/2008 8:22 AM  

drive less

By Anonymous Anonymous, at 4/23/2008 8:28 AM  

This book is on my To Read list!

We recently started using re-usable shopping bags. I love them! We cloth diaper & recycle & use earth friendly cleaners, but I am always looking for more ways to lessen our impact on the environment.

Adria
gibmom at gmail dot com

By Blogger Adria, at 4/23/2008 9:14 AM  

we are committed to buying sustainable food products and recycling everything in sight.

By Anonymous mamikaze, at 4/23/2008 10:18 AM  

I always conserve energy by turning all lights and electronics off when not in use. I also recycle all my unwanted magazines and catalogs.

By Blogger Chrystal, at 4/23/2008 10:35 AM  

We gave up paper towels and paper napkins. We only use cloth.

By Blogger jennem, at 4/23/2008 10:53 AM  

I recylce, compost, try to avoid packaging that can't be recycled.

By Blogger Sunnyvale, at 4/23/2008 11:23 AM  

i'm so happy you are all "greening" your lifestyles + you'd love this book. be sure to leave your email address, url or some way to contact you when you win. sometimes, blogger profiles are set to private or don't link to any way to contact a winner, then i have to move on to the next. so be sure to leave your contact info as well as check back after the giveaway ends.

By Blogger modmom, at 4/23/2008 11:27 AM  

I'm so excited about this book! I sometimes feel overwhelmed and don't know where to begin- this book will be a great resource!

In my home, we have begun using reusable shopping bags and have begun to buy organic. We're also conscious of saving energy in the home and not using paper/plastic products (yay cloth napkins!) We have energy efficient appliances and are eating less meat.

One of the best things I can do is talk with my family and friends about living more earth-friendly lifestyles, then we can all improve our habits together!

barbaralynnthornton at gmail dot com

By Blogger Barb, at 4/23/2008 12:24 PM  

to reduce our carbon footprint, we are using canvas bags, scaled back on our paper towel use, ride our bikes and walk. marcijoy@hotmail.com

By Blogger Marci & Daniel, at 4/23/2008 1:13 PM  

We now use canvas grocery bags, recycle the tons of papers we get from the kids from school.

By Blogger reddon30, at 4/23/2008 1:58 PM  

I know it may sound silly but I go all day with no lights on. Enough light comes in through the windows that I don't need the lights. I've also started knitting resuable grocery bags! I do more, but right now I can't seem to think of a thing. Kid is calling me... :)

Have fun this week with your giveaway. Don't forget to head on over to my site so that you can enter mine too!

By Blogger Kim, at 4/23/2008 2:36 PM  

i want to win

By Blogger Mike, at 4/23/2008 2:43 PM  

we recycle, don't use ziploc bags, bring my own bags to the store, use mostly "green" cleaning products, never use paper napkins or plates, i need to stop wasteful advertising from coming in our mail....hide9323@sbcglobal.net heidi

By Anonymous Anonymous, at 4/23/2008 2:54 PM  

I drive past the recycling center every week--so now I save stuff and toss it in the right bins. That's just the beginning!

By Blogger James and Andrea, at 4/23/2008 3:10 PM  

I recycle my cans and bottles :D

anastasia_falling@yahoo.com

By Anonymous Anastasia, at 4/23/2008 3:28 PM  

recycle and compost.

By Blogger Shannon, at 4/23/2008 3:31 PM  

we started shopping at local markets to support farmers and to reduce our carbon footprint

amiramurphy at gmail

By Blogger Amira M, at 4/23/2008 3:48 PM  

i have starting eating whole grain and organic foods, but mostly i have began to make my own organic all natural soaps.... i use 'green' shopping bags, and use natural cleaners in my home.

i am a new mommy, and you are right.... it opens your eyes to the dangers of the chemicals that are in EVERYTHING now-a-days!

email:
trepilynnell (at) juno (dot) com

By Anonymous taylor k., at 4/23/2008 3:49 PM  

I am cutting down my use of plastic bags, and recycle my clothes.

InternationalFreebies.net == internationalfreebies AT gmail DOT com

By Anonymous Mary_Freebies, at 4/23/2008 3:52 PM  

I recycle, recycle, recycle... and I just bought a Sigg bottle, no more plastic bottles!

By Blogger Web Obsessed, at 4/23/2008 5:00 PM  

I recyle and compost as much as possible. I have reuseable shopping bags, now including reuseable produce bags! And I use biodegradable cleaners whenever possible!

By Blogger Nicole R.J., at 4/23/2008 6:12 PM  

We do what we can already...but if we could learn to use public transportation more, and if we could have an actual garden plot instead of just pots that we keep in our apartment, those would help!

I also recently discovered freecycle, which I think is wonderful. =)

Thanks for the giveaway. Sounds like a great book!

By Blogger Susana la Banana, at 4/23/2008 6:24 PM  

This summer we'll be selling our mini-van and getting a smaller car to help decrease our gas usage. Woo hoo!

By Blogger CC, at 4/23/2008 6:55 PM  

I loved this chic! Even though Oprah was down on her worms...I dug them.

By Anonymous jen, at 4/23/2008 7:11 PM  

It was so funny yesterday on Oprah And the worms.

I am using my green shopping bags everyth=ime I shop.

By Blogger Grammykrob, at 4/23/2008 7:25 PM  

try to keep errands to one central location to prevent driving around so much.

By Blogger drala, at 4/23/2008 7:52 PM  

I am making cloth knapkins to keep in a little basket on my table! I think it makes eating seem a little more elegant! Not only that I don't have to use paper towels.This is a grat giveaway because I am working slowly on becoming more green!

By Blogger Sarah, at 4/23/2008 8:19 PM  

Recycle everything possible.

By Blogger DePro, at 4/23/2008 8:56 PM  

Ohhhh I just recently went green!!
here is what i do...
~avid recycler (I over stuff my bin and have even asked toput stuff in the neighbors!!)
~make my own cleaners for the house to cut backon toxins in the house
~started usung freecycle to get rid of stuff we would normally would toss
~buy local produce when its available

Awesome giveaway, I would love to read it!!

By Blogger Irish Mom, at 4/23/2008 9:04 PM  

i would love to be able to recycle, but there are no facilities here. I use energy efficient light bulbs and wash in cold water.

By Blogger msrodeobrat, at 4/23/2008 9:50 PM  

I saw the author on Oprah yesterday, and it was a fascinating episode.

I currently try to recycle as much as I can, use non-toxic products in my home, and shop organic when I can.

Diana
israel at hotmail dot com

By Anonymous Anonymous, at 4/23/2008 10:20 PM  

We recycle as much as our city will let us, we use non-toxic cleaners and are trying to purge our kitchen of plastics. Thanks!

By Blogger Shama-Lama Mama, at 4/23/2008 11:50 PM  

We are only buying local grass fed organic meats from local farmers, we have joined a CSA, and we recycle like crazy. The new thing I want to do this year is plant some veggies of my own!
Tricia
hockeygalnc at hotmail dot com

By Anonymous Anonymous, at 4/24/2008 5:54 AM  

We have always had a vegetable garden and have canned our own veggies to have all year round.

By Blogger Kristie, at 4/24/2008 12:46 PM  

We try to reduce, reuse, and recycle everything we can. We just started using the WAY cool BumGenius cloth diapers!

By Blogger Bree, at 4/24/2008 12:47 PM  

I try to really give some thought to reduce, reuse and recycle. what can you reduce in your lifestyle? what can you reuse? what can you recycle. great giveaway, thanks! hellomary018 at yahoo dot com mommyland512.blogspot.com

By Blogger Mary512, at 4/24/2008 2:07 PM  

There's a lot that I can do. I try to educate people around me. It's hard to do it so people understand, and don't get upset, but I think it's important. I do not have kids yet, but when I'll do, I will make sure to teach them how important it is to take care of planet Earth, because I truly believe that it will make a difference.

I also started a Green Committee at work. I am getting upset at the amount of paper that we are wasting and people throwing aluminum cans in the trash(that is right next to the recycling bin!). It's a long process, but it's gonna pay in the long run. I find people thinking twice before printing now. We got to switch our regular paper to recycled paper. We got more more recycling bins because we were filling them quickly.

Keep on the good work guys, that's really gonna pay!

By Blogger mel, at 4/24/2008 2:11 PM  

I'm sure there's a lot more that I can do, but I recycle what items I'm able to. I also save our aluminum cans and cash them in for money. I only turn the lights on in the house when necessary.
partymix25(at)hotmail(dot)com

By Anonymous Anonymous, at 4/24/2008 2:14 PM  

Among other things, we use a push mower to mow our lawn. No gas, no fumes, no noise. It's a pleasure to mow the grass now and it's great exercise.

Thanks for the giveaway!

By Blogger Dawn, at 4/24/2008 4:35 PM  

We've replaced all our regular light bulbs with CFBs, and I've got reuseable bags for groceries now that I take with me everywhere. I hate plastic bags!!

By Blogger Alison, at 4/24/2008 4:44 PM  

I follow this advice REDUCE, REUSE and RECYCLE... Buy local(saves on gas and seasonal for healthiest produce at the best price. I also use, and reuse glass containers instead of plastic. Think green!!! katklaw777(at)yahoo(dot)com thnx

By Blogger katklaw777, at 4/24/2008 5:08 PM  

Don't mean to post twice, but my correct e-mail address is:

ISRAEL2 at hotmail dot com

Diana

By Anonymous Anonymous, at 4/24/2008 5:24 PM  

I am dying for a copy of this book.

We're trying to be more aware about what we use. We're trying to avoid disposable things and if we must use them, we try to hold on to them and reuse them rather then adding yet another one to the landfill.

By Blogger Reiza, at 4/24/2008 5:58 PM  

recycle more

By Blogger DOODLEGIRL, at 4/24/2008 6:27 PM  

We're starting out by trying to do a lot of little things that add up...turning off lights when we leave the room, turning off the tap when we brush our teeth, switching from disposable water bottles to reusable Sigg canteens, buying more organic and locally grown/made products, etc. Thanks for the chance to win this great book that would give us a lot more ideas!

sgrimmell99 (at) yahoo (dot) com

By Blogger Samantha, at 4/24/2008 6:43 PM  

We quit buying bottled water....(we use Nalgenes and Siggs)....and we turn off the computer at night. That's one most people overlook! Thanks! ( meg.wilson@gmail.com )

By Anonymous Megret, at 4/24/2008 6:47 PM  

I wish I was doing more (hence why I want the book) but we have completely got rid of all the plastic bags from the stores. We use reusable bags - working on getting rid of the ziplocks too... boy that is hard.

nateandjakesmom at gmail dot com

By Blogger NateAndJakesMom, at 4/24/2008 6:50 PM  

we deff recycle, and have been cutting down on our use of plastic, and use our oun shopping bags...

By Blogger peekab00, at 4/24/2008 8:38 PM  

We've been changing a lot...but, I could...I really want to find some beauty products that work well for my acne prone skin that are green...and shampoo.

www.bosssanders.com
bosssanders@gmail.com

By Blogger Ashley, at 4/24/2008 8:44 PM  

To live more earth friendly I want to use reused canvas bag. I will keep buying organic and recyling. I am hoping my next car will be a hybrid. Helping plant trees, getting other companies involved in the going green should be something we all team up to do together!! Thanks for the giveaway!
sweetpeacakesetc(at)yahoo(dot)com

By Anonymous Dawn- Sweet Pea Cakes,etc. Blog, at 4/24/2008 8:46 PM  

Cloth diapering. And we are lovin' it!

By Blogger CJW's folks, at 4/24/2008 9:11 PM  

I was appalled at all the plastic bottles of pop my son was throwing out so I quit buying plastic bottles and have only been buying cans for over a year now. I even bought one of those handy can crushers so it makes taking them to the recycle center so much easier.
icedream(at)iwon(dot)com

By Blogger ICEDREAM, at 4/24/2008 11:31 PM  

Great giveaway! I hope i'm the lucky winner :)

we recycle heavily now -- down the the compost bin! We also bring our own bags to the grocery store.

By Blogger Reeva, at 4/24/2008 11:51 PM  

I want this book badly. We current recycle and I only use reuseable bags. Each day we try to do something else like feeding our baby only organic food

By Blogger lyn21, at 4/25/2008 6:30 AM  

wonderful...would love the book.

i carry my own water bottle and coffee cup. i hate to think of the waste each cup leaves.

i also carry my own bags for groceries and other purchases.

thank you.

By Anonymous kirsten, at 4/25/2008 9:02 AM  

I can use cloth diapers for my third baby like I am planning to do. I can also take a big load of glass and plastic to our Make a Difference Day on May 17th, for recycling:)

I hope to win this book - it looks great!

By Blogger Tabitha, at 4/25/2008 10:52 AM  

I garden and can, freeze, or dry food. I would like to get a bike to save gas on trips to the park with the kids.

By Blogger Sunshine Mama, at 4/25/2008 10:58 AM  

We are working really hard on not using bags and baggies anymore. It's tough but we work on it.

By Blogger Audrey, at 4/25/2008 11:14 AM  

We're trying to buy as many used items for our children as possible. You know, reduce, reuse, recycle. No sense in buying all new clothing for little kids who outgrow them before they wear them out!

By Blogger Leeanthro, at 4/25/2008 11:59 AM  

We gather our plastic shopping bags and our daughter's school recycles them and earns money for it. We also sort and recycle all that we can. We unplug unused electronics and we also donate our clothing and furniture. We use our own bags at the library instead of the plastic bags.

By Blogger The Mama Hood, at 4/25/2008 12:24 PM  

We have switched to clothe napkins and we hang our cloth diapers out to dry.

geswinson@gmail.com

By Blogger geswinson, at 4/25/2008 2:12 PM  

renew, reuse, recycle.

By Blogger Princess Golden Hair, at 4/25/2008 5:15 PM  

We could really recycle more than we do. And I need to bring my resuable bag to the grocery store. I keep forgetting.

jasonncaryn at yahoo dot com

By Blogger Rockin' Mama, at 4/25/2008 9:43 PM  

OMG!!! you are going to love this site for all you online shopping... http://www.nonprofitshoppingmall.com!!!
First you choose a charity then you shop the mall. A percent of your sale goes to the nonprofit you chose. Amazon.com is on there and tons of other great stores and loads of green stores too!!! Oprah would be so proud! Ooh don't forget you can buy mom organic flowers too through the site. CHECK IT OUT!

p.s. those mod little egg chairs are the coolest things I have every seen!!!!!!

By Blogger mire, at 4/26/2008 10:25 AM  

When I can afford it, I probably will add some solar panels for heating and electricity to my home. If almost should be a mandate to add water panels.

By Blogger Brett, at 4/26/2008 5:19 PM  

I've changed all my light bulbs. I've sworn off bottled water (I now carry a cup with me EVERYWHERE so I can still hydrate!). I gave up lawn care products long ago. No bleach. Well tuned car, and applying for jobs that are close to home. Recycle everything I can. Eat local. I am always looking for things to do. I want this beautiful planet to be here for my grandchildren!

gail
gpc49@yahoo.com

By Blogger gpc, at 4/26/2008 5:52 PM  

we cloth diaper

By Blogger Taryn, at 4/26/2008 6:44 PM  

buy more organic food

dangotmail (at) yahoo dot com

By Blogger The Hot One, at 4/26/2008 6:59 PM  

I recycle as much as I can and turn in ink cartridges as well as buy items with as little wrapping as possible

By Blogger silverbele, at 4/26/2008 7:13 PM  

We just contracted for solar panels.

By Blogger lisawonbig, at 4/26/2008 9:20 PM  

WE reuse our Teddie peanut butter jars as drinking glasses & food storage.

By Anonymous tarynATnewangelsDOTcom, at 4/27/2008 6:53 AM  

We shop each weekend at our local farmer's market. We try to be as earth-friendly as possible. This book would be a big help! Great giveaway - thank you!

By Blogger beckster, at 4/27/2008 7:56 AM  

WE are very very water conscious!!!!

By Blogger cdrury, at 4/27/2008 8:06 AM  

We recycle fanatically, but need to do a better job with our water usage. Long showers are a luxury that will have to go, I'm afraid.

By Blogger Chris & Amanda, at 4/27/2008 11:24 AM  

I will expand our garden and buy meat and eggs from area farmers. If we buy and eat local food that means support for area producers and less transportation costs!

sajdakota@yahoo.com

By Anonymous Sandra Jensen, at 4/27/2008 5:11 PM  

We've tried to do a lot of little things: we no longer use harmful pesticides/lawn products around our house, but try to use Integrated Pest Management principles; we stopped using any plastic bags or bottles in the past year; and we buy everything that we possibly can locally. It takes a little more time, but we love the time we spend doing it!

Jeanie
doc-mama.blogspot.com

By Blogger Sisters J, at 4/28/2008 11:45 AM  

We have tried to make our home as eco-friendly as possible. Our garden is slowly starting to feed us and we grow trees to promote fresher air! We have gone green in as many ways as we can think of and recycle everything we can! My dream is to build a fully eco friendly house in the country and become fully sustainable so we do not have to buy food from outside sources! Or use electricity companies etc. I know it sounds hard but I believe one day it will be possible!

By Blogger karisma, at 4/28/2008 3:17 PM  

I use re-usable bags for all types of shopping. I take all items to recycle that the site will accept (no local pick-up). I buy High Efficiency appliances whenever they need replacing.

By Anonymous Tercannon@aol.com, at 4/28/2008 5:36 PM  

I also use reusable shopping bags which is so easy and does make a differance. I am very cautious of our household water use, and recycle all that I can. I would love to read this book and know whatelse I could do thanks.
april_epperson(at)yahoo.com

By Blogger sydneysmommy0, at 4/28/2008 11:41 PM  

I saw the Oprah show with this author and Julia Roberts. Loved all of her ideas. We currently recycle and use green cleaning products in our home. We've changed most of our lightbulbs and look forward to finding more ways to make a smaller impact on our environment. Thanks for a great giveaway!
luvmybabybee at gmail dot com

By Blogger Mommy Bee, at 4/29/2008 10:41 AM  

We recycle and all the new appliances we buy are the energy saving ones. We also recycle and freecycle to keep as much as we can out of landfills.
We also try to buy items that have green packaging and that use recycled materials

By Blogger Antonina, at 4/29/2008 4:20 PM  

We have always recycled, but we recently had a baby and our baby has inspired us to live greener. We use cloth diapers and wipes. We have also began using microfiber cloths to cut down on our use of paper towels and sponges and are switching over to all natural cleaners.
gntlgroove@yahoo.com

By Anonymous Anonymous, at 4/30/2008 5:44 AM  

To lead a more earth friendly lifestyle I can carpool, walk or ride my bike instead of driving. Also, I can continue recycling whatever is recycable and buying products that are made with recycled material. I'd also like to start composting in the near future.

ihchicky AT gmail.com

By Blogger ihchicky, at 4/30/2008 9:54 AM  

I'm cutting back on disposable party supplies... too many paper plates and plastic cups.
Thanks
txterri[at]aol[dot]com

By Anonymous Terri B, at 4/30/2008 8:56 PM  

walk to store when we can instead of driving, even if this means more frequent trips

By Blogger Kathy, at 4/30/2008 11:46 PM  

I started a compost since I do not have a garbage disposal and I cut the shower off when I am shaving.

By Anonymous Katie, at 5/02/2008 6:29 AM  

I use organic kitty litter
debbiedishper@earthlink.net

By Anonymous debbie, at 5/02/2008 6:00 PM  

By reading this book upon winning it!
llm 96 at aol dot com

By Anonymous Anonymous, at 5/03/2008 1:02 AM  

I've started my own compost bin in the backyard to fertilize my plants!

By Blogger Danielle, at 5/03/2008 6:18 PM  

We are in the process of installing a water filter to stop using plastic water bottles. I've also recently signed up with a company to reduce all my junk mail. I miss the catalogs, but they really weren't necessary!
krisindam at mac dot com

By Blogger mrssmiff, at 5/04/2008 11:11 AM  

I always use my own tote bags at grocery store.
but i guess i could quit using so much toilet paper.

hermanthompson at yahoo dot com

By Anonymous Anonymous, at 5/04/2008 11:16 PM  

Wow!!

By Anonymous Anonymous, at 5/05/2008 5:08 AM  

Thanks for this great giveaway!

My husband and I both walk or take the bus everywhere. I'd like to start using my own bag at the grocery store.

By Blogger Olive, at 5/05/2008 10:25 AM  

Currently, we're making the move to composting scraps and also our gDiapers. I'm still trying to ingrain the cloth napkins, too. Our children are going to be raised with a deeper "green" consciousness as it has become increasingly important to my husband and I over the last few years and we don't intend to waiver.

By Blogger Cicada Studio, at 5/06/2008 9:54 AM  

Currently, we're making the move to composting scraps and also our gDiapers. I'm still trying to ingrain the cloth napkins, too. Our children are going to be raised with a deeper "green" consciousness as it has become increasingly important to my husband and I over the last few years and we don't intend to waiver.

By Blogger Cicada Studio, at 5/06/2008 9:55 AM  

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