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Sep
14
2010

Treehuggin’ Tuesday – Giveaway! WOO HOO!

When you begin to surf the net looking for green products and websites, you immediately begin to recognize certain catch phrases and words. In fact we have heard about going green, living green, thinking green until frankly, the color green isn’t the first thing that comes to my mind when I hear the word “green“.

  • Think Green
  • Clean and Green
  • Sustainability
  • Urban Farming
  • Go Green
  • Earth Day is Every Day
  • Conservation
  • Global Warming
  • Carbon Footprint
  • Reduce, Reuse, Recycle
  • Freecycle
  • Locavore

My personal favorite:

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While I was doing my research for this post (yeah, I actually do read and try to get the facts and not just feed you from my very small bowl of useful knowledge) I figured out pretty quickly that I am really more of a Celadon, than actual true Green. However, I was very happy, when taking the Carbon Footprint quiz at Nature.org, to find I was below the national average for CO2 emissions. I will probably go take it again, because it just doesn’t seem right.  I certainly don’t feel like I am doing that well.

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I think what gave me such a great score was our home energy slice of the pie.  Maybe you would find it interesting to take the quiz.

Yeah, I love the idea of leaving things better than I found them, but I fail miserably most of the time.  Likely, because I am not radical enough.   Or at least I don’t see myself as radical.  I think of a radical as being bold and brash and public with their cause or causes.  I suppose I might have been classified as a radical cloth-diapering, co-sleeping, non-vaccinating, breastfeeding,  homeschooling mom.  But I did these things mostly in a quiet personal way.  Sort of.

I did use disposable diapers and cloth diapers.  I hated using disposables at all but time and work load with a large family sometimes made it necessary.  But I loved using cloth and even made some of my own diapers from recycled baby blankets.

We had a crib when we had our first child.  We put stuff in it.  Pretty much everything but the baby.  We moved when he was 8 months old and never put it up again.  We had a couple of bassinets over the years but Jerry built us a cradle and it was big enough that a little one could sleep in it until they were about 18 months old.  But mostly they  slept with us or each other until they wanted their own bed.  I suppose a lot of people would consider that unusual.

We didn’t vaccinate on time.  In fact Hannah, Rachel and Ben were 17, 14 and 10 when we started them. About a month after the second whooping cough vaccination in the series both Rachel and Ben got whooping cough and I have never seen anyone sicker than Rachel was.  I was more than a little agitated at myself for giving in but with them headed to university, I felt I had to.  Or should.

Breastfeeding is maybe my most radical behavior to date.  It wasn’t so much the fact that I exclusively breastfed, it was the length of time.  Both Hannah and Ben were 4+ when they weaned.  Crazy huh?   And the homeschooling thing might have been radical when we started in 1988, but it certainly isn’t anymore.

I suppose I do my small green things fairly privately as well.  Except for the few things I have shared here. And I suppose according to that big old green pie chart, I am not doing too bad.

Anywhoodle, I have a giveaway for you today!  YAY!  This is a great book called Urban Pantry: Tips & Recipes for a Thrifty, Sustainable & Seasonal Kitchen written by Amy Pennington.  Amy is a food writer, organic gardener, and owner of GoGo Green Gardener, an edible gardening business that builds, plants and tends edible gardens for city folk.  You can learn more about Amy and her work at urbangardenshare.org.  So if you would like to have your name dropped in The Mason Jar, just leave me a comment and say you want to enter to win and hey, if you have a few minutes to spare, share a tip or website or book title with us.  Isn’t the cover beautiful? The inside is chock full of good stuff!  You will love it!

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Okay, Happy Tuesday everyone!  See ya’round!

NOTE: Don’t forget about the photo contest!

EDITED TO ADD:

Prince Charles, HRH hosted a PAR-TAY! A BIG GREEN PARTY! Click here to visit the website and read the article.  Some VERY interesting green things! I love the Royal Family.  With all their quirks and controversy.  Prince Charles seems to have always just wanted to live in the country, dig in the dirt and teach sustainability.  Not the hand he was dealt I am afraid.

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Image by B. Alter: the Royal Vegetable Garden


Sep
07
2010

It ain’t easy being green!

And it wasn’t easy for me to get this GREEN post written for today.  It’s been a wild morning with lots of things going on.  This had to take a backseat for a little while.  But here I am !

It will be short and sweet!  Mowing is calling me.  Gotta get it finished before the rain starts.

NotQuiteJuneCleaver’s 7 Favorite Green Tips

  • Paper or plastic?  NEITHER make or buy reusable shopping bags. Baggus are my faves, as you see!bags1
  • Don’t let your car idle for too long when waiting. Now I think maybe someone (maybe even my husband) might argue this point, explaining to me how much gas it takes to crank your engine so, I think it is relative to how long your car will be idling.
  • Turn your electronics off at night or when not in use!  Just shutting your computer down could save upwards of $75 a year.
  • This is one I struggle with all the time…every season.  Set your thermostat on a reasonable temp.  68 is too cold for running the air and 78 is too hot for running the heat.  BUT if you will reverse them you will save money! Not to mention energy. I really do struggle…if Mama is hot, she is soon to be mad!
  • Wash your laundry in cold water.  There are detergents ( I know, I know – that’s another can of worms for another day) that specify for cold water.
  • Paperless billing.  No need in getting all that mail.  Pay bills online.  Save paper and money for stamps!
  • And last but not least: If you will place a brick, yes a BRICK,  in the tank of your toilet you could save as much as 10 gallons of water a day!

So there you have it!

NOW—a BIG announcement! Ready? Okay…drum roll…..You are invited to participate in the first (of hopefully many) NotQuiteJuneCleaver Photo Contest!  Beginning tomorrow and running thru the end of the month you have the opportunity to send me via email (notquitejunecleaver  at gmail dot com) a digital photo no bigger than 800 px by 600 pix, jpg format and no larger than 2MB.  If you are kin to me, I will post your photos but you can’t win, k?

The theme you ask??? GREEN. Anything green. The greener the better!  Now I don’t think I have to say this but DO NOT submit a photo that is inappropriate!  If you wouldn’t show it to your mama, don’t show it to me! You have until the 30th at midnight for me to get the email.  Put NQJC GREEN PHOTO CONTEST in the subject line of your email.  Okay…now get to snappin’  You also need to write a  note in the email telling what, who, where, when and that I have permission to post the picture on this blog! And that you promise it was taken by you and if there is a person in the photo, be sure they know what you are up to too!

More details forthcoming.

Here’s mine even though, well duh, I can’t win…but I do get to pick who does.  With a little help, of course.

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Alrighty…talk to you happy people tomorrow! Oh and hey, why don’t you look over in the right hand column and sign up for my newsletter.  That’ll be fun!

Thanks everyone!


Aug
31
2010

Tree-hugging Tuesday ‘s Top Seven Green Websites

Welcome Tuesday!  I thought I would share 7 of my favorite green websites.  Hopefully I will introduce you do some you haven’t found on your own.

With the 5 year anniversary of Hurricane Katrina’s devastation of the Gulf coast this past Sunday, there was quite a bit of news coverage of how the people of New Orleans are rebuilding their lives as well as their homes.  So I will start with my favorite local green websites and then on to my other faves.

#1  Making it Right NOLA, the brainchild of Brad Pitt who found it simply unacceptable that once vibrant intercity communities and neighborhoods were still silent two years after the storm.  No rebuilding had begun and the area looked much as it had just after the waters receded.  The most fascinating thing to me is that some of the homes owe no energy bills.  They actually generate more energy than they use.  AMAZING.

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#2 New Orleans Habitat Musicians’ Villiage While I am on the subjects of post Katrina, The Gulf Coast and specifically New Orleans, I found the Musicians’ Village is a project affiliated with Habitat for Humanity. This project goes beyond rebuilding homes and addresses the need to preserve a culture unique to New Orleans’ music community.

#3 The Nature Conservancy works to preserve plants, animals and natural communities that represent the diversity of life on Earth by protecting the lands and waters they need to survive.

#4 Saving Farmland website of The American Farmland Trust  ~ At farmers’ markets, restaurants, grocery stores, school cafeterias and communities across America, people are searching for healthy food that’s grown on nearby farms. Meeting this demand will take more farms, more farmers and more farmland growing local food.

#5 Treehugger is the leading media outlet dedicated to driving sustainability mainstream. Partial to a modern aesthetic, Treehugger strives to be a one-stop shop for green news, solutions, and product information.

#6 The Daily Green The consumer’s guide to the green revolution.  Tips, green guides, green homes, green cuisine, living green.  So much info in one place!

#7 Green Guide for Everyday Living  Website and Blog Trying to understand what climate change, fuel efficiency, green chemistry, and sustainability have to do with you? Green Guide’s blog helps you wade through the greenwashing and complicated science. GG writers bring you some of the most notable stories and trends, and provide tips on how you can meaningfully and easily green your own life.

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~ REUSE ~ REDUCE ~ RECYCLE ~

My NEWEST green pledge – no new clothes for 1 year.  If I happen to change sizes, and I am trying to do just that, I will dig, borrow, alter, whatever it takes.  I am going to start September 2010 off right.  Not only am I not buying anything new, I am cleaning out my closet.  Clothes and shoes.  This may not seem like much but I need to recycle, reduce and reuse!

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