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Feb 11th

October is Get Going Living Green Month

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greencycleAs we prepare for fall, make sure you take time to add a bit of green to your routine. If you are up for the challenge, pick one thing that you will try or do this month. Here are some examples, and feel free to add your very own. I want to hear about what you are doing! If you email or Facebook me back, I will enter your name in a drawing to receive 1 of 10 eco-friendly gifts this month. So, what shade of green are you?

Invest in a water bottle. Over 100 million plastic bottles make it to US landfills EVERY DAY! Purchase a refillable bottle, and soak up the savings.

Buy a CFL light bulb( the spiral kind) and save up to $ 60 a year on energy costs. My husband and I switched all of our light bulbs to CFL’s and within a year our energy bill was cut in half!

Donate and shop with a conscience. If you have been blessed with an overabundance of clothes or shoes donate them to your local thrift store, Goodwill or Salvation Army. While you are there, stop in to check out the store. I buy a lot of my clothes from thrift stores and consignment shops. I love when I get compliments on my brand new $5 designer jeans! You can also donate your clothes to another family or a shelter.

Give up the Styrofoam-it's cheap but it does not make the eco-friendly cut! Opt for paper plates or pull out your dishes!

Recycle for the first time or more often than usual. Newspaper,  cereal boxes, paper rolls and tubes, magazines, junk mail and computer paper make the top of the paper list. Don’t forget cans and aluminium foil (clean it first), and plastic bottles (if you just can’t give them up) and shampoo bottles. Look for the arrow and the number 1 or 2 to be sure. Visit my local recyclers for tips  Recycle your old cell phones! if you throw them away, they end up in landfills(the mercury and lead do too), so check in with your cell phone company to see if they will buy them back from you, find a cell phone recycling station near you. Go to to find one near you.

BYOB-Bring Your Own Bag. Remember your reusable shopping bag (Maylena does such a great job reminding me). Don’t worry, if you forget, they are no more than $2 at the store. If you have to use plastic bags, re-use them or recycle them.

Carpool or ride your bike to a place where you usually drive. As I sat frustrated by the wait and long line of cars waiting to get in to the U of MN parking lot (the lot is dedicated to those who were more eco-conscious before 9am), I decided that I am going to carpool or take the bus for at least 5 more classes! If you live in the TWIN CITIES, go to for more information. If you live outside the cities, visit your local transit website.

Maylena’s addition: “Turn off the water when you brush your teeth, and turn off the lights so you save energy.” I am so proud!

Save money and get an energy audit with the Neighborhood Energy Connection ( if you live in Saint Paul). The staff is knowledgeable and friendly. They will come to your home, talk to you about how you can save more money and energy( especially with the MN winter fast approaching), and even  change your light bulbs( CFL), and so much more. This was a great experience, and I learned so much. They even send you information about your energy use, so you can see the green you save! Go to to find out more.

Shop and eat local! Stop by a farmer’s market or local shop.  Two words: Mississippi Market! Our new favorite place is The Flamingo, an East African restaurant in Saint Paul adjacent to Subway on University Ave! Delicious!

Shop for eco-friendly products. Biodegradable and naturally derived cleaning and body products are not only better of the environment, but they are better for you too. I love Method, Seventh Generation, Nature’s Gate, Carol’s Daughter and some Body Shop products. I am now into Melaleuca products. They have everything from make-up to cleaners. Email me to let me know at This e-mail address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it .

So, this list should get you started! Have fun, and remember to email me at This e-mail address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it when you take ACTION.


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