Sunday, February 24, 2013

How Earth-Considerate Are You?


Are you considerate of the Earth with your product purchases?  It's easy to say yes, you care, but still take no measurable steps to make a positive difference with your product selection, consumption, or resulting waste.  Count me in with that crowd, until recently.

Do I care about the Earth?  Of course I do, I believe we all do, we live here!

Are you being careful with your product selection in relation to the Earth?  Um...until very recently, and still not near enough, the answer for me has been no.

With all of the attention that has been drawn to such matters (hurrah for that), I will admit to an enhanced awareness that has made me far more considerate than in years past, but it does not take much of an inspection, or even a look around my house, to know that the interest has not been near enough.

What I have done is carefully consider how items are packaged; taken major steps to recycle (something we still do, and have done for years); and I have purchased 'green' items from time to time, but quite honestly, that has been the extent of my consideration.

Of course there are a million options for being more environmentally aware today, many of which you can use right in your own home.  There is organic skin care, organic farming for healthier eating, packaging that is minimal on your favorite products, and there are green cleaning solutions aplenty.  Sometimes there are so many options that it can be intimidating, but I'm starting to know that it is something that is very worth looking into, learning about, and acting upon because we all know little things do add up (for the better or for the worse).

It is my intention to amp up my awareness and action by simply paying attention more and making better choices.  I know some of you are very green, and/or environmentally aware, but I'm sure there are others of you like me who really do have a lot of room for improvement.  Are you actively aware of your environment, doing your part as best you can...or do you really just not give it a lot of thought? Or maybe you're somewhere in between?  I'd love to hear about it, and so would Enviro Products World, the family-owned and eco-friendly company (in operation for over 35 years) who were kind enough to sponsor this post!

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  1. I try to be earth friendly, but I am sure there are a lot more things I can do.
    Great post Rosey!!

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  2. I try really hard - but slip between the cracks sometimes...............
    Buy mostly fresh foods - toxin free paints ( or very very low in toxins )
    Save old furniture from going into the landfill
    Recycle absolutely everything
    Compost my food scraps.............
    Use Green products.............
    But there's always room for improvement, most definitely - I'm sure I do things I'm not even aware of Rosey -
    Great Post!
    XXX

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    1. It sounds like you're doing a lot, Suzan. I'm impressed.

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  3. Rosey,
    Good post! We all need reminded from time to time to try to be better guardians, of ourselves, our children, and our surroundings. I think at my house, we need to try to recycle some things instead of pitching them.
    Have a good day!

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    1. Thanks, Patricia. Happy you came to visit. :)

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  4. Great post. Def. food for thought. I could improve my awareness of how earth-considerate that I am. I do some things. We do recycle and I no longer buy prepackaged produce - which is a total waste of materials and adds to the cost of the stuff anyway! We also bought a composter last year. I know I should kick the bottled water habit, but its so darn convenient to grab and go when the kids have their sports!

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    1. We have well water so we are way too dependent on the bottled stuff.

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  5. Great post and a great reminder Rose. I try hard and am even teaching my children, too now. So thanks for the great reminder and for linking up today, too!! :)

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  6. We keep a compost pile year round, we recycle everything that can be around here. We don't recycle glass because it's not accepted. I collect glass if we're going through a lot of it with company. There is a drop off place. I only wash dishes if the sink is full. I'm not very good about taking a short shower. It's my relax time. I use cloth sandwich bags.

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    1. I'm terrible about showers too. I forgot about that one.

      Cloth sandwich bags sound great, we go through four bags a day when the kids/hubby are packing lunches!

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  7. My husband and I have really been trying to reduce our carbon footprint as much as possible. Especially since having children. This is such a great post and such an important topic to share!

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    1. Thank you, Monica. Children make so many positive differences for us, in ways we might never have even considered. :)

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  8. I consider myself very earth-friendly but I am sure there are many more things I can do. Thanks for the inspiration to do so :)

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    1. Good for you, I hope to be able to say that sooner rather than later. :)

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  9. We try as best as we can to live a green lifestyle but there is still room for improvement. Thanks for sharing and helping to spread the word on this important subject.

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    1. Thanks for visiting and voicing your opinion. Totally appreciated.

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  10. I recycle etc, but do know there's room for improvement here too.

    Thanks for sharing with my NO RULES Party! And speaking of still having things to do from last week, I believe I'm years behind on things that need doing :) Oh well, what can you do? lol

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    1. Slow and steady...steady and slow (though catching up fast would be more ideal, I already know :) ). Thanks for visiting.

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  11. We recycle, but I know there is a lot more we could do - it's just a matter of doing it.

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    1. Ditto that, thanks for visiting, Robin. :)

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  12. Wow, your blog is very beautiful and interesting. I know your blog by Harvest of Friends Weekend. Kisses from Spain.

    http://redecoratelg.blogspot.com.es/

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    1. Thank you for your kind words, and for the visit.

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  13. Hi Rosey, Thanks for stopping by Oh! My Heartsie Reviews this week, I appreciate it. Have a great week! Karren

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  14. I think you're right. I personally try to buy "gently used" items and use whatever I have until I can no longer use it. That means I go to consignment shops, Goodwill and estate sales. I've had the same cell phone for 3 years and it still works fine (e-waste is one of the most insidious forms of waste we have). I have a car I've been driving for 8 years and my husband's truck is 21 years old. We have really tried to make our footprint as tiny as possible. We compost the kitchen scraps, farm our front yard, and we're hoping to build a house from already-fallen trees with solar panels completely off-grid in the near future. I definitely care for this planet and I hope that my children will have a world that is as good as, if not better than what we have now. Great post and food for thought!

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    1. Totally guessing I'm not the only one who wants to know what kind of truck your husband has...that's the next make of vehicle I want. :)

      You sound really environmentally responsible, Cyndi. That's awesome.

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  15. I think a lot of times I'm more earth-conscious than I think mainly because I'm lazy and cheap. I don't tend to buy "new" because they are more expensive and second hands stores tend to be a lot smaller than the big box stores.

    Great post! Stopping by from Raising Imperfection!

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    1. Second hand shopping is a way I hadn't considered, and electronic things was something that hadn't really crossed my mind much either (from Cyndi's post above you). I'm getting great ideas and future considerations from just the replies. :)

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  16. What a great question! I try to be earth conscience but I know there's room for improvement.

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    1. Thanks for stopping by, Terrye,

      I saw you got two Liebster's, 'grats. :)

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  17. I have to admit that I am not good at recycling. I do some but not near enough. I need to get much better at it. I am however very good at buying second hand and taking things that we no longer need to the second hand stores so that someone else can use them. I don't believe in just throwing away things that others can get some use of.

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    1. I donate our used items too, but I'd never thought of it as being environmentally-friendly until this post. I guess there are things we do right and don't even realize it. ;)

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  18. I am as far as recycling and stuff goes and when buying food, although being earth friendly isn't cheap. Prob soe room for improvement too.

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    1. If a product does cost too much, I usually won't try it...green or not. If it's gotten GREAT word of mouth, that might be the exception.

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  19. i need to do better with my recycling, its so easy to toss things in the trash... but i need to do better, thanks for reminding me
    http://ramblingmomma03.blogspot.ca/2013/02/weekend-recap_24.html

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    1. It is, you're right, but it's worth the extra effort.

      Good luck w/your job hunt!

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  20. You are right Rosey ~ though I do believe I do a good job there are always areas for improvement!

    Thank you for linking to Raising Imperfection.
    Please come back Friday to see if you were featured. :)

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    (¸¤ Lanaya | xoxo
    www.raising-reagan.com

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  21. I know that my household has tons of room for improvement!

    Thank you for linking up to Raising Imperfection!
    Leslie

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    1. Thanks for hosting, you girls rock. :)

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  22. We recycle paper and plastics, but I'm more concerned about the pollution placed in our air and water by big businesses that buy politicians who approve this. Whether or not I recycle won't make much of a difference if we don't stop corporate attacks on our environment.

    http://joycelansky.blogspot.com

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    1. There are def. a lot of areas outside of our influence who abuse the environment in a way that's downright scary when you look into it even a little bit, I agree, Joyce.

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  23. We switched to a smaller car after driving an SUV for years. We are huge on recycling! I am a big fan of reusable totes for grocery shopping, but we do get the occasional plastic bag for scooping up dog poop. Not entirely earth friendly. Maybe some company can make earth friendly pet poop bags? If so, I'd like a commission lol.

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  24. I try to be earth friendly, but I have to be honest...there is a lot more that I could do in order to be earth friendly.

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    1. Agreed, me too!

      Thanks for visiting, Jennifer.

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  25. i can definitely admit that i have a lot of room to grow in this department. this was such an insightful and motivational post...thanks so much for opening our eyes and sharing. :) i hope you had a wonderful weekend. <3<3<3
    maria

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    1. Every weekend's a good weekend...well almost every weekend. ;)

      Thanks for the visit. :)

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  26. I do try to been environmentally friendly. I have my own garden and I mulch and recycle etc, but when it comes to purchasing items I find it really difficult to know what product is truly better for the environment. Thanks for sharing this post. I will think a lot more about my purchases and the impact they have.

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    1. Me too...definitely. And you're right, sometimes it is hard to know what's the better route. Thanks for visiting. :)

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  27. Thank you for the reminder - it is so important to be environmentally conscious isn't it!

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  28. We segregate trash at home; plastic, bottles, papers, and other things that can be recycled before throwing them away.

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    1. Yep, we're good about that one too. :)

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  29. We are not very earth friendly around here. We recycle the few things that we can (there's just nowhere to take the stuff when you live in a really rural area), and we either sell or donate stuff that is still good that we don't use anymore. But we go through massive amounts of gas (my husband has a 20 mile each way commute, and my sister has a 17 mile one to one job, and a 30 mile one to the other).

    We're not very good when it comes to less packaging either. We try, and we do pretty good for a while, but then something comes up, and we go back to our bad habits. Some things are beyond our control, too. My son has to have factory sealed drinks in his lunch box. If they leave snacks at school, they have to be prepackaged individually, etc. I'm bad about buying individually packaged items for lunchboxes anyway, though. I do use reusable containers for sandwiches, cut veggies, etc, for lunchboxes, though.

    We know we still have room for a lot of improvement and are slowly working on it.

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    1. I'm awful too with gas, we have that SUV and I have to admit I love it. We don't have four kids in the house anymore though, so the next time I purchase, I'll likely downsize.

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  30. I have been aware and made positive changes. I just wish I could get the supermarkets to switch to eco friendly bags!!

    There is so much to do, but we can all do just a little.

    I'm now trying to get the kids to remember and do so it can be ingrained in them and come easily.

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    1. Me too, Colette...if it's part of their every day routine, they don't even give it a second thought.

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  31. I feel like we make as positive changes in some areas of our life, but not all. We recycle, compost, use green cleaning products and compostable plastic where possible. We buy local meet and produce when its in season.
    But, I honestly think that is such a small part of what we could be doing.
    Great post. Made me think and take stock of my practices.
    Kerrie
    www.familyfoodandtravel.com

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    1. It sounds like you're off to more than a good start. Thanks for stopping by. :)

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  32. I think I'm somewhere in between. I make my own green cleaning items which means less chemicals and packaging, we also grow most of our veggies organically.

    I could make sure I have more recyclable bags when I shop to avoid plastic. Hmmm you've given me something to think about :)

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    1. You repurpose a lot of things too (and make them bee-yoo-ti-ful) so that's doing your part too. :)

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  33. In my school we are recycling plastic and boxes. I also have a recycle bin in my home... but I would love to get 2 bins up for the compound I live in. It is good that you are trying to get other aware.

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    1. Thanks, Jillian. I hope you are able to get the bins up, that's a nice thing to consider. :)

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  34. It definitely adds up. I am on a newsletter chain that calls product manufactures to help lobby for change toward greener packaging. I think that helps, especially for those that can't necessarily pay more for greener stuff. But definitely is something I have thought about quite a bit.

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