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Earth Day everyday!

     In honor of Earth Day (which is Sunday, April 22, 2012), I thought it might be fun to share with you changes that we’ve made in the Seesholtz household to be friendly to our Mother Earth.  These are things that we’ve incorporated gradually over the past few years but I would encourage you to pick one to try out.  Every little bit helps!

  • Reduce- Think about every purchase you make and answer the question…”Do I really need this?”
  • Reuse- Before going out to the store or logging onto amazon, see if you don’t already have something in your home that you can reuse to fit the need or buy pre-owned items when you get the opportunity.
  • Recycle- A concept that needs no explanation I’m sure 😉
  • Plant a garden- If a vegetable garden seems to intimidating or you lack the space, try out a herb or container garden instead.
  • Compost
  • Chemical free cleaners- There’s not much that some white vinegar, water, and baking soda can’t clean.
  • Un-paper towels- Use kitchen towels and washcloths instead of paper towels.  We keep a stack for the kitchen and another for cleaning.
  • Eliminate reusable products- Use Pyrex and bpa-free plastic containers instead of Ziploc baggies, etc.
  • Natural personal care products- Switch out your traditional shampoo and conditioner with one that is free of artificial fragrances and SLS (sodium lauryl sulfate).
  • Cloth diapers- If you haven’t seen what the modern cloth diaper looks like you should really take a minute.  They are so cute, safer for baby, and much nicer on your wallet. (Vintage Evan pictured right.)
  • Be mindful and try to consolidate as much driving as possible.
  • Line dry- Hang clothes out on the line when possible.  The sun is a magical, amazing stain fighter!
  • Organic food- If you are limited by resources and funds, consider buying organic for the dirty dozen list as a starting point.
  • Homemade food- Ditch the convenience and fast foods and cook as much from scratch as possible.  It doesn’t have to be an elaborate meal.  This is a great time of year to throw some chicken on the grill with homemade BBQ sauce and serve with steamed broccoli and brown rice.  Super easy!
  • Whole food- Try to steer clear of processed foods with all those sneaky additives and sugars and get back to the basics.
  • Meatless meals- Focus on adding a meatless meal into your rotation like ziti or black bean burritos.
  • Dryer balls- I prefer my wool dryer balls over dryer sheets any day of the week.
  • Energy star- Make sure any new appliance or electronics you purchase are energy star rated.
  • LED light bulbs- Replace slowly as old bulbs burn out.
  • Natural laundry detergents- Look into brands like Planet, Country Save, or Maggie’s Soap Nuts.
  • Buy local and handmade whenever possible.
  • Conserve water and electricity as much as possible- Turn off the water as your brush your teeth and keep lights off in un-used rooms.  If our little Eli can do it, so can you!

This is obviously not an all-inclusive list, and I’m just focusing on the broad idea instead of giving you all the rationale or research but I think it’s a good starting point.  If you have questions, please email.  I’ll be happy to give you brand recommendations and resources for more information.  Maybe your question will prompt a new blog post!

Happy Earth Day!

Nikki Seesholtz

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