Small changes to go green this spring

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It may sound like a cat poster, but it’s true.  Small changes can make a big difference.  What if each of us committed to doing one thing to make the Earth smile this spring?  Together we might make a profound impact on the environment!  Here are three go-green ideas that will make you wonder why you didn’t try it sooner.

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1.  Set up a small garden.  If you like a fresh salad or ripe tomatoes, growing them in your own space is the easiest thing in the world.  My friend lives in an apartment and didn’t think it could be done; however, I convinced her to set up a tomato plant in a 5-gallon bucket on her balcony.  Last summer she harvested tomatoes, peppers, and all kinds of greens.  My mother-in-law reminisced about an heirloom tomato from her childhood.  She told me about a neighbor who had the best pink tomatoes; I was able to locate the plant through an heirloom tomato supplier.  I bought her an Earthbox (small enough to fit on her porch) and one of the plants. My mother-in-law enjoyed those tomatoes so much last summer!   No matter how small your space might be, you can set up a small pot of herbs or a patch of garden greens.  Be warned; once you find out how delicious those fresh greens are, you won’t be able to resist expanding your garden!

2.  Switch one of your products to an earth-friendly version.  If you’re already wearing that t-shirt, why not try a new item that you haven’t heard of before?  Long ago we made the switch to a natural laundry wash.  Our skin protests if we ever run out; all of us break out in a scratchy hot mess if we try to use traditional detergents.  If something as small as natural laundry wash can make that big of a difference, it’s important for us to try some other natural products, too.   We try to use natural personal care products whenever possible.  Recently I tried Akimi haircare.  Have you heard of this?  It’s made from carob bean.  I don’t know why that’s important to me, but it just sounds cool.  Cruelty-free  and free from sulfates, parabens, synthetic dyes and fragrances, Akimi’s commitment to using high-quality botanicals was evident from the moment I squeezed this bottle.

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We received the Curly Hair formula.  My daughter’s hair is very thick and has large, loose curls.  Moisture is a must!  The Akimi formula is very thick and a little difficult to get out of the bottle.  I had to give it a strong squeeze; my daughter mentioned that she had a hard time, too.  I suppose we’ll dilute it with a bit of water to make it come out of the bottle easier. But the results are undeniable.  Her locks were soft and sleek, yet the curls were defined as though we’d used product on it. The shampoo had a light fragrance that was mostly sweet with a little bit of spicy tang. I was surprised at how little we needed to use to get a good clean. It’s not as sudsy and rich of a lather; that’s probably due to the natural formulation of the cleanser.  I love the convenience of being able to purchase the Akimi line through Amazon.  There’s even an online coupon to clip.  The price of the product is pretty steep, especially if you’re a bargain shopper.  However, we’ve seen the difference that it makes in my curly-haired princess so it’s a price I’m willing to pay.  This is a definite buy-again for us.  My daughter says she loves it; that’s testimony enough for me.

3.  Get a little more out of that bottle.  You’d be surprised how many people don’t splash a bit of water in the last of the shampoo bottle to get the dregs.  My mother taught me to do this because, out of necessity, we always tried to stretch out our purchases as long as possible.   No matter what kind of body wash or cleanser you’re using, when you think it’s empty, put a small amount of water in the bottle.  I use about 1/4 cup water for an 18 oz bottle of body wash.  Replace the cap and give the bottle a good shake.  You’ll be amazed at how much extra you’re able to procure from that small action.  It usually last us an extra week or so from the time that I do that.  Now, let’s look at the bigger picture.  If you did that with every product and got an extra week out of it, in four months you’ve stretched the products to an entire FREE month.  In a year’s time, that’s three free months of cleanser, body wash, or detergent.  Eventually it really will run out, so recycle or reuse that bottle at that time.  Without making a huge time or financial commitment, you really made a big difference.    

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  1. We are going to try to grow some veggies this year to do our part in eating local! We also use natural products as much as we can for cleaning.

  2. We’re trying to go with less chemicals in our household-so I appreciate the post-Happy Mother’s Day

  3. We just recently switched to trash bags that are made with recycled plastic, i’ve been really impresed with how well they hold up. I want to keep slowly switching to natural or ecofriendly products over time. In the past I tried making a ton of changes at once and it didn’t work so just doing one thing at a time has been working better.

  4. Oh, I would love to try that out…that sounds like a nice ecofriendly product
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  5. Thanks for the great tips! We are trying to make conscious changes to make our home greener. We started a small garden and we have switched to greener cleaning and personal care products.

  6. I think it’s all about small changes, because in the end it can make a big difference. I love the idea of switching one product for an eco-friendly product, but I had no idea they made eco-friendly shampoo and conditioner! Interesting!

  7. Small changes to make a big difference. And over time, as you add small green changes to your life, I have found that I want to do more and more. I add water to my laundry detergent when I get to the end of the bottle and end up getting at least one more load out of it.

  8. These are some great tips! I am trying to be more green for a better planet.

  9. sounds like nice products, I too have thick curly hair sounds like a product fro me.

  10. Abigail says:

    Thanks for these tips! We decided to start a veggie garden this year on mothers day!

  11. I’m trying. I started a garden last year and plan to make a bigger one this year. We also switched to all natural goat milk soap. Because I’m so frugal I always rinse the last of the bottle. So I do a lot of it but there is so much more we could be doing too. With all the sink holes happening all over the world I wonder if that isn’t because of what we have done by filling all those land fills.

  12. Sherry Compton says:

    I had never heard of that hair care. I’m interested though. Some natural products don’t work for me. I have thick hair that tends to curl and frizz, but this sounds great for moisture.

  13. Sarah L says:

    I just bought some chocolate mint and lemon balm to grow this summer.

  14. These are good ideas! I would love to have a small garden, a few years ago I was able to have an herb garden, that was soooo fun and green!!!

  15. Edna Williams says:

    These are great tips! Thanks for sharing.

  16. Marnie G (Derrick Todd) says:

    Great tips. We’ll be planting our first garden this year.

  17. Oh, I am so glad you also get that last bit out of the bottle. I can get almost 2 weeks more toothpaste than the rest of my fam. Why pay for it only to throw it out?

  18. Amber Ludwig says:

    I switched to all natural deodorant!! What a change!!! I am planning on planting all our own herbs this year… ONe step at a time right?!?!

  19. Jeanine says:

    You say we get a free week of product- I say we get what we paid for! I use that trick all the time. I get at least another week or more out of shampoo, toothpaste, lotion, etc.

  20. Katherine Riley says:

    Such easy ways to go a little green. Every little bit helps!

  21. I can hardly wait for Spring to start my garden this year. Got 5 inches of snow today.

  22. kathy downey says:

    Thanks for all the ideas and tips every little thing we do helps the Earth

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