I like to be thoughtful of our earth year round, but I must say that the warm, spring days we’ve been having as of late make me appreciate mother nature so much more than blistery, below-zero days.  Springtime in Minnesota is really a sight to see, I swear the population increases by about 75%, but possibly it is just everyone returning to the outdoors after many months of  hibernation. ;)

My parents were “green” before it even turned into an everyday term and maybe, just maybe, I’ve picked up some of my “green-ness” from them. Because it was basically instilled in me, I had no other choice! I have very fond memories of my little brother taking the compostable garbage out to the compost pile – which he considered the WORST possible job on the planet. (It took all of 2 minutes to complete) But they did (and still do) everything they can to keep as much out of the landfills as they can.

I do the everyday “earth friendly” things like recycling, bringing my own bags to the store with me, buying organic (and local when possible), walking instead of driving as much as it allows and just being aware of what resources I’m using in general. Unfortunately, my 10th floor downtown apartment doesn’t quite allow for a compost pile, but all in good time, I do what I can right now.

I am a strong believer that little changes add up – just as I believe little changes in the foods we eat and movement we get can change our bodies and ourselves for the better – no matter how small the changes are, they are worth it!  Because of this, I’m willing to spend more money on food and household items that go the extra mile in either using or producing products that help protect the planet.  A few years ago I started replacing my cleaning supplies with more natural versions without the harsh chemicals – I love reading the 7th Generation packages that share things like this:

Doesn’t that just make you want to make the switch right now? Another small change that I recently implemented was bringing a water bottle with me to our trip to Colorado. I rarely buy drinks in plastic bottles at home, but never think twice about it while traveling. (I need water, right?) This little change saved at least 10 plastic water bottles from ending up in a landfill and if that doesn’t count for something, I’m not sure what does.

What small changes can you make?

18 Comments (Reply )

  1. thehealthyjunky
    Apr 22, 2010 @ 8:56 am

    Girl! I love how “green” you are. I just started to recycle. Although I have not done as much as I would like too, I am still trying. I do use re-usable bags at the grocery store, so I guess that is a plus!
    Have a great day!

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  2. thehealthyjunky
    Apr 22, 2010 @ 8:56 am

    Girl! I love how “green” you are. I just started to recycle. Although I have not done as much as I would like too, I am still trying. I do use re-usable bags at the grocery store, so I guess that is a plus!
    Have a great day!

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  3. Kate
    Apr 22, 2010 @ 2:46 pm

    i totally agree about the population increase! i swear they all magically appear on a patio around happy hour time or on the paths around the lakes.

    i say i’m green about 85% of the time with recycling, bags, earth friendly products and what not. my college roomate once went a week with only producing seven items of garbage. it was pretty crazy.

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  4. Kate
    Apr 22, 2010 @ 2:46 pm

    i totally agree about the population increase! i swear they all magically appear on a patio around happy hour time or on the paths around the lakes.

    i say i’m green about 85% of the time with recycling, bags, earth friendly products and what not. my college roomate once went a week with only producing seven items of garbage. it was pretty crazy.

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  5. Mo
    Apr 22, 2010 @ 5:02 pm

    We have been bringing our own bags to the grocery store, buying from bulk bins to save packaging, making our own baby food. Recently we bought some BPA free sports bottles as well, and I can’t believe how much it’s reduced plastic bottle waste when we travel. Great to bring on the plane too – can fill after passing security. I’ve started using vinegar and water as a all purpose cleaner after seeing it on Dr. Oz. I think there is more, but that’s what’s on the top of the list.

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  6. Mo
    Apr 22, 2010 @ 5:02 pm

    We have been bringing our own bags to the grocery store, buying from bulk bins to save packaging, making our own baby food. Recently we bought some BPA free sports bottles as well, and I can’t believe how much it’s reduced plastic bottle waste when we travel. Great to bring on the plane too – can fill after passing security. I’ve started using vinegar and water as a all purpose cleaner after seeing it on Dr. Oz. I think there is more, but that’s what’s on the top of the list.

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  7. Nicole @ Making Good Choices
    Apr 22, 2010 @ 6:04 pm

    My parents def were NOT green so that is very impressive yours were! I try to be green everyday like you by bringing bags with me and using reusable water bottles, but lately I’ve been buying/eating way less meat too!

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  8. Nicole @ Making Good Choices
    Apr 22, 2010 @ 6:04 pm

    My parents def were NOT green so that is very impressive yours were! I try to be green everyday like you by bringing bags with me and using reusable water bottles, but lately I’ve been buying/eating way less meat too!

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  9. Jessie
    Apr 22, 2010 @ 8:53 pm

    Good for you! You are setting a wonderful example that we can all follow. I try recycle as much as I can – like you, I believe that little changes can add up :)

    Oh, and my job growing up was to take out the compostable to the compost pile! Gross, but we had great dirt :)

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    • Emily
      Apr 22, 2010 @ 9:55 pm

      Haha, I love it! We have this great picture of my brother when he was like 7 and he would literally spend 10 minutes getting an outfit on so he didn’t have to smell it! But that was long before digital cameras so I wasn’t able to post it.

      Emily http://www.anutritionisteats.com

      Sent from my iPhone

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  10. Jessie
    Apr 22, 2010 @ 8:53 pm

    Good for you! You are setting a wonderful example that we can all follow. I try recycle as much as I can – like you, I believe that little changes can add up :)

    Oh, and my job growing up was to take out the compostable to the compost pile! Gross, but we had great dirt :)

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    • Emily
      Apr 22, 2010 @ 9:55 pm

      Haha, I love it! We have this great picture of my brother when he was like 7 and he would literally spend 10 minutes getting an outfit on so he didn’t have to smell it! But that was long before digital cameras so I wasn’t able to post it.

      Emily http://www.anutritionisteats.com

      Sent from my iPhone

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  11. actorsdiet
    Apr 22, 2010 @ 9:18 pm

    bringing a water bottle when i travel now is so key – and i know all the good places to refill them (like the hotel gym!)

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  12. actorsdiet
    Apr 22, 2010 @ 9:18 pm

    bringing a water bottle when i travel now is so key – and i know all the good places to refill them (like the hotel gym!)

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