How Can I Help?

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My goal with this blog is to help you live a greener life in a way that is do-able and sustainable. There’s no point in sharing a bunch of green tips with you if they are impractical for your life right now. For example, running your home on 100% solar or wind powered energy is very green. It’s also very costly to implement and may or may not work for you depending on where your home is located.

Going car-free is also very green. But for people out in the suburbs without access to public transportation, car-free may not be possible. We can all drive less, but going completely car-free works better for some than others.

So, how can I help?

  • What are some greener choices you’d like to make, but need some help with?
  • What is your life like right now — are you a city dweller, a suburbanite, a rural homesteader?
  • What questions do you have? What do you want to know more about?

Recycling and reusing things and composting are pretty much second nature with us now, but this wasn’t always the case. It’s been a process and it continues to be a process.

How can I help you?

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  1. Okay, you know I’m a big follower of your blog – and you are right about your devotion to useful tips – can anyone say Planet Box and Name Bubbles….not to mention sunscreen information….(I could go on and on….) I’m a city dweller in a townhome with a 6 foot by 8 foot outdoor area.

    Here’s some stuff I’d love to hear from you about:
    – composting in places like Chicago where it gets freezing cold and you have a small outdoor space – I’m worried about rats, the thing freezing and not working, investing in the wrong composter (I have lots of organic material I’d like to compost from my four deck gardens, not to mention our everyday stuff)
    – The best everyday napkins – we went paper free in our house (except toilet paper) last year and this is a struggle. I’m looking for great looking and easy-care napkins that are eco-friendly. I don’t want to iron if I can help it!
    – Napkin rings to help us identify our napkins – wondering what you recommend
    – This may sound silly, but do you have a way to make instant flavored oatmeal? My kids love the Trader Joe’s apple cinnamon and the maple flavored ones – they actually don’t have too much sugar….but using those individual packets is way too much waste for us.
    – Last, any good ideas for an affordable vertical freezer? We have room for one, but not for the less expensive chest kind. Wondering what you think.

    That’s it for now. Keep on blogging!

  2. Thank you for asking and yes, I do have a couple of things you could help me with….

    1. What to do with empty medicine, as in prescription, pill containers. The ones with the safety lids. The stickers come off very easily, and I keep my empties in the hope that one day I will think of something eco friendly and useful to do with them. I have a huge stack of them waiting for inspiration to strike!

    2. What about paper shreddings from the paper shredder. I was thinking about putting them on my compost pile but read conflicting opinions as to whether that is a good idea. What else enviro-friendly can they be used for?

    3. I keep on looking up stuff about composters. I built my own one out of chicken wire and stakes, but it seems impossible to keep it turned and I just have a pile of yucky stuff – and it’s been a year now. There are a bunch out there on the market, but I’ve not been able to decide which is the best. I am looking for something affordable, that works.

    OK, I’ll stop there. But I can’t promise there won’t be more!


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