Natural Living Des Moines


Simple Steps: Things You Might Think Are Wierd But Aren’t Too Bad by naturaldsm
June 25, 2007, 11:14 pm
Filed under: How To, Lifestyle, Uncategorized

1. Save your waste printer paper and use the other side! (I save all of my waste paper – whether it’s an extra page I didn’t need, or a paper whose contents are no longer needed – and then print “for my eyes only” type documents on the empty sides.) It’s easy and saves you money too!

2. Take your own reusable cloth bags when you go to the grocery store. This cuts down on plastic waste.

3. Buy local, buy organic. Opinions vary as to whether it’s best to buy local or best to buy organic. Obviously, if you can buy local, organic foods, that’s clearly best, but if you have to choose between the two, follow your conscience or do your own research and decide what’s best for your own family. Our family prefers local over organic if we have to choose.

4. Support local businesses, especially those that sell products which are manufactured locally or made from local materials. Buying locally-produced items means you cut down on the amount of energy that is required to get products to you. Our family makes many of our own personal-care items, but when we buy, we buy locally-produced products from Prairieland Herbs located near Woodward.

5. Use reusable cloth diapers on your children, and reusable cloth pads (or menstural cups) on yourself (if you’re a woman). For more information on these options, please visit these pages.

6. Use cloth napkins instead of paper napkins, handkerchiefs instead of tissues, rags or towels instead of paper towels.


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[…] got loads of tips for living a greener life here in the Metro. From today’s post on simple things you can do to green up in daily living: Save your waste printer paper and use the other side! (I save all of my waste paper – whether […]

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i agree with all five entries. thank you for introducing me to prairieland herbs. i am looking forward to checking them out. as for anyone that might be grossed out by cloth pads or cups… you’d do it for your children and you are just as important. i use cloth pads as pantyliners and a cup for menstration… wonderful stuff and just as easy or easier than disposal pads and tampons.

Comment by laura

i agree with all six entries. thank you for introducing me to prairieland herbs. i am looking forward to checking them out. as for anyone that might be grossed out by cloth pads or cups… you’d do it for your children and you are just as important. i use cloth pads as pantyliners and a cup for menstration… wonderful stuff and just as easy or easier than disposal pads and tampons.

Comment by laura

Good post, good ideas. Think about what they used in the previous centuries before plastic and other disposables. They made their own items that were cheaper, healthier, and better quality. Glass is a wonderful alternative to plastic, w/o the formaldehyde, pcb’s, dioxin, xenoestrogens (pthalates.) I bought all different size canning jars and I use them to store all my food and many nonfood items so I don’t have to be breathing or eating chemicals which alter my hormones and affect my health.

Comment by Teresa Colyn

organic foods are the best for our health since they are free from dangerous chemicals and toxins `:-

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