Friday, January 8, 2010

Green Living by Janet Marchant: Greening Your New Year

Happy New Year, Alameda! Don't you just love that fresh new-year smell? It reminds me of when my family and I make that yearly trip to the dealership to pick up the very newest, greenest model of hybrid S.U.V.

But new cars aren't the only things you can buy to make your life greener. This year, why not resolve to replace all kinds of things in your household with new, green alternatives? There's no time like the present, so why not throw out those old trash bags you've been using, and replace them with recycled ones? In fact, if you put the old ones in the recycling bin, you'll be creating more recycled plastic!

And then there are all of those outdated clothes that collect in the closet. Why not start out the new year with an all new wardrobe? Be especially careful to throw away any clothing made from nasty chemicals, like polyester and alpaca. No-one should have to have dangerous chemicals next to their skin. Instead, you can replace those items with ones made from organic cotton, hemp, and (my favorite) cashmere!

It's also a great time of year to clean out your refrigerator. If you still have any fruits, vegetables, condiments, prepared foods, etc. in there that aren't organic, you can simply empty them into your green bin, and replace them with free-range, hormone-free produce and other foods. If you aren't sure how much of the organic products to buy to replace your old ones, I recommend getting an organic ingredient conversion table like the one I used to figure out my famous organic cornbread muffin recipe.

These are just a few ways that you can ring out the old and ring in a greener new year. So, go ahead and use your own inspiration as your search for more unsustainable things to replace with responsible ones. Happy shopping, everyone, and let me know if you find any exciting new green products!

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