Friday, July 11, 2008

A Lighter Shade of Green

When I was about six months pregnant with C, and was scouring the tub, I realized that I don't love the smell of the bathroom cleaners that I'm using. Or the fact that I feel like I have to leave the vent fan on for several hours after completing the job...or that I felt slightly light-headed, which could have been the pregnancy alone.

I decided that it was time to start investigating more earth (read: small children) friendly cleaning products. After asking the opinion of several of my amigos verdes, I came home from the market with a bagful of replacements. I did not, however, toss my others, I used them first...sorry, it's the new fiscally conservative Sally HP.

I kept asking people if they would work better, since they were generally more expensive, but then just settled with the fact that as long as they worked as well, I'd be happy with it.

I was watching the documentary King Corn the other night, and the cattle rancher being interviewed stated that if people wanted only grass-fed beef, they'd be happy to supply it, but the demand for cheap corn-fed beef is outrageously high.

I started to think about it and (now, I am not a business major, so please feel free to comment if I'm wrong) I realized that if more and more people buy the green products, then it may result in an eventual decrease in price. Obviously this isn't the case for all things, just look at our outrageous fuel costs right now, and demand has certainly not decreased. However, if it's a domestic product (like beef or cleaners) over which we maintain control, my little purchases may someday make a difference in the eventual price.

In this same vein, I was recently offered the chance to try Recycline Preserve toothbrushes, which are made from high quality pre and post-consumer recycled (BPA and pthalate-free) plastics. In addition, to help keep the cycle going, Recycline will provide a postage paid label on their website so you can send the used product to be made into recycled plastic lumber...pretty cool. The good thing is that they really aren't more expensive than normal brushes, coming in at just over $2 at Target.

If you'd like a chance to be the proud owner of your very own Preserve toothbrush, leave a comment for me with something that you do to be a little more 'green'. In order to have a real test for the efficacy, I'll add a $5 Starbucks card (nothin' like tea and coffee stains) to each of the two winners who will be selected on July 25th.

If you don't win, click here and you'll be taken to MomCentral, where you can find the full Recycline information, along with a coupon for $1 off the purchase of two brushes.

This blog was cross-posted on my review blog; Knitty Reviews. After August 1st, all reviews will be posted on that blog only.


Milly said...

We have been trying to walk more often when we are going somewhere within walking distance. My husband has been doing better at this more that I have though. We also try to recycle what we can.

Ginny said...

We have always been faithful recyclers of paper and plastics. Now that our town has institued a "Pay as you Throw" program, however, for trash and you have to buy trash bags for $.75 a bag, we are stepping up on our efforts. I actually put a separate trash can under my desk for paper only. We're also very conservative about our water use.

Anonymous said...

I know I'm way behind the curve on this one, but last week I finally stepped up and started using reusable grocery bags. Not only are they earth-friendly, they hold twice as much as one plastic bag and are far easier to carry from the car to the kitchen.
Paper or Plastic? Neither!

Alisa said...

Im' lovin' riding my bike to work and for other in town events and currently due to a Commuter Challenge at work, know that in the last 14 work days by riding my bike, I've eliminate 163.42 lbs of carbon dioxide and 5.35 lbs of carbon monoxide. Plus its Farmer Market mania here, I buy local!

MoLs said...

All I can say is "if it's yellow, leave it mellow....if it's brown, flush it down". Man I am such a p-i-m-p when it comes to doing my part in saving the environment. :)

spoons19 said...

i've stopped buying bottled water - and I'm a former addict. I now fill my reusable bottle with tap water and make my kids do it too. I even have a 5-gallon jug water cooler at the house and I've been refilling that from the tap too. Everything tastes just fine.