Green Planet

Cup Controversy


The latest controversy sweeping the interwebs involves the color of a Starbucks coffee cup. While I personally have more important things to worry about, like the length of my kids’ toenails or the starving children in third world countries, apparently some folks like it when their panties bunch up over whether or not a publicly [...]

A Bad Bag Ban

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All summer the eco-geek inside me had been looking forward to August 1. That was the day when our fine city was to join the likes of Seattle, Portland and Boulder, CO with a ban on flimsy plastic grocery store bags. I was so excited… …until I realized our ban was no ban at all [...]

Six Reasons I Don’t Buy Hand Sanitizer

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So, a new report out this week demonizes hand santizer. And, I can’t say I’m surprised. I’ve avoided buying Purell and Germ-X for my family, and hopefully the rest of the world will come around to my point of view. Here’s why I just don’t like the goo my kids refer to as “germ gel”: [...]

Juice Box Hack

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While we were in Florida for our spring break trip, I treated the kids to juice boxes. We don’t normally have them on hand for many reasons: 1) they are expensive 2) they create a lot of waste 3) I’d rather just give my kids real fruit and 4) I think water is the best [...]

Our Family of Six: By the Numbers

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We might be young and growing family of six, but I am still determined to minimize our impact on this beautiful planet of ours. I go out of my way to reduce the waste generated by this bunch – including making homemade peanut butter, using cloth diapers on the babies, ditching paper towels cold turkey [...]

Reason #14 Why I’m Happy to Use Cloth Diapers on My Baby

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Ever since Evie was born nearly 7 years ago we have been a cloth diapering family. While I suppose cloth diapering might require a modicum of extra work (two loads of laundry a week, that’s it), it has never been a decision that we’ve regretted or lamented. Perhaps one of the best lessons cloth diapering [...]

Reason #87 Why I HATE Plastic Bags


It is no secret that I am a little nuts about plastic. As I’ve said before, unless it is delivering medicine via an IV line or protecting my kids head as a bicycle helmet, all our plastic use is totally, totally out of control. ¬†We abuse, misuse and overuse this modern innovation to a sickening [...]

Our Own Cups


The other morning before school I took this kids for a quick breakfast at Panera. Bagels are one of their most favorite treats, so that morning was an extra special way to start their days. Before we left the house I made sure to grab a few kiddie cups. I won’t buy the apple juice [...]

The Way Home

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Earlier this week our car started making a rather suspicious squeaking sound. Coupled with the “check suspension system” warning that popped up, I knew it was time to take it in for service. The nearest service center was about a mile from home, so the kids and I dropped it off and stepped outside intending [...]

Carton Recycling in the Windy City


Good news! I just received word that the city of Chicago is now encouraging residents to recycle cartons, including those half gallon containers of milk, soup, juice and cream. The fiber in cartons is actually in very high demand and is used to create other paper products like tissues and paper towels. Recycling cartons is [...]

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