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what does going green mean“Living green” and “going green” are trendy buzzwords that have been thrown around over the last ten years, but what does it really mean to adopt a green lifestyle?

1. It means choosing to buy products made through green, sustainable methods

Whenever you go to buy a new product, ask yourself if it was made through environmentally sustainable methods. What ingredients were used? What chemicals or toxins were added? How did it affect the landscape and local ecology? What type and amount of fuel was consumed in its production and transportation?

Once you start to take a look at how things are made, you’ll notice that nearly everything is produced without the slightest consideration of the planet.

2. It means using less and creating less waste

Savvy businesses have commandeered the term/phrase “going green” but using it alongside products that aren’t quite green. For example, a paper towel brand might claim to be green because part of their product is made with recycled materials. That’s a great change, but it’s not entirely green. In fact, going green means not using paper towels at all, because disposable products harm the environment via their production and transportation.

Instead of looking for products that fit the “green” trend, look for ways to stop your consumption entirely. Fill a glass water bottle every morning, rather than drink from plastic. Repurpose that piece of furniture, rather than throw it away.

3. It doesn’t mean replacing everything you own

I stress the importance of buying organic, eco-friendly and natural products, but I’m not asking you to replace everything in your home (or your home itself). Change takes time and cultural change takes even longer. Say you bought a bag of onions that wasn’t made with organic methods. Throwing it out would be wasteful. But the next time you pick up a bag of onions, opt for the organic variety.

That goes for your big purchases too, like furniture, appliances, and even your car. Stay “eco-friendly minded” whenever you make a purchase.

4. It means thinking about the future

It’s easy, sometimes, to let someone else worry about the Earth’s problems. We might be ruining the planet, but we won’t be around for it, right? Firstly, climate change is impacting the planet sooner than we thought. If we don’t change our habits now, it’s quite possible we’ll see serious changes in the next fifty or sixty years.

Secondly, someone has to live here after us, including our children and grandchildren. That means it’s important that we all consider the future, even if it’s not ours.

What does living green mean to you?

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organic bedding and accessoriesWritten by Jennifer Cicci of Babee Talk

As a mother, Jennifer understands the importance of offering nothing by the best for baby. Motivated by teeth marks on her children’s cribs, she decided to design a teething rail cover after trying products that didn’t measure up when it came to quality or style. What she found out made her even more concerned about children’s safety and health: The toxic chemicals used in the production of synthetic materials have been linked to birth defects, reproductive disorders, and weakened immune systems.

She asked herself, “What if I could revolutionize the way parents decorated their crib with a safe and stylish teething rail cover that could be placed on the crib from day one?” Babee Talk® launched in 2014 with organic bedding and accessories. Chew-friendly, drool-friendly, and organic inside and out, her products ensure a healthy start in life for babies.

She only offers products that she would provide for her own children. She hopes moms and dads will start to talk about the importance of choosing safe, healthy, eco-friendly products, especially for babies.

 

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