Photo: HGTV Green Home Giveaway
I think I have the most insightful, brilliant and inspiring blog readers ever (and I am not just saying that because you took pity on me yesterday. But I truly do love you for that!)! You all RAWKED the green tips last week! I really enjoyed reading through all of the ideas. You shared some really great tips! I am seriously motivated and inspired to try some new things!
I love that so many of you recognize that “going green” isn’t just politics, it is about good stewardship of what we have. So many good reasons to be frugal, healthier, more responsible and yes, green!
If you missed the Small Steps to Green living post and want to learn what the buzz was all about, I’d encourage you to take the time to look through all the comments on that post! You’ll be inspired, I’m sure! I have excerpted a few of them here for fun…
Kim at Forever, Whenever:
Well, we’ve moved to a house less than half the size of our old one…
We stopped treating our lawn. Dandelion yellow is the new green…
Pam Moore, Ramblings of a Happy Homemaker
We are progressively becoming more “green” – not for the sake of being trendy, but rather for our health and the cost effectiveness…I make all of my own cleaning products and laundry detergent (which are amazingly more effective than store bought)…
…we should be good stewards of what has been given to us…there’s nothing new about that. Living as our grandmothers did and taught their daughters and ultimately us, is good sense. Such as: make do or do without. If something still works, or can be repaired, we don’t need a new one….
Stephanie, Semi-Crafty Knitter
My favorite green tip would be to replace paper towels with reuseable micro fiber clothes. They are the BEST…
Heather of A Place of Quiet Rest
We do enjoy caring for this Creation in practical ways – if that’s being ‘green’ we’ve been ‘green’ for a long long time, hanging up the laundry, using natural products, avoiding chemicals, collecting ‘gray’ water… We just call these little things we do stewardship – but whatever you call it, it’s a lifestyle choice and not a passing trend.
…my favorite way to save energy is to have “black out” nights. The tv and the lights are turned off, along with the computer and we enjoy the quiet, the candlelight, and either read a good book or play a board game. Or we may have a campfire in the backyard and toast some marshmallows.
Missy, Sweet Funky Vintage
…I switched my kids lunchboxes to re-usable bento boxes so that I am no longer using so many plastic sandwich bags and ziploc bags…I also switched to using a reusable aluminum thermos instead of juice boxes.
Thanks to SunChips for this contest and for bringing us together to share ideas.
If you thought $100 was a great prize, how about $20,000? Read on!
SunChips has been making its own small steps towards big change. They have started using solar power to make their snacks in Modesto, California. SunChips is committed to using fully compostable packaging by the year 2010. They are also helping to turn one tornado-devastated Kansas community into a model eco-town. They have donated $1 million towards the solar-powered SunChips Business Incubator which will house 10 local businesses and help rebuild the Greensburg local economy.
Those are some of SunChips small steps.
Now, they want to inspire others so that the Green Effect spreads.
Win $20,000 to Put Your Green Idea Into Action!
SunChips has created The Green Effect, a national initiative about the small steps any one of us can take to help our communities. They have partnered with National Geographic to help make it happen. They’ll be awarding five grants of $20,000 to five people or groups that have compelling ideas for green change in their communities.
A panel of judges will pick four winners, and online voters will choose the fifth. Each winner will take home $20,000 to put their green idea into action.
What could YOU to make a change in your community with $20,000? Share your idea and you could take home the green.
Find all the contest entry details here.