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EcoMom: Going Green

As moms, we are not only responsible for raising the next generation, but also for bettering the condition of Mother Earth. And making green decisions can be as simple as composting and opting for chemical-free cleaners or rather difficult if we're consumerists who cart our kids around in SUVs. To learn about mothers trying to live more ecological lives,


A recent New York Times article focused on EcoMoms, the demographic of women who influence or control 80 percent of household purchases. It said:

The EcoMom party has arrived, with its ever-expanding “to do” list that includes preparing waste-free school lunches; lobbying for green building codes; transforming oneself into a “locovore,” eating locally grown food; and remembering not to idle the car when picking up children from school (if one must drive). Here, the small talk is about the volatile compounds emitted by dry-erase markers at school.

What do you do to live more green?

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HipMom HipMom 9 years
We recycle, only own one car, eat organic and mostly local, use bio wipes, use bio household products, use reusable grocery bags, and now I'm traying to find child-friendly containers with lids made of something other than plastic for my 8-year old's lunch.
hausfrau hausfrau 9 years
I've heard conflicting reports on cloth diapers... I've heard that the water and energy it takes to wash the diapers as well as if the diaper is made out of organic material or not affects how "green" they really are... meaning, because of those things cloth diapers are really no better than to the environment than disposables... is this true? I can't seem to find a definative answer from an objective source!! BTW, I just recently started using the reusable shopping bags... I am SO HOOOKED! They are so much easier to carry and less waste! I am in love!
GoOzzie30 GoOzzie30 9 years
I plant in the spring & jar in the fall, Cloth diaper, breastfeed, make my own babyfood, eat locally organic food & walk when we can.
abqmama abqmama 9 years
Those are great ideas. I also use cloth diapers and wipes. I have my own little organic garden in the backyard in season and buy from a local organic farm for all my other veggies and when I can't grow them. I make my own baby food and use homemade cleaning products made from baking soda and other household items. I recycle everything I can and compost for my garden. We are getting a rain barrel soon to recycle runoff for my garden and are going to be purchasing a new energy efficient front load washer and dryer as soon as we have saved the money. Unfortunately we don't live in a city that is conducive to walking but we do try to limit our trips and carpool as much as possible.
meumitsuki meumitsuki 9 years
I use cloth diapers and bio wipes. I also make all my own baby food and buy local. I wish I had a green thumb. No matter what I do I can't even get a cactus to live.
CJaneTyp CJaneTyp 9 years
I am trying to eat locally, using more green household products, using wood stove to heat house instead of running the heat, keeping lights off, purchasing energy efficient appliances and soon I am gong to plant blueberry, raspberry and blackberry bushes as well as strawberries to get my fruit right from my yard! They are surprisingly inexpensive considering how much these things cost in the store!
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