Eco-friendly

How “green” are you?

I like to think we are pretty environmentally friendly; we recycle, grow our own veggies in the summer, buy used furniture/clothing, occasionally buy organic foods, Use some natural cleaning products, reusable grocery bags. But I would like to be more green!
Got any tips for us?! Please leave me a comment.

Some changes we’re making:
{work on turning lights off, unplugging things we don’t use daily}
{drive less}
{reuse more foods/cleaning/ect containers}
{use more natural cleaning/beauty products}
{learn how to compost}
{reuse used grounds for fertilize indoor or outdoor plants, who knew?}
{buy locally grown as much as possible}
{buy more organic food, below is some information about buying organic}

Eco labels
100% Organic. Completely free of antibiotics, hormones, pesticides, bioengineering and chemical fertilizers.
USDA Organic. At least 95% free of all the above scary-sounding stuff.
GM-Free. Free of genetically-modified ingredients.
Made with Organic Ingredients. At least 70% virtuous.
All-Natural. Doesn’t contain synthetic or artificial ingredients (flavors, colors, chemical preservatives). With the exception of USDA-approved meat and poultry, there is no organization to verify this manufacturer’s claim.
Free-range. Poultry that has “access” to the outside, per the USDA. No guarantee of lower salmonella rates or that they have freedom to roam.
Certified Humane. Raised humanely with ample space, shelter, fresh water and feed with no added hormones or antibiotics from birth through slaughter (that part’s not so humane).
Grass-Fed. Pasture-raised and free-roaming rather than fed at high-grain feed lots with higher pesticide and saturated fat rates. Certified organic beef is more often than not grain fed unless specified as grass-fed.
Cage-Free. All that the name implies, a better guarantee of healthy conditions than the label free-range.
Hormone-Free. Mostly relating to dairy products produced without the synthetic hormone (rBGH), linked by some to health problems.

12 foods to buy organic
Apples
Bell Peppers
Celery
Cherries
Grapes (that means raisins and juice too)
Lettuce
Nectarines
Peaches
Pears
Potatoes
Spinach
Strawberries

Plus: eggs, meat, poultry, dairy, baby food, rice

12 foods you don’t need to worry about buying organic
Asparagus
Avocado
Bananas
Broccoli
Cabbage
Eggplant
Frozen Sweet Peas
Kiwi
Mango
Onions
Pineapples
Watermelon

Plus: highly processed foods like pasta, cereal, oil, canned fruits and vegetables, bread, as well as fish, which is never certifiably organic.

Rule of Thumb: The thicker the skin, the less likely a food is to have high pesticide levels. Anything with a soft skin or that you eat skin-and-all, go organic. (And keep in mind: even peeling an apple doesn’t mean there aren’t pesticides that have penetrated the flesh)

(info found here)

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