Green@Home: Simple Small Steps

Name: Janel
Location: Chicago
Profession: AT Editor

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Don't get me wrong, I'm far from a green expert but (thankfully) that is not required to be part of our Green@Home giveaway - our goal for July is to gather and share some of the small steps that we have all taken to move to a greener place at home. As we all know, the little things really do add up and seeing what everyone is up to should be interesting and inspirational.

So, to help kick things off and (hopefully) inspire some of you to send us in info on how you live green@home, here are some of the small green "moves" my family has implemented at home...

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Green Move #1: Buying and eating organic and local whenever possible -it's easy to do in our neighborhood with Whole Foods, Trader Joes, Stanleys and the (seasonal) Greenmarket and Farmers Market all in walking distance.

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Green Move #2: No more imported bubbly (at least not the non-alcoholic kind) - we use a soda siphon to make bubbly water from our...
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Green Move #3:...filtered tap water. We made the move to a zero tolerance policy on bottled water and the filtered stuff is delish!
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Green Move #4: No more shopping bags - we installed easy access hooks in the kitchen to hold our bags and use them for every trip to the market.
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Green Move #5: No more cars - we've been a bike-only family for 8 years now.
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Our next challenge: getting our condo a better recycling system - it is in the works...

Please send us photos and info on how you live green@home. This is not a contest, just a way to build up an AT inspirational database of sorts on how real folks are living greener at home.

Simple, straightforward ideas are welcome, like how you deal with your recycling bin in a small kitchen, and so are ambitious projects - like your amazing green roof. We hope to have a big archive of ideas to inspire us all by the end of the month.

In exchange for sharing your green@home ideas, Ecover is giving the first 100 of you that we post a thank you gift from their line of green products.

The submission form and all the details are here - hope to hear from you today.

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