Ecofriendly Products You Might Be Using Without Even Knowing It

Introduction:I was green when green wasn't cool! I used cloth diapers; made my kid's baby food from scratch; homemade yogurt; kept a compost pile and grew sprouts, to name a few. In the process, I raised two little green kids, who grew up to share my commitment to Mother Earth and our co-inhabitants.

It's exciting to see the whole world going green. If you haven't started buying only eco-friendly products, I'd suggest taking a tour of your home. You may already be using eco-friendly products and without even knowing it!

  • 01

    Tom's of Maine

    I've used Tom's products for probably 20 years. It all began when I had periodontal disease as a result of wearing adult braces on my teeth for 8 years. They make an awesome toothpaste containing myrrh, which I found by researching to heal periodontal disease.

    You can't help but admire Tom's of Maine. Everything, down to their packaging is sustainable and recyclable. Tom's does not use animal testing or ingredients.

    They manufacture an eco-friendly line of toothpaste, mouthwash, soap, dental floss and deodorant.

  • 02

    Lipton Tea

    Growing up in the South, everybody had a pitcher of "sweet tea" in the fridge. Before you could sit down, your hostess would ask if you wanted a glass of sweet tea.

    If you use Lipton Tea, look on the box for a frog, which indicates this product is rainforest certified. All Lipton tealeaves are grown on farms that meet "strict social and environmental standards"

  • 03

    Green Mountain Coffee

    Do you have a Keurig coffee pot? If so, look for Green Mountain Coffee, who carefully source and roast the highest quality beans, supporting small farms to protect the environment.

    I suggest the "buttery nuttiness" of hazelnut Green Mountain Coffee or your next Keurig experience.

  • 04

    Cascadian Farm Organic

    Cascadian Farm believes that good food starts with caring for our land. Their story of origin is so beautiful it could bring tears to your eyes. The founder, Gene Kahn, was a grad-school dropout who wanted to "make a difference in the world". He was inspired by several books to farm in a manner that would not disturb the balance between nature's beauty and earth's inhabitants.

    The farm he began 40 years ago is now recognized as "a pioneer in converting conventional farms to organic". Cascadian Farm is also caring of our nutrition. Some of their products, you may already use are: granola, cereal, frozen fruit and veggies, fruit spreads, relishes and juice concentrates.

    At our house, we love French vanilla almond granola cereal.

  • 05

    Eco-Friendly Jute A.K.A. Burlap

    Jute is enjoying a rebirth! It is one of the most eco-friendly fibers, second only to organic cotton. For decades, it rather disappeared with the birth of synthetic fibers. You may know jute as burlap, which is brown, rough and kinda ugly in its natural state.

    However, jute isn't grown using chemical fertilizers or harmful pesticides and is 100% biodegradable. Some suggestions for products made of jute: reusable tote/shopping bags, wine bags, knitting bags, rugs, twines and yarns. And my all time treasure, my jute purse!




Final Thoughts

I'm issuing a challenge to my LM5 writer friends: Look around your house and find 5 more eco-friendly products. Write about them. Together - we can help change the world!




Comments

  • hummingbirdee 11/21/2012 Flag This Comment

    Returning to say two thumbs up for being on the front page.

  • jseven 11/21/2012 Flag This Comment

    Congrats on a healthy list!

  • Wasatch 11/21/2012 Flag This Comment

    I love Toms of Maine. Mint, Cinnamon, and oddly enough Fennel toothpaste.

  • dptstretch 11/21/2012 Flag This Comment

    great list and congrats on the front page! Not a fan of sweet tea...but I do like unsweet...so i pleased to see the Lipton comment :) H5

  • goodselfme 11/21/2012 Flag This Comment

    Coming back with another well deserved h5 and a resounding congratulations too!

  • penelope7 11/15/2012 Flag This Comment

    1, 2, and 5 are definitely things I have used. I love Tom's. I love the feel in my mouth when I used that smooth mouthwash. I knew it was natural too and I am adapting to the word "eco-friendly" slowly but surely. H5

  • jseven 11/10/2012 Flag This Comment

    I like the list. I found an organic hazelnut coffee made from almonds and it is a probiotic, too. Very healthy and smells wonderful.

  • hummingbirdee 11/10/2012 Flag This Comment

    This is interesting to think about. 1. I keep my temperature as low as possible during the winter and as high as possible during the summer. 2. My dishwasher is full before I turn it on. 3. I will not use pesticides. 4. I use mostly natural cleaning products (except for toilet bowl cleaner..I just have a phobia about really clean toilets). 5. I pay extra to my city to pick up items for recycling.

  • goodselfme 11/10/2012 Flag This Comment

    I like your commitment to green. I was like you when my children were young and I still am green too. 1. I hang clothes on the clothes line 2. I use a dishwasher only when full. 3. I stop the dishwasher cycle so it does not go into a dry mode. 4. I save containers of cottage cheese for storage and giveaway food. 5. I drive a prius car. I thought I'd put my five on your list. Spread it around the world.

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