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Shopping: Day 1

Wednesday, September 1st, 2010

Day one of project not made in china was today and it went pretty well. Farmer’s market was easy because it is all local. I needed some make-up, but luckily Benefit is made in the US and the only thing we got at the mall was some groceries, all of which are US made. But then we got Starbucks. I’m not sure how far I want to take this. Do I need to know if the cups are made in china? I guess I could take my own cup and negate the issue. I think I am going to have to go with end product for now. I bought American applesauce, but I don’t know where the container is manufactured and I am ok with that. For now.

I’m also trying to decide how I feel about used items. I bought Spencer some shoes yesterday at a local consignment shop and got a great deal – $12 for barely worn Pedipeds. But, they are made in china. I bought them 8/31, so they technically don’t count for the month. Part of me thinks that used items are ok. It keeps things out of the landfill and doesn’t encourage more chinese production. Lots of things to ponder and it has only been one day. We got our new (Made in USA) dishwasher installed today too. Woo for clean dishes!

Earth Day Confessions

Thursday, April 22nd, 2010

I’m trying to raise my baby in an greenish manner – cloth diapering, breastfeeding, organic food, local food, homemade food, limited plastic toys, but it has not been prefect. We used disposables from birth to 5 months, then still used disposables at nighttime until about 7 months and it took us until then to cloth diaper exclusively. And I dry them in the dryer, no multi-colored line of fluff swaying in the breeze at my house. Maybe if I get a clothesline… Spencer has had some formula every day since he was 6 weeks old.  In the beginning, I gave him organic formula, but he spit up so much that the physician recommended switching to soy – and they don’t make an organic soy formula, at least not that is sold at Target, where I do my formula buying. He’s back on organic, though, he seems to have outgrown the spitting up. I do make as much baby food as I can, primarily from organic or farmer’s market fruits and veggies, so we are mostly good there. But the baby snacks, oh the baby snacks, which brings me to my biggest green sin of all.

Spencer loves Baby Mum Mums, which are processed rice rusk snacks that they don’t sell in any of my local stores, but I kept hearing about them online. So I ordered them from Amazon. I order tons of stuff from Amazon. It all gets shipped. In cardboard boxes that I then recycle, but still. There is already so much waste in baby packaging, from all the extra cardboard inserts in a package of bodysuits to the very large box for a medium sized toy. And I add in packaging and shipping to all that. Part of the issue is a lack of local stores. We don’t even have a Babies R Us. It is on town over. I am pretty much limited to the two Targets and one small used/new mixed store for stuff. Food is mostly covered between Target, the local health food store and farmer’s market. Clothes I can buy at Old Navy, Target again, any of the department stores or Kohls. I would love to buy  organic cotton clothes and Made in the USA cloth and wooden toys at a local store, but the option isn’t there. So, I buy online and ship. I am going to try and buy more used clothes at one store or thrift stores now that I will have more time. Will that offset some of my non-green shipping? I hope so.

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