So~~~~ the kids are home today, and in honor of Earth Day, we planted a tree. My oldest brought it home from school, its a white pine. Perfect for that corner of the property where we can see the neighbors.
Can you see it, its just a little guy!
I am always trying to be a little more "green"minded. I am by NO means, doing all I can. But I'd rather do a little, then nothing at all. Some of the things I have changed around the home are, using cloth diapers to clean up spills ILO paper towels (sooo absorbent), reuseable sponges and scrubbies, just wash and re-use. I still use paper towels, but not near as much...I try to keep them for REALLY yucky messes that I don't want to rinse off (you get the picture, right?)
We recycle our paper, magazine and plastics.....I donate unwanted items ILO trashing them, and I switched my cleaners to environmentally friendly ones. My favorite, is Shaklee Basic H2, it works for everything, and it lasts forever!!!!!!! I use it on carpet stains, counter tops, windows, the kitchen floor, EVERYTHING!
Now- for the business, since I order a lot of my materials online, I get a lot of shipping materials. I re-use ALL of them. I use old tattered padded envelopes to wrap things in (cut them in strips and use like bubble wrap), and re-use the envelopes themselves for shipping.
I also try to use metal smithing products that are green. For pickle, I use Cool Tools brand, which is very mild and environmentally friendly...plus, it works great!
To etch copper, I don't use harsh chemical, I elctro-etch. You just have to make sure to dispose of the left over copper water properly, it can't get into the water system. I have a large bucket that I dump the copper water in, and the water evaporates, and leaves the copper on the bottom. It will take a long time before its filled and I have to take it to be disposed of.
I also use my kids old receiving blankets cut up, for towels around the studio.
So, what are your green tips for home or the studio? I am always looking for more ways to make the planet safe (and alive) for future generations.