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Going Green: What Does It Mean…for Us?

By Fredrica Syren:

My family and I have been on a green journey since 2006. I think most people assume I was “born green.” The truth is that, before 2006, I did favor organic food and I did recycle … and I think that was about it. Once we made the decision to reduce our carbon footprint, we executed changes over many years. I truly believe it takes baby steps to go green and that you have to challenge yourself over years because few people can carry out drastic changes right away.

For over 11 years, we have been taking measures toward a more sustainable life, and 3 years ago we took the leap and went zero waste. I still feel there is room for more improvement, but there are days when I just want to throw in the towel and give up. And then I’m reminded of why I do this — my kids — so they will have a planet to live on and to make sure they grow up as healthy as possible.

The question is this: What changes have we made to reduce our carbon footprint and to live a more green life?

Composting

Growing food

Building soil

Making our own cleaners

Cleaning with homemade cleaners only

Using only natural pesticides

Using homemade fertilizers

Reducing food waste

Installing solar panels that provide all the energy we need

Driving one car

Biking

Walking

Washing laundry with cold water

Hanging clothes to dry

Buying used as much as possible

Living a minimal life

Fixing what is broken

Giving up on most plastic

Reducing waste

Buying in bulk

Buying at farmers’ markets

Buying package free goods

Bringing our own water bottles

Cooking at home

Making our own pickles, jams, krauts, teas, etc.

Using cloth instead of paper towels

Buying tree-free toilet papers

Buying organic anything as much as possible

Reusing

Recycling

Reducing

Bringing our own food when out

Skipping straws

Things we still want to work on:

  • Going completely plastic free
  • Growing more fruits on our homestead
  • Biking more

I gave a speech about living green and reducing waste last week. I told the audience that our list of accomplishments is long and what we are working on is short only because we have been pursuing green living over many years. You must be kind to yourself and know that nobody is perfect.

About Green Mom

Fredrica Syren, the author and founder of Green-Mom.com, was born in Sweden. Her mother was a classically trained chef who introduced her to many eclectic flavors and skills at a young age. Her mom’s passion for the outdoors and gardening planted the seed for her own love of nature and healthy eating. She received a degree in journalism and has worked as a print, Internet and broadcasting journalist for many years with big businesses within Europe and the United States. After her mom was diagnosed with terminal cancer and she with pre-cancer, Fredrica changed her career to become a full time yoga teacher and activist. A longtime world traveler, foodie and career woman, she was exposed to many facets of life, but nothing inspired her more than becoming a mom. After her first-born, Fredrica began a food blog focusing on local, seasonal, organic & vegetarian dishes. Years of food blogging developed into the cookbook Yummy in My Tummy, Healthy Cooking for the Whole Family. Upon the arrival of her second child, Fredrica founded Green-Mom.com. Her vision was to establish a site providing insight about gardening, home and personal care, baby & child, and of course food & nutrition. Green-Mom.com hosts many talented writers shedding light on ways to incorporate eco-friendly and nutritious practices for busy families. She is an advocate for organic, local and sustainable businesses. Fredrica hopes to inspire social change through her lifestyle, passion and business. Fredrica lives with her husband James Harker-Syren and their three children in San Diego, CA.

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