Small Steps to a Greener Life


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Yes, sweet little baby, you read that right.  A disposable diaper can take 200-500 years to biodegrade in the landfill.  And on average, you’ll use about 2700 diapers in your first year….. so yes, you have reason to be appalled.

Shocking, right?

Want more?

  • Americans flush 4.8 billion gallons of water down the toilet EVERY DAY.
  • Every day 300 children are treated for poisoning – many from household cleaners.
  • In America, we throw away 3,000 tons of paper towels every day.

This stuff is crazy, right?  But now… the REAL question is what can we do about it?   The answer is a lot.  There is A LOT we, as individuals, can do.

I got these quotes, facts, and figures from a new ebook that is out – Green Your Life: A Guide to Natural, Eco-Friendly Living –  by Emily McClements.  It is a wonderful and thorough read that will get you and your family on the right track towards living a cleaner, more healthy (and “green”) life.

At 268 pages, there isn’t much that this book DOESN’T cover.  However, here are the top five areas that Emily discusses:

  • Green and Natural Cleaning (with recipes for natural cleaners)
  • Natural Personal Care
  • Eco-Friendly Baby and Child Care
  • Green Around the House
  • In the Marketplace – Better Buying Choices.

A little snippet from the book. See RESOURCES people!

A little snippet from the book. See RESOURCES people!

The best thing about Emily’s book is that it is not an “all or nothing” approach.  She has set it up to help you decide, on your own, what level of “green-ness” you are ready to take your life to.  As Emily admits, if you’d told her 5 years ago that she would be writing this book, she would have laughed at you.  In Emily’s own words:

I encourage taking baby steps toward greener and more natural living. I believe we further ourselves along on our journeys just by taking small steps and making small changes. Added together over time, these small steps lead to much larger overall lifestyle change.

Personally, we love this perspective and approach.  Don’t want to use cloth diapers?  Fine!  Maybe you’ll be more interested in her recipe for a homemade cloth wipe solution.  Or maybe you don’t have kids at all, but would love to ditch some of your store-bought, chemical-laden, household cleaners.  Emily’s got recipes for that, too!  And at a price tag is low so you really can’t go wrong.


Thought so.

Click —–> here – to check out more about the book and to purchase a copy for yourself.


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