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  • the fastest, most effective way to stop polluters is by pressuring them in the marketplace
  • women can be the world’s most powerful economic and environmental force if we intentionally shift our spending to the best green products and services
  • women have the power right now to solve many of our most serious environmental problems by using our green purses to make a difference
  • women must act – intentionally, collectively, and with the full force of our purse power behind us – if we hope to leave our children and grandchildren a better world.
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    Need Help Getting Inspired for 2011? Learn From These Great Green Role Models.

    Pondering woman What environmental lifestyle shifts are you planning for 2011? If you still haven't been able to make up your mind, take a minute to read about the folks below. In the last couple of weeks in December 2010, they all answered the question, "What's Been Your Biggest, Coolest, Eco-Friendliest Change This Year?" Some people switched to greener cleaning products. Others started their own organic gardens. A few launched their own companies. One person is even building a house from scratch. Hope they give you some great ideas for 2011!

    Saving Energy

    Reader Bonnie installed a programmable thermostat. It cost her $35, but she expects to easily recoup the cost on her heating and cooling bills. StudioJMM of put solar panels on her roof. Ann started a "no idling" campaign to get buses to turn off their engines when they're waiting to pick up kids at school. Saves energy AND keeps the air cleaner.

    Cleaning woman Green Cleaning

    Hana, aka the Green Granma discovered "the unending merits of vinegar" for greener cleaning. Celine spent a few dollars on cleaning rags she purchased at Goodwill. Lynne at is now making her own green cleaners, plus buying local and kicking the throwaway water bottle habit.

    In the Kitchen

    Kerri (of installed a worm composter. She spent $125 for the worm bin, and got the worms for free from a friend. She's already harvested three bins full of compost, which she's used to enrich her garden soil. Next steps? Making better use of bulk food. Barathi has given up bottled water and other beverages completely, and now, not only uses a reusable bottle, but gives them to friends to encourage them to do the same. Jeanne, a student in Quebec, France, became a vegetarian, a move she feels is saving her a lot of money (tofu is cheaper than meat!).

    Cher over at a vegetarian, too. So did Anna at Jen of planted a big organic vegetable garden. She thinks it cost less than $100, but is saving much more in food she doesn't need to buy. Lisa of joined a CSA (community supported agriculture, which meanss you buy a farm's harvest for a season). Denise got a hand-me-down solar oven, and has been making her own granola. Kathy began composting kitchen scraps to reduce the amount of garbage she threw away, and found she didn't need to buy fertilizer for the garden! Sherry is getting her family to eat more locally grown food and less meat; they're wiping their hands and mouths on the new cloth napkins she's bought.

    Home Furnishings

    Bonnie also completely redecorated her apartment for $500 by buying everything second-hand on Craig's list. On a larger scale, Diane left her home in Costa Rica to become an "eco beaver" in Oregon, where she and her husband are building their own abode. You can read about the many changes they've made - and plan to make - at One smart move: they're building three tall and narrow stories instead of something more sprawling to protect as much of their forested property as possible.

    Personal Care Products

    Lips Jeanne, a student in Quebec, France, replaced feminine hygiene products with a reusable diva cup. Shannon of switched to more natural personal care products for herself and her family. She's making her own deodorant, and using baking soda for shampoo, and cider for conditioner, saving at least $50/year.


    Beate of started sharing a car. Hana, aka the Green Granma (see above) traded in her Buick for a Honda Insight Hybrid.

    Started Their Own Companies and Blogs!

    Talk about ambitious! Linda at started this toy company to make sure her kids (and yours) had safe toys to play with. This, on top of greening all her family's cleaning products, switching to reusable bags, using a clothes drying rack, and installing a motion sensor light in the bathroom, which is better than constantly reminding her 4-year-old son to turn off the light. Beate (see above) also opened her own online store. Take a look at

    Meanwhile, Renee set up a blog - - to chronicle the many small but meaningful changes she's making to green her life. What's she done so far? She's stopped using nasty cleaning chemicals, has started to grow her own food or buy local, and started using a clothesline, actions, which she says saved her hundreds of dollars. Lori launched And still more new blogs: Christina started writing, where you can find her stories about switching out paper Kleenex for reusable cloth hankies and tips on giving a green birthday party for your child.

    Congratulations to everyone who took a new green step, or who walked farther along the environmental path they've begun. You make a difference!




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    Hana aka Green Grandma

    Thanks for all the links to such great blogs! And for linking to mine :). Great post.

    Suzita @

    Wow, this was so inspirational, thank you. It helps to have so many resources gathered in one place. I'm going to use the the first month of this new year to slowly go through them. I'm particularly excited to learn more about composting with worms.

    Renee H

    Gosh, Diane! Thanks for providing a space for all of us to crow about our parts in the global green initiative. I love reading about and being inspired by all of these amazing women!
    I'm going to be able to use a lot of these ideas in my life. Thanks to everyone who shared.
    This year is going to be big for us all!

    Diane MacEachern

    I couldn't have said it better myself!

    Cindy @ One Part Sunshine

    What great ideas! We just installed a reverse osmosis water filter so we won't have to rely on water in bottles. Also, in an effort to cut down on packaging, I started making my own bread, yogurt and ice cream. And we started making more use of our local farms and bought tons of local produce which we froze for use during the winter. Oh, and I started my own green parenting website -!


    If you don't like the smell of vinegar while cleaning...try this safe and wonderful smelling alternative... simplyneutral.

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    Wow. These are such great ideas for clean living. There are really lots of things anyone can do for a cleaner and greener environment. Plus, air cleaners and purifiers are really beginning to be known for its contribution to energy conservation.

    This site tells more about this topic, and very helpful: Check it out. Thanks for sharing. Keep it up.

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