NEW CONTEST! Green Your Kitchen Giveaway!

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Green Your Kitchen Giveaway!

UPDATE: The Contest is now closed! Good luck entrants!

After the success of my first giveaway, I decided to do another: the Green Your Kitchen Giveaway!

Sign up for the Green Your Decor email newsletter and be entered to win a great prize package that includes:

  • A pair of organic cotton pot holders from OK (Organic Kitchen) in leaf green
  • Matching organic cotton kitchen towel
  • A set of bamboo cutting boards.

You can make green changes in literally every room of your home, including the kitchen. Use EnergySTAR appliances, reuse your dish water, compost your food waste…the list goes on. These accessories are a small step in the right direction.

HOW TO ENTER

Sign up for the Green Your Decor newsletter between Tuesday, July 15, 2008 and Tuesday, July 29, 2008 and be entered to win the Green Your Kitchen prize package that includes a pair of organic cotton pot holders, matching kitchen towel and a set of bamboo cutting boards. All current subscribers are eligible to win. You must verify your email subscription to be eligible. After you sign up, FeedBurner will send you a verification email. Please do not ignore it — your entry will be invalid if you do not verify.

Want to enter more than once? In addition to signing up for the newsletter, do any of the following for additional entries:

  1. Leave a comment here suggesting a way to green your kitchen. It can be anything you can think of, small or large.
  2. Blog about GreenYourDecor.com and post a link to your blog entry here
  3. Stumble or give a thumbs up to any page at GreenYourDecor.com via StumbleUpon and post a link to your SU profile to verify your thumbs up.

Every participant can receive up to 4 entries. Subscription to the newsletter is required before any of the secondary entries will be valid. You have until midnight EST on Tuesday, July 29, 2008, to enter. U.S. and Canada mailing addresses only. A winner will be chosen via Random.org and announced here on Wednesday, July 30, 2008 at noon. Good luck everyone!

Prize value: $28.96

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150 comments… add one
  • Christie July 15, 2008, 12:02 pm

    Green your kitchen by growing microgreens – plants that are no more than 14 days old. Some plants that you can grow are basil, arugula, spinach, escarole, and others. You can look up Sproutpeople.com for kits and seeds! It’s green because it reduces the demand for salad greens and dried spices and herbs.

  • Stefanie July 15, 2008, 1:32 pm

    Considering I was planning to sign up to your mail subscription today anyway… the contest is just a bonus 🙂 I also stumbled this entry, I know how much people love contests! ( http://braiiins.stumbleupon.com/ )

    I know I’m new to your blog, but I love it already, and I wanted to let you know that I posted about an award, and your blog is one of the ones I wanted to give the award to. You can see more here: http://focusorganic.com/arte-pico-award/

    Oh, and a way to green your kitchen… Keep your refrigerator in a cool place. If it is in direct sunlight or next to your oven/dishwaser, it works harder to keep cool, wasting more energy and costing you more money.

  • Mandy July 15, 2008, 2:32 pm

    I’m trying to green my kitchen by using less paper towels and other disposables. My boyfriend & I are chronic throw-away-users. I finally got a nice set of dinnerware, glassware, and flatware…but I can’t seem to break away from the paper towels! I’m trying to buy food with less packaging, too.

  • Marlene July 15, 2008, 4:00 pm

    One tip for the kitchen would be to reuse plastic containers. After I have a lot of plastic containers (squeezable ketchup & mustard), as well as other small plastic containers, I bring them to a local daycare. They put glue in the squeezable containers. The children use the small plastic containers to grow plants or for crafts.

    I subscribe already and love it.

  • Kam A July 15, 2008, 5:15 pm

    Some things I do to “green” my kitchen are to use hand towels instead of paper towels and use natural cleaners. Thank you for the giveaway!

  • aBookworm July 15, 2008, 5:22 pm

    (for some reason, the spam filters aren’t allowing me to comment. I’m trying a second time. Let’s see)
    I’m an organic / eco-freak myself 🙂 I look forward to getting more inspiration from here. My tip would be to wash rice, vegetables etc in standing water instead of running and to reuse that water for watering plants etc.

  • Kristi P. July 15, 2008, 5:47 pm

    I am already subscribed to your newsletter and we recycle all of our soup and vegetable cans and all the soda cans. Thank you for the giveaway!

  • Kimberly July 15, 2008, 8:14 pm

    I am already a subscriber. We use a brita water pitcher instead of using bottled water, and I use a very large thermos to carry my water to work rather than buying bottled water. We have an aerator on our faucet, and we keep the appliances unplugged when not in use. We even use our own containers for take-out or leftovers – from a neighborhood restaurant – I got this idea from a friend a year or so ago – she said just look at it just like using your own cloth bag at the grocery store, rather than the plastic.

  • wako July 15, 2008, 8:53 pm

    I love using baking soda to clean. Nothing has worked as well on grease-spattered kettle. I throw some baking soda, and rub it off — mostly dry, maybe a tiny bit of water. I’ve also used on burned on food on pots and on bathtub scum.
    I’m already subscribed to your newsletter. Thanks for great posts.

  • Cindi July 15, 2008, 9:11 pm

    Hello! Fantastic contest. The prizes are wonderful! We used cast iron cookware instead of Teflon coated. Teflon contains chemicals that when they are manufactured end up in our water supply. When we use it, it ends up in our bloodstream. Thanks, Cindi

  • Elena July 15, 2008, 8:11 pm

    Here’s a tip — extend the life and use of glass jars by repurposing them — why not store your button collection in them? 🙂

  • mannequin July 15, 2008, 10:44 pm

    I don’t use a dishwasher; when we moved in our new home, I demanded that there be no dishwasher or any other electrical appliance I could do without easily. I’m kinda funny about conserving electricity ..

  • Mary @ Adventures in Mommyland July 15, 2008, 10:55 pm

    You could install bamboo flooring and get start composting. Also reuse prepared foods containers and recycle. Great giveaway, thanks!

  • Mary @ Adventures in Mommyland July 15, 2008, 10:57 pm
  • Mary @ Adventures in Mommyland July 15, 2008, 11:09 pm
  • misty July 15, 2008, 11:38 pm

    Green your kitchen buy growing your own herbs in your windowsill.

    I am also a subscriber. Thanks so much for the opportunity.

  • Kristina July 16, 2008, 12:27 am

    Hi, I found your website recently and spent time last night and tonight exploring old posts. We try to live as sustainably as possible, and your site has TONS of great ideas! Including- we’ve been looking all over for plates that we liked (we’re borrowing some from my parents at the moment) and went through your kitchen category and found some that we just love! Oh, and I signed up for a newsletter subscription, so my fingers are crossed for the giveaway. 🙂

  • judy brittle July 16, 2008, 7:47 am

    Great contest! I am trying to use a lot less paper towels,using recycled garbage bags,recycle everything and trying to use more natural cleaners. I am already subscribed.

  • randi July 16, 2008, 8:00 am

    I use grocery store bags as trash bags. I wash & reuse all my storage bags as well, my family always said I was cheap, little did they know that I’ve been green for years!

  • karissa July 16, 2008, 8:06 am

    Two ways to be greener. Instead of buying cleaners for your kitchen (or any other room) use the standard vinegar recipe. add some essential oils to make it smell a little better and remember the smell leaves as it dries anyways, and baking soda works where you need a scrubbing compound. always set your dishwasher (if you just have to use it) to air dry, not heated dry, just a waste of energy. (1 part vinegar to 1 part water)

  • Robin July 16, 2008, 9:22 am

    Going Green in the Kitchen was actually the easiest place! To starters get rid of all those toxic chemicals under the sink. Change it out for ecofriendly all natural cleaning products. The kitchen surfaces are where you cook and serve your family meals…….who wants those nasty chemicals to get on your food! I also started using the skoy cloth. Using one is like replacing 15 rolls of papertowels. And the best part is when I am done with it, I toss it in my compost pile and it naturally breaks down!

  • Christine July 16, 2008, 9:47 am

    Use baking soda to clean sinks, pots and pans and any other stained items in your kitchen instead of chemical cleaners. Thank you for the great contest!

  • jenny July 16, 2008, 10:07 am

    I have switched to cloth napkins. I go to a restaurant supply store to purchase white napkins. They are durable and can be bleached. I also have fun kiddo napkins for the kids to use. They know why they use them and they enjoy having their ‘special napkin’.

  • Jenn S. July 16, 2008, 10:15 am

    We use natural cleaners, grow our own herbs, and use handtowels.

  • monica July 16, 2008, 10:28 am

    Here’s a really easy tip, be cognoscente of how much you are letting the faucet run, try not to waste water, your helping the planet and your pocketbook (when the water bill comes)

  • Elizabeth Dehart July 16, 2008, 11:03 am

    We already green by using no paper towels or disposable dinnerware. I would love to go greener by installing paperstone countertops and bamboo floors.

  • Kim N July 16, 2008, 11:24 am

    The Chinese food take out place we go to uses very nice plastic containers with good fitting lids. We wash and re-use these to bring lunch to work.

  • sandra kao July 16, 2008, 11:32 am

    we often use washcloths (i had purchased the wrong kind of cloth diapers for burp cloths) instead of paper towels to wipe the kids’ hands after a messy dinner

  • Carolyn July 16, 2008, 11:54 am

    I generally use lemon soap and water instead of cleaning products. Also products that do not test on animals. Save earth and animals. This would be an added “Green” to my kitchen that is much needed. 😉 Thanks. I unplug items after use.

  • BRIAN E. July 16, 2008, 12:09 pm

    …I recycle “grey” dish water, using it to water the garden plants.

  • Jennifer Barnett July 16, 2008, 12:36 pm

    I have started using non-toxic “natural” cleaners in my kitchen. We also use food scraps for composting.

  • Jennifer Barnett July 16, 2008, 12:40 pm
  • Clifton Wade July 16, 2008, 12:58 pm

    Great prize. My disabled wife of more than 38 years would just LOVE this prize.
    Thanks for all the excellent contests!

  • tricia park July 16, 2008, 1:05 pm

    compost it saves plastic trash bags and the pocket book.

  • margaret herrin July 16, 2008, 1:12 pm

    Use dish towels instead of paper towels and dry them in the sun.

  • Melody July 16, 2008, 2:44 pm

    Some ways my hubby and I try to keep our kitchen green:

    We reuse grocery bags as trash bags.
    We only use the dish washer when it is completely full.
    We recycle! Its law here in NYC but its something we carried with us when we were living in London too.
    We use handmade cotton dish cloths instead of paper towels.
    We use organic dishwasher soap as well.

    Great giveaway! I have wanted a bamboo cutting board forever!

  • Aimee July 16, 2008, 2:45 pm

    Thanks for stopping by today and entering my giveaway. 🙂 How fun that you are having one too!

    As for green kitchen? We just got a steam cleaner for our floors. I am really excited to use something with out chemicals.

  • Mya Brooks July 16, 2008, 3:06 pm

    Use vinegar and water to clean with.

  • Marisa Moore July 16, 2008, 3:12 pm

    Compost! It uses less water, less trash bags, and it’s great for the garden!

  • Jo July 16, 2008, 3:23 pm

    Green your kitchen by recycling
    jceko77@yahoo.com

  • Stacy July 16, 2008, 3:41 pm

    Stop using paper towels.

  • Linda July 16, 2008, 4:49 pm

    I would love to try the bamboo products – the more cutting boards the merrier.

  • Gina Stratos July 16, 2008, 5:29 pm

    Put a little herb garden in the window.
    gkstratos@ yahoo.com

  • Lina Correa July 16, 2008, 6:34 pm

    Clean with vinegar!

  • Dena July 16, 2008, 9:05 pm

    I reuse all kinds of things from plastic bags to glass jars. I use the grocery store bags as trash bags and to carry my lunch. I also use water bottles to take my green tea to work.

  • cat July 16, 2008, 9:29 pm

    I try not to use paper towels. We also recycle whatever we can and compost too.

  • marybeth i. July 16, 2008, 11:32 pm

    Recycle and reuse! Rarely use plastic or paper plates. Refuse to by styrafoam any more after I found how long it takes to break down. I try to scrape kitchen scraps vs. use the garbage disposal. When we move into our new home I am ready to tackle composting!

  • Theresa Shafer July 16, 2008, 11:43 pm

    Vinager in the kitchen is the easiest way to go green. Cuts grease. Soften bake on foods. Is great for the food disposal. Kills the little bad guys while being safe for kids & pets.

  • Darcy July 16, 2008, 11:51 pm

    Get an indoor compost bucket, and stash it under your sink! You can also change your kitchen light fixtures to compact florescent bulbs to save on energy.

  • Liz July 16, 2008, 11:54 pm

    Baking soda and water to clean the bathroom

  • Matthew Meisenhelder July 17, 2008, 12:40 am

    make art out of trash.

    Not the dirty kind but boxes etc. it saves waste and makes your home look fun and modern

  • jennifer bowen July 17, 2008, 1:31 am

    wow how cool i love to try and win this for my new place it would look so nice in my kiction thanks ps i use vinger and backing soda and lemon juice and salt to do my cleaning with realy works grate

  • sabb266 July 17, 2008, 5:31 am

    I am in the process of remodeling my kitchen to make it as green as possible and the Old Materials were actually recycled into someone else’s house! Our new appliances are all energy savers, I do not ever use paper towels, paper plates or paper napkins. We have our own herbs growing in the kitchen, I try to can my own veggies so we can reuse the jars and for the convenience products that we do buy we recycle everything that we can.

  • Cynthia C July 17, 2008, 7:07 am

    I use cloth to wipe up rather than paper towels and compost vegetable waste. Also use unbleached coffee filters and sprinkle the used grounds in the yard.

  • Jodi July 17, 2008, 7:38 am

    Compost food scraps, buy ingredients in bulk and skip the prepared food items in obnoxious packaging.

  • Jean Fischer July 17, 2008, 7:54 am

    I use vinegar and baking soda to clean

  • Debbie July 17, 2008, 9:12 am

    What a great giveaway and site. I read through all the responses and don’t know if I have any fresh ideas. We do most of the ones above but there are some great suggestions we need to try. We do use old bottles and jars filled with water to take up space in our freezer when our stash of food is running low. It is rumored to be more energy efficient when full, so we try to do that.

  • Vicky Boackle July 17, 2008, 10:17 am

    clean with vinegar and lemon juice.

  • Jane K July 17, 2008, 10:28 am

    Run dishwasher when completely full of dishes not half full.

  • Denise Eichel July 17, 2008, 10:39 am

    Two things we do to green our kitchen are compost everything!!!! I keep a garbage bowl just for compostables. The second it keep an ice cream bucket in the sink to collect water from washing fruit, hands, etc. It helps us conserve water, we use it for watering the garden at the end of the day. It’s amazing how much we collect.

  • Staci K July 17, 2008, 11:04 am

    We use cloth napkins instead of paper and I use white vinegar for most household cleaning jobs.

  • jim a. July 17, 2008, 11:16 am

    we clean with steam.

  • Mia J. July 17, 2008, 11:44 am

    We have been using a big water pitcher instead of all the plastic bottled waters. We are also big recyclers.

  • Maria July 17, 2008, 11:47 am

    I use old towels to mop my kitchen floor.

  • Lori July 17, 2008, 12:00 pm

    We have gone green. We no longer use paper napkins or towels. We use cloth napkins and cotton rags in their place. All of our household organic waste goes into an outdoor compost pile and our coffee grounds are placed around our acid loving outdoor plants. They love it!

  • Heather B July 17, 2008, 12:32 pm

    one tip would be to recycle everything you can. we bring old plastic containers and sometimes even empty cans to the local school to use for craft projects

  • A. Martin July 17, 2008, 4:05 pm

    Well, pretty much everything I do has been said already…
    Be creative, don’t let your food spoil: invent a new recipe with what’s in your fridge. I might not be always good but at least your food won’t spoil!

  • Carrie July 17, 2008, 5:59 pm

    I’m trying to use more natural cleaners such as vinegar in my kitchen (and in the rest of the house, but especially in my kitchen).

  • Lori Williams July 17, 2008, 8:47 pm

    I always recycle plastic, glass, cardboard and aluminum, and I have stopped using aerosol air fresheners and use candles and incense instead.

  • David July 17, 2008, 11:16 pm

    We recycle.

  • linda July 17, 2008, 11:28 pm

    I do all the recycling in my house.

  • Sarah July 18, 2008, 3:32 am

    We use natural cleaners, try to use cloth instead of paper products as much as possible, and grow some basic herbs and veggies. And recycle! We are thinking of replacing the countertops soon and are looking into counters made of recycled paper.

  • CAROL ANN WESTBROOK July 18, 2008, 9:22 am

    It’s amazing that the tried and true household remedies and suggestions our grandmothers used are in vogue today. Using vinegar or baking soda for household cleaners is as useful today as it was 50 or more years ago. My personal energy saver is using cold water for washing….you can save both elevricity and money by doing this,

  • Stephanie July 18, 2008, 11:23 am

    Thanks for the opportunity!! One thing that I like to do is to reuse EVERYTHING possible. I rinse and reuse ziplocs….dry those using a seperated toothbrush holder and dowl rods to hang them from…or an old, folding towel rack affixed to the side of your cabinet. I also use baking soda for cleaning around the kitchen (and other parts of the house). Just sprinkle a little in your burner drip pans along with a little vinegar…let it fizz for a bit and scrub any build up out easily. =)

    I will be passing on your blog and giveaway today for my Free on Friday post!

  • Frank Dendwick July 18, 2008, 2:00 pm

    I recycle everything I can.

  • Elizabeth M. July 18, 2008, 2:27 pm

    I just subscribed to your newsletter and here’s my comment:

    I think eliminating the usage of paper towels, paper plates, paper napkins and paper cups is a huge way to green up the kitchen. Cloth napkins are a great eco-friendly alternative. Instead of buying new plastic baggies all the time, I try to reuse the plastic bags that food comes in. They work just as well.

  • Kasey July 18, 2008, 6:48 pm

    We have been trying to green our kitchen by not using as many paper towels, paper plates and cups. They were just so convenient and such easy clean up that I found we were using them more and more. Not to mention the increase of our weekly grocery shopping because these were all added things. So, it helps make our kitchen a greener kitchen by not using them and it also helps cost-wise too.

  • Matt July 18, 2008, 11:15 pm

    We do 2 things:

    1) For the past year, we’ve been composting all of veggie/fruit scraps. This spring, I took 5 bucket fulls of nice compost out and put it in the garden. We put the scraps in bags in the freezer so we don’t have to take them out everyday. This also breaks down the cell walls and helps stuff decay faster.

    2) A new one that we’re trying is to use less paper towels. We have an entire drawer of kitchen towels and we will use them more and use paper towels last.

  • Tricia Andrews July 19, 2008, 9:41 am

    We have a compost bin and have seen a huge decrease in the trash we do eventually take out of our household. I also went vegetarian this year which is a very green thing to do, so we have more veggie scraps for the composter!

  • Beverley Justice July 19, 2008, 1:01 pm

    Thank you for sponsoring the giveaway. We’re using dishwater to water our outside plants.

  • Elaine Solochier July 19, 2008, 8:29 pm

    I used to use paper towels all the time, now my family uses dish towles.

  • Michelle July 21, 2008, 11:08 am

    My grandma taught me greening years ago..wash out those plastic bags and reuse them! I have a tiny clothesline set up near the window that I hand my bags on with clothespins!

  • Sharold July 22, 2008, 9:18 am

    I compost my organics and grow my herbs. I also use my kitchen to preserve my home grown produce.

  • Angela Harris July 22, 2008, 2:26 pm

    I totally reuse plastic like the containers that butter comes in or jelly, I use the jelly jars for misc things like crafts and stuff and the plastic like the butter containers for either leftovers for my parents or to store things in, you can do so much with things like this to keep them from going to waste, like paper mache them and use them to decorate with, belive it or not they turn out pretty neat

  • Chris July 22, 2008, 2:37 pm

    I’m trying to switch to 2-liter bottles instead of cans. There is a lot less waste and they are also recycleable.

  • Sue Farrell July 22, 2008, 6:03 pm

    Green up your kitchen by using baking soda to clean.

  • tracy July 22, 2008, 8:10 pm

    i constantly burn my potholders, so being green is very good for me…(you get some seriously toxic fumes when you burn the non-green ones….trust m e!!)

  • Jaime C. July 23, 2008, 2:15 am

    Using glass or ceramic baking pans helps conserve energy!

  • justin cazel July 23, 2008, 10:56 am

    we use vinager and water to clean, surfaces and windows

  • PAM OVERBY July 23, 2008, 7:29 pm

    i no longer use any papaer towels.

  • Lorina July 23, 2008, 10:04 pm

    I can’t afford a gray water system so I use buckets to catch running water as it warms, and carting around some buckets is a pretty good workout too.

  • Bonnie Day July 24, 2008, 12:52 pm

    I use baking soda and vineger to clean with Also use kitchen towels and wash clothes instead of paper pruducts I grow herbs on my kitchen counter I use leftover dish water to water my plants. I don’t buy bottled water( don’t like all the plastic bottles) but put water in the glass jars in the refrigde to get them cold

  • Emily B July 24, 2008, 1:42 pm

    I use only non-toxic and all-natural cleaners. They smell better anyways, and they’re better for the environment and our family!

  • hazel July 24, 2008, 6:31 pm

    If you are a big paper towel user, (like me) try to buy the ones made of all recycled paper!

  • Jackie Burchett July 24, 2008, 7:45 pm

    In my kitchen, I use baking soda and vinegar to clean everything. Thanks for the great giveaway.

  • Lisa Sharp July 25, 2008, 11:31 am

    The latest way I “greened” my kitchen is by getting EcoTowl Reusable Cloths from greenfeet.com. They are awesome and cut my need for paper towels!

  • Audrey Okaneko July 25, 2008, 11:17 pm

    Wash the dishes by hand instead of using the dishwasher.

  • chris k July 25, 2008, 11:28 pm

    stash the papertowells under the sink – out of sight out of mind!

  • Amanda July 26, 2008, 2:30 pm

    I am going green with green cleaning products and using cloth napkins instead of paper.

  • Susan Ledet July 26, 2008, 3:48 pm

    I recycle as much as I can and grow my own herbs whenever possible. I’ve also switched from using paper napkins to cloth napkins. I picked several nice ones up at a garage sale for .25 each and just throw them in the washing machine. They not only feel and look much nicer but are sturdier and I can use them again and again.

  • cathy July 26, 2008, 7:33 pm

    You can plant herbs and use them instead of buying herbs in plastic bags from the grocery store.

  • Carolyn July 26, 2008, 10:01 pm

    We do the following things to be green in the kitchen:
    Use “un-paper” towels (flannel and terry cloth) instead of paper towels
    Use cloth napkins instead of paper
    Recycle
    Compost food scraps
    Use wax paper instead of plastic wrap
    Use glass containers to store leftovers instead of plastic
    Only run the dishwasher when it’s very full and then let the dishes air dry.

  • Dara Nix July 27, 2008, 6:28 am

    I have recently switched from using paper towels to clean my kitchen counters to using kitchen towels. It was VERY hard to break the paper towel habit — but I’ve done it! I am saving trees as well as money!!

  • Jamie July 27, 2008, 3:29 pm

    Instead of all the harsh chemicals we use to clean our kitchens why not use the good old baking soda and vinegar.

    Jamies last blog post..Little Monster

  • Pamela White July 27, 2008, 5:03 pm

    I have a compost bin and make my kitchen by having a compost lidded bucket for food scraps to go on the compost pile.

  • Elaine Beiebrach July 27, 2008, 5:17 pm

    I do it all and keep looking ofr new ideas. I really like the end of plastic and the cornstarch replacement bags and utensils.

  • Terry Cross July 27, 2008, 6:41 pm

    We reuse plastic grocery bags as trash bags for our small cans. We also have been recycling everything possible for years. I am also switching to “green” cleaning products. Thanks for the giveaway!

  • Stephanie Bruce July 27, 2008, 10:45 pm

    we recycle cans, we use our grocery bags for trash bags, brown bad lunchs and we re use ziploc bags

  • Marci July 27, 2008, 10:55 pm

    We just are very careful to recycle any packaging possible or re-use it when we can!

    Marcis last blog post..Weekend Pictures

  • Shay July 27, 2008, 11:40 pm

    I use GREEN WORKS to clean my kitchen and try to use towels instead of paper towels so much.

    Shays last blog post..Princess Galore

  • Deana L. July 28, 2008, 6:35 am

    We only plug in our microwave when we use it to help save energy and money from phantom loads. Great tips everyone!

  • Judy July 28, 2008, 9:55 am

    In addition to not using paper products, I have tried very hard to use only glass containers to store leftover food. They dont hold odors, are easily washable and are best of all reusable. I only use ziploc type bags when I am freezing foods that are seasonal. Instead of paper towels, I use the microfiber towels and they are wonderful and washable and clean very well.
    I compost and make a compost tea which is the best liquid fertilizer ever.
    Thanks for all the great posts! Lots of great ideas!

  • Vicki wurgler July 28, 2008, 3:37 pm

    I’m trying to use less disposables, paper towels and use hand towels and glass containers

  • Carissa D. July 28, 2008, 3:49 pm

    Use re-useable containers.

  • shawna July 28, 2008, 4:21 pm

    I try to reuse and recycle whenever I can!

  • Ed Nemmers July 28, 2008, 5:53 pm

    The recyclable area is next to the refuse to remind everyone to recycle if applicable.

  • tracy heyer July 28, 2008, 7:08 pm

    i love to recycle!

  • Kathy S July 28, 2008, 7:47 pm

    We keep a covered container in our sink to hold peelings, lettuce leaves, fruit cores and peels and anything that can be added to the compost pile at the end of the day.

  • Chrysa July 28, 2008, 8:12 pm

    Use rags instead of paper towels!

    Chrysas last blog post..Enter to Win Thrifty Jinxy’s Summer Fitness Package!

  • Lauren July 28, 2008, 8:51 pm

    Use old yogurt containers (the big ones with lids) as storage containers.

  • Kelly Thuet July 28, 2008, 9:28 pm

    All my new notebooks for school are made of recycled paper. I’m going green at school this year.

  • Lisa G. July 28, 2008, 10:43 pm

    Don’t open your refridgerator more than needed and don’t run the sink water any longer than you have to.

  • K. Cleaver July 28, 2008, 10:52 pm

    We keep a compost bin and the kids take out what’s appropriate when I’m preparing a meal. We also use cloth napkins instead of paper towels.

  • KristelH July 28, 2008, 10:57 pm

    Unplug your toaster and other appliances when not in use.

  • Miss M July 28, 2008, 11:27 pm

    i grow my own herbs and peppers

  • Joy Venters July 28, 2008, 11:45 pm

    I recycle plastic and wash freezer bags

  • Tamara Bennington July 29, 2008, 12:28 am

    I am a new subscriber to your website. I am guilty, I have only just started to go green in my house the past four months. My two children and I are really working hard to recycle everything we can, use less water and electricity. I no longer use paper plates instead we dress up our dinner table with china plates, we use less paper towels and use dish towels . I have stopped using the dishwasher for everyday washing of the dishes and wash them by hand so I know I am saving and using less water. Thank-you for such a wonderful contest and have a wonderful day.

  • david thacher July 29, 2008, 2:17 am

    We recycle every day.Its a great thing when you see your kids doing the same positve thing,like helping save this planet!

  • Samantha Pruitt July 29, 2008, 2:40 am

    unplug kitchen appliances when not using them, just because somethings not turned on doesn’t mean it’s not using electricity! you should try and reuse any type of plastic bags, sandwich bags, foil or plastic rap whenever you can, it saves a lot, all you have to do is rinse it off!

  • Erica G July 29, 2008, 3:06 am

    Compost your scraps. Use energy saving appliances.

  • Teresa July 29, 2008, 6:12 am

    We recycle everything that we can. I wash and re-use glass /plastic jars for storing craft supplies.I use department store plastic bags as trash bags for the kitchen pail.We do not use the garbage disposal.We use newspaper to clean the kitchen windows instead of paper towels, then we recycle it. We grow our own tomatoes and veggies.

  • Dorothy July 29, 2008, 7:40 am

    I use organic cleaning products and less ppr products. I just subscribed and am looking forward to your newsletter.

  • Julianna L July 29, 2008, 8:45 am

    We recycle in our household.

  • Joyce Pawlik July 29, 2008, 10:44 am

    Plants, real live plants are the best way to green one’s kitchen, and an in window herb garden produces great fresh spices for gourmet cooking as well!

  • Dddiva July 29, 2008, 11:02 am

    I glanced through but didn’t read all the tips so I’ll leave one I didn’t happen to see- We use a popcorn maker (Hello Kitty) instead of microwave bags that leach toxins into our systems- tastes better and uses less packaging too. 🙂

    Dddivas last blog post..The Secret is in the Sauce Ipod Nano Giveaway

  • Kathleen July 29, 2008, 11:34 am

    I think the best way to start greening your kitchen is to start a compost bucket!

  • Lindsay July 29, 2008, 11:44 am

    I’ve started to grow my own herbs, so I use the freshest ingredients to feed my family.

  • Suanne Giddings July 29, 2008, 12:10 pm

    Natural cleansers like vinegar and baking soda do a great job without harming the planet. I use reusable grocery bags, recycle and compost and try to conserve gas by driving much less. Thank you for the opportunity to win!

  • Diana Corlett July 29, 2008, 1:59 pm

    I keep my organic waste (vegetable peels, etc.) in an ice cream pail in the freezer. When the pail is full I add it to the compost pile where it will eventuallyhelp to nourish the soil for next year’s garden.

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  • Andy July 29, 2008, 2:33 pm

    Finally switched from bottled water to PUR filtered tap water and a trust BPA free bottle.

  • kathy pease July 29, 2008, 4:00 pm

    i have a big bowl that i put used coffee grounds in and when its full i go spread it into my garden 🙂 i have really rich soil

  • amira July 29, 2008, 4:26 pm

    we need a reduced flow water fixture…that way, we dont use as much water while washing dishes

  • Brandy July 29, 2008, 4:31 pm

    Buy a small composting container, and compost all of your table/kitchen scraps 🙂

  • reluctant veggie July 29, 2008, 4:53 pm

    we have started to use all natural cleaners. another great tip is to use biodegradable kitchen bags. we are going to be making the switch very soon! oh, and buying local produce is another great way.

    reluctant veggies last blog post..Down with Plastic Bags

  • reluctant veggie July 29, 2008, 5:08 pm

    blogged ya!
    http://reluctantveggie.com/?p=126

    reluctant veggies last blog post..Green Your Decor

  • dani July 29, 2008, 8:58 pm

    I try to conserve in the kitchem. I turned off the digital clock on my oven and my microwave. I also save coffee cans and reuse them as containers or crafts in my classroom.

  • kerri r July 29, 2008, 9:09 pm

    I use all natural products that i make myself saves on money and also is good for the envoirment

  • Sheila July 29, 2008, 9:30 pm

    Keep a refillable spray bottle with hydrogen peroxide, and another with vinegar, in the kitchen to clean up food spills and after carving up meat. Studies at the University of Virginnia show that a squirt of peroxide and a squirt of vinegar will kill germs, even e. coli. It is important that you not mix the two ingredients in the same bottle, and that you use only white vinegar. The products are cheap, and “green.” And they clean so well.

  • Veronica Garrett July 29, 2008, 9:48 pm

    I wash dishes by hand instead of using the dishwasher and I use a cloth kitchen towel instead of paper towels.

  • Linda July 29, 2008, 9:58 pm

    I just recently adopted a tip from another blogsite and bought fabric napkins so that I could wean myself from paper towels/napkins.

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