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The Black Moms Guide to Going Green

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The Black Moms Guide to Going Green By Annie Friedman   Black mothers are concerned about the future of the earth too. To get some great tips on going green, we checked in with Terra Wellington, author of The Mom’s Guide to Growing Your Family Green. “I want my children to grow up in a world that is no less, and hopefully better, than what I have had,” Wellington says of her inspiration for writing the book. “The only way that is going to happen is by educating the masses on how going green preserves our planet and our health.  When you know the options you can make better choices,” she says. Here are Wellington’s top four tips to greening your family:         1)  BUY ORGANIC AND LOCAL. Organic farms eliminate nearly all problems of toxics, soil degradation, water pollution, and unhealthy food.  Additionally local food, which ideally is produced within 100 miles of where you live, not only produces less transportation emissions but also will be more seasonally based and largely produced by smaller farms that are generally better about their environmental and animal practices.  Farmers markets, co-ops, and Community Supported Agriculture (CSA’s) are all great sources of organic and local foods.   2)  REDUCE YOUR EXPOSURE TO TOXICS: Toxics are all around us — in our food, our electronics, and our household items.  A very simple tip is to seek out products with no chlorine — like chlorine paper and chlorine-free cleaners.    3) CLEAN YOUR ENERGY:  Make a move away from coal-based and fossil-fuel electricity to clean, renewable energy like solar, wind, wave, and geothermal.  It can be as simple as asking your current utility company how you can opt into their clean energy program.  Call your utility company today to find out how you can sign up.   4)  SORT YOUR TRASH BETTER: Landfill waste usually does not biodegrade and contaminates our soils and water.  Also, without recycling, we unnecessarily use virgin materials that often degrade our environment and can impact our health.  It is important to sort your trash in 6 ways: landfill waste, recycling, green waste, hazardous waste, donations, and composting.  If you sort your trash in these 6 ways, you will likely only need to put out your landfill waste bin only once a month.

 

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