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Old 07-09-2008, 12:04 AM   #111
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Oh yeah..... We also use Bonded Logic recycled denim insulation and Fresh Air and Mythic paints.
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Old 07-13-2008, 03:09 PM   #112
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I just tried a new cleaner for the tub/bathroom. It's called Green Works and I got it from Target. I love it!
http://www.greenworkscleaners.com/?WT.srch=1
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I've gone eco-friendly & organic for purely selfish reasons -- I have allergies to sulfites, soy, and corn derivatives.

I've had great success with just using baking soda to clean with -- especially my fruits & veggies. I also use the Seventh Generation cleaning products.

Plastic & paper bags are a "no-no" so I carry my canvas bags and washable insulated bags with me everywhere. I found some fun bags at Wal-mart recently that are sort of a t-shirt material made out of organic cotton. I'm going to use one to carry my knitting around & the other for the beach because it's washable.

I am starting to use storage containers more, instead of zippered plastic bags & use a Pur filter pitcher for cooking. I still have to buy bottled water, because the city water is treated with corn derived products & buy bigger bottles to pour into my travel cups (the bottles have deposits when purchased & can be returned for $).

Feminine hygene products are almost all exposed to corn (corn starch dusted, fragrance, or the adhesive is corn derived), so my new best friend is a Diva cup. Love this because I have heavy periods and don't have to worry about leakage.

I use more dish towels instead of paper towels, have cut back on using one time use cups (take out at Starbucks -- but am going to invest in one of their insulated iced coffee cups), don't use paper plates, and only do full loads of laundry in cold water.

That's all I can think of.
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I also use the Seventh Generation cleaning products.
I tried the shower cleaner and was not impressed. I found that the Green Works worked better for me. Can't say about the other products though.

That's great that you are doing so much. It helps both you and the planet!

I'm changing more and more things as I run out of old products I buy better ones. Green Works for instance. Plus I bought some Biobags for the cat litter. I use the composting bags since they are the only ones they have that will fit a small trashcan. I feel better dumping it in the trash now knowing that the bag will biodegrade.
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I tried the shower cleaner and was not impressed. I found that the Green Works worked better for me. Can't say about the other products though.

That's great that you are doing so much. It helps both you and the planet!

I'm changing more and more things as I run out of old products I buy better ones. Green Works for instance. Plus I bought some Biobags for the cat litter. I use the composting bags since they are the only ones they have that will fit a small trashcan. I feel better dumping it in the trash now knowing that the bag will biodegrade.
The SG products aren't the best I have found, but the only ones I can use. I do get better results with baking soda & SG non-chlorine bleach (peroxide). Some of the other corn avoiders use potato vodka for disinfecting. Not sure that is cost effective or not.

My employers have used a pit method for disposing pet waste in the past, but with the kiddos & lava landscape, we can't really do that now.
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You know, I had never looked at the composition of the Bio-bags and they are made from corn. Interesting. Not having many allergies I've never had to think about that, but it must be hard to have to deal with that!

Are you on the Big Island? I was there once and was amazed at how much lava there was!
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I haven't seen it yet, but others have recommended the movie "Corn King" to show others how much corn is used. I'm hoping to rent it sometime.

I'm on Maui -- just arrived Saturday and am currently watching the sunrise & listening to the roosters make sure everyone is getting ready for work.
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I just looked up the movie on Netflix and it's "King Corn". I put it on my list.

I love Maui! We stayed in Kaanapali and Napili, but have visited other areas.
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Not sure where you stand on this, but Green works uses ethenol.

We also use Tom's of Maine products. (They've gone green!)
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I think it's important for a product to work as well as as be as biodegradable as possible.

Greenworks are 99% petrochemical free which I feel is a good start and a much better alternative to the chemical loaded products. AND it works. If I find something even better that works, I'll use that one for sure.
http://www.greenworkscleaners.com/pr...definition.php
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