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Saturday, January 27, 2007

Tree Hugger

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Tree Hugger. Granola Girl. Eco-Freak. Crunchy Mama. There are lots of ways to describe me...and all of the aforementioned names are compliments in my mind. My path to "green living" has been slow and steady...definitely not an overnight conversion. Every piece of knowledge has led me in a new direction, and helped spark interest in other areas (i.e. I cloth diapered, so it was a natural fit to use cloth toilet paper). As a Christian, I feel even more compelled to be a good steward of the earth. It's not just about stopping global warming or saving trees, it's to honor God and to be wise with the resources He has abundantly given us. We live in a nation of excess and ease...we need to get back to the basics and "live simply so that others may live" -Gandhi.

After reading a great thread on Mothering, I thought I would do a quick overview of the things I do to reduce my footprint on the earth (and things I am still working on). It will be a reminder for me to remain diligent in them, and will hopefully encourage you to start or continue in your own journey towards natural/green living.

When you know better, you do better. -Maya Angelo

  • Use clothesline/hang clothes outside. Our landlord is going to build me a clothesline this summer...I could not be more excited! In the meantime, we do hang some clothes on a rack inside.
  • Be mindful of what lights are on and turn them off when not in use. We do have lots of natural light in our apartment, so this is pretty easy.
  • Keep the thermostat set low. This is so difficult for me to do because I LOVE being warm. Our utilities are included in our rent, so I'm not motivated by the money savings. I must decide to motivate myself for the pure ecological impact.
  • Reuse clothes that aren't dirty. This is another hard one, especially with Bella. She changes clothes about 5 times a day...and yes, they are all dirty. It's so easy just to run a load now that we have our own washer and dryer. Luckily, it is an efficient front loader and the dryer has a sensor in it. However, still not a good excuse.
  • Decrease garbage. With recycling and composting, this has become easier. We go through about 1 bag a week. Go check out "Garbageland" to understand the business of garbage better. I think it should be required reading for everyone!
  • Use cloth bags at the grocery store. I have been out of my "routine" with this for awhile and need to get a system in place so I have them when I need them.
  • Use hand dryers in public restrooms instead of paper towels.
  • Carry stainless steel water bottles for drinking when away from the house. (Sigg or Klean Kanteen). I phased out all of our Nalgene bottles a few years back due to health concerns, especially regarding women. This is controversial, but when it comes to plastic, I don't like ANY of it. Especially for food. They just haven't been around long enough to perform long-term studies.
  • Use cloth hankies/bandanas instead of tissues.
  • Use cloth napkins.
  • Use cloth towels for cleaning.
  • Use cloth mama pads and The Diva Cup.
  • Use cloth toilet paper/family cloth.
  • Rinse/reuse plastic bags and aluminum foil.
  • Use glass jars for storing food in fridge and for bulk items.
  • Recycle everything.
  • De-clutter and donate on a continual basis.
  • Don't buy anything new.
  • If I must make a purchase, buy locally...from small stores.
  • Shop at thrift stores.
  • Buy more in bulk to reduce packaging.
  • Use natural bar soaps with few ingredients for hand/body washing.
  • Use all natural body care products.
  • Would like to wear only natural fibers (wool, cotton, linen, flax, hemp...).
  • Dreaded my hair. I am now able to use less products and less electricity.
  • Use earth-friendly/homemade cleaners (my next blog will be about natural cleaning products...stay tuned).
  • Would like to get rid of particleboard furniture in the house (off-gassing).
  • Would eventually like to get an organic/natural mattress. I have my eye on one of these...they are locally made.
  • Replaced all Teflon and similar cookware with cast iron and stainless steel.
  • Replaced plastic containers with glass storage containers for food storage (dry goods and in the fridge).
  • Compost! We are just starting to compost and I am amazed and saddened at how much food we have wasted in the past. I am very aware of how much food I toss because we don't have a disposal either.
  • Eat organic foods at home...we are at about 90%. When we are out and can't choose our meals as much, I try very hard to avoid the "dirty dozen". This is not only for our health, but for the health of the earth by reducing pesticides, etc.
  • Eat more raw foods as a way to prevent disease, feel more alive, and save energy by not cooking. To learn more about raw foods, check out Alissa Cohen's site. Eating raw food doesn't have to be difficult...just add a smoothie for breakfast and a big salad for lunch and you're on your way.
  • Eat a vegetarian diet. Read "Diet for a New America" or "Food Revolution" to learn how your food choices affect more than just you.
  • Buy locally grown foods when possible.
  • Breastfeed Bella for optimum nutrition.
  • I'd like to learn to can and freeze this year.
  • Start gardening this summer.
  • Walk more, drive less. Even in the winter, we can walk to the co-op to do grocery shopping, get coffee, etc.
  • Ride bike more often. Obviously this will be easier when it's not snowy and icy...but I am so excited to bike to my errands! Wheeeee!
This is by no means an exhaustive list..because it's always changing and growing...but it's amazing to me how adaptable humans are. Five years ago I would have laughed out loud at the thought of most of the things on this list. So, if you are just starting your journey, take heart! Just pick one thing at a time to change and keep moving forward.

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49 Comments:

Blogger Robyn said...

What a challenging post. I'm working on being more aware of the impact my little family is having on the environment and we're doing better, although I'm not at the stage where we'll be using cloth toilet paper just yet - one step at a time :)
Your hair looks fantastic by the way!

1/28/2007 12:18 AM  
Blogger Adventures In Babywearing said...

This is such a helpful list. Even if someone doesn't follow every one, they need to be aware of each item here.

"Every piece of knowledge has led me in a new direction, and helped spark interest in other areas"

That sentence could have been plucked from my own mind! This is a good thing, and this is how we grow. As always, you continue to inspire!!

1/28/2007 6:15 AM  
Blogger angie said...

Thanks for "breakin' it down"Sara!I think that while I also share most incentives on your list...it really is a struggle,isn't it?!I think that if you get out of the habit of even one point,say recycling...it's easy for it to not seem as important.Natural family living,or being earth conscious,is a very mindful intentional lifestyle,which is sad.It should be more mindLESS for us to not just toss something in the trash,or use 50 paper towels a day,than to reuse/recycle something,or to reach for a cloth towel each time you need to wipe something up!I'm a big wipe-girl...I'm constantly wiping someone's face or wiping a spill or wiping dirty fingerprints,etc...I finally just cut up a bunch of old T shirts in almost swatch size ,these come in handy for those small wiping tasks!Thanks for always being so transparent for us,Sara:)
Angie

1/28/2007 6:36 AM  
Blogger Rachel said...

Ooooh, the canning adventures of Sara and Rachel, coming to a kitchen near you in the summer of 2007! This is a great blog, Sara--well thought out. Hope the settling in is going smoothly!

1/28/2007 7:41 AM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

Wow, what a list! I admit, though, that I found myself getting angry when reading the links on Teflon, Nalgenes, foam mattresses, etc. I feel very lied to, honestly.

One practical matter: I was wondering how you deal with water quality w/out plastic. Giving up plastic would mean giving up our water filter pitcher.

I'd love it if you could address on your next 'cleaning products' post how you get whites white w/ out bleach!

Thanks for another challenging post.

1/28/2007 9:51 AM  
Blogger Kara said...

Oh, my stars! Thank you for the Dirty Dozen link - I am now officially appalled. We have been trying to buy organic as we can afford it, but now I can see that we can't afford not to and for bigger reasons that just our food budget. ICK!

A wonderful, inspiring post, as always. You have given me some more things to think about and greener goals to strive for, for sure!

Best Wishes!

1/28/2007 11:12 AM  
Blogger Jenn said...

Thanks for the link to the Dirty Dozen. Very helpful - I posted it on my blog too because I have friends who have been showing interest in going organic, but feel overwhelmed!

1/28/2007 11:21 AM  
Blogger turnip said...

I am a proud "Tree Huggin' Dirt Worshipin' Hippy" as dubbed by friends, family, and of course some detractors (unaware of the fact I deem it a compliment!)
Not so much a dirt worshiper as I am also Christian (catholic), so nice to see others having the same respect for His creation. You have a great list, and I also find Mothering a great resource. I am planning on cloth diapering and breastfeeding when this little one is born too! In the meantime I recycle, have drastically reduced my consumption, and am trying to start a garden this spring (although since this little one is due in May we will see how that goes!)

1/28/2007 11:25 AM  
Blogger jtcosby said...

Loved your post! Thank you for the ideas! Some of which we already do...others...not so much, YET! Are you in California? If so...my husband and I are traveling there in March...never been before and SO excited! Love your hair by the way! :)
Tam

1/28/2007 12:09 PM  
Blogger Rachel said...

I like being a tree hugger! lol! Definitely a compliment in my eyes.

Great list! Dh and I do many of the things you mentioned and you've given us some things to work toward.

1/28/2007 12:12 PM  
Blogger KimProbable said...

What an inspiring post!

I attended a Voluntary Simplicity workshop at my church yesterday and I've been feeling inspired to make a list of all the ways I could change my daily living in order to make less of an impact on the Earth. Your list has certainly brought up some ideas I hadn't yet considered. Thanks so much for sharing!

1/28/2007 12:19 PM  
Anonymous Kim in IN said...

The dirty dozen has been tacked on my fridge for awhile now,with one in my bag too. We are pretty mindful of how we live on our earth but can always be more so.
I keep my cloth bags in the car so they are right there when I need them. I did ask for some paper sacks at Trader Joes's yesterday for my recycles. We are probably 90% organic also. I wish we could get raw milk that tasted good but have had problems so I buy organic pasturized milk. Not easy on a one income family but it is so important to me.
Thanks Sara,for your inspiring posts and sharing your love of Christ.
Kim

1/28/2007 2:07 PM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

Great post! Here are some more ideas for helping to "heal and repair the world," which is the task that informs a lot of my ethical views...

If you don't can or freeze yourself and you want to eat fruits and veggies out of season, it is actually better for the environment (and nutritionally) to buy frozen fruits and vegetables than to buy the "fresh" stuff that has been trucked 1,000 or more miles to your grocery store, losing lots of nutrients in the process.

If you have a vegetarian or vegan household and have a baby, it is especially advisable to breastfeed for at least two years so that your baby can benefit from that highly absorbable iron in your milk (of course, the World Health Organization recommends breastfeeding for at least two years anyway, but it's especially good for getting iron into your little one). This means mama has to eat plenty of iron-rich foods and/or supplement with a highly bioavailable source of iron such as Floradix.

Replace your conventional light bulbs with fluorescent bulbs. The new ones do not buzz or flicker, and some of them are even dimmable! According to the Energy-Star website, "If every American home replaced just one light bulb with an ENERGY STAR, we would save enough energy to light more than 2.5 million homes for a year and prevent greenhouse gases equivalent to the emissions of nearly 800,000 cars."

This has been on my mind because January 27th was the One Corps day of action to reduce our country's energy usage. My husband and I have replaced some of our bulbs, and we keep our thermostat down as much as we can, but I know we can do better.

Oh, and hanging your clothes to dry will reduce wear and tear on your clothing. I know this from having lived for several years without a dryer. Now we have one, but we only use it for towels, sheets and cloth diapers. We have two racks for hanging everything else.

Good luck getting settled in your new home, Sara!

Laurie Belin

1/28/2007 2:36 PM  
Blogger Chelee said...

I'd love to replace our matress with one of those you listed. I'm definately keeping the link for future reference.

Great list, thanks for sharing.

1/28/2007 2:56 PM  
Blogger The Flip Flop Mamma! said...

This is a great list! I already do a ton on here, but could always improve. Have you thought of an alternative to plastic garbage bags?? I've been thinkint about that and can't come up with anything. I hate using all that plastic for our garbage, those bags can not be good for the enviro.

1/28/2007 3:36 PM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

I love that you called those "labels" compliments! I think they are compliments too!

All good ideas and advice you have listed...

Do you use the mama cloths when traveling, too? I go back and forth with these.

Thanks for posting this blog. It was lovely to read that other people want to and choose to do these things, too!

1/28/2007 3:41 PM  
Blogger Lindsey @ Enjoythejourney said...

For so long it was stereotypical that you couldn't be environmentally conscious (aka: tree hugger) and Christian. I say the two go hand in hand!

Yay for you! :) We're adopting many of the same ideas in our house as well.

I'm enjoying your blog so much.

1/28/2007 5:35 PM  
Blogger Pea said...

Thanks for this post Sara, it inspired my post for today and inspired a great brainstorming session with my husband on ways to "reduce" more. We're going to try to find a new way each week.

1/28/2007 7:30 PM  
Blogger Denice said...

I really enjoy reading your blog because you're so honest. I'm just starting on my journey to be more environmentally conscious and sharing what I learn with my husband and children. It was reassuring to read that you wouldn't have done any of those things 5 years ago. I feel like I have so much to learn, but I'm just starting with one little thing at a time and making small changes.

1/29/2007 3:35 AM  
Blogger Jen. said...

Hi Sara,
Some of these things, I've done for a long time, others (like cloth napkins & bags) I've picked up since I 'met' you. I'm embracing my tree-hugging past! My 15 yo son has started calling me "Mississipi" (Mrs. Hippie). I've been called a granola, but never Mississippi!
Thanks for the links! I've been wondering how to handle a few of those things & you've given me some new ideas. I'm curious as to what you did with any teflon coated pans? If I give mine away, I'm also giving away the danger. But I hate to just throw them out... Plant pots, maybe??
Hope you have a great week!
Jen.

1/29/2007 8:04 AM  
Blogger Pea said...

Sara:

I want one of those futons, too for the "guest" bed in my daughter's room. We bought her a Natura organic mattress and feel really good about that, but we can't find an organic futon here in Texas that's affortable. I would prefer to buy local...ARGGGG!

1/29/2007 1:23 PM  
Blogger Heth said...

You inspire me.

1/29/2007 2:01 PM  
Anonymous MelanieMC said...

Sara, thanks for this post! I already do so many things on your list (i.e. cloth pads, hang dry, etc.) and plan to cloth diaper when I have children. I loved this:

"As a Christian, I feel even more compelled to be a good steward of the earth. It's not just about stopping global warming or saving trees, it's to honor God and to be wise with the resources He has abundantly given us. We live in a nation of excess and ease...we need to get back to the basics and "live simply so that others may live" -Gandhi."

ITA! I also agree with what lindsey @ enjoythe journey said. So many people think that Christians can't be "tree-huggers". I always thought that Christians should be the leaders of the environmental movement. Why wouldn't we want to help perserve the beautiful earth that God gave us?

Your blog continues to inspire me!

Peace, Melanie

1/29/2007 4:20 PM  
Anonymous Sharon said...

Hi from New Zealand! I've been lurking around enjoying your blog for a while. Although I've been leaning on the green side for a long time you have inspired me to finally admit I really am "tree hugger". It is a compliment! So thanks!

1/29/2007 5:42 PM  
Blogger L.L. Barkat said...

I agree on the "take your time" advice. One thing at a time is easy, but soon adds up to a whole different lifestyle!

1/29/2007 7:00 PM  
Blogger Heidi said...

This is a great list! Thanks for all the great links too. We grew a lot of food this year that I froze and canned. I also bought some fruits from local orchards for canning (peaches, applesauce etc.) It's so awesome!

1/29/2007 9:11 PM  
Blogger FindingBalance said...

Dear Sara-
I am a fan of your blog. You thoughtful posts are a joy to read! Thank you for all the work you do to find the information. Keep up the great work...PLEASE. You inspire me tremedously.
Kathleen

1/30/2007 6:44 AM  
Blogger Charity Singleton said...

Sara - Like the others, I appreciate this list. Rather than feeling overwhelming to me (which would have been my response even a few months ago), I am at the point where I want to do more. There are a few of these things I need to DECIDE to do then just start. And I am excited to see that I am doing several already, that I have slowly implemented over the past couple of years.

I continue to feel confused about several issues that I hear contradictory advice on. I love that you provide websites where I can get more information. Thanks for being a gracious promoter of healthy living.

1/30/2007 1:50 PM  
Blogger Caren said...

Sara,

I read that thread on MDC too! Thanks for your inspiring list. I'll have to post one of my own on my blog. I found your blog via a comment you left on my post that mentioned Shane's book, The Irresistible Revolution. I have no idea how long ago you left that comment, but I'm glad that I found it in my archives and found your blog. Keep up the good work, sister, and btw, you look GREAT in dreads!

peace in Christ,

Caren

PS: Traveling Mercies is another one of my favorites!

1/30/2007 8:29 PM  
Blogger Carla said...

What a comprehensive list. You've just inspired me to revisit my list and see if I can't add to it. Thanks.

1/30/2007 10:16 PM  
Blogger Christina said...

Sara,

I admire you so much and read your blogs all the time hoping that you wrote something new. I am in need of your support as I am losing weight, just a word of encouragement is all I need once in awhile. I am a Christian wife and I agree 100% with all that you are and want to be. I also would like to add you on my links. Please write to me when you get a chance.

1/31/2007 4:50 AM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

Sara,

I truly look forward to each and every one of your posts and enjoy them tremendously! Please post pictures of your new, set-up, home and please post more often!

1/31/2007 11:14 AM  
Blogger matthew lovell said...

This is sooooo helpful - like an encyclopedia for good living. Thank you so much for including your resources/references. I found the "Dirty Dozen" and "Teflon" articles most-informative.

You are fascinating - an inspiration to all of us.

I'm a twenty-two-year-old male living in Nashville, TN, and when I'm asked to name my favorite blogs, I name Walk Slowly, Live Wildly and Apartment Therapy. Keep it up.

1/31/2007 2:48 PM  
Blogger AIMEE said...

I so agree with everything and it encourages me to figure out my next step towards greener living. I would love for it to be composting. Please write a blog on that when you get a chance!
I finally got my own blog that's in the beginning stages:
http://livinglearningandlovingsimply.blogspot.com/

2/01/2007 8:42 AM  
Blogger Peace, Love and Veganism said...

This blog is amazing! You are amazing! I just got here, via the Urban Vegan's blog, and I am inspired by you - I don't feel so alone in my journey to be the best friend to the earth I can be! I have always been a tree hugger (and proud of it!) but it has been only in recent years as I have struck out on my own, that I have been able to make the changes that I have always wanted to make. I recently began using more natural cleaners with rags, in lieu of paper towels or sponges and harsh chemicals, and it is wonderful not to have to leave the bathroom periodically as I clean! Good luck with your endeavors. Just a tip - I keep my cloth bags in my car trunk, always ready for any shopping trip, large or small.

2/01/2007 5:59 PM  
Blogger Mama Monk said...

Thanks Sara for this great list of reminders for ways I can continue changing my habits to have a more life-affirming posture. Some I have changed over time and others are on the back burner. I read your post just before grocery shopping and remembered my reusable bags and was more mindful of buying bulk. Thanks!

2/02/2007 2:37 PM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

As a Christian mother of three young children I am somewhat puzzled by your drive for the environment. Not to discount what you are doing personally to conserve, but this is something that must remain a personal choice. We are first children of God (who sent His son Jesus for us!) and second born into the USA (of which I am so geateful). We have amazing freedoms in this country and to force laws onto people regarding the environment goes against everything our founding fathers intended. I am mostly disturbed by your link to "Voice Yourself". This link is full of liberal propaganda and opinions-not many scientific facts (just seeing Woody Harrelson on there really scared me). I would implore you to read the blog on global warming at americanthinker.com.
Again, I am all about conserving when it is in line with what God commands us to do, but I will not do it just for "mother earth". God created this great planet and He is in complete control. I don't doubt for a second that He knows exactly what He is doing. Don't sacrifice your freedom or ours for a cause that is often driven by scare tactics, politics and money.

2/03/2007 12:52 PM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

For the previous "anonymous" poster: Not to hijack Sara's blog, but the way I see it, she views her love of God's planet as natural extension of her love for Him. I don't see how that is "liberal propaganda." This is where we live, and we should take care of it and nurture it, just as we do our actual homes. What about free will? Don't we have to take responsibility for anything, or can we simply attribute everything bad in the world to the divine plan and therefore not try to make any improvements or offer any solutions?

2/05/2007 4:01 AM  
Anonymous dorothy said...

To the first anonymous poster, I hope to continue this discussion with you in grace. Sustainability is not just about the Earth, but is about our neighbors, both local and global. Living in a way that is sustainable is leaving more resources for those who share this planet with us. Throughout scripture, we are commanded to love our neighbors as ourselves, but so many times, as American Christians, we are all guilty of loving ourselves more, even in ways that we are not even aware of. Reducing the toll we take on the environment actually allows others to simply survive more easily. Also, the whole Earth is filled with God's glory (throughout the Psalms), our care of that Earth should reflect our love for the one who created it for His glory. I also hope I did not co-opt Sara's blog!

2/06/2007 6:12 PM  
Blogger Pattie said...

Thank you so much for this post. I work at a health food store that sells lots of the products you listed but I feel like such a hypacrite because I don't follow much of it. We are definitely in need of change!! I am trying to get more into simple living but it is just so hard. One step at a time I guess. I am glad I found your blog and will check back often!

2/07/2007 9:39 AM  
Blogger Carrien said...

I just came to visit via journey mama. I love this post and most of the ideas in it. I have to say though, I would way rather my family used a bidet or this nifty biffy I've been eying (http://www.biffy.com/?gclid=CJ_fmcbonIoCFRgfGAodfH_knA)
or even the indian method of hands with water over using cloth toilet paper. IT seems to be even less of an environmental impact than running more loads of laundry, esp. since I don't have a washing machine.

2/07/2007 9:54 AM  
Anonymous Kim in IN said...

Sara I know you already know this in your heart,but just for the record.
You are an incredible witness for Christ,and our earth. The two go together. It is quite simple.
As for Woody Harrelson I'm not sure of the problem there.
Blessings of love and peace,
Kim

2/07/2007 12:33 PM  
Blogger simplelivingmomma said...

Sara-please post something new! Challenge us. Make us think. You inspire so many people. Of course we do understand you are quite busy moving cross country, setting up a home, finding jobs, buying a car, and most importantly being a momma. Melissa

2/07/2007 8:14 PM  
Blogger Christian said...

So true what Kim said...One thing that popped into my mind a few weeks ago after seeing the tons of comments on your delurking post and all the people that were inspired to make changes in their lifestyles because of you (including me) was dang that's a lot of crowns. I never truely felt burdened to care about the environment etc until I started reading your site. Seeing it explained from a Christian/moral perspective really helped to open my eyes and change my careless attitude.

2/09/2007 12:35 PM  
Blogger Sara said...

Anonymous...
I too hope to address your concerns with grace and a gentle spirit.

Quote:
I am mostly disturbed by your link to "Voice Yourself". This link is
full of liberal propaganda and opinions-not many scientific facts (just seeing Woody Harrelson on there really scared me).
______________________________

I'm sorry that you don't like Voice Yourself. I love it! That site is full of wonderful information. Woody Harrelson is a passionate voice for many things that I believe in. Environmentalism, raw foodism, fitness, peace, etc. He is using his celebrity for good, in my opinion, and I respect him. Does that mean I agree with everything that he says? No. Do I agree with everything every "Christian" says? No. I look at each person individually and I look for the good in them. Every single person I meet in my life has something they can offer me. They have life experiences and opinions that can challenge my assumptions.
I would welcome your opinions about his liberal "propaganda". I guess it's only propaganda if you don't believe it. I think Fox News is propaganda too. In fact, most everything in the media today is propaganda in one way or another.

Quote:
Again, I am all about conserving when it is in line with what God commands us to do, but I will not do it just for "mother earth". God created this great planet and He is in complete control.
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He is in control, but that doesn't mean you should throw your trash out the window. It doesn't mean that you should arrogantly use up all the resources that we have and expect more. I am certainly not a "mother earth" worshipper. I worship Jesus Christ, creator of all things, and because of that, I want to treat His creation with care and mindfulness.

Quote: I don't doubt for a second that He knows exactly what He is doing.
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I don't doubt it either. God is sovereign. He IS in control of all things. But I'm afraid you're using that as an excuse to not care passionately about HIS creation.

Quote:
Don't sacrifice your freedom or ours for a cause that is often driven by scare tactics, politics and money.
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I'm not sacrificing my freedom...I'm exercising it.
Scare tactics, politics and money?
Just because liberals (and I hate labels) tend to care about the environment more than Republicans, doesn't mean that they use scare tactics, politics and money any more than a right wing conservative Christian group does to get their agenda heard.

I'm sorry that you were offended/disturbed by this post. Your comments lead me to believe that maybe this blog isn't the best one for you to read :)I'm sure there are many other Christians bloggers who are more mainstream and have the same thoughts as you do.

Peace and love,
Sara

2/09/2007 1:34 PM  
Blogger sewcreative said...

Hi Sara, I came across your blog several days ago and have been mulling over some of your writings along with some of the comments that the other readers have shared ever since. Your passion seems to be truly contagious for your readers and you have certainly shared some valuable information. After having said this however, there was something that seemed to gnaw away at my heart and so I took my time to respond. I don't know if you are familiar with Oswald Chambers, but he said it best in his book, "Not Knowing Whither". "To discern that the natural virtues antagonize surrender to God is to bring our soul at once into the center of our greatest battlefield. Very few of us debate with the sordid and the wrong, but we do debate with the good; and the higher up we go in the scale of the natural virtues, the more intense is the opposition to Jesus Christ, which is in inverse ratio to what one would naturally imagine. In seeking the Best we soon find that our enemy is our good things, not our bad. The things that keep us back from God's best are not sin and imperfection, but the things that are right and good and noble from the natural standpoint." What you do Sara is noble and good. Just be careful that your passion for the created never supersedes your passion for the Creator Himself. It can be a slippery road at times, but our Guide is the best! His.

2/09/2007 3:15 PM  
Blogger simplelivingmomma said...

Sara-This is YOUR blog. It is for your thoughts, insights, mullings and inspirations. It is only between you and Christ if you are keeping with his wishes. Who are we to judge anyone? If folks do not agree with your blog they need to move on quietly and find one they are at peace with. Freedom of speech. At no point have you ever bashed a individual. If anything you have taken time to protect individuals from harm by informing them. Keep up the amazing work. Melissa

2/10/2007 11:08 AM  
Anonymous JoAnn said...

This is an awesome post. I found it while searching for info on family cloth!! I'm glad to have found your blog and hope to read here more. :)

3/04/2007 2:04 PM  
Blogger PEZmama said...

Thank you so much for this list. I have been wondering where I could find some simple "doable" ideas to get started on living greener. And I love that you said it has been a long process for you. This encourages me that I don't have to figure it all out at once.

As a Christian, I have come to see the environment from a stewardship perspective, so I appreciate finding someone who also sees this as a proper response to the blessings God has given us.

I will be back. Thanks, again.

3/28/2007 7:24 PM  

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