What is Growing a Green Family all about?
When I first got interested in green living years ago I found a lot of eco-minded websites and blogs that offered great advice and made sense for individuals but not families in particular. That inspired me to help launch Tree Hugging Family, a site I wrote for a company I worked for. However, I wanted an eco-friendly site for families that I actually owned, thus Growing a Green Family was born.
Incorporating eco-friendly changes into your life takes work. Sometimes small steps, and sometime large, but trying to go green when you’ve got a busy family and/or limited resources is tough. Growing a Green Family focuses on how families can live in a more eco-friendly manner with all the other ups and downs of family life.
It’s hard to balance green living and family life…
Before my son Cedar was born I was sort of green. I carried a reusable coffee mug, recycled, turned of lights, and recycled, but the impact of my choices didn’t hit me full force until Cedar was born. This is when my thinking changed from kind of green to, “I should absolutely make eco-choices” for the well-being of my son. My goals were to make the world healthier for my son and to raise Cedar to think green from the start while also managing all the other tasks that come along with parenting; dynamics such as your partner or spouse, siblings, school, extended family and friends, and more.
As a single mama on a limited budget who has been trying to keep it green for years, I’ve run into my fair share of problems along the way. However, I’ve also learned a lot about the following:
- Eco-friendly holidays and celebrations, healthier schools, and sustainable summer camps.
- Growing green kids by focusing on safe green products, eco-activities, and educational resources.
- Climate change, water conservation, recycling and reuse, energy use, toxins in household products, and preserving nature.
- Green home and living issues such as organic foods, organic gardening, cooking, green cleaning, natural health and wellness, and green home audits.
- How to be a smarter green consumer.
- How to save money and be able to afford green living.
- Green products that are really green vs. greenwashed, and how you can take action as a family to help improve and preserve the environment.
Who is Jennifer?
I’m located in the gray and rainy Pacific Northwest and mom to a 15-year-old son, Cedar. I’m a professional writer for websites, blogs, non-profits, national magazines, and businesses.
Above is Growing a Green Family in a somewhat tidy nutshell – hopefully you’ll stick around, check out the site, and if you like, leave a comment telling me all about your green family.