What is Growing a Green Family all about?
When I first got interested in green living years ago I found many eco-minded websites and blogs that offered great advice for individuals but didn’t make sense for families. That inspired me to help launch Tree Hugging Family, with a company I wrote for. Tree Hugging Family was cool, but I wanted a family-friendly site about sustainability, that I actually owned and controlled, thus Growing a Green Family was born.
Incorporating sustainability into your life takes work and trying to go green when you’ve got a busy family and/or limited resources is tough. That in mind, Growing a Green Family focuses on how families can live sustainably 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 semi-sustainable. I carried a reusable coffee mug, recycled, and tried to conserve water and energy, but the impact of my choices didn’t hit me full force until Cedar was born. My goals were to make the world healthier for my son and to raise Cedar to think green from the start.
As a single mom on a limited budget with a busy life, it hasn’t always been easy to make green choices. However, along the way, I’ve found ways to make it work and 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 now 16-year-old (yikes) son, Cedar. For most of my life I’ve been a professional writer for websites, blogs, non-profits, national magazines, and businesses, although, recently, needing a change of scene, I took a job with a local non-profit.
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.