Grandma at Goodwill

Shopping at thrift stores is a great way to save a few dollars; plus it reduces your impact on the environment by keeping things out of landfills and reducing demand for new things.  I love stopping in at Goodwill stores to see what I might find- my favorite jeans, fashion scarves, dishes, lamps, decorations- they have…

Week 5- Take the stairs

Living on the 8th floor of an apartment building means that taking the elevator is an attractive option.  It’s quicker than the stairs and so much easier.  Unfortunately, using the elevator = more electricity = more coal burning = more carbon emissions.  Starting today, I will take the stairs more often.  I will start easy-…

Cheetos = Locally & Sustainably Produced Food

I have great news for all of those Cheeto loving, environmentally friendly, southern Wisconsinites like me!  Frito-Lay has a production facility in Beloit, Wisconsin which has implemented many practices to reduce their carbon footprint.  As I was perusing my latest edition of “Green Manufacturer” magazine, I read this article and learned about the Beloit facility that produces…

Week 4- Recycle our Christmas tree

Although it’s a bit late to still have a Christmas tree around- my husband, Greg, and I were too busy to take ours down until this weekend (plus I really liked the way our tree looked).   My change for week 4 is to recycle our Christmas tree instead of throwing it in the dumpster.…

Week 3- Do eco-laundry

This week, I will start to do eco-laundry.  For me, this means doing less laundry and using mostly cold water.  I already use a laundry detergent that is phosphate free.  In order to do less laundry, I will wear clothes more than once if they are not dirty/ smelly.  Also, today I started to use…

Week 2- Buy green hand soap

This week I decided to buy eco-friendly hand soap (I didn’t have time to take down my Christmas tree).  After finding a lack of green soaps at Pick N Save, I went to Whole Foods.  They had so many green soaps it was overwhelming!  Should I get organic soap? Biodegradable soap? Soap in bulk packaging?…

Milwaukee Brewing Company

In addition to the weekly Green Challenge posts, I’ll be posting other green things that I come upon. Yesterday, one of my friends was visiting Milwaukee and we decided to do a brewery tour.  With a few other friends, we went to the Milwaukee Brewing Company expecting to have some beers and see the brewery.…