Guest Post: Over Coffee The Green Edition

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In honor of my blogversary I am handing things over for the day...

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My name is Lena Ferguson and I share my thoughts, finds, and tips for going green on my blog Over Coffee - the green edition. I am also a contributing writer for The Green and Clean Mom forum and the Healthy Bliss channel of (don't let the name fool you, I am far from domestic). In the non-blogging world I am a wife, mother of 2 active kiddos age 4 and 8, and a Quality Assurance Specialist. To say that my life is full and busy would be a slight understatement (as with most moms).

If I had to sum up my eco passion in one sentence I think it would be, "I am passionate about decreasing the amount of waste that is generated and the amount of waste that ends its life in a landfill." A little over a year ago, in one of those rare quiet moments, I was flipping through a National Geographic magazine when I saw pictures of plastic bags; plastic bags in the landfill, in the ocean, hanging off trees, being eaten by cows, wrapped around a turtle, floating down a stream, blowing across a field. That weekend I bought my first reusable bag and declared to my family "We Are Going Green." From that moment on we have all taken little baby green steps to change our lifestyle and have never looked back! I would like to share with you 5 easy ways you can help decrease the amount of waste generated.

1. Think reusable instead of disposable: Reusable bags instead of plastic or paper. Reusable coffee mug and water bottle instead of disposable ones. Reusable lunch bag and containers instead of brown bags and plastic baggies. Reusable napkins instead of disposable.
2. Compost: Passive composting, worm composting or active composting.
3. Buy quality items that will last. Preferable ones made from sustainable, recycled, or up-cycled materials.
4. Explore other options before you discard., Free cycle, Nike reuse a shoe, Terracycle, school, children's museum, daycare, consignment store, shelters, your local recycling center. You would be amazed at all the places that can use something that you would consider "garbage".
5. Read. Read. Read. Read why it is important that we decrease the amount of waste we are generating. Learn about the vast amounts of garbage that the world is creating every day. Know why it is important that we live a more sustainable life and learn what the consequences could be if we don't. Knowledge is power!

I truly believe that every little bits counts and that together we can make a BIG difference!

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