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Eco-family tips from Tiny Green Mom

Living greener means living healthier for your family and for the environment. Even the smallest eco-friendly moves can make a significant difference. We talked with Tiny Green Mom on small steps we can take to live greener and healthier.

Unquestionably, living greener means living healthier for your family and for the environment. However, making green moves can seem a challenging feat and your efforts can seem so small that you wonder how they could possibly make a difference. Don't dismiss your eco-friendly changes -- Ms Johnson, founder of TinyGreenMom.com, says taking even small eco-friendly steps can make a big difference in taking care of your family and the earth. Here are few eco-friendly family tips.
Unquestionably, living greener means living healthier for your family and for the environment. However, making green moves can seem a challenging feat and your efforts can seem so small that you wonder how they could possibly make a difference. Don't dismiss your eco-friendly changes -- Ms Johnson, founder of TinyGreenMom.com, says taking even small eco-friendly steps can make a big difference in taking care of your family and the earth. Here are few eco-friendly family tips.

Q&A with Tiny Green Mom
 
Miso Vegan: What inspired you to be a Tiny Green Mom?

Tiny Green Mom: In 2002, I was diagnosed with Epstein-Barr virus, and my world was turned upside-down! I am energetic person by nature, enjoying fitness and exercise immensely, and being told that I would have to slow down was really challenging! Rather than let the diagnosis win, I scoured books and websites on living an even cleaner, healthier lifestyle, and have since adopted a balanced approach in everything from my diet to exercise routine. Spirulina powder? Check! I drink it every morning! Now that I am a wife and mother, I have seen the benefits of eating natural, wholesome and organic foods, as well as cleaning the home with natural cleaners (think baking soda!), recycling and more, and I am introducing these values to my child. It is important to me that I am a healthy and happy mother, as that means I am taking care of myself, and able to care completely for my little one.

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Miso Vegan: What are the benefits of families adopting a greener lifestyle?

Tiny Green Mom: Hands-down, a family adopting a greener lifestyle is setting the stage for a healthier existence and a healthier planet each and every day. Making conscious choices in our lives leads us to treat our bodies, and subsequently the earth, with care.

Miso Vegan: What are a few easy-to-implement changes families can make that will result in the biggest green difference?

Tiny Green Mom: As my tagline reads, “Mom Goes Green. One Tiny Step at a Time.” Choosing to do one thing every day that may seem insignificant, such as recycling a toilet paper roll, can make a huge impact. Just think of the impact one billion toilet paper rolls being recycled would have on the planet!

Further, a big change that will impact your food purchases without breaking the bank is the importance of reading labels and choosing your foods wisely. When going completely organic isn’t an option, choose three to five foods your family eats the most to purchase organically (and locally, for produce). Read the labels of various brands – does the label say sweet corn kernels and water, for instance, or does it have an additive you cannot pronounce? Remember the EWG’s “dirty dozen,” as well, and steer clear of any conventional produce on that list to avoid pesticide residue.

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Miso Vegan: What are your favorite resources for green-related information?

Tiny Green Mom: In addition to Miso Vegan, these are my go-to websites for green living tips:

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