05 July 2017

How We Are Going Green With Tom's of Maine



My husband and I have been green since before green was even a thing.  We both respect the earth and nature, so we want to do our part to take care of it.  We have kids, and hopefully we will have grandchildren one day.  I want them to inherit a clean earth so they don't have to spend their lives cleaning up our messes.  We do little things every day that add up to be bigger things that help us take better care of our planet.  Keep reading to see how we are going green with some help from Tom's of Maine.



Bath and Body

I make many of our bath and body products, including soap, lotions, salves, and some of my makeup.  Sometimes I use food from our farm to make my recipes, and I've even used dandelions to make a salve.




We also use Tom's of Maine Luminous White whitening toothpaste because it only has naturally-derived ingredients.  It uses dual silica to safely and gently remove surface stains in just two weeks.  There are no artificial colors, flavors, or preservatives either.  I buy my Tom's of Maine Luminous White at Target, but you can also get it at Walmart or Amazon.


I love Tom's of Maine because their products are natural and work great, but they are also a company that gives back.  They've given 10 percent of their profits back to non-profit organizations that help people and the planet.  They also give their employees paid time to volunteer for 12 days each year.  

Food


Our farm was built for self-sufficiency.  We have berry bushes, nut trees, an orchard, a large garden, and the chicken eggs for food.  We harvest and can or freeze the fruits and vegetables for the winter.  This reduces our trips to the store and reduces waste in that we can reuse the mason jars and freezer containers for the next year.  

Recycling


We recycle our paper, cardboard, plastic, glass, and metal by taking it to the recycling center, which is conveniently located next to the grocery store so we aren't using extra gas to get it there.  We also recycle our food scraps.  Most people have a compost pile to turn their food waste into a nutrient rich fertilizer, but we have a different way to recycle.  We use our chickens.


Our chickens are free ranging, so they eat bugs and other yummy things all day.  I collect food scraps in a bucket, and then we take it out to give to the chickens.  When they see the bucket, they all come running to get the best scraps.  


Lawn Care


We have 11.5 acres to mow.  If we mow all of it, it takes more than 12 hours just to mow, not including trimming around the trees and around the house.  So we got goats.



We have 5 goats to help keep a large section of our farm cleared.  They are happy being outside, and we get the lawn trimmed so we can go longer between mowing.  Watching goats is much more fun than watching a lawnmower anyway.  

How are you going green?


I was selected for this opportunity as a member of CLEVER and the content and opinions expressed here are all my own.


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Cari Dunn
Cari Dunn

Cari lives on a small farm in Ohio with her husband, three kids, two dogs, two cats, five goats, several chickens, and homing pigeons. She loves Gilmore Girls, coffee, and her kids. Not in that order.