My Trip to the Grocery Store

go green bicycleI am not the greenest person in the world besides my diet, household cleaners and personal care items. I recycle when convenient though if it uses too much water to wash out like a jar of tahini or nut butter I figure tossing it is actually a greener choice.

I don’t always remember my cloth bags but since reading Storm’s article “The Wasters” I am now determined to make that a more consistent thing. Oh, and we got our electric bill down to half of what it was by just being more conscious.

Other than that, I have a long way to go. But today I rode my bicycle to the supermarket – not the health food store as that is too far — and as I bought my little organic produce and put it in my back pack, wheeling my bicycle through the check-out line, the middle aged checker smiled at me as though I had given him hope for the future. That felt great.

It was also a good feeling to know I was saving oil, and I am inspired to really try to set up my lifestyle in a more green fashion, especially finding ways to eliminate driving from my life as much as possible.

Ultimately I’d love to live in a green home, grow all my own food, wear only green clothing, and use all green products. And of course live in a raw, green community. But for now I’ll enjoy my green diet, ride my bike more often and work on remembering my cloth bags!

Going Green – order of importance (I think! – for me)
– Driving Less (or not at all, or a hybrid, electric, solar, or veggie oil car)
– Eating Organic
– Eating Vegetarian, Vegan or ideally Raw Vegan (no packaging!)
– Eating Local as much as possible (less trucking and supports local organic farmers)
– Chemical-free personal care
– Chemical-free household care
– Living Simply (less stuff!)
– Green products
– Supporting green businesses
– Green furniture, housing
– Green appliances (Greenstar)
– Energy-saving techniques and products

….Help me out, – what am I missing? (Leave comments below)

One green thing I’m not a fan of is cloth diapers! Generates way too much laundry, the babies aren’t dry and therefore are fussy and uncomfortable and get diaper rash, and it is gross to wash them out in the toilet or to wash that stuff down the laundry room drain! When they are newborns it isn’t as bad. That’s just my o)inion/experience.

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In Joy!


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13 Responses to My Trip to the Grocery Store

  1. Reena Singh says:

    Just got turned on to your blog and programs! Originally heard about it from my MOM of all people who started passionately trying to convince me that I could have a raw baby- Storm and Jinjee have 5! Well I didn’t listen well enough (as usual) and finally my depressed state of affairs has led me to make some radical changes from the inside out. I need a little more time to sit on it, but I would like to sign up for the next 21 day raw cleanse. Great blog, so interesting to read. My experience w cloth diapers and growing a garden last year was exponential. I did natural infant hygiene w cloth back up and occasional bags of seventh generation disposables and it worked out well. Our diapers rarely got pooped in while practicing EC! The garden was challenge as it was my first time putting in my own and my first time being a mother to a one year old, but we did have some beautiful moments and more kale and dandelions than we could eat!

  2. Martha Hotz says:

    Some more ideas for growing green:
    Green landscaping. Do your best not to have a lawn, which requires lots of water. Go with native plants, which thrive on the local climate, provide food to the ecosystem – bees, bugs, butterflies, birds, snakes, mammals. Avoid exotics, which don’t feed the native critters. You may have to move gradually to replace lawns, but it’s worth it.

    Have a 4×4 garden, an efficient way to grow some of your own produce. Look into edible landscapes – blueberry bushes, etc.

  3. Monica all says:

    It’s great that you’re working toward a greener lifestyle. Just a couple comments though:
    1) Because animal agriculture creates more greenhouse gases (which contribute to global climate change) than all forms of transportation combined (,8599,1839995,00.html), the #1 priority of anyone looking to lessen their environmental impact should be adopting a vegan diet. Driving less or not at all is great, but diet has a much larger environmental impact than transportation.
    2) Given that large quantities of water are used in the extraction of raw materials and production of glass, please consider using the small amount of water necessary to wash out recyclable glass (and plastic) bottles and always recycle. (Check out page 4 for some data on the amount of water used to produce glass and how much water can be saved by recycling glass:

  4. Brenon Duff says:

    When I went raw, my body odor improved a lot. That meant less need to do laundry, so it’s greener and cheaper.
    And of course, not needing to cook is greener, cheaper and easier!

  5. Liz says:

    I’ve switched from kleenex and paper towels to handkerchiefs and rags. It makes for a little more laundry but saves alot of trees. Even recycled paper products use unnecessary energy and water to produce. I also plan on buying a bidet attachment for my toilet to eliminate toilet paper – there’s one on Amazon that’s gotten rave reviews (Astor, I think) and its apparently nicer on the skin. Yes, this will use a little more water at home, but toilet paper manufacturing uses lakes-worth of water (plus uses plastic packaging). I’m also making my own laundry detergent with borax, washing soda and bar soap – saves $$, saves plastic bottles, and the ingredients are less harmful to the environment. I’m trying the “no poo” method on my hair but after 3 weeks I’m thinking it may not be my thing and will switch to bar shampoos from Lush (saves packaging).

    I’m off to the farmer’s market on my bike now!

  6. Brandy Jo Turner says:

    Hi Jinjee, I really like your blog because I often feel like we’re on the same page. Every day we’re faced with choices and try to do our best with the time and resources we have. One good step at a time is the best way to go about things. If you try to change your whole life in one giant wave, you get washed up!

    I love walking to the grocery store with my little boy. I load up the stroller with as much as it will carry and then we head home. It’s a 15minute walk both ways and we get fresh air and sunlight, and I get exercise.

    I was determined to do cloth diapers with my son (who is now 2 1/2 and nearly completely trained). In all my reading I saw hints on EC but it took me till he was a year to finally read about it. I got a late start in the training, but we started trips to the potty just before he was walking at 13 months. It has saved on a lot of diapers, especially in the last several months when he only needs a couple a day because he now only needs them for naps and nights (and trips for safety).

    Although EC is the best choice, its not for every mother and every situation. It takes a large amount of time and dedication. I loved the idea and wish I could have started sooner, but honestly, with some of my other challenges (I struggled to make sure I had enough breast milk, having to nurse and pump after every feeding for most of the first year), I don’t think I could have pulled it off.

    I will admit that my first nasty cloth diaper made me toss the bird’s eye weave pre-fold right in the trash, but I stuck with it, read a lot, and tried several different styles. I finally landed on pockets and perfected my laundering. I’m so glad I did cloth diapers. I saved us sooo much money and sooo much space in landfils and pollution. The first few dunks in the toilet were rough, but I quickly got used to it. Every time we had a vacation and I had to get a pack or 2 of disposables, I was wrinkling my nose all the time, because disposables (even the green ones) smell disgusting. I do a good green job washing my diapers, so my boy always smells nice until he’s messy. Cloth diapered babies usually have MUCH less instance of diaper rash (if you launder them properly and get ones with good fabric) because they are easier on the bottom and they breath. For those of you who would like to be greener but just can’t stand the whole cloth thing, consider g-diapers. I’m hoping they’ve improved the elastic around the nylon insert since I tried them (it wears out too quickly and then they leak), but they are a great idea. The outside is cloth and washable, but they have an insert that can be flushed, tossed or composted with no environmental worries. They also make a hemp cloth insert for those who like the all cloth alternative.

    Thanks for staying open! Love ya, Brandy Jo

  7. Dana says:

    Great blog!
    Have you heard of plant/herb dyed clothing, as opposed to toxic and earth-destroying petroleum based clothing that basically everyone wears? Here’s a wonderful online store that sells a few items-
    And I don’t know if you’ve heard about this group/project (they’re right in your California as well) they grow, make, dye their own clothing and do so much more:

  8. MarVeena says:

    You are a big inspiration to me and always have some good ideas to help me move forward with a healthy life style. I continue to use a lot of your recipes everyday!
    Smoothies are my fav!
    I will be looking for a bicycle, sounds like a “fun” green thing to add to my life.

  9. Annica says:

    + 1 potty trained baby :D
    We used cloth diapers for our daughter, because you can reuse them as often as needed, e.g. I noticed she had to pee, so diaper off and there she goes! And if the diaper got wet anyway, I noticed immediately, so she never had to be wet for long.
    There’s a theory that babies “forget” the connection between peeing and being wet, if the pee is absorbed too fast by the disposable diapers, so they don’t pay any attention anymore to their bladder. Of course, there’s the phase during which she had better things to do than signaling (playing for example), but I certainly didn’t mind an occasional puddle on the floor :)

    Love your work Jinjee, keep going!

  10. DL says:

    Chico Bag is what made ‘byob’ possible for me. I bought five and keep them on a carabiner. I also keep one in the car, one on my purse, and they are small enough to go on a keychain. Never had one wear out. They cost about $5, you can get them online or at natural food stores.

    Also, Elimination Communication (with cloth diaper backup if you prefer) is conscious, clean, gentle and Earth-friendly. Also known as Natural Infant Hygiene, it is how China, India, and Africa managed before American-style disposables.

    It is so clean and even the smallest infant loves to communicate. They are so much happier when they are clean and in charge of their own potty function. A just-born baby will signal the need to eliminate. Kids who naturally potty train at one or two (very common with EC /NIH) saves so many diapers of whatever kind.

  11. Susan says:

    For chemical free cleaning, vinegar, lemon, rubbing alcohol, hydrogen peroxide, baking soda, borax, and washing soda can replace many cleaning products. Many of those things can be purchased in bulk at a wholesaler to decrease packaging. My favorite way to clean a dirty hard floor is to just pour boiling water on it and mop it up. You just have be careful to make sure it doesn’t damage the floor and there are no children or pets nearby to get burned.

  12. Janell says:

    I could understand the cloth diaper situation, but if one practice Elimination Communication (EC) then there would probably be less need for the cloth diaper.

  13. Janice says:

    Hi Jinjee,

    I must say that you are a brave woman to travel on your bicycle all the way to the grocery store. This is inspiring and gives me some food for thought. How many miles did you have to go to the store and back?

    I agree with you on the cloth diapers and this is why i started training my babies how to potty from birth which did wonders in cutting down on using them and they were completely potty trained much much sooner. I have to say that this really increases the bonding experience along with nursing, and carrying your baby with you . It is eco-friendly as well, because you are not using disposables, and you cut down the amount of cloth diapers you have to clean and use. Atleast it did for me and of all my children (9 living) my youngest Sarah who is 5 years old is by far the happiest, joy filled and obedient child I have and She loves to help . So for those of you reading this reply and are interested :Please consider doing an online search about potty training or elimination communication as they call it now ? I wish i had known this 29 years ago when pregnant with my firstborn, but I am thankful i learned it before my last so that I could test it out and prove it works with Love, Patience and care.

    Learning to go raw and greener,


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