Crunchy McCruncherson- Works For Me Wednesday


Well it is the last of the posts celebrating the little things we can do to help the earth. It is also backwards day over at Works For Me Wednesday. Which means you are supposed to tell me what works for you instead of vice versa. I don’t want to leave you with a post that basically amount so nothing so I am going to give you a few simple tips and let you give me all of your best tips for a chance to win another Scott’s gift pack.

First a recap of what I have shared so far:

  1. Buy local: When I can I do. And I am so very grateful that it is almost time for the farmer’s markets and CSAs to start again so I can have food that tastes like food again.
  2. Reusable Bags: I threw my bags in the wash last week and forgot to put them back in my purse. So when I went the store this week I used plastic bags. It felt so weird. I haven’t done that in forever. Bags are back in the purse. Also, true confessions, I bought plastic sandwich bags. I can’t quit those stupid things.
  3. Meatless Mondays: Another true confession, we are abandoning this for a few weeks while I am cutting out carbs. I need a bit of a cleanse after a gluttonous vacation. Then we will go back to our meatless ways.
    Here are a few more quick and easy tips.
  1. Vinegar: It cleans everything. Everything.
  2. Reusable mugs: Our church has major coffee service every week. And it is a big church. That is a lot of waste. So we bring our own every week. Little thing, but at a church of around 8000 think of the impact if everyone did that?
  3. Recycle, recycle, recycle: Not just the obvious of putting things in the actual bin. But reusing things that make sense to reuse. I print coupons on the back of school work. Write out lists on the back of junk mail. Use old wipes containers to hold all sorts of toys and crafts.

Ok now your turn. I want some tips from you all to take our family to an even crunchier level. Your comment will enter you to win a gift pack from Scott Naturals products {Congrats to last week’s winner Carrie Z}. This is your last week to win.

For extra entries:

  • Click through to the Scott Naturals 4 Week Test Drive site to help donate $1 to the National Wildlife Federation up to $25,000. Let me know you did so in the comments.
  • Pledge to take a 4 Week Test Drive of Scott Natural. If we all used Scott Naturals products for 4 weeks we could save over 2 million trees. As a bonus when you take the pledge you are entered to win a Ford Fusion.

Three chances to win. Please leave a separate comment for each entry. Winner will be chosen at random on May 10th. Good luck!

Disclosure: I received a Scott Naturals gift pack and was compensated for my participation in this campaign by Scott Naturals and The Motherhood. As always all opinions are mine. This post is linked up to Works For Me Wednesday at We Are That Family.


  1. We have gone without Kleenex for over a year now – maybe not a big deal to some families – but we are a family of 7 – and about 1/2 of us suffer from seasonal allergies. We upcycled several receiving blankets and also bought some cute (and “manly”) flannel to make these. We are “almost” paper-towel free, it’s a work in progress! :)
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  2. I <3 vinegar! Totally cleaned my nasty ol' bathtub this week and I've lived with that for a year not knowing it could be so clean! Click on over to read my post, it's the feature today! ;)

  3. nicolerenae says:

    One of my favorite things about spring is getting to use my clothesline again!

  4. I love the coffee cup tip. Our parish has monthly Coffee Sundays. Even if we went with recycled paper products instead of the coffee cups as you suggest, that would still make a difference!

    I’m trying to walk when I can. My sil just gave me her bike and my friend gave me a bike trailer. I’m hoping to save some money on gas by using these together.
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  5. Christie says:

    I’m not very crunchy…but I don’t use my dryer for every load of laundry–I hang tons up, all year long.

  6. Christie says:

    Clicked to donate $1

  7. Christie says:

    Pledged, too!

  8. Oh, I have a zillion tips! Here’s my environmental articles index. Regarding your sandwich bags, you can reduce or eliminate buying them by reusing plastic bags that other foods come in. The liner bags from smaller boxes of cereal or crackers are great for sandwiches. They’re excellent for freezing things, too, since they are pretty thick; leave plenty of top to fold over, and put a rubber band around.

  9. Oops! My URL in the last comment was wrong.
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  10. Love these ideas! I’m actually hosting a giveaway on my blog for reusable snack and sandwich bags through a little company called generationMe. They are awesome and the bonus is you aren’t using a plastic bag! http://adventuresinmgwiththeandersons.blogspot.com/2011/05/generationme-doublers-review-giveaway.html

  11. I just bought a set of Envirosax bags, and I was so excited to use them at the grocery store today. They were fantastic! Very roomy, very strong, and I love that the strap is long enough to go on my shoulder. Now I want to buy a sets for all of my family & friends!

    Another tip: we seldom, if ever, use paper plates or the like. There are just 4 of us, we have a dishwasher, so there is no reason we can’t use the real thing. Saves money, better for the environment, and better stewardship. (Now, if we’re hosting a gathering, all bets are off. We only have an 8-pc dinnerware set, so if we have more guests than that we supplement w/ disposable.)
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  12. Great tips! I would love for you to come link up at my new “Encouragement is Contagious!” linky party! You can share your favorite posts from someone else’s blog to encourage them, and share your favorite from your own blog and get lots of visits :)

    Have a great day!
    Melanie :)
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