20 April 2011

The one with the trip to the grocery store.

Green Living

So a part of my hope for Bless This Nest is to make my home more green. I have always felt so overwhelmed with the concept - probably because I am an all or nothing person. In my mind, if I become better at recycling then my next step is to sell my car and then install solar panels. I quickly realize I can't do it all, get frustrated, and think about something else.

Is anyone else like that?

I'm trying to shift my focus to small, impactful changes. After seeing a cute post on Love Life Lace about reusable grocery bags, I placed an order with Baggu. I am in love with these cute bags! They fold up and fit easily into my purse (plus I get compliments every time I check out at TJ's or Whole Foods).

When my girlfriend, Mintra, and I went grocery shopping, I brought along my camera so I could show you the bags in action.

me and baggu

Baggu set


My Panda

I am so pleased with both the grocery and produce bags - stylish and good for the environment? Sign me up!

Would you like a Baggu yourself? Luck you! The lovely Tatiana is giving one away. I believe she will be announcing the winner Friday so hope on over now.

baggu and tulips2

Ok, so now that I've shared my first little experience in green living, I'm going to ask you for green tips. They can be small or big! I'll start incorporating your tips and report back here. :)

That is all.


  1. I love those bags and how they fold up so tiny!

    we've done a few small things... we recycle, which is extra work because SC doesn't require it, but thankfully there's a recycling center right next to Ben's work so we load up his trunk with our paper, glass, plastic bottles, and cans once a week. it has become second nature now and it's amazing how much smaller our other trash is. (next step = taking food waste to the compost pile @ whole foods but I'm still working up to that!)

    these are my bags of choice. they are made (in Cambodia!) from old rice bags so they are super sturdy: http://www.greenergrassdesign.com/gecko-market.html

  2. I make my own all purpose cleaner! It's a simple mixture of water, vinegar, castile soap and a few drops of essential oils. It smells delish, cleans really well and I don't have to worry about it harming me or my kitty. Plus, it saves me a lot of money. Win, win, and win. : )



  3. I can completely understand how green living is overwhelming. I got to the point a few years ago where I realized that one person can't change the world, but a bunch of people making small efforts every day definitely can!

    I try to use reusable water bottles and coffee mugs as often as possible, re-use shopping bags whenever I can, shut the water off while brushing my teeth, and other small things like that.

    Another thing I've been trying to focus on is how to make food last longer. I feel like some of the food we buy always ends up spoiling before it gets eaten, so I've been learning how to properly store fruits and veggies and what foods you can freeze for later use! It can make a big difference!

  4. Those bags are so cute! I don't really have any tips to share, so I'm looking forward to reading the comments on this post!

  5. I have a lot of re-usable bags that I keep in my trunk... I somehow always forget they are there when I go to the grocery store though. *Maybe* I'll remember to use them more if I had a more stylish bag that fits in my purse like yours! It's a better idea! :)

  6. I use Chico bags. They're made out of tent material & can hold up to 20 pounds each. They fold into themselves so tiny & while they're not so stylish they're VERY practical. I also never use paper plates or cups or anything. &&&, I use Dr. Bronners soap. It's biodegradable & that makes me happy. =)

  7. Those bags are supercute. I have a couple of cute bags that I use for shopping. I hate when I forget them at home and usually just put everything in the trunk of my car, instead of getting plastic.
    I also try to buy produce local, because it's fresher and tastier (and it benefits for the local farmers!).

    My current apartment complex does not do recycling, but we'll be moving soon and I am looking forward to getting different bins for different trash items. A lot of cities support recycling now!

  8. Hmmmm... I don't own a car, that's a good sign, right?

  9. So Awesome! Loved this post because I am reeeaally into recycling. I'm living in Germany and absolutely everything is recycled. You actually have to recycle here by law! My friend came to stay with me from London and thought I had lost the plot when she saw that all my rubbish was divided into different sections!

  10. Eeeep! Those are ca-ute! Considering grocery shopping is one of my most favorite things to do, it could only get better in style :)

  11. Those bags would be perfect for the farmer's market! I am contemplating getting one...


  12. I definitely fall into the trap of all or nothing! I work for an enviro NGO, so maybe I'll spare you the green tips. I don't want to go overboard :-)

  13. I love reusable totes and these ones are especially cute.

  14. I use resuable bags, too (although mine aren't as cute!)

    I also use a travel mug whenever I get coffee. It's environmentally friendly and most coffee shops give you a little discount (mine does .25) for bringing your own cup!

    I clean with vinegar water. I need to get some essential oils to make it smell better, though.

  15. I love reusable bags. I planted my own container garden this year to grow my own vegetables. I also now use old rags instead of Swiffer sheets.

  16. We take reusable bags to the store too - but ours aren't that cute! I try to use green cleaning products around the house - less chemicals around us, better for the environment all around!

  17. I've been using Baggu bags ever since my boyfriend got a whole passel of them for me for Christmas a few years ago and I LOVE them!

    A couple of my green living tips:
    I never ever use a plastic produce bag. I just stopped using them one day and I still don't use any sort of bag for my fruits and veggies!

    I'm not allowed to get a tasty latte from a coffee shop unless I'm having it in a real mug there or if I have my travel mug to take it with me-no paper cups!

    And one that is pretty darn easy to stick by: no more CDs! Everything ends up on my ipod anyway, so why do I need a CD?! That one was so obvious and once I stopped buying CDs and only buying digital, I ended up copying all my old music onto my computer and then got rid of boxes and BOXES of CDs-total space saver!

  18. I'm the exact same way as you about feeling like I have to go head first into everything. While I need to start thinking about being more green, my most recent changes have been made in what I'm buying. I hadn't thought about food before I read Skinny Bitch. It made me think about where my food comes from, and for a week I started panicking and thinking I needed to go vegan and eat only organic food that was locally produced. I slowly realized that making small changes over time can be more manageable. I like your first step of using reusable bags. I think I'll start out with those too. I have so many bags, I guess it makes sense to use them more.


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