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Happy Earth Day!!!

Founded by Senator Gaylord Nelson in 1970, Earth Day’s celebrating its 41st birthday, and we’re still struggling to clean up our world.

We all remember good ole Kermit the Frog singing about how hard it was to be green, but in honor of Earth Day, take a look at my list of a dozen simple/creative things that you can do—so you can proudly say, “I’m going green, and I like it!”

1. BYOB—Bring your own bag. Don’t pick paper or plastic; bring your own bag to the store with you. (Better yet! Create your own bag and take it everywhere. Need inspiration? Check out Sew & Go Totes, Tote-tally Fun to Paint, or Enviro-Totes to crochet for some great designs.)

2. Turn out the lights when you’re not actively using them. (Candlelight can be a lot of fun!)

3. Conserve water—Just turn the water off when you’re brushing your teeth. Take shorter showers. Turn both activities into games for the kids with an egg timer. They can’t stop brushing till they hear the buzzer, and they have to finish their showers before the ding.

4. Avoid plastic water bottles—unless you plan to recycle them when you’re done. (Looking for an unconventional way to keep your bottles out of the landfill? Take a look at Green Bling to find out how to turn your bottles into bangles!)

5. Refurbish your wardrobe at the touch of a button with our Style Remix dvd. It’s all about “deconstructing” your clothes you’ve got to “reconstruct” sew or no-sew one-of-a-kind pieces that are all you.

6. Thinking home decor? Don’t buy brand new. Recycle something you’ve got into something even better. Spend about an hour and a half watching our Refresh Remix Restyle dvd for ideas for giving new life to old stuff. (The flea market enthusiast in me loves this dvd!)

7. Get a good reusable coffee mug and actually use it. Just say no to to-go cups.

8. Plant a tree. (When we moved to “the middle of nowhere” a few years ago, we told the kids we were going tree shopping rather than house hunting ’cause we were more interested in having lots of trees around our new home than we were in the house.)

9. Car Pool!!! (With today’s gas prices, this is an obvious choice.)

10. Plant a garden. Grow some herbs in a pot on the patio. (I love the smell of fresh basil!)

11. Practice green knitting and crocheting by using natural or recycled fiber yarns. Yarns made from natural fibers such as silk, wool, cotton, and bamboo are renewable because they can be replaced year after year and will return to nature at the end of their usefulness. Yarns that use recycled fibers help reduce waste because these fibers are from materials—such as textile-industry remnants—that would otherwise end up in landfills. Take a look at Cardigans with a Conscience, an earth-friendly knit pattern book by Melissa Leapman for inspiration.

12. Use your scraps. Just ’cause you want to start a new crochet or quilt project doesn’t mean you need to run out and buy new yarn or fabric. See what you’ve got in your stash—just going to waste. Need some ideas to get you started? Crocheters, you’ll love Projects From Your Scrap Bag and More Projects From Your Scrap Bag—both by Sandy Rideout. Quilters, you’re going to want Best of Fons & Porter Scrap Quilts—featuring 31 projects.

Celebrate Earth Day, not just on the 22nd—but everyday!!!

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